For Immediate Release June 21, 2010 

Milwaukee, WI  Youngblood Theatre Company presents DRIVE ME TO ARSON by Benjamin James Wilson from July 22-July 31 at the UWM Theatre Building lower level on the UWM main campus at 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. 

In Drive Me To Arson, You meet  young Avery Cannon, a run of the mill yet henpecked poet by day and a serial arsonist by night. Accompany him as he finds himself lost in a waking dream with no end in sight and no way out. He is joined in this chimera by his aggravated girlfriend, a jaded psychiatrist and his patient, and a sardonic janitor who holds all of the answers Avery seeks or maybe none of them. Loosely based on a Rupert Brooke poem, this new play by Youngblood’s resident playwright Benjamin James Wilson is both darkly comedic and slightly terrifying. You will never look at an ice-scraper or Zippo® lighter the same way again!

Just a year old, Youngblood Theatre Company has achieved local and national attention for its cutting edge ensemble performances.   The core company, made up of UW-Milwaukee Acting program graduates, debuted in July of 2009 with a series of three plays, David’s Red-Haired Death, Savage In Limbo and an original play, Godbridge written by co-founder Benjamin James Wilson.  All three plays, performed over a period of 4 weeks at three different Milwaukee venues  surprised theatre-goers and critics alike by the caliber of the staging and actors performances.  Since last July  Youngblood has participated in The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later with New York’s Tectonic Theatre, achieved regional acclaim for their production of Red Light Winter by Adam Rapp and literally and figuratively took the Milwaukee theatre scene by storm with their most recent production of Spirits to Enforce by Mickle Maher in May 2010. Youngblood’s mission is to support Milwaukee’s emerging theatre artists by creating unique professional  experiences for early-career actors, directors, and technicians.  After performing the play here in Milwaukee they will be taking this play to the Minneapolis Fringe Festival

Drive Me To Arson cast members include, Tess Cinpinski, David Rothrock, Rich Gillard, Tommy Stevens and Andrew Edwin Voss

Tickets are available at the UWM box office for $13.  For more information please visit the Youngblood Theatre Company website at http://www.youngbloodtheatre.com

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