David Hauptschein

AN ALCHEMY OF FLESH

A mind-bending, noirish thriller where personalities split, and where the Peeping Tom at your window looks uncannily like yourself.

BREAKDOWN AND OUT

In the midst of a family crisis, ex-con con artist Carl appears and attempts to help his former girlfriend Carmen cope with her paralyzing agoraphobia by teaching her how to go out of body.

CAST

Set in what appears to be a mental institution, a patient-doctor relationship breaks down, reverses, and then the two characters subjugate themselves to the authoritative commands of a recorded voice.

IN MEMORY OF EDGAR LUTZEN

In the year 1905, Sweden's most acclaimed painter, Edgar Lutzen, becomes obsessed with alchemy, and is beset by jealousy and paranoid visions that cause his marriage and life to unravel.

THE BALLAD OF JOHNNY 5 STAR

Suspicious that his wife is having an affair with rock ‘n’ roll wannabe Johnny 5 Star, "Limo Kip" employs a private eye whose investigations unleash a chain of events that force Kip to stare down his own inner self.

THE GURNEY

Clifford’s brother Wesley has disappeared, and when Clifford enters Wesley’s apartment to investigate, he discovers that a bizarre woman, who speaks a strangely poetic, broken English, has moved in.

THE PERSECUTION OF ARNOLD PETCH

The central character of this drama is a man with an extraordinary persecution complex, whose worst fears, paradoxically, may in fact be coming true.

THE PLAYACTOR

A twisted, comic drama about the first face-to-face encounter between Charlie, a pathological liar, and Margo, an ingenuous young woman with whom he has become enmeshed in a passionate internet romance.

TRANCE

With Hauptschein's trademark kitchen sink surrealism, the subconscious bubbles over in this spine-tingling reimagination of the Manson family murders.

WHEN THE WALLS HAVE EARS

A multi-layered drama in which a woman possessed by fears that she has been abducted and implanted insinuates herself into the Kratzki household, with devastating results.

David Hauptschein is a Chicago-based playwright, screenwriter, impresario, and visual artist. Hauptschein's play, In Memory of Edgar Lutzen, was produced in 2010 by Secret Life Theatre at the Old Red Lion Theatrein London.  Secret Life Theatre also produced The Gurney (2008) in Chicago, An Alchemy of Flesh (2008) in London, and The Playactor (2007) in London.  In 2004, his play The Ballad of Johnny 5 Star, co-written with David Vlcek, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and then transferred to the Library Theatre in Manchester, England.  Hauptschein's other produced plays include Trance, When the Walls Have Ears, The Persecution of Arnold Petch, Breakdown and Out, and The Lucid Dreamers, all of which premiered in Chicago.  In addition, Trance was staged at the White Bear Theatre in London in 2002. Trance received a Fringe First Award at the 1996 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and was featured at the 1997 Arts Festival in Brighton, England. 

Among Hauptschein’s other theatrical events are the Heartless Theatre production of selections from Hauptschein's The Frank Monologues, featuring Michael Shannon; Pig American Theater's production of No One Goes Mad: From Writings of the Insane; and The Duplex Planet Project, based on David Greenberger’s magazine The Duplex Planet.

Hauptschein's screenplay, Country of Hotels, is scheduled to be filmed in the UK in the summer of 2014, and he is the creator of an award-winning experimental animated short film entitled Fecundation.

In the arena of performance art, Hauptschein has curated many spoken word events. This includes the acclaimed Letters, Diaries, and True Stories shows; Coffee with David Hauptschein and Joseph Fosco; and the Social Science Fiction Festival; as well as an eclectic poetry/performance art series called The Spoken Word Cafe. Hauptschein’s Letters and Cyberspace shows were broadcast on NPR’s This American Life.