Jake Fruend
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Mary-Arrchie Theatre

For three decades, Mary-Arrchie was the epitome of the Chicago storefront theatre experience; rough, provocative, and deceptively simple.

Before their artistic home was demolished in 2016, the company saw fit to produce one final season of work, culminating in a production of David Mamet's American Buffalo.

The company wanted a "grand gesture" to accompany their final production.

The company wanted a "grand gesture" to accompany their final production.

I scanned a buffalo nickel replica, cut-out the image, and found a new home for it among the stars and bars.

Every summer for nearly 30 years, Mary-Arrchie also produced the "Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins" Play Festival

Every summer for nearly 30 years, Mary-Arrchie also produced the "Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins" Play Festival

The "Abbie Fest" featured dozens - if not hundreds - of performers and itinerant companies performing short plays non-stop for 72 hours.

 Previous "Abbie Fest" posters were simple, utilizing a hand-drawn caricature of the famous "Yippie." For this final incarnation, we wanted something that would reflect the weight of the moment...

Previous "Abbie Fest" posters were simple, utilizing a hand-drawn caricature of the famous "Yippie." For this final incarnation, we wanted something that would reflect the weight of the moment...

The skull of Abbie Hoffman seemed like a proper symbol for the end of this era in Chicago theatre.

The skull of Abbie Hoffman seemed like a proper symbol for the end of this era in Chicago theatre.

We even made t-shirts.

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