A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

February 12 – 28, 2016
Ethel M. Barber Theater | 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Book by  Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by  Stephen Sondheim
Based on the plays of Plautus
Directed by Matt Hawkins

Rome is flipped upside down when a quick-thinking slave named Pseudolus attempts to win freedom in a matchmaking scheme that sparks a vaudevillian romp of Grecian slaves, soldiers, and whores! Turning the ancient comedies of Plautus into a farce for the ages, House Theatre Company Member and Northwestern Theatre Adjunct Professor Matt Hawkins directs this satirical Tony Award-winning musical comedy with a reimagined take on gender stereotypes, social class, and the intersection of love and comedy.

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MATT HAWKINS (Director) is a Chicago based director, actor and fight choreographer who teaches in the Musical Theater Program at Northwestern University and also at Loyola University, where he teaches Movement and Stage Combat. His recent directing credits include THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Northwestern University), THE ARSONISTS (Strawdog) and HAY FEVER (Lake Forest College). He recently performed in RICHARD III (Next Theater) and choreograph violence for KING LEAR, SHORT SHAKES MACBETH (Chicago Shakespeare); WEST SIDE STORY, BILLY ELLIOT at (Drury Lane Oak Brook); THE NIGHT ALIVE (Steppenwolf); SOON I WILL BE INVINCIBLE (Lifeline Theater) and THE HAMMER TRILOGY (The House). Hawkins holds a BFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University and an MFA in Directing from The University of Iowa.  He is married to Stacy Stoltz.

Creative Team:

  • Scenic Designer: Shaun Renfro
  • Lighting Designer: Kaili Story
  • Costume Designer: Sanja Manakoski
  • Sound Designer: Josh Horvath
  • Dramaturg: Megan Geigner
  • Choreographer: Melissa Zaremba
  • Conductor: Noah Teplin
  • Music Supervisor: Ryan Nelson
  • Stage Manager: Kyle Largent