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Name:  Mickle Maher  

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Genre: Fiction Other

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Mickle Maher has worked in Chicago as an actor, director and playwright since 1987

Biographical and Professional Information

Mickle Maher is a co-founder of Theater Oobleck and the author of numerous plays, including An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening, and The Hunchback Variations.


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An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This His Final Evening and The Hunchback Variations
ISBN: 0970745842

Hope and Nonthings. 2001

Two plays by Chicago playwright Mickle Maher. "An Apology..." is a brilliant retelling of the Faust legend. Dr. John Faustus apologizes to the audience for leaving the writing of his life to "long-winded hacks" and explains how Mephistopheles prevented him from recording his own story for posterity. In "The Hunchback Variations" Maher brings together composer Ludwig van Beethoven and Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, for a panel discussion on the pitfalls of artistic collaboration. Their attempts to create an enigmatic sound called for by a stage direction in Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" are thwarted by their deafness, unpleasant working conditions, and the fact that Beethoven has not yet finished reading the "The Cherry Orchard." Two funny, intelligent and highly original two-character plays.

Master Stitchum and the Moon
ISBN: 1932188010

Bollix Books. 2003

THE FIRST THING you have to understand about the story of Master Stitchum and the Moon is that it happened very, very long ago. Millions and millions of years ago. When the world was very young. So young that the mountains only came up to a person's chin and snowflakes came in just twenty three shapes...
MASTER STITCHUM is a tailor who does no tailoring but instead spends his time telling everybody else what to do. He tells butterflies how to flit better and he tells knights how to slay dragons more effectively. Follow Stitchum, his sister Helga (the town spitter) and his brother Pitchum (the town slop shoveler) as they embark on an unforgettable journey to furnish their town with the previously undiscovered novelty of MOONLIGHT. In doing so, Stitchum will cross treacherous mountains, swim through shark filled oceans, sing lullabies to giants and ultimately come face to face with his own weakness.
Included within this wonderfully illustrated, full-colored, masterpiece is a CD containing 3 songs that complement Master Stitchum and the Moon. These unforgettable songs were written, composed and performed by world-renown singer/songwriter, Michael Smith.

The Strangerer and Spirits To Enforce ( two plays )
ISBN: 0981564305

Hope And Nonthings. 2008

The Stranger is a masterful satire crossing the writings of Albert Camus and Edward Albee with the 2004 presidential debate between George Bush and John Kerry in Miami's convocation center. Spirits To Enforce is a meta-adaptation of The Tempest with 12 Absurd Superheroes on 12 different phones collecting funds for their stage adaptation of The Tempest.