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                   The critically acclaimed drama, DOUBT, A PARABLE, by John Patrick Shanley will open the After Sunset Series,in the Marla Eichmann Studio Theater, at Sunset Playhouse, 700 Wall St, Elm Grove, WI. Performances of DOUBT will take place Thursday through Saturday, September 12-14, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, September 15, at 2:00 pm. General admission tickets are $16. To reserve tickets, call 262-782-4430 or visit sunsetplayhouse.com. For group sales, contact Stephanie at 262-782-4431, ex. 291.

(After Sunset is recommended for mature audiences only.)

DOUBT won both the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. It was also turned into an Academy Award-nominated film. The brilliant and powerful drama is set against the backdrop of a Catholic elementary school in the Bronx, as both the Catholic Church and the nation face the major social changes of the 1960s. A progressive young priest’s conduct comes under question when Sister Aloysius, the strict and conservative school principal, suspects the priest of improper relations with a male student. The actions and motivations of each character are scrutinized, and a battle of wills threatens irrevocable consequences for everyone involved.

Directed by Becky Spice, the production features Robin Christiansen as Father Flynn; Karen Maio as Sister Aloysius; Brittany Roux as the young teacher, Sister James; and LaKysha Burns as the mother of Donald Muller, the school’s first African American student.

Other plays in the After Sunset series include: FRANKIE AND JOHNNY AT THE CLARE DE LUNE, February 6-9, 2020, and VAGINA MONOLOGUES, April 2-5, 2020.

Sunset Playhouse, 700 Wall Street, Elm Grove, WI  53122  262-782-4430   SunsetPlayhouse.com


A play by Cara Johnston
Directed by Erin Nicole Eggers

Sunday, August 25th at 5:00pm
Todd Wehr Theatre at the Marcus Center

France, 1789. Tension is high and whispers of revolution fill the halls of Versailles.
We are at the Queen’s Theater attending a theatrical performance given by Marie Antoinette and her famous friends.
It is the 14th of July and today the Bastille will be stormed but first there is theatre!

Join La Résistance for an original one-act play filled with humor, despair, dancing, live music, and shadow puppets.

Featuring:
Marcel Alston
Andrés Garuz
Therese Goode
Cara Johnston
Shannon Nettesheim Klein
Ben Parman
Courtney P. Richards
Ben Yela


AND NOW FOR SOMETHING TOTALLY NEW!

 

MILWAUKEE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP PRESENTS

NOT DEAD YET!

An original, absurd, interactive murder mystery comedy

Written by Andrew Peterson

 

Directed and Partially Devised by Robert A Zimmerman

and his incredibly Quirky and Creative Cast of Comedic Characters!

ABOUT THE SHOW

Join us in witnessing the disastrously unsuccessful efforts of a buffoonish, egocentric, film director in producing a staged reading of a dangerous and mysteriously secret new theatrical project at the Brumder Mansion. We’d tell you ahead of time the name of this infamous Hollywood director– but we’d have to kill you. Trust us – you’ve heard of him. You’ve stood in line to see his movies. You’ve seen them on Netflix and also possibly…Inferior Flix… Some of you have probably even pirated them on the torrents (don’t worry – we won’t tell). And now he’s coming here. To Milwaukee. To take you behind the scenes of his next artistic sensation: Not Dead Yet! Don’t miss it…or else!

CAST OF CHARACTERS

ADOLF EBOLA- Zach Sharrock
BERNICE IS-NOT-MY-NAME- Amber Regan
CAMERON JAMES PINEHURST III- Dennis Lewis
E. ORR BLOCK- Chis Goode
GINGER KATZ- Cara Johnston
SUZIE DITZ- Brittany Curran

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
6/7 Evening Performance
6/8 Evening Performance
6/14 Evening Performance
6/15 Evening Performance
6/16 Matinee Performance

6/17 (PWYC) Performance
6/20 Evening Performance
6/21 Evening Performance
6/22 Evening Performance

EVENING PERFORMANCES
7:00PM House Open/ 7:30PM Curtain

MATINEE PERFORMANCES
1:30PM House Open/ 2:00PM Curtain

Box Office: (414) 388-9104
WEBSITE: www.milwaukeeentertainmentgroup.com


TFiL Closing 4.13.19

 

Get out and support new local theatre people. Last weekend.

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THREE. SHOWS. REMAIN. | $15 in advance and discounted tickets at theconstructivists.org

Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door, $10 Student with valid ID

Friday, March 29 – Saturday, April 13, 2019
Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sunday Matinees at 4pm

The Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave.
(Just one block west of the Riverside Theater, in the Grand Ave, Lower Level), Access to excellent street and garage parking, and dining and drink options.
“a captivatingly complex meeting…” –The Small Stage

“…the level of intimacy between Merryn and Wyatt feels like something you shouldn’t be witnessing…” –Ozaukee Living Local

“Lean in. The reward is worth it.” –Broadway World Milwaukee

“With To Fall in Love, the Constructivists have proven yet again that they are a fearless company. The Milwaukee group effortlessly explores complex topics through a realist lens. Jaimelyn Gray’s direction is bold, genuine, and not to be missed.” –The Drama Den

To Fall in Love
By Jennifer Lane
A Midwest Premiere
directed by jaimelyn gray

Featuring Madeline Wakley and Matthew Scales

More than 20 years ago, the psychologist Arthur Aron watched as two strangers, sitting directly across from each other, fell in love in his laboratory as they asked each other a series of 36 questions he had prepared. Six months later, the two participants were married and invited the entire lab to the ceremony. In “To Fall in Love” a couple, Merryn and Wyatt, on the verge of ending their marriage, meet in Wyatt’s apartment and use the questions in hopes of reconnecting and a starting a new phase of their relationship.

Be a fly on the wall of this intimate, humorous and moving production. This production contains adult subject matter. Viewer discretion advised.


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Cooperative Performance devises steampunk journey through the psyche in MACHINA PERSONA

 

MACHINA PERSONA seeks to create tangible representations of the humors that we find unexplainable. From anger and sadness to fear and joy, this devised piece personifies the very emotions that define our daily lives. With steampunk influence, an ensemble of actors interacts as the individual forces driving the human machine, revealing the kinks and malfunctions that different social challenges and mental disorders create along the way.

 

IF YOU GO

April 5 – 20, 2019

7:30 PM

*A talkback will be held after Saturday, April 13th’s performance.

 

North Milwaukee Arthaus

5151 N. 35th Street

Milwaukee, WI 53209

(Just south of Villard Ave. Free street parking available.)

 

*This is a site-specific show, performed on the ground floor of the soon-to-be renovated historic Old North Milwaukee Village Hall & Fire Station. The site is drafty, raw, and unfinished. Please take this into consideration and dress appropriately.

 

TICKETS

$15 online, $18 at the door

 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
www.CooperativePerformance.org


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UWM Opera Theatre and UWM Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with Milwaukee Opera Theatre invite you to join us for an exciting opera production of a Mozart classic.  Sung in the original Italian, this tale of political intrigue, forgiveness and redemption will feature a cast of students and alumni! At the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts.

Maestro Jun Kim, Conductor

Jill Anna Ponasik, Stage Director

James Zager, Choreographer
Leslie Vaglica, Costume Designer

Janna Ernst, Music Director

LeRoy Stoner, Lighting Designer

Tony Mudra, Chorus Master

Colleen Brooks, Producer

Performances: Friday April 5 and Saturday April 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Pre-show talks: Held before both shows at 6:30 p.m.

Ticketing Information
To order, call the Zelazo Center Box Office at 414-229-4308, email psoatix@uwm.edu, or visit https://uwm.edu/arts/event/la-clemenza-di-tito-uwm-opera-theatre-uwm-symphony-orchestra/2019-04-05/.

April 5: https://bit.ly/2UIOSZC

April 6: https://bit.ly/2HuN0k5

General – $22 | Seniors & UWM Faculty and Staff – $17
Students with ID – $12 | Music Majors – Free


Theatre Nervosa presents THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING)

By Will Eno

Directed by John Schneider

Featuring A.J. Magoon

 

March 20 – 23

All performances at 7:30 p.m.

Located at The Underground Collaborative (on the lower level of the Grand Avenue Mall)

161 West Wisconsin Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53203

 

He’s just like you, only worse. On a particular night, Thom Pain finds himself on a particular stage in front of a particular audience. His goal? Save his life. Save your life. Explain it all. His obstacle? A speck of dust. A familiar face in the third row. The fact that he’s living through it all.

 

Playwright Will Eno has been called “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.” Now, his Off-Broadway smash hit—a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama—finds itself in a new pair of deftly fumbling hands in Milwaukee.

 

General Admission tickets $15

Artist/Student tickets $10

 

Buy tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thom-pain-based-on-nothing-tickets-54621627759

 

Performance runtime is approximately 75 minutes. Suggested for audiences 18 years and up. Contains instances of strong language and ennui.

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We open this delightful play this Friday. Come play with us.

MARCH 8 – MARCH 24

at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center Directions

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…”

When Rosalind is banished from her uncle Duke Frederick’s court, she must flee into the Forest of Arden with her cousin Celia and the fool Touchstone. There, they encounter clowns, noblemen, and even Rosalind’s new love Orlando – who will need to learn a few things before he will deserve her. One of Shakespeare’s greatest and most beloved comedies, AS YOU LIKE IT is filled with music, love, laughter, and reminders of what is most important in this world.

Performance runtime is approximately two hours and fifteen minutes, including intermission. Suggested for families with young people ages 12+

https://www.firststage.org/Shows–Events/2018-2019-Season/As-You-Like-It/


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CONTACT: Kellie Wambold

651.263.1055 or wambold27@gmail.com

February 27, 2019 – (Milwaukee) The Constructivists, a new Milwaukee Non-Equity Theater Company, are thrilled to announce their official second season – including a rarely produced dark comedy from an American legend and a noir techno-thriller from one of the most popular contemporary female playwrights.

 

 

THE CONSTRUCTIVISTS SEASON TWO (2019-20)

THE GOD OF HELL, BY SAM SHEPARD | Fall of 2019

Directed by Jaimelyn Gray

Emma and Frank live a quiet life with their cows in the heart of Wisconsin. They don’t expect anything exciting to come from taking in their friend Haynes, but when secret agent Welch comes looking for Haynes, this slice of American heartland is turned into a place of paranoia and unspeakable horror. A rarely staged dark comedy, Sam Shepard’s play written in response to our government’s reaction to 9/11 is now more timely than ever.

“The God of Hell” will be staged at The Underground Collaborative. Full dates, cast, and production information will be released as is becomes available.

 

THE NETHER, BY JENNIFER HALEY | Spring 2020

Directed by Jaimelyn Gray

One of the most requested plays in recent years, popular female playwright Jennifer Haley blurs reality into a virtual realm known as the Nether. This new form of the internet allows anyone to indulge in their deepest longings, but some realms dive into the most unsavory sexual desires. Detective Morris interrogates members of a realm known as The Hideaway, digging into the emotional consequences of allowing even the imagination to entertain the darkest desires.

 

“The Nether” will be staged at a performance location to be determined. Full dates, cast, and production information will be released as is becomes available.

 

SEASON AUDITIONS

 

The Constructivists will hold season auditions this spring. More information will be announced in the coming weeks, or go to www.theconstructivists.org for updates.

 


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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!