Clas­si­cally twisted clas­sics at Chatauqua this sum­mer

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One part Vaude­ville show, one part clas­sic genre, and one part im­prov, Sound and Fury’s lat­est of­fer­ing will have you rolling in the aisles and maybe pick­ing your jaw up off the floor.

Sound and Fury re­turns to the Lyric Theatre’s sum­mer Chatauqua fes­ti­val that runs July 7 to 10th at Swift Cur­rent’s his­tor­i­cal theatre. The troupe first per­formed here two years ago, and had a ter­rific ex­pe­ri­ence pre­sent­ing the Film Noir par­ody “Pri­vate Dick” to sell-out houses at the Lyric Theatre.

This time they are bring­ing Swift Cur­rent the World Pre­miere of ‘ Sound & Fury’s “Doc Faus­tus”‘, a vaudevil­lenou­veau par­ody mash-up of the clas­sic “Trag­i­cal His­tory of Doc­tor Faus­tus” by Christo­pher Mar­lowe, a tale of a man bar­ter­ing his soul with Lu­cifer for wealth and power, and ev­ery West­ern film ever made. “

When posed with the ques­tion of how the troupe comes up with such unique story lines, mem­ber Richard Mar­itzer ex­plained.

“Each year, as a chal­lenge to our­selves, we try to par­ody a new genre. This past year it was Sci-Fi, and the year be­fore that, Film Noir. This year we de­cided to fo­cus on The West­ern,” ex­plained Mar­itzer.

Sound & Fury is com­prised of three ac­tors: Richard Mar­itzer (Artis­tic Di­rec­tor & Founder), Ryan Adam Wells, and Pa­trick Her­camp who both joined the es­tab­lished troupe last year.

They are from In­di­ana, and stud­ied theatre at univer­sity there, and Mar­itzer is a Los An­ge­les na­tive, who grew up in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, the son of a Cana­dian fa­ther, and Amer­i­can mother who met at­tend­ing the Ac­tor’s Stu­dio in New York, in the 1940s.

Sound & Fury was formed to fill a void in the com­edy Venn di­a­gram, as Vaude­ville had been mostly a dead art­form for the past 50 years. In­spired by such groups as the Marx Brothers, Hope & Crosby, Martin & Lewis, and more re­cent troupes like Monty Python and The Kids in the Hall, Sound & Fury hopes to her­ald a re­turn to the pop­u­lar­ity of the ‘core­group of play­ers, sur­rounded by a tal­ented sup­port­ing cast.’

So who does this com­edy styling ap­peal to? It would seem to be any­one, lit­er­ally.

“We have en­ter­tained over 600,000 peo­ple in live au­di­ences in the last 12 years, and have a de­voted fol­low­ing of fans (the Furies), who range in age quite lit­er­ally from 12 to 80,” of­fered Mar­itzer.

No strangers to old addage ‘ get­ting the show on the road’ this troupe has been ev­ery­where. They have per­formed at the Edinburgh Fes­ti­val Fringe in Scot­land, the Ade­laide Aus­tralia Fringe Fes­ti­val six times, and at the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val, pick­ing up fans and awards along the way.

“We won the “Peo­ple’s Choice Award” a to­tal of three times in Adleaide, “Best of Fringe” at the Win­nipeg & Ed­mon­ton Fringe Fes­ti­vals in 2006, and again in Win­nipeg in 2007, and con­tinue to per­form at a few Re­nais­sance Faires around the U.S. with our most in­fa­mous play, “Tes­ta­clese & ye Sack of Rome,” which we have done over 2000 times since writ­ing it in 1998.”

The Lyric Theatre was a pop­u­lar stomping grounds for Vaudevil­lian play­ers when it first opened its doors in Swift Cur­rent. The Chau­tauqua fes­ti­val is a throw back or an hom­mage to those days, and wel­comes troupes like Sound and Fury with open arms.

“A night of laugh­ter,” is what fans can ex­pect ex­plained Mar­itzer. “And an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the re-born com­edy form of Vaude­ville, which is a very dif­fer­ent form of theatre than any other: it is a more free-form style, which al­lows us to both play with the au­di­ence dur­ing the show, di­verge from the script and im­pro­vise bits and scenes, be­fore re­turn­ing to the main plot... It may be amaz­ing, or things may go hor­ri­bly, hor­ri­bly awry,” joked Mar­itzer of the pre­miere.

‘Sound & Fury’s “Doc Faus­tus” makes up one sixth of the pro­fes­sional one act shows that will play over the course of the four day Chau­tauqua fes­ti­val at the Lyric Theatre. The Fes­ti­val has a theme that takes you back to the 1920’s, where trav­el­ling shows cap­ti­vated lo­cal au­di­ences with lec­tures, mu­si­cians and racon­teurs.

For more de­tails on Chau­tauqua, and the many crit­i­cally ac­claimed live theatre shows that will be here in Swift Cur­rent, visit www.lyricthe­ and click on the events tab.

Sound & Fury’s “Doc Faus­tus” is one of the fea­tured per­for­mances at Chatauqua fes­ti­val on July 7 to 10. the Lyric Theatre’s sum­mer

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