Hunger Artists Theatre Company

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The Hunger Artists Theatre Company was an alternative theatre company located in a business park in Fullerton, California. They were known for presenting challenging, thought-provoking plays musicals, world premiere pieces, and re-imaginings of classic plays.

The Hunger Artists Theatre Company was founded in 1996 by a group of longtime friends is the first Orange County-based alternative theater to grow out of Orange Coast College's Repertory Theater.[1]

Named after a short story by Franz Kafka, the company received its start with a Halloween show titled Madame Guignol's Macabre Theatre. The show became a Halloween tradition and was presented each Halloween for ten years before retiring in 2005.[2]

The Hunger Artists received numerous acclaim and awards for contemporary plays such as "Bash: Latter-Day Plays", "4.48 Psychosis" and "The Gog/Magog Project", world premieres such as "The Land Southward", "The Flying Spaghetti Monster Holiday Pageant" and "The Pledge Drive: Ruminations On The Hunger Artist", world premiere adaptations of literary works such as "The Metamorphosis", "Little Women" and "Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book", reworkings of classic plays such as "White Trash Private Lives", "Re: Woyzeck" and an all-male "The Importance of Being Earnest", musicals such as "Sweeney Todd", "Assassins" and "Hedwig and the Angry Inch", one-act festivals such as Beyond Convention, 24 Hour Theater and Last Chance Fest, and original late-night entertainment such as the Orange County Underground Burlesque Society and Muddville.[3]

The company closed in December, 2012.[4] Hit hard by the recession, the company became the third Fullerton theater in two years to shut its doors due to financial pressures.[5]

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  1. ^ "Hunger Artists Theater Company's History Page". Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
  2. ^ [1][permanent dead link] Hunger Artists Theater Company's "Guignol X" page]
  3. ^ Hunger Artists Theater Company's Archives Page[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Joel Beers (November 16, 2012). "Hunger Artists Theater Closing its Doors :-(". OC Weekly. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  5. ^ Eric Marchese (November 20, 2012). "Recession doomed Hunger Artists theater". Orange County Register. Retrieved February 17, 2013.

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