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Milwaukee Opera Theatre presents:


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.

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 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:
Contact: Jill Anna Ponasik, Artistic Director, Milwaukee Opera Theatre 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.


Story of My Life

Milwaukee Opera Theatre presents:


Music and Lyrics by Neil Bartram / Book by Brian Hill

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

The Story of My Life lasts approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

The creative team:
Stage Direction: C. Michael Wright
Music Direction: Anne Van Deusen
Costume Design: Jason Orlenko
Lighting Design: Antishadows LLC

Doug Clemons as Alvin Kelby (the friend who stayed home)
Adam Estes as Thomas Weaver (the friend who moved away)

Performance Dates and Times:
Thursday, December 3 at 9:00 PM
Friday, December 4 at 9:00 PM
Saturday, December 5 at 9:00 PM
Thursday, December 10 at 9:00 PM
Friday, December 11 at 9:00 PM
Saturday, December 12 at 9:00 PM
Sunday, December 13 at 7:00 PM

Order online at or by calling 1-800-838-3006

Please note: Our curtain time is 9:00 PM for most performances because The Story of My Life is taking place in a working bookstore during their busiest month of the year. Thank you Boswell Books for letting us get away with that!

The Story of My Life traces the thirty-year friendship of Thomas Weaver, a successful novelist living the dream in a big city, and Alvin Kelby, the inspiration behind his popular stories who stayed behind in small town America to manage his father’s bookstore. After Alvin’s unexpected death, Thomas travels home to deliver his friend’s eulogy. In a series of flashbacks both comic and poignant, Thomas recounts the course of their friendship from youthful infatuation to disillusionment and estrangement, ultimately finding redemption in the stories that shaped their lives.

Presented with help from our friends at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, The Story of My Life will warm hearts and feed souls this holiday season.

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