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THE BARD & BOURBON THEATRE COMPANY

PRESENTS TWELFTH NIGHT (DRUNK)

Production Dates: Aug 31-Sep 3, 2017 at 7:30pm

This Labor Day weekend, the Tenth Street Theatre becomes a vaudeville stage for Bard & Bourbon’s Twelfth Night (drunk). Twelfth Night is the story of twin siblings separated by a shipwreck in a foreign land. What follows is a wild mix of love triangles, mistaken identities, and general foolery. In this production, however, events are further complicated by the fact that two of the actors each night will be under the influence of quite a bit of whiskey. Anything can happen and it’s up to the sober actors to hilariously try to keep the show on the rails.

Founded in late 2014, Bard & Bourbon is one of several drunk Shakespeare companies that have sprung up over the last decade, including LA’s Shotspeare, New York’s Drunk Shakespeare Society, and Milwaukee’s fellow drunk company, Boozy Bard. “We take the most traditional approach of any drunk company I know,” says director and

Bard & Bourbon founder Katie Merriman. “For us, the Shakespeare comes first and we just trust the alcohol to take care of itself. Our goal is always to produce a genuinely good play with a bit of loving irreverence thrown in.”

Twelfth Night Director Dylan K. Sladky says “As one of Shakespeare’s funniest and lighthearted love stories, Twelfth Night (or What You Will) is a fantastic romp about the absurdities of love in all its forms. Every character has an open world in-front of them, just out of their grasp, and we get to see them set upon each other in hopes of reaching that which they desire most. With this in mind, I looked to old-school backyard vaudeville for inspiration. Vaudeville was for all manner of people, and Shakespeare’s plays share this quality. The over-the-top nature of Twelfth Night and its characters, paired with it’s subtle moments of bittersweet hope of a better tomorrow, makes the 1930’s dust bowlera a striking concept to play in, and has proven to be a truly fun experience.”

Twelfth Night (drunk) runs August 31-Sept 3 at the Tenth Street Theatre, 628 N 10th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233. All performances at 7:30pm.

Pay What You Can preview on August 30.

Tickets are $18 (general) / $15 (students/seniors/military/artists).

For information visit http://www.BardandBourbon.com or facebook.com/bardandbourbon.

To book tickets, visit TwelfthNightDrunk.eventbrite.com

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Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Theater RED present: A Chorus Line Music by Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics by Edward Kleban Book by James Kirkwood Jr and Nicholas Dante

What Would You Do For Love? Featuring an all-star cast of celebrated Milwaukee performers, this concert staging of Broadway’s iconic A CHORUS LINE brings a new perspective to the classic musical by pitting veteran artists against a young, upstart director. Two performances only!

Dates: Sunday, August 27 at 7:30 PM Monday, August 28 at 7:30 PM

Tickets: $28 General Admission / $18 Student, Artist Order online at http://singularsensation.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006
Location: Cardinal Stritch University, Nancy Kendall Theater, 6801 N. Yates Rd, Milwaukee, 53217 Presented in collaboration with Cardinal Stritch University as part of “Arts @ Stritch”

Stage Direction: Music Direction: Choreography: Jill Anna Ponasik Ryan Cappleman James Zager Featuring: Zach: Joe Picchetti Larry: Ryan Cappleman Kristine: Karen Estrada Don: Joel Kopischke Sheila: Angela Iannone Val: Marcee Doherty-Elst Maggie: Jenny Wanasek Bobby: Karl Miller Mark: James Zager Mike: David Flores Bebe: Melissa Cardamone Paul: C. Michael Wright Connie: Carol Greif Judy: Diane Lane Diana: Rana Roman Greg: Mark Bucher Richie: Bill Jackson Cassie: Beth Mulkerron Al: Doug Jarecki

And: James Carrington, Becky Cofta, Zachary Dean, Sean Jackson, Solana Ramirez-Garcia, Stephanie Staszak, Matt Zeman, Rachael Zientek

For more information: milwaukeeoperatheatre.org and theaterred.com Contact: Marcee Doherty-Elst, Media/Public Relations, Theater RED marcee@theaterred.com, 414-617-0132, http://www.theaterred.com

About Milwaukee Opera Theatre: Milwaukee Opera Theatre creates dynamic, singer-centered art by exploring the beauty of the human voice, sparking the imagination of both audiences and artists and transforming the bountiful landscape of classic and contemporary lyric theatre.

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.

Two ground-breaking theater companies, One singular sensation!

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“Michael did something today that had a profound effect on the show and on me. He drew a white line on the floor. And in that simple act was the epitome of Michael’s genius. What he did was symbolize the show in one fell swoop. For A CHORUS LINE is about being on the line, all of us, auditioning all the time.” Excerpt from Marvin Hamlisch’s Journal

About A CHORUS LINE At a time when the Bronx was burning, and many Broadway theatres were shuttered, A CHORUS LINE revitalized the American Musical with a ground-breaking focus on an ensemble of individual characters inspired by the real lives of Broadway dancers. All-night rap sessions produced a series of tapes containing intimate details of the dancers’ drives, ambitions, dreams, and the daily challenges of existence in the theatre. Through a lengthy workshop process (unheard of at that time), these were woven into a piece that is both conceptually and structurally groundbreaking. Never before had American audiences heard a work that so seamlessly navigates show stopping numbers, dialogue, montage, ensembles, and monologues. For those in the early audiences, it was nothing short of revolutionary.

A CHORUS LINE opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway July 25, 1975. An unprecedented box office and critically acclaimed hit, the musical won 9 Tony Awards, in addition to the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The original Broadway production ran for 6,137 performances over 15 years, becoming the longest-running production in Broadway history.

About the Production Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Theater RED lend their unique vision to this iconic musical with a cast of seasoned Milwaukee performers looking back on their careers. As they reaffirm their deep love for the performing arts, recalling “What I Did For Love”, they simultaneously continue to reinvent themselves at new auditions; their “I Hope I Get It” anthem ringing alongside the young up-andcoming artists.

Both Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Theater RED are committed to growth in craft for artists and emphasize the use of local talent. These 2 companies are proud to bring A CHORUS LINE to the Nancy Kendall Theater at Cardinal Stritch University with 100% local artists.

About Arts@Stritch: Arts@Stritch is a new performing arts series hosted by Cardinal Stritch University that presents exciting professional performances on the beautiful main campus in Glendale, WI. Inspired by the University’s rich Liberal Arts tradition, Arts@Stritch provides an opportunity to expand the landscape of exciting performing arts experiences for both the Cardinal Stritch community, and the greater Milwaukee area as a whole.

Getting There The Stritch Performing Arts Center is located in the northwest quadrant of the Cardinal Stritch University Campus in the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communications and Fine Arts. Ample free parking is available, follow signs for the Nancy Kendall Theater and park in Lot 5.

“I don’t think there has ever been a time when, during the opening dance combinations, the tiny hairs on my arms and along my spine haven’t stood erect in honor of the pure ray energy of the actor-dancers upholding the tradition and discipline of the theatre.” James Kirkwood, Playbill Magazine 1983

Two star-studded performances, One singular sensation!


Cooperative Performance is offering $10 artist rate tickets to artists and their guests. This deal is available at the door and cash only, so don’t miss out!

 

Produced with the Underground Collaborative

161 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Lower Level (Below TJ Maxx)

 

Cooperative Performance is excited to announce tickets are now available for its second annual One Act Festival.

 

The festival features the following seven one acts and devised pieces:

  • Nesting Dolls by Stephen Murray, directed by J.J. Gatesman
  • wisdom teeth devised and performed by Zach Schorsch
  • Immortal written and directed by Bill Jackson
  • Role Perversal by Joel Kopischke, directed by Lindsey Erin
  • Grass is Greener devised and performed by Posy Knight and Kirk Thomsen
  • Vows by Lillian Schley, directed by Dylan Sladky
  • Kate the Ultimate and Jane the Invincible: Earth’s Last Inhabitants by Matthew Konkel, directed by Eric Scherrer

 

Featuring the acting talents of Matthew M. Collie, Hesper Juhnke, Posy Knight, Sara Laney, Amie Lynn Losi, Selena Milewski, Bill Molitor, Anna Lee Murray, Kira Renkas, Pam Scheferman, Eric Scherrer, Zach Schorsch, Zoe Schwartz, Kirk Thomsen, and Karolyn Wolkos.

 

SHOWS

  • Thursday June 1, 2017 – 7:30pm (Pay What You Can)
  • Friday June 2, 2017 – 7:30pm
  • Saturday June 3, 2017 – 7:30pm
  • Thursday June 8, 2017 – 7:30pm
  • Friday June 9, 2017 – 7:30pm
  • Saturday June 10, 2017 – 7:30pm
  • Sunday June 11, 2017 – 3:00pm
  • Friday June 16, 2017 – 7:30pm
  • Saturday June 17, 2017 – 7:30pm

 

TICKETS

  • Online: $15
  • At the Door: $20

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-cooperative-performance-milwaukee-one-act-festival-tickets-34639095467.

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/219874268503564/

Company Website: http://www.cooperformke.com


ART by Yasmina Reza, Directed by Lindsey Erin

Produced by the Milwaukee Entertainment Group

Performed at the Brumder Mansion, 3046 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53208

This dark comedy raises questions about art and friendship and concerns the varying opinions of long-time friends Serge, Marc and Yvan. One of the men, indulging his penchant for modern art, buys a very large, very expensive, completely white painting. The reactions of his friends to his purchase creates tension in their friendship. For one friend, Serge’s purchase of the painting is a cruel joke.

Mark Neufang as Serge

Randall Anderson as Marc

Chris Goode as Yvan

Assistant Direction by Caitlin Clark

Fight Design by Tawnie Thompson

The doors will open 30min before each performance for check in. Once inside, there will be a half hour long Pop Up Art Gallery displaying Pieces by local Artists and Live Music performed by Local Musicians. A Cash Bar for refreshments will be available before every performance.

To purchase tickets please call our Box Office at: 414-388-9104

Or visit Brown Paper Tickets: http://artatmeg.brownpapertickets.com/

Online or Phone Early Bird Discount codes, available until May 5th!

code CRITIC for General Admission

code GALLERY for Student/Senior

“Art” — Performance Schedule

Performance Schedule

Friday, May 5 – Opening Night – Doors/Gallery: 7:00pm – Curtain: 7:30pm

Saturday, May 6 – Performance – Doors/Gallery: 7:00pm – Curtain: 7:30pm

Friday, May 12 – Performance – Doors/Gallery: 7:00pm – Curtain: 7:30pm

Saturday, May 13 – Performance – Doors/Gallery: 7:00pm – Curtain: 7:30pm

Sunday, May 14 – Matinee – Doors/Gallery: 1:30pm – Curtain: 2:00pm

Monday, May 15 – PWYC Performance – Doors/Gallery: 7:00pm – Curtain: 7:30pm

Thursday, May 18 – Performance – Doors/Gallery: 7:00pm – Curtain: 7:30pm

Friday, May 19 – Performance – Doors/Gallery: 7:00pm – Curtain: 7:30pm

Saturday, May 20 – Closing Night – Doors/Gallery: 7:00pm – Curtain: 7:30pm


VOICES FOUND REPERTORY PRESENTS THEATRE GAMES AND TWELFTH NIGHT

Season 1 finishes with a world-premiere thriller and Shakespeare’s classic comedy

 

Theatre Games: May 3-7, 2017 | Twelfth Night: May 10-14, 2017

 

MILWAUKEE, WI – Voices Found Repertory concludes its inaugural season with “twin” productions at the Arcade Theatre: the world premiere of Theatre Games, a thriller with a Shakespearean flair, and the Bard’s beloved gender-bending comedy, Twelfth Night. Together, these shows form an oddly complementary pair that examines gender, family, secrecy, deception, and relationships.

 

Theatre Games is a fast-paced psychodrama by emerging Midwestern playwright Pharyne Stephney that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. When five Shakespeare characters find themselves stranded in an abandoned theatre with a script, a princess, and a guy named Bill, they must piece together the convoluted machinations of their boss before it’s too late. But when everyone’s script is a secret, who’s to say what’s written and what’s improvised? Reminiscent of Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, this never-before-seen play directed by Jake Russell Thompson takes us into an unraveling world of crime, secrets, and psychopathy.

 

Twelfth Night counteracts the darkness of Theatre Games with the Bard’s signature heart and wit in one of his most pro-LGBTQ+ works. A diverse ensemble presents this comedy of music, poetry, and unrequited love – the basis for the hit film She’s the Man – with all the color and energy of a 1980s music video. Directed by Nick Hurtgen and Shanna Theiste, Shakespeare’s hilarious adventure into love, gender, and identity in Illyria is the breath of fresh air we need this spring. Our May 12 show is a late-nite “unrated” version that begins at 9pm. Come for the laughs, stay for the love.

 

Patrons can purchase “twin ticket” sets for both shows at a discounted price.

 

TRIGGER WARNING

Theatre Games features strong language, some sexual content, and violence against men and women. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

 

RUNNING TIME

Theatre Games: 90 minutes (with 15-minute intermission)

Twelfth Night: 2 hours (with 15-minute intermission)

 

 

CALENDAR INFORMATION

Performing Arts | Theatre

 

WHAT

Theatre Games by Pharyne Stephney | Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

 

WHO

Voices Found Repertory

Theatre Games directed by Jake Russell Thompson

Twelfth Night directed by Nick Hurtgen and Shanna Theiste

 

WHEN

Theatre Games: May 3-7, 2017

Twelfth Night: May 10-14, 2017

 

Performance Dates – Theatre Games

Wednesday, May 3 @ 7:30pm

Thursday, May 4 @ 7:30pm

Friday, May 5 @ 7:30pm

Saturday, May 6 @ 2:00pm

Saturday, May 6 @ 7:30pm

Sunday, May 7 @ 2:00pm

 

Performance Dates – Twelfth Night

Wednesday, May 10 @ 7:30pm

Thursday, May 11 @ 7:30pm

Friday, May 12 @ 9:00pm

Saturday, May 12 @ 2:00pm

Saturday, May 13 @ 7:30pm

Sunday, May 14 @ 2:00pm

 

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 & Clybourne/2nd & Plankinton

The Shops at Grand Avenue garage on Plankinton Ave. (between Michigan & Wisconsin)

 

Handicapped Access

Elevator located via the Wisconsin Ave. entrance to the Shops at Grand Avenue

 

TICKETS

General Admission: $12

 

Discounts

$10 for artists/educators with a valid ID or recent program

$9 for seniors/students with valid ID

May 3 at 7:30pm and May 12 at 11:00pm are pay-what-you-can performances

 

Twin Ticket Special – includes 1 ticket to Theatre Games and Twelfth Night

General: $20

Artists/Educators: $17
Students/Seniors: $15

 

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 Shakespeare’s plays as well as to create a platform for new works. We believe in the power of the arts and strive to use our responsibility as artists for the good of our community.


Join us for a fundraiser celebrating our love of alcohol and nerdiness as we take Shakespeare to a galaxy far, far away.


March 27at the Underground Collaborative – downstairs in the Shops at Grand Avenue, 161 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Doors open at 6:30 – snacks, drinks, and more available for purchase.

Costume contest at 7:00 – winner receives a free drink and 2 vouchers for Bard & Bourbon’s MACBETH

Staged reading and drinking game at 7:30

Donations accepted at the door. 
All proceeds go toward Bard & Bourbon’s Memorial Day weekend production of MACBETH

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Milwaukee Opera Theatre presents:

THE MIKADO

March 16 – 26, 2017

We’re reuniting the original cast for a revival of our mad-cap, smash-hit, 2015 production. Now with even more cowbell! Join us in the town of Titipu for a Mikado like no other!

Directed by Jill Anna Ponasik and Catie O’Donnell
Music Direction by Ruben Piirainen, with special assistance from Michael “Ding” Lorenz
Choreography by James Zager

Featuring
The Mikado: Doug Jarecki
Ko-Ko: Jason Powell
Nanki-Poo: Nathan Wesselowski
Pooh-Bah: Joseph Riggenbach
Pish-Tush: Doug Clemons (March 16, 17, 18, 20, 24, 25 at 7:30)
Kelly Doherty (March 25 at 2:00, March 26)
Katisha: Diane Lane
Yum-Yum: Susan Wiedmeyer
Pitti-Sing: Allison Hull
Peep-Bo: Heidi Boyd
The Ensemble: Alicia York and Kelly Doherty

Location
Next Act Theatre’s Performance Space
255 S Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53204

Performance Dates and Times
Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 PM (Preview)
Friday, March 17 at 7:30 PM (Opening)
Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 PM
Monday, March 20 at 7:30 PM (Industry Night)
Friday, March 24 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 PM

Tickets
Center (Section 2): $28
Side (Sections 1 & 3): $22
Preview/Industry Night: All seats $18

Tickets available at http://nextact.org/rental-events/mot-mikado/ or 414.278.0765.

 


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THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH Artist Matinee – Marquette Theatre
Marquette Theatre announces special artist rate tickets for a matinee of THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH. Artist tickets will be sold for $9 and are available for the show at 11:00 am on Friday, February 24. Tickets can be purchased at the door a half-hour before curtain or by calling (414) 288-7505. The show’s run will continue from Wednesday, February 22 to Sunday, Wednesday 26.
Written by Thornton Wilder and directed by Jamie Cheatham, THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH is a comedy that mixes satire, burlesque and farce. The Marquette production promises to be like nothing you’ve seen before on the Helfaer stage. Follow Wilder’s “first family,” the Antrobus family, from the ice age straight up to present day. This tenacious clan lives through the invention of the wheel, the Great Flood, and all of the frustration and liberation of building a better world, as they struggle to survive by the skin of their teeth.
All Marquette Theatre performances take place at the Helfaer Theatre on Marquette University’s campus, located at 525 N. 13th St. For tickets to other performances, or for more information, visit marquette.edu/theatre and go.mu.edu/tickets.”

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Hey friends, we just opened a marvelously entertaining new rendition of Robin Hood which is playing at the Todd Wehr Theatre and we’ve got a PWYC this Tuesday, February 20th,  at 7:00pm.

 

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