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Over the course of the thirteen years we have been producing Combat Theatre, there are any number of the plays produced that have deserved attention and a life outside of the single night they were produced.Certainly one of the highlights of all those productions was Patrick Holland’s The Cowboy.  Patrick’s play has been published in The Best American Short Plays 2011-2012 along with the likes of plays by such hacks as John Guare.  Well done, Master Holland!


Hey Fletcher,


Well the book is out! It’s so weird to me to see “The Cowboy” published especially in this particular anthology. I keep flashing back to writing it at three in the morning at a Starbucks for Combat! But I am so grateful to everyone from Combat. Without your support, this play would have never been written. And what a wonderful acknowledgement of the work we all do than to have it included in the “The Best American Short Plays Of 2011-2012.”


For the anthology William Demastes, the editor, wrote this about “The Cowboy”:

“The Cowboy by Patrick Holland is haunting in its own way. The work is perfectly crafted to present a collection of improbabilities leading to a fantastic accident that generates the feeling that the accident was no accident at all. The messy lives of three women come together in an unexpectedly appropriate manner, overseen by the silent hand of a character known as the Cowboy, begging the question: What forces lie beneath daily events beyond our control and even understanding?

Preview the first few pages:

But it on Amazon:


Welcome to City Anywhere, USA.  Oh it might be just a town or it might be a thriving metropolis.  Size doesn’t matter; not in this story.  Joy has left this city, at least for the women.  They go to work at unsatisfying jobs, to gyms as much to stave off  boredom as stay in shape, they stop at grocery stores to pick up meals for one and they go to clubs hoping to find a companion if only for a night.  And so goes their routines, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year.

Yes, nothing much of anything happens here in Anywhere USA and no one seems to mind.  And time, it does seem to pass.  But there’s a warm wind blowing through the streets of Anywhere, and it’s bringing something with it.  The change is subtle at first, nothing more than a little dust blowing through the streets, hardly worth mentioning.  But then the tumbleweeds begin to roll through.  Strange as that may seem, the citizens of Anywhere take no note of the change, or at least most of them don’t.  Seems there are these three women, three women who have never met each other, Linda, Kim and Amanda, and they do indeed see what is happening.  All three of these women set out to find the source of this strange wind and find…

…The Cowboy!  Patrick Holland brings us the uplifting tale of a man who isn’t what he appears to be.  A man who has one mission; to bring joy to the women of Anywhere, USA.  The Cowboy strikes up a relationship with each of these women, opening up their minds and their hearts.  He brings bliss where all hope was lost.  But can it last?  What happens on the fateful day when they all run into each other?  Will they continue to live out their new lives, or will they go back to their old ways?  Or is it all some kind of joke?  The answer can only be found in one place and on one night.

The Bunny Gumbo Theatre Company presents The Best of Combat Theatre…so far!
8 of the finest plays from the last decade.
Saturday, December 17th at 8:00 pm.
The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (MYAC)
325 W. Walnut Street, on the corner of Walnut and MLK Drive

Tickets for this benefit show are $25 and available at the door only.

Bunny Gumbo: We do it because we can.

For more info visit us at


by Carson Kreitzer
directed by Jason Economus

At the turn of the last century, a traveling Freakshow grinds to a halt. Things are changing. The anger of being stared at, trapped, caged, is at war with the comfort of knowing your place in the universe. But the growing defiance of the freaks is no act. Will the Dog Faced Woman break her bonds from the show, collapsing the fragile bubble of sustaining interdependence? Can the jaded R…ingmaster, a profoundly broken men, find redemption through his love for the Woman With No Arms and No Legs? In this poetic gritty world, there may only be one way out.

Featuring ensemble members Tess Cinpinski, Rich Gillard, Benjamin James Wilson and Andrew Edwin Voss, with Adrian Feliciano, April Paul, and Rachel Williams.


Lincoln Storage Warehouse

2018 South First Street

Milwaukee, WI 

Friday October 29, 2010 @ 8:00pm (opening)
Saturday October 30, 2010 @ 8:00pm
Thursday November 4, 2010 @ 8:00pm
Friday November 5, 2010 @ 8:00pm
Saturday November 6, 2010 @ 8:00pm
Monday November 8, 2010 @ 7:30pm (pay what you can)
Thursday November 11, 2010 @ 8:00pm
Friday November 12, 2010 @ 8:00pm
Saturday November 13, 2010 @ 8:00pm
Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 8:00pm
Friday November 19, 2010 @ 8:00pm
Saturday November 20, 2010 @ 8:00pm (closing)

All tickets: $15.00
To purchase tickets, please visit:

It can be difficult to write a serious piece during Combat.

Bur every now and again everything comes together just right.

That was the case with Patick Holland’s “The Cowboy” directed by Todd Denning.

It featured Rachel Williams, Angela Iannone, Allison Katula and John Maclay.  Also doesn’t hurt when Jason Fassl designs your lights.

Here’s Desi Rosas and Rachel Williams in a piece by Patrick Holland.  I don’t care how much training you’ve had, you just can’t teach a face like that.

Dan Katula and Robert W.C. Kennedy in Brokeback Moun…er, a play by Randy Rehberg.

I don’t like to take credit for trends in popular culture, but we made Vampires sexy way before Twilight or True Blood.  It was an all Rehberg weekend for Mr. Kennedy, and he’s joined by Tony Wood, acting this time, in a play about Vampires in a Swinger’s Club.