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Milwaukee Chamber Theatre is doing a staged reading of one of my plays.  Katie Cummings is directing a stellar cast and I’d love your feedback.

Fletcher

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents

A Montgomery Davis Play Development Series staged reading

MORE LOSERS

by James Fletcher

Monday, September 17, 2012 – 7:30 p.m.

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.”

Directed by Katie Cummings

Featuring Alexandra Bonesho, Karen Estrada, Dan Katula, Emmitt Morgans,  Anthony Wood

(Contains mature language and subject matter.)

BroadwayTheatreCenter’s Skylight Bar & Bistro

158 N. Broadway | Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward

Reading is free with donations kindly accepted. Seating is first-come, first-served.

The Skylight Bar & Bistro, operated by Indulge Wine Room, opens at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and refreshments.

For information, call 414.276.8842 or visit milwaukeechambertheatre.com


Audition Call for Monday August 13th 3-7pm  in BayView.

This is an audition call for a staged reading of a new play by Bruce Murphy . There will be one performance on Sunday August 26th from 3-7pm at a private residence.  This is an invitation only performance. Performers will get a small stipend and will be fed.

We are looking for:

2 women Mid 30s

1 woman mid 40’s

2 Men mid 30’s.

Please email Mallory Metoxen mmmetoxen@gmail.com  to schedule your audition.

The production company is InHerOwnRight productions.  The director is Mallory Metoxen.


WHAT: The Freaks of Ordinary Time by local author Matthew Konkel will have a staged reading at MARN (Milwaukee Artists Resource Network)

WHEN: Monday February 27th 7:00pm

WHERE: Milwaukee Artists Resource Network is located at 5407 W. Vliet Street

COST: Free!

SYNOPSIS: 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.

Written By: Matthew Konkel
Directed By:
Dana Gustafson
Cast:
Allie Beckmann, Megan Kaminsky, Evan Koepnick, Nate Press, Jason Waszak

The reading is absolutely FREE of charge, open to the public and will include a post-read Q&A with the author, director and actors.

For more information contact: sonja.rein@gmail.com


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

THE FREAKS OF ORDINARY TIME by Matthew Konkel

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: sonja.rein@gmail.com 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.

TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION TIME PLEASE SEND RESUME AND HEADSHOT TO: sonja.rein@gmail.com

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.


4 actors to play multiple roles that range in age from 30’s to 60’s.

1 Male Native American

1 Female Native American

1 Male any race or ethnicity

1 Female any race or ethnicity

The actors must be comfortable with poetic and scientific language and rhythmic speech and must read music. Actors will read from scores during the performance.

This is for the premier of a new work to be presented by Present Music in April, 2012

These are paid positions.

If interested please send headshot and resume via email to: Jim Butchart @ jimbutchart@milwpc.com


Uprooted Theatre Presents a Reading of ….

Jack and Jill
by Jane Martin
Directed by Susan Fete
FEATURING Marti Gobel and Andrew Voss

Where do relationships take us? Is love enough? How hard are you willing to try?

Enjoy this reading that will make you laugh and sigh. Observe self discovery and personal change. And most of all, feel the characters undeniable yearning.
Join Uprooted Theatre on this ride.

Sunset Playhouse Studio Theatre                            
800 Elm Grove Rd.                                                  
Elm Grove WI , 53122                                    

April 22nd 7:30pm                                                                        
April 23rd 7:30pm                                                                                                            
April 24th 3pm

For Sunset Playhouse:                                                                 

Tickets can be purchased online www.sunsetplayhouse.com                                                     

Or via phone: 262-782-4430

Gen. Admission: $15                                              
Student/Senior/Artist: $10

Live Artist Studio

228 1st St

Milwaukee WI, 53204

May 2nd 7:30pm

For Live Artist Studio:

Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or check

*Pay What You Can

Gen. Admission: PWYC*

Produced by Special Arrangement with the Dramatists Play Service

Tiffany Yvonne Cox
Development Director
UPROOTED Theatre
704-267-3057
tcox@uprootedmke.com

UPROOTED provides a vital outlet through the performing arts for the exploration and expression of African-American voices and cultural experiences. Through its work, UPROOTED strives to unite all members of the Milwaukee community, regardless of their racial or socioeconomic backgrounds, religious or cultural beliefs, gender or sexual orientation, and age or professional status. UPROOTED educates, enriches, and entertains while maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.


Movies and Theatrical Plays are very different mediums.  When you go to a movie you sink back into your comfy chair and prepare to immerse yourself into another world.  You are aided in this endeavor by the dimming of the lights so that you are not aware of your fellow denizens.  The movie makers then overwhelm your senses with both sight and sound; especially sound.  Tension is created by a spooky soundtrack or you are forewarned of an amusing encounter by the spritely quality of the music. 

Theatre is quite another beast.  Everything happens right in front of you.  Oh, I know, movies happen right in front of you as well, but you have the safety and distance of the screen in front of you.  Somewhere in your subconscious you know this is recorded and that any reaction you may or may not have will have no effect on the actors on screen.  I don’t mean to infer that movies are thus less effecting, far from it, merely that it is a different beast.  In the theatre, things happen right in front of you by living, human beings; no CGI, no re-takes, no hiding.  There is a symbiotic relationship between cast and audience that will never happen in the movies.  No actor on the screen has ever held for a laugh; no actor on the stage has ever been able to ask for another take.

But still, the overwhelming difference is that a movie was made to be seen. (I originally wrote scene by accident and only now does the relationship of those two words, scene and seen, strike me.)  Dialogue is secondary in concern and can even get in the way.  So a staged reading of a screenplay…this seems counter-intuitive to me.  If I’ve written a play, I want to hear my characters’ voices, but to hear page after page of described action and setting?  Whole scenes take place without a spoken word.  The action is described on the page and that action is then filmed.  For a recent example, think of Inception, where vast amounts of the script are non-verbal.

The reason I bring this all up is that twice in the last month people have brought up the idea of having staged readings of screenplays.  It seems an odd medium for such a thing, but I’d be interested in hearing feedback about such an idea.  What say you?  Yea or nay?

Fletcher


MARNSTAGES is producing two staged readings of the new play ‘Thunderbird’.  Three actors needed: Female in her 60’s, Male 30’s and Male 40’s. Auditions to take place Thursday April 14, 1-3pm and 5-7pm . Please send headshot and resume to  stages@marnonline.com  for more information and to schedule a time slot


Melissa Musante
Executive Director
Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN)
414.732.2121 office
414.305.2109 mobile


Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents

The Montgomery Davis Play Development Series staged reading of
AMONG THE SQUIRRELS

by Eric Appleton

Directed by James Fletcher
Featuring Matthew Huebsch, Dan Katula, Beth Mulkerron & Rachel Williams 

Monday, March 7 – 7:30 p.m.

When sheer boredom inspires an out-of-work computer geek to collect data on squirrel interactions, he could never have guessed how his backyard observations would reveal truths about his own, stagnant existence. Skillfully combining real life insights, including Netflix, Goth culture and nature shows, playwright Appleton explores the darkly hilarious complexities of love, friendship, employment and creating community.

Broadway Theatre Center’s Skylight Bar & Bistro, 2nd Floor, 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward 

Reading is FREE with donations kindly accepted. Reservations not required, seating is first-come, first served. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early.

Milwaukeechambertheatre.com