Rough House Theater Company’s Ubu the King, on tour from Chicago

Date(s) - August 01, 2016
7:30 pm


Brutal, power-hungry puppets to hit Athens:

Rough House Theater Company’s Ubu the King, on tour from Chicago

At ARTS/West, Monday August 1

ATHENS (AUG 1, 2016) – Chicago’s Rough House Theater Company is hitting the road like a punk band, touring to eight cities across the Midwest and East Coast with their production of Ubu the King, Alfred Jarry’s 1896 masterpiece of absurdo-surrealism, elaborately retold with original music and over 60 stunning hand-crafted puppets.

In a new adaptation by artistic director Mike Oleon, Rough House’s Ubu the King brings Jarry’s seminal satire to life in all its absurd, grotesque glory. In the hands of five power hungry puppeteer-performers, Pa Ubu murders, lies, and farts his way up to the Polish throne – and back down again. Beautifully designed and meticulously realized by designer Grace Needlman, Rough House’s Ubu is ridiculous, heartbreaking, and spectacular.


Monday, August 1, 7:30 PM



132 W State St

Athens, OH 45701


$10, available for purchase at door

About Rough House

Rough House Theater Company is committed to connecting individuals and communities through art that celebrates the weird things that make us unique, and the weirder things that bring us together.

Rough House creates theater that captures the heart through the eye. Rough House shows use puppetry, music, and human performance to tell stories that are intimate, strange, and sincere.  The company aims to invigorate audiences and inspire fellow artists through work that is rigorous, adventurous, and jubilantly weird.

Through educational programming, cultivation of work by emerging and established artists, and broadly accessible performances, Rough House seeks to bring new life to puppet theater in Chicago, and to invigorate a spirit of cross-disciplinary artistic experimentation within an ever-growing, diverse community of artists.

Born in 2012 in a dilapidated storefront of Chicago’s Congress Theater, Rough House has headlined the National Puppetry Festival, Open Eye Figure Theater’s Toy Theater After Dark Festival, and Chicago’s International Physical Festival. The company has been a proud contributor to such Chicago institutions as Brain Frame and the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival.  Rough House has toured across the United States, performing in auditoriums, galleries, bars, lotion factories, funeral homes, punk houses and the woods of Appalachia.

Rough House is a 501(c)3 organization.