Hammering Man Turned Axe Murderer!

Screams the headline on a just-received press release from Intiman:

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"SEATTLE-- On Wednesday, April 1, the Hammering Man, one of Seattle's most beloved icons, shocked onlookers when he committed a double murder, with an axe. Inspector Porfiry of the St. Petersburg police, currently on a sight-seeing tour of Seattle, managed to take the attached photo moments after the event, which is being investigated as 'a murder with a psychological explanation.'

The story behind the Hammering Man's crime and punishment will be revealed at Intiman Theatre, where a 90-minute version of Dostoyevsky's psycho-thriller -- ironically titled Crime and Punishment -- opens on Friday, April 3 and plays through May 3."

More after the jump, including what Intiman is doing to cut costs.

"The Hammering Man -- who is also known in certain circles as #3277164 -- has never before exhibited any signs of violence, nor has he expressed the idea that he is an 'extraordinary man' who has the right to kill.

Inspector Porfiry is consulting on the investigation, and will help the Seattle police determine whether the Hammering Man should be sent to Siberia.

For more information, all King County residents are encouraged to call 206.269.1900 and visit both www.intiman.org and www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k-QF5ZQCcY.

In other news, Intiman is responding to the current economic crisis in innovative ways. Its 2006 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre is now for sale on eBay.

Following Crime and Punishment, Intiman will produce 999 Clowns, a version of Herb Gardner's play A Thousand Clowns, and Abe Lincoln in Venice, a new comedy loosely based on Shakespeare's Othello. The play will have a happy ending that speaks to our need for escapism right now, as Abraham Lincoln convinces Iago, Othello, and Desdemona (and Shylock, Antonio, and Portia, who make cameo appearances through Intiman's Living History arts education program) of the virtues of equality.

Despite the economy, however, Intiman will not make across-the-board cuts: Joan Didion's solo show The Year of Magical Thinking will be performed by both Penn and Teller."

Artist Jonathan Borofsky approved the digital alteration of "Hammering Man."

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