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‘Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook’ musical

The true story of Chicago’s infamous Haymarket massacre comes to life in Underscore Theatre Company’s world premiere musical “Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook,” with book and lyrics by Alex Higgin-Houser, music by David Kornfeld, directed by Elizabeth Margolius with music direction by Robert Ollis and Tyler Merle Thompson. Commemorating the 130th anniversary of the deadly bombing and riot at Haymarket Square, this stirring new musical is playing Now through June 12, 2016 at Chicago new performance venue, The Edge Theater at 5451 N. Broadway in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at or by calling (312) 646-0975.


“Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook” will feature LaKecia Harris, Summer Hofford, David Kaplinsky, Royen Kent, Mike Mazzocca, Victoria Olivier, Khaki Pixley, James Smart and Tyler Merle Thompson.

“Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook” is a true Chicago story – the story of Lucy Parsons, daughter of a slave and widow of anarchist martyr Albert Parsons who, on the last day of her life, revisits the Haymarket Affair and the unjust trial that followed it in an attempt to make peace with her past. Like Underscore’s production of Borderlands, Haymarket is a folk musical in which the actors accompany themselves, with influences ranging from circus to protest songs to roots Americana.

“The Haymarket affair created America’s first true Red Scare, setting the tone for global affairs that shaped the 20th century – and it happened right here in Chicago at Randolph and Des Plaines,” comments Alex Higgin-Houser. “The stories of these men and women, facing down police brutality, income inequality, a corrupt judiciary and a runaway media, offer a window into not only what came before, but what is and could be. By grounding the narrative in American folk traditions, and giving our actors the means of musical production, we’re telling a story of Chicago’s most notorious labor battle in a way that moves past the tragedy and embraces the vibrancy of our city’s history. Especially here, and especially now.”

About Underscore Theatre

Founded in 2011, Underscore Theatre Company is a team of producing artists dedicated to exploring stories of power and resonance through a musical lens; fostering the development of new musicals; and bolstering Chicago’s role as a national leader in musical theatre. Since its creation, Underscore has produced 32 world-premiere musicals in Chicago. Underscore is proud to be Chicago’s home for new musicals.

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