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


    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 …


  • Events

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    Liz Glynn Presents "The Archaeology of Another Possible Future"

    May 08 – Sep 23, 2018
    MAD Museum Presents a Solo Exhibition by Tanya AguiƱiga

    Apr 08 – Sep 05, 2018
    No Longer Empty and Queens Museum Present Mel Chin: All Over the Place

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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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