Artist Projects

The Strangerer


David Isaacson , Mickle Maher

As enthusiasts may recall, one of the titles on President George W. Bush’s 2006 summer vacation reading list was Albert Camus’ absurdist tale of senseless murder, The Stranger.  In hopes that the French philosopher might shed some light on the Bush era’s political climate—or vice versa—The Strangerer collides several of Camus’ works with the first Bush/Kerry Presidential debate in 2004. The formalities of the debate are overturned as Bush and Kerry struggle with the question of not if or why an innocent man should be killed (the man in question being moderator Jim Lehrer), but rather what the proper manner is to go about killing him. The Strangerer is part political satire, part classical drama, part contemporary debate, and a murder mystery with the murderers in plain view.

Project Updates

  • 2008: The Strangerer has its fourth return engagement. Theater Oobleck’s production of The Strangerer plays a successful, limited Off-Broadway run at the Barrow Street Theater

  • 2008: Maher’s script for The Strangerer is presented to critical acclaim at the Catastrophic Theater in Houston

  • 2008: A second run of The Strangerer is staged at Links Hall

  • 2008: Third return engagement of The Strangerer is staged at the Chopin Theater in Chicago

  • 2007: The Strangerer premieres at the Chopin Theater in Chicago

  • Artists

    David Isaacson

    David Isaacson is a founding member of Chicago’s seminal Theater Oobleck, for which he has written fourteen plays, including Letter Purloined

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    Mickle Maher

    Mickle Maher is a cofounder of Chicago’s Theater Oobleck and the author of numerous plays, including An Apology for the Course and Outcome …

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  • Events

    Oct 07 – Oct 07, 2018
    Liz Glynn Presents "The Archaeology of Another Possible Future"



    May 23 – Jun 10, 2018
    Sharon Bridgforth's CC Project at Pillsbury House and Theater in Minneapolis



    Nov 17 – Apr 15, 2018
    Ben Thorp Brown Presents "Gropius Memory Palace"



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  • Project News

    April 15, 2015
    Project Premiere: Emily Johnson's SHORE in Lenapehoking (New York City)



    April 7, 2015
    Project Premiere: Kerry Tribe Solo Exhibition "The Loste Note" at 356 Mission in Los Angeles



    March 19, 2015
    Project Premiere: Carlos Motta Launches Web-Based Project "Gender Talents"



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