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Max Truax joins Red Tape Theatre as artistic director

Written by
Kris Vire

Red Tape Theatre announced this afternoon that Max Truax is the company’s new artistic director, effective immediately.

Truax was previously artistic director of Oracle Theatre; he announced his departure from that company in April. He has also had a long association as a director with Trap Door Theatre, where he’s helmed plays like Hamletmachine, A Couple of Poor Polish-Speaking Romanians and the current No Matter How Hard We Try.

Red Tape has been without artistic leadership for nearly 18 months, since the departure in 2014 of Brandon Ray after a brief tenure as the successor to longtime artistic director James Palmer. It was also in 2014 that Red Tape lost its longstanding home in a Lakeview church. The company served as co-producer with Stage Left Theatre on Mutt earlier this year, but hasn't produced a show on its own since The Walk Across America for Mother Earth in the final Steppenwolf Garage Rep in the spring of 2015.

Truax will have a hand in programming Red Tape’s 2016–17 season, which the now-itinerant company says is currently being determined.

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