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Theater RED Invites Milwaukee to “Be Italian!” with NINE the Musical

Directed by Theater RED’s New Artistic Associate, Eric Welch

 

Che bello! Theater RED proudly announces a new addition to the company! Eric Welch joins Theater RED as Artistic Associate following his collaboration with the company in June of 2018 for the Wisconsin premiere of I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS. Eric Welch directed this one-woman comedic romp as a co-production with his theater company, Untitled Productions.

 

The great secret of NINE is that it took “8½” and became an essay on the power of women by answering the question, ‘What are women to men?’ And NINE tells you: they are our mothers, our sisters, our teachers, our temptresses, our judges, our nurses, our wives, our mistresses, our muses.

– Maury Yeston

 

Be Italian! New Theater RED Artistic Associate Eric Welch will direct NINE the musical, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Arthur Kopit, in January of 2019. Reimagined with a cast of nine (9) women and one (1) man, NINE brings Theater RED alumni and newcomers together for a courageous, no-frills production that brings the core of Guido’s crisis to audiences up-close in Sunset Playhouse’s intimate Studio Theater.

 

Based on Italian director Federico Fellini’s comic masterpiece of biographical filmmaking, “8 ½”, Yeston’s sultry musical follows the life of world-famous film director Guido Contini as he prepares his latest picture. Contini is also, after recent box office failures, drifting towards a nervous breakdown. Contini has turned 40 and faces two crises: he has to shoot a film for which he can’t write the script, and his wife of 20 years, film star Luisa del Forno, may leave him if he can’t pay more attention to his marriage. As it turns out, it is the same crisis. Luisa’s efforts to talk to him seem to be drowned out by voices in his head: voices of women in his life, speaking through the walls of his memory: insistent, flirtatious, irresistible, potent. These are the women Guido loved, and from whom he derived the entire vitality of a creative life, now as stalled as his marriage. As his sanity disintegrates, he drifts into nostalgic reverie, eventually focusing on the formative sexual encounter of his life, which occurred at the age of 9.

 

Dates (three performances only):                Friday, January 25 at 7:30 PM Saturday, January 26 at 7:30 PM Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 PM

Tickets: $20 General Admission

Order online at https://sunsetplayhouse.com/shows/nine or by calling 262-782-4430

 

Location: Sunset Playhouse Studio Theater, 700 Wall Street, Elm Grove, WI 53122

 

Stage Direction: Music Direction: Choreography:
Eric Welch Lydia Rose Eiche Ashley Patin
Featuring:
Timothy J. Barnes as Guido Marcee Doherty-Elst as Serraghina Jennifer Larson as Mama Maddelena
Rae Elizabeth Paré as Luisa SaraLynn Evenson as Lilliane Le Fleur Hannah Esch as Our Lady of the Spa
Samantha Sostarich as Carla Laura McDonald as Guido’s Mother Carrie Gray as Lina Darling
Kara Ernst-Schalk as Claudia Marcee Doherty-Elst as Stephanie  

 

About NINE

NINE is a musical, initially created and written by Maury Yeston as a class-project in Lehman Engel’s BMI

Music Theatre Workshop in 1973. It was later developed with a book by Mario Fratti, and then again with a book by Arthur Kopit, music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. The story is based also on Frederico Fellini’s semi- autobiographical film . It focuses on film director Guido Contini, who is dreading his imminent 40th birthday and facing a mid-life crisis, which is blocking his creative impulses and entangling him in a web of romantic difficulties in early 1960s Venice.

 

The original Broadway production opened in 1982 and ran for 729 performances, and starred Raul Julia. The musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and has enjoyed a number of revivals. The 2003

Broadway revival featured a star-studded cast: Antonio Banderas, Mary Stuart Masterson, Chita Rivera, Jane Krakwoski and Laura Benanti, and won 2 Tony Awards itself, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Jane Krakowski).

 

The movie [] has a phenomenal impact on me when I saw it as a teenager when it first came out. I was fascinated with Guido who was going through his second adolescence when I was going through my first! As I grew I began to realize that there was room to explore the reacting of the inner workings of the women in Guido’s wake…I think that’s what opened the gateways of creativity for NINE – to hear from these extraordinary women.

– Maury Yeston to the New York Times

 

About the Title

Fellini entitled his film 8 ½ in recognition of his prior body of work, which included six full-length films, two

short films, and one that he co-directed. Yeston’s title for the musical adaptation adds another half-credit to Fellini’s output and refers to Guido’s age during his first hallucination sequence. Yeston called the musical NINE, explaining that if you add music to , “it’s like half a number more.”

 

Getting There

The intimate 88-seat Studio Theater is located at Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove, WI and is the sister

performance space to their larger 299-seat Furlan Auditorium. Sunset Playhouse is in the heart of the Elm Grove shopping district at 700 Wall Street with ample free parking available in their spacious parking lot. Sunset Playhouse is easily acceptable for patrons coming from all corners of the world (even Italy!). Visit https:// sunsetplayhouse.com/contact/map-directions for detailed, localized directions from the West, North, South, and East of Southeastern WI.

 

About Theater RED: Theater RED produces theater in Southeastern Wisconsin. Each production addresses three founding tenets: Substantial roles for women, growth in craft for artists, and support for new playwrights.

 

For more information: www.theaterred.com and www.sunsetplayhouse.com

For further information, contact: Marcee Doherty-Elst 414-617-0132 marcee@theaterred.com

 

 

Be Italian with Theater RED in January 2019!

 

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ALL IN PRODUCTIONS

is pleased to present:

 

WHAT IS WAIP?

 

Recorded once a month, WAIP is an ongoing semi-serialized variety show podcast produced by All In Productions. WAIP follows the exploits within a failing fictional Milwaukee radio station along with various episodic programming, parodies, skits and other outlandish content thrown in for good measure.

 

NEXT RECORDING:   Sunday January 27, 2018 Live Recording Begins @ 7:00pm at In Tandem Theatre, 628 N 10th St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233 (Subsequent recordings are once a month on the final Sunday.)  Listen to all episodes of WAIP here https://soundcloud.com/aipmke

 

Directed and conceptualized by Adam Qutaishat, WAIP features some of Milwaukee’s finest established and up-and-coming talent by area actors, artists, and writers. Each episode of WAIP also features a special guest interview with a Milwaukee area theatre professional. Previous theatre guests include Ray Jivoff (Skylight Music Theatre), David Cecsarini (Next Act Theatre), Jill Anna Ponasik and Danny Brylow (Milwaukee Opera Theatre), Alyson Chavez (Milwaukee Ballet), Matt Kemple (Milwaukee Comedy Festival), Zach Thomas Woods (Kohl’s Wild Theatre), Marcee Doherty Elst (Theatre RED), Jason Powell (Milwaukee Metro Voices), Eric Welch (Untitled Productions), Alexis Forseth and Hannah Kubiak (Voices Found Repertory), Composer Paula Foley Tillen, and Jake Brockman and Kyle Conner (Forge Theatre).

 

Content of WAIP stretches from the ridiculous to the inexplicable and includes:

The struggling exploits of WAIP’s employees presented in sitcom-esque fashion.

All Arcadians, an ongoing fantasy satire.

The Worsener, a superhero parody series.

Time Ranger, a superhero parody series.

Dog Investigator, the hardboiled adventures of a canine detective and his past that just won’t leave him alone.

Other commercials, skits, radio plays and material include: Awkward Elevator Conversations, The Mournful Gene Lavender, Job Seekers, Robot Roommate, Long Tom Silvers, Packer Snackers, Fop on Pop, Court of the Dead, Inferior Flix, and Off Topic.

 

WHERE CAN YOU LISTEN TO WAIP?

 

Episodes of All In Productions’ WAIP are published bimonthly and can be heard worldwide free of charge on the music and audio platform SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/aipmke. It can also be found on iTunes, Stictcher, and more.

 

WHO PERFORMS WAIP?

 

WAIP regular and guest performers and writers include Tim Backes, Marcus Beyer, Becky Cofta, Kyle Conner, Hannah Esch, Alexis Furseth, Ana Gonzalez, Chris Goode, Kathryn Hausman, Hailey Hentz, Amanda J Hull, Mike Jones, Matthew Konkel, Hannah Kubiak, Beth Lewinski, Edward Lupella, Laura McDonald, Robby McGhee, Emmitt Morgans, Connor O’Hara, Rae Elizabeth Pare, Gage Patterson, Adam Qutaishat, Tim Rebers, David Sapiro, Zach Sharrock, Liz Shipe, Stephanie Staszak, Zach Thomas, Woods, Maddie Wakley, Hannah Shay, Casey Van Dam, Bob Zimmerman, Brant Allen, JJ Gatesman, and Ben Yela.

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Sound engineering and sound effects for WAIP are by Derek Buckles. WAIP is stage managed by Allison Kasprovich. Graphic design is by Cassie Pearson. Equipment for WAIP is provided Q Music, LLC.

 

WEBSITE: http://allin-mke.com/

 

 

 


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Artist rates available for Bard & Bourbon’s

KING JOHN: a (drunk) Staged Reading

ONE WEEKEND ONLY!

January 18 & 19

7:30

Charles Allis Art Museum

1801 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Bard & Bourbon begins our Drunk Shakespearean Histories series with King John.

Don’t know the play?  Don’t worry! This staged reading will feature drunk narration from Bard & Bourbon alumni for a one-of-a-kind night of laughs and thrills.

Featuring powerful female roles and a narcissistic king who rules by whim instead of wisdom, King John is a perfect play for our current political times.

General admission: $10

Students/Seniors/Military/Artists: $7

For tickets, visit www.BardAndBourbon.com  or https://drunkkingjohn.bpt.me


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Morning Star Productions will present It’s a Wonderful Life at the Theater space at Eastbrook Church, December 1 through 9th. Experience the excitement of a live theater version of this classic, Christmas film. All of Bedford Falls comes alive in full color – the dauntless George Bailey, the imperious Mr. Potter, the irrepressible Clarence, and all the other characters we know and love so well. Celebrate the season with this endearing story of hope and second chances, adapted from the film by James W. Rodgers.

December 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 2018
Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 3 pm
onstage at Eastbrook Church, 5385 N Green Bay Avenue, Milwaukee

 

Tickets – $12,  Group Tickets:  10 or more – $10, Thursday, December 6, $10 

www.morningstarproductions.org


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VOICES FOUND REPERTORY PRESENTS MEDEA BY EURIPIDES
Production Dates: December 6 – 16, 2018
MILWAUKEE, WI – One of antiquity’s most notorious legends explodes into life in Euripides’ greatest play. When her husband – the Greek hero Jason – abandons Medea and their children, a battle of the sexes becomes a nightmarish venture into questions of vengeance, justice, family, loyalty, and pride. As Medea decides how far she will go to bring Jason to task for his betrayal, her community must grapple with the consequences that anger – even righteous anger – can bring upon the innocent. A story that has haunted audiences for two millennia has never felt timelier.
TRIGGER WARNING This play features violence against women and children.
RUNNING TIME 75 minutes (no intermission)

CALENDAR INFORMATION Performing Arts | Theatre

WHAT Medea | Euripides (adapted by Jennifer Vosters)
WHO Voices Found Repertory Directed by Jennifer Vosters Cast (in alphabetical order): Catalina Ariel, Maura Atwood, Kilian Collins, Joe Dolan, Teddi Jules Gardener, Cara Johnston, William Molitor, Andy Montano, Abigail Stein, and Madeline Wakley.
WHEN December 6-16, 2018
Performance Days Thursday, December 6 @ 7:30pm Friday, December 7 @ 7:30pm Saturday, December 8 @ 7:30pm Sunday, December 9 @ 3:00pm Friday, December 14 @ 7:30pm Saturday, December 15 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, December 16 @ 3:00pm
WHERE The Arcade Theatre (at the Underground Collaborative) | 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53203
Parking Free street parking after 6:00pm and all day Sunday Surface lots between Michigan & Clybourn/2nd & Plankinton The Shops at Grand Avenue garage on Plankinton Ave. (between Michigan St. and Wisconsin Ave.)
Handicapped Access Elevator located via the Wisconsin Ave. entrance to the Shops at Grand Avenue
TICKETS General admission: $12
Discounts $10 for students/seniors December 6 @ 7:30pm is a pay-what-you-can preview – all donations are greatly appreciated.
CONTACT voicesfoundrep.com | (414) 254-2553 | voicesfoundrep@gmail.com
ABOUT VFR Voices Found Repertory is dedicated to creating theatre that unifies its audience and to upholding an inclusive safe space for exploration, communication, and empathy. Our goal is to produce fresh and invigorated stagings of classic plays as well as to create a platform for new works. We believe in creative problem solving, clever budgeting, and a healthy appreciation for spontaneity – combined with passion and, of course, a little luck. Above all, we believe in the power of the arts and strive to use our responsibility as artists for the good of our community.
PRESS CONTACT Alexis Furseth, Director of Marketing and Public Relations (608) 515-7265 | alexisfurseth@gmail.com

Jennifer Vosters, Director (262) 424-3125 | javosters22@gmail.com


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Five-time NFL champion and two-time Super Bowl champion, Vince Lombardi is the man behind every Green Bay Packers’ legend. Whether you bleed green and gold or enjoy a fantastic piece of theatre, you won’t want to miss this!

For more info visit: https://www.racinetheatre.org/production/lombardi/


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Milwaukee Opera Theatre presents:

Antiology

Music by John Glover, Words by Kelley Rourke
Inspired by the novel Eat the Document by Dana Spiotta

Featuring Andrew Wilkowske and Jack Forbes Wilson

 

“The point isn’t to win,” according to Nash, a key character in Dana Spiotta’s award-winning Eat the Document. A radical remnant of the 70s who now presides over an anarchist bookstore, Nash draws the disaffected youth of the 1990s into a shifting series of “collectives.”  In this musical response to Spiotta’s novel, the team behind “Guns N; Rosenkavalier” and “Lucy” explores the two eras – their language, technology, music and activism.  ​With special guest Dana Spiotta.

Dates:
Wednesday, October 10 at 8:00 PM
Thursday, October 11, at 8:00 PM
Friday, October 12, at 8:00 PM

Doors open at 7:30

Tickets: $25 General Admission / $15 Students and Artists

Order online at http://antiology.bpt.me or by calling 1-800-838-3006

Location: Boswell Book Company
2559 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211

Stage Direction:                                                        Music Direction:
Jill Anna Ponasik                                                        Jack Forbes Wilson

And Starring our 70s Operatic Jam Band: Andrew Wilkowske, Eva Nimmer, Kat Wodke, Monique Ross, John Glover, Joe Riggenbach, and Jill Anna Ponasik

For more information: milwaukeeoperatheatre.org
Contact: Jill Anna Ponasik, Artistic Director, Milwaukee Opera Theatre
jillannaponasik@gmail.com or 917.684.0512

 

Milwaukee Opera Theatre is Milwaukee’s micro-brewery for opera, proudly producing small batches of high quality, local lyric theatre.  We tell stories through music…unconventionally.

 


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MILWAUKEE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP PRESENTS:

 

JAKE REVOLVER, VCR REPAIRMAN

 

 

Written by Matthew Konkel

Directed by Tom Marks

 

WHAT

Milwaukee Entertainment Group (MEG) and producer Tom Carr launch their 2018-19 theater season with the comedy-radio-noir sequel and world premiere production of Jake Revolver, VCR Repairman by Milwaukee playwright Matthew Konkel. This live stage production is directed by MEG’s artistic director Tom Marks and features an ensemble of Milwaukee area actors. Running September 7th – 22nd, 2018 7:30, Sunday September 16th matinee 2:00pm at the historic Brumder Mansion, 3046 W. Wisconsin Ave. Special Preview Performance on Thursday, September 6th 7:30pm. http://milwaukeeentertainmentgroup.com/jake-revolver-vcr-repairman

Tickets are available for purchase online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3586109

ABOUT THE SHOW

He’s a voice for the voiceless, an eye for the sightless and a nose for the nostrilless. Some have called him a villain, some have called him a hero, some have called him “four eyes” and “fatty fat fatboy” but he always got over it. No matter what you call him though, his name and title remains the same: Giving orders and fixing recorders it’s Jake Revolver, VCR Repairman!

It’s the sequel you didn’t know you wanted! In the continuing adventures of this radio-noir, private detective parody, Jake Revolver has left his investigative roots to open a successful, albeit obsolete, video repair business and is charged with finding the ominous and infamous Berlese VCR.

Employing the same silly noir-parody tone and live radio show format as the original, Jake Revolver, VCR Repairman is more amusing and more “radioing” than the first! It’s a seriously funny foray into the dark and hysterical world of a once secret agent turned small electronics mechanic. Don’t miss Jake Revolver, VCR Repairman! In the tradition of Firesign Theater, Jake Revolver combines slapstick, screwball humor, and commercial spoofs for a laugh-a-minute theatrical comedy. Milwaukee Entertainment Group and the Brumder Mansion are proud to present Jake Revolver, VCR Repairman

CAST

Jake Revolver, VCR Repairman stars as an ensemble of seasoned Milwaukee area actors including: Phil Stepanski as Jake Revolver (reprising his character portrayal from the prequel Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent), Marcus Beyer as Sage, Jim Donaldson as RB Hefft, Amy Geyser as Dearly Leading, Laura Holterman as Ginger, Jason Nykiel as Fredrick Nobel, Hayley San Fillippo as Top Load, and Pam Scheferman as Detective Copper.

WRITTEN by Matthew Konkel

DIRECTED by Tom Marks

COSTUMES and PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT by Amanda J. Hull

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for Jake Revolver, VCR Repairman are $25 General Admission and $20 Student/Senior for all performances. Tickets are available online through brown paper tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3586109 or by phone at (414) 388-9104.

 

Information about Jake Revolver can be found on the Milwaukee Entertainment Group website at http://milwaukeeentertainmentgroup.com/jake-revolver-vcr-repairman

 

All Performances of Jake Revolver will be held at the historic Brumder Mansion, 3046 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53208.

 

Performances Dates and Times:      September 7th – 22nd – Fridays and Saturdays, 7:00

Doors/7:30 Curtain.

Special Preview Performance – Thursday, September 6th

7:00pm Doors 7:30 Curtain

Matinee – Sunday, September 16th 1:30pm Doors

                                                            2:00pm Curtain

 

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I n t i m a t e   S e t t i n g

 

Milwaukee Entertainment Group strives to promote and participate in the creation of theatre arts in Milwaukee, focusing on newly written performance ideas created and performed by local artists.

http://milwaukeeentertainmentgroup.com/

 

 


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Message*: Come enjoy a classic love story. The Beauty of Psyche is a theatrical production recreating the myth of Psyche and Cupid. After an attempted sacrifice, Psyche finds herself a prisoner in the magical castle of a mysterious stranger. Haunted by her dreams she finds a way to connect with her captor and find freedom, but that is only where the journey begins.

https://www.facebook.com/events/251479892353817/

Written and Directected by: Jj Gatesman

The Beauty of Psyche will performed at the Arcade Theater in the Under Ground Collaborative September 6th through the 15th.

The show features the talents of:

Abigail Stein
Josh Decker
Audrey Thompson-Wallace
Kellie Wambold

And original music by Amanda J Hull and Cole Heinrich


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                                                                        Theater RED brings Angela Iannone’s This Prison Where I Live to Milwaukee

A play in the Edwin Booth cycle, and companion piece to acclaimed The Seeds of Banquo

 

MILWAUKEE, August 1, 2018 – Continuing their 2018 season, Theater RED revisits the 19th century’s most cherished Shakespearean actor, Edwin Booth, for another Milwaukee premiere. Written and directed by Angela Iannone, and featuring Theater RED alumni and Chicago-based actor and playwright Jared McDaris, “This Prison Where I Live” marks the second collaboration between Theater RED and Iannone as a playwright and director, after 2015’s critically acclaimed The Seeds of Banquo.

 

This Prison Where I Live recalls Edwin Booth, the first superstar celebrity in the world of theater, as he rehearses his production of Shakespeare’s Richard the Second. As he readies himself to play, the ghosts of his past, including that of his notorious brother, interrupt his rehearsals with their own requests and mock the crown of America’s “Prince of Players.”

 

The run of This Prison Where I Live will last three weeks, with performances at 7:30pm on August 24th, 25th, 29th, 30th, and 31st and September 6th, 7th and 8th and matinee performances at 2:00pm on August 26th and September 9th. All performances will take place at the Tenth Street Theatre (home to In Tandem Theatre), located at 628 N 10th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233. The lobby offers refreshments during intermission, and before and after the show. Running time is around two hours, including a fifteen minute intermission. Tickets cost $18 and will be available starting August 3rd at www.theaterred.com

 

About Theater RED: Founded in 2013 by local actors Christopher Elst and Marcee Doherty-Elst, Theater RED is a registered LLC that produces theatre in southeastern Wisconsin. Each production addresses three founding tenets: substantial roles for women, growth in craft for artists, and new works by promising playwrights. www.theaterred.com