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A new, live presentation of the sitcom Public TV will hit the Milwaukee ComedySportz Arena stage on Monday, November 21st at 7 pm!


From the warped and hilarious mind of Anthony Wood, creator of the hit Milwaukee holiday musical, A Cudahy Caroler Christmas, comes the comedy series about the uproarious goings-on at a local public television station.


The show, developed by Mr. Wood and his creative partner and wife, award winning filmmaker Claudia Looze, is based on their years working as freelance producers for Milwaukee Public TV. It follows the life of a young, naive producer as she starts her first days at the local PBS TV affiliate. The world of public television is not what she envisioned; as local Public TV is less about Downton Abbey and Nova, and more about sewing, yoga, model train collecting, pet care, pledge dives and hunting and fishing programs. We watch her hilariously deal with the bizarre personalities hosting the different shows she’s assigned to work on, and the mishaps that occur along the way.


The crew of the local station is also filled with oddball characters that include a production manager with severe sweat problems, a technical director with Tourette’s, a huge crew of doughnut loving technicians, and a handsome and witty producer who has vowed to make her his sworn enemy.  And let’s not forget Tim Conway!


The live reading, which will also be webcast worldwide, will be presented on the Arena Stage at ComedySportz, 420 S First Street in Milwaukee, at 7 pm. It will feature a cast of some of the Midwest’s finest acting talent, from American Player’s Theatre to First Stage Children’s Theatre, Next Act Theatre and ComedySportz. Notable names include Jim Pickering, Bo Johnson, Drew Brhel, Megan Kaminsky and Tim Higgins.


The show is free, first come first serve, with drinks and commiseration after the show in the ComedySportz Lounge.


Mr. Wood is available for interviews to chat more about the show and his creative history. Promotional materials and more info can be requested at:


Or call (608) 334-1980.





Splinter Group is accepting submissions for our Playwrights Unit.  The Splinter Playwrights Unit will meet twice a month at the Splinter Group Theatre in Milwaukee to read each others’ work and focus on the development and eventual completion of new plays.  There is no membership fee for this group, and as plays progress they will receive staged readings as part of the Splinter Group season, with an eye toward full production.


Please send a cover letter and first fifteen pages of a current manuscript. DEADLINE is June 15th. If we are interested we will request the entire script.


Mail submissions to:

Splinter Group Playwrights Unit

c/o Jim Farrell

2507 S. 94th Street

West Allis, WI 53227




Splinter Group is accepting submissions for our Playwrights Unit.  The Splinter Playwrights Unit will meet twice a month at the Splinter Group Theatre in Milwaukee to read each others’ work and focus on the development and eventual completion of new plays.  There is no membership fee for this group, and as plays progress they will receive staged readings as part of the Splinter Group season, with an eye toward full production.   Please send a cover letter and first fifteen pages of a current manuscript. If we are interested we will request the entire script.   Mail submissions to: Splinter Group Playwrights Unit c/o Jim Farrell 2507 S. 94th Street West Allis, WI 53227


A comedy about death by Neil Haven


  • Saturday May 4th at 8pm and Sunday May 5th at 2pm at the Arcade Theatre in the Underground Collaborative at the Grand Avenue Mall. (Lower level by TJ Maxx)
  • The cast includes Jim Pickering, Deborah Clifton, Laura Gray, Karen Estrada, and Dan Katula.
  • Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or reserved online.

  • One ticket gains admission to both shows. Audience members are encouraged to see both performances, as the genders of the characters will be different. Seeing only one performance will be perfectly enjoyable too.
  • There will a talk back after each show with the playwright and cast to help with future revisions of the script. Be a part of the new play process!



Sky, a mild-mannered graphic designer prone to anxiety attacks, is compelled to trek across the country “with an elderly parrot and his friend in a bucket.” Sky’s closest friend, a bird rehabber named Erin, recently succumbed to cancer and left a surprise in her will: Sky is responsible for choosing what to do with her remains. Before she died, Erin planned a road trip which delivers Sky to all of the unconventional places and people that will do something kooky with one’s cremains. From infused bullets to a launch into low orbit, Sky must choose the most fitting final resting place for his lost companion. Upon satisfactory completion of the incredible journey, he will receive the bulk of her estate.

Erin thoroughly attended to every detail of the journey, but forgot to consider one factor: her mother. Val would much prefer that her daughter be interred in the extensive family cemetery plot. Unable to override Erin’s legally-protected last wishes, Val tracks down Sky and joins him on the trip, hoping to sway his opinion toward the traditional burial choice. Coupled oddly, they embark on a journey in Erin’s memory to explore grief, death, souls, and soul mates.

Double Casting – Gender Flexibility

All of the main characters in Come Back may be performed as either male or female. The gender pronouns used in the above synopsis are all flexible. Sky may be a woman; Val may be Aaron’s father or his/her mother. The staged reading will be double-cast so that audiences can see two versions of the play. Audience members are encouraged to attend both shows to experience the change. For example, the protagonist will be female for one show and male for the next.

The variance in gender results in curious changes in the audiences’ preconceptions about the character relationships. Certain lines and moments take on different meaning.

I had the pleasure of reading the earliest version of John’s play over a decade a go.  I’m so pleased it’s moving forward.  John is one of my favorite local playwrights and you should all be in attendance.


Vanity Theatre Company presents a staged reading of

Enter the Pigman by John Van Slyke

Friday, March 15

8 p.m.

Alverno College, Sister Joel Read Center: RC 112

More details to follow.  Stay tuned!


Table Read auditions for the film project of “Ring of the Magi”

by Arthur Cola will be held on

Friday, Sept. 21 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Burlington High School auditorium in Burlington, WI.

Interested actors may bring their own monologue or scene to perform or contact Producer/director Ron Kolman and author Arthur Cola for a scene from the screenplay appropriate to the part for which they are auditioning.

Date of actual Table Read is Saturday, Oct. 6.

To view the cast list, actors may visit:

Contact Arthur Cola at or 262-308-1608

I’m very much looking forward to hearing this play and can use all the feedback I can get.  And Katie’s put a delightful cast together for the reading.  And it’s free!


Milwaukee, WI …True to its mission to nurture local artists, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) presents the Montgomery Davis Play Development Series staged reading of MORE LOSERS, by Milwaukee-based playwright James Fletcher

An unemployed and depressed dreamer, a barista with writer’s block, a young woman looking for love through sex, a simple man searching for understanding.  Four tales of people marginalized by society.  You’ll need to walk a few miles in their shoes before you label them “losers.”

Playwright James Fletcher is also the co-founder and artistic director of Milwaukee’s Bunny Gumbo Theatre Company, which produced his play LOSERS in 2007. MORE LOSERS continues the style and themes explored in LOSERS, giving patrons a glimpse into the lives of four more underdogs. Katie Cummings makes her MCT debut directing the new work featuring Alexandra Bonesho, Drew Brhel, Karen Estrada, Dan Katula, Emmitt Morgans.

MORE LOSERS  will be performed on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Skylight Bar & Bistro, located on the second level of the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.  Reading reservations are not required; seating is first-come, first-served. The reading is free of charge, with donations kindly accepted.  The Skylight Bar & Bistro will be open for dinner and refreshments beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Milwaukee Chamber Theatre at (414) 276-8842.

MARN (Milwaukee Artist Resource Network) is holding auditions for their latest staged reading at their offices 5407 W. Vliet Street.


Directed by Dana Gustafson

SUMMARY: Two small time con artists drive their eccentric housemate across country to his brother’s funeral in hopes of then stealing his insurance settlement. (See Full Summary Below)

WHEN: Sunday January 8th 1 – 7
CONTACT: For a Specific Time

NEEDS: Two Male Actors Age 18 – 30, One Female Actor Age 18 – 30, One Male and One Female Actor to play characters of various ages.

There will two staged readings (Monday February 6th and Monday February 27th) and no more than three rehearsals. Remuneration is $100.


FULL SUMMARY: One year after his parents died, Artemis Williams was asked by his siblings to leave his Wisconsin home and attend college as far away as possible. Six years later, socially challenged and estranged from his family, Artemis is still an undergraduate at an east coast university. He wants to perfect his original invention, a combination knife and fork called the Knork, and wishes more than anything to one day return to his family.

In Artemis’ boardinghouse he is a continual irritation for his two housemates, con artists Jigg Bells and Emily Sands. When Jigg and Emily learn of the death of Artemis’ brother and the large insurance settlement, they offer to drive Artemis home for the funeral. Artemis believes the offer is out of friendship, but Jigg and Emily only hope to scam the insurance money from him as soon as he gets it.

Part road-trip movie and part grifter story The Freaks Of Ordinary Time is a rich comedic drama about family, friendship and reconciliation. It’s also a story about the freakish traits inside us all and how the bonds we create with others helps us to discover ourselves.

Special Opportunity for Local Professional Actors to Explore Chekhov with Olympia Dukakis

July 25th, 27th, or 28th

One-Day Opportunities

Equity actors with a minimum of ten years of professional experience are invited to apply to be one-day participants in the national Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program.

This July, Olympia Dukakis and the 2011 Lunt-Fontanne Fellows (master actors nominated by theatres across America) will explore the works of Anton Chekhov. July 25-28, Olympia will lead in-depth explorations of all four of Chekhov’s major plays. Olympia and the Fellows will spend a day on each play, in the order in which they were written. The actors will read Acts I & II during the first 3-hour session of the day (scripts in hand, sitting, moving around), will break for lunch/dinner, and will then work on Acts III & IV. In Olympia’s words, it’s “a chance to move through the plays without directorial concept as a guide or obligation, feeling out what you make of these parts, what you make of yourselves in these parts.”

In order to accomplish her approach to the week, Olympia took on the task of “casting” Lunt-Fontanne Fellows in all four of the major plays. However, most of the four major works have more than ten substantive roles. Open roles will be filled through this application process, giving local actors the opportunity to spend a day exploring Chekhov with Olympia Dukakis, one of the most passionate and accomplished Chekhov experts in America.

Monday, July 25th:
The Seagull
10am to 5pm (with lunch provided)
Male Actor to play:
• Shamrayev, husband, father, and an admirer of those connected to fame and fortune. His demeanor towards his daughter and wife, however, is argumentative and embarrassing.
• Yakov, a humble worker.

Wednesday, July 27th:
Three Sisters
2pm to 9pm (with dinner provided)
Female Actor to play:
• Anfisa (Nurse), a nursemaid, old, frail, andan eternal worker who is considered a nuisance by some.
Male Actor to play:
• Ferapont, the door keeper at the local council offices, an older man who is hard of hearing and often blurts out random facts.
Male Actor to play:
• Tuzenbach, a Lieutenant in the army, headover-heels in love, with poetic inclinations and romantic advances towards Irina.

Thursday, July 28th:
The Cherry Orchard
10am to 5pm (with lunch provided)
Female Actor to play:
• Dunyasha, a romance-seeking chambermaid who is innocent and naïve.
Male Actor to play:
• Semeonov-Pishchik, a charming neighbor who constantly tries to swindle money, but in a delightfully comedic fashion.
• Postal Worker, a reluctantly invited guest who joins in a ballroom dance.
• Passerby, a drunk citizen.
Male Actor to play:
• Yasha, a proud, comfortable servant, who keeps his love affair a secret in order to take advantage of the circumstances.

What is the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program?

The Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program is a national program to serve American theatre. Every year, Fellows participate in an 8-day immersion master class and retreat with a worldrenowned and respected Master Teacher. The 2011 Lunt-Fontanne Fellows are: René Augesen (American Conservatory Theater); James Craven (Penumbra Theatre); Nike Doukas (South Coast Repertory); Rick Foucheux (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company); Mark Harelik (South Coast Repertory); John Judd (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Mary Martello (Arden Theatre Company); Austin Pendleton (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); James Pickering (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); Vilma Silva (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Sally Nystuen Vahle (Dallas Theater Center).

APPLY by email by June 10th to Foundation President, Sean Malone, at with the following information: Name, address, phone, email, current headshot, current résumé. Please indicate if you are a member in good standing of Actors Equity Association. Please confirm that you have been a professional actor for 10+ years. Brief comments detailing your interest are welcome.

Please note: Workshopping roles are for one day only. You may apply for a specific role(s) or indicate “any available.” Please indicate which day(s) you are fully available: Monday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday.


Monday March 28th at 7:30pm at The Alchemist Theatre  

Located at 2569 S. KINNICKINNIC, BAY VIEW, WI 53207 

Jonathan O’Neill’s Unit 5 is a badass comedy set in the world of paramedics that promises to shock, entertain, and make you fall in love all over again, if you’re into a really twisted form of love:)

The inaugural reading of BITE Theatre’s new BITE Playground reading series. 

BITE Playground showcases public readings of new plays by emerging playwrights. This event provides a great resource for writers and the community by drawing on the talents of local actors and offers great feedback from the public as these writers move forward shapin’ their work.

Ticket prices for all showings are a suggested donation of $10 at the box office before each show.

Tim Higgins
Clayton Hamburg
James Buchart
Karina Lathrop
Nate Press
Liz Bichanich
Jennifer Mitchell
Johnathan Koller
Joe Foti IV
Micheal Black

Written by Jonathan O’Neill
Directed by Robert Baunoch III