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Theater & art

Playwright delighted to be mired in tragedy

Playwright Sean Graney grew up in Saugus and went to Emerson College, but after graduating, he didn’t feel like he fit into the Boston theater scene. After seeing the Neo-Futurists stage “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,” he found a home in Chicago and soon after helped form the Hypocrites in 1997. His group made a name by staging absurdist and avant-garde plays, or completely reimagining classics. A recent production of “12 Nights” — a twist on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” — starred four players, one boombox, and a fridge full of beer. Last spring, the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge hosted a beach-ball-filled “Pirates of Penzance.”

Now, Graney has returned to the Boston area to tackle a dream project in which all of the existing Greek tragedies are brought together in a single 12-hour performance (intermissions and meal breaks included). On Saturday, Graney will offer a table reading of “All Our Tragic,” featuring 17 actors, at the Knafel Center in Radcliffe Yard.

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