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One of the more interesting plays I’ve ever had the opportunity to work on is opening this evening at the 53212 Presents space in Riverwest. You are going to want to see this one. And you’re going to say, “I’m going to see this one, but not this weekend.” And then next weekend you’re going to say, “I’m going to see this one, but not this weekend.” And then the following week you’re going to see the show on it’s last performance or two, and you are going to tell your frineds, “You’ve got to see this show!”, but it will be too late.


Of course you could buck this lame trend that exists in Milwaukee, and urge your friends to see it after you do on opening night, when your urging will do no end of good. This is a fine story, well produced and acted. Support local theatre!

March 6-21, 2020

the nether
by jennifer haley

directed by jaimelyn gray

Much like an episode of the hit series “Black Mirror” (and one of the most talked-about new 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 access a vast network of virtual reality realms. Users may log in, choose an identity, and indulge in any desire. Detective Morris interrogates members of a realm known as The Hideaway, digging into the emotional consequences of its players entertaining the darkest of wants. The Nether is both twisting crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller. The play is for mature audiences only as it deals with pedophilia, sexual violence, suicide, and other very adult themes.

“The Nether” will be performed at 53212 Presents, a new arts venue dedicated to providing access to affordable rehearsal and performance space in the heart of Riverwest.

53212 Presents, 731 E. Center Street, Milwaukee, 53212


Friday March, 6, 7:30

Saturday, March 7, 7:30

Sunday, March 8, 4:00

Friday, March 13, 7:30

Saturday, March 14, 7:30

Sunday, March 15, 4:00

Monday, March 16 (Pay What You Can), 7:30

Friday, March 20, 7:30

Saturday, March 21, 7:30


For more information, go to




Hi guys,

The Constuctivists are opening a super interesting play by Sam Shephard this weekend (what play by Sam Shephard isn’t interesting) The God of Hell. This cast is doing really great work and you should come see it. And here’s a thought, instead of waiting for the last weekend or missing it completely, why not come opening weekend and help get the word out when you relate your delightful theatrical experience to, oh I don’t know, everyone you know? Support local theatre!


P.S. The show is at The Underground Colaborative in the basement of The Grand Avenue Mall.  All shows are at 7:30 pm. And if you come tonight, I’ll let you buy me a beer.

The Constuctivists are opening Sam Shephard’s The God of Hell this weekend. Sam Shepard’s THE GOD OF HELL. Opening Friday, September 27 thru Saturday, October 12, 2019. Tickets at #milwaukee #theatre #samshepard #thegodofhellmke #wisconsin #usa #gotmilk

Patrick Holland and Tony Wood are raising funds for a new film they are making. It’s called “The Strange Case Of My Sole.” It’s a bizarre, dark and hilarious tale about a man taken over by the power of a pair of boots. The film will shoot in Wisconsin and Chicago. It stars familiar Combat Theater regulars and alumni: Robert W. C. Kennedy, Angela Iannone, Sarah Sokolovic, Anthony Wood and Patrick Holland. They have a modest budget and are using IndieGoGo (kind of like Kickstarter) to raise funds. There are some really great perks for donating like: DVDs; Limited Edition Letterpress Posters; Advanced Screenings; etc. There are also some truly original perks: choose a song and Sarah Sokolovic will make a video singing it to you; Deacon Robert W. C. Kennedy will marry you; and a Beer & Cheese Tour with Tony & Patrick. Check out their pitch video that stars them and Zach Braff… well, kind of! Go to

Musical Combat is coming your way, June 7th and 8th.  You already know that Bunny Gumbo fills the stage with a ton of talent, but did you know that talent can sing?  We’ve had plays with songs in the past, but this is the first Combat where half of the shows will be musicals.  Our superb cast of  Milwaukee talent will create 16 brand new shows in just 48 hours.

The Bunny Gumbo Theatre Company presents Musical Combat.

8 writers

8 directors

30 actors

16 plays is 48 hours

The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (MYAC) 325 W. Walnut Street (on the corner of Walnut and MLK Drive)

Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are $18 and available at the door only.  Weekend packages are available for only $30.

For more info, visit us at  and

Bunny Gumbo; we do it because we can!


For those of you who might not be aware I formed a local production company with Bai Ling and Glen Popple. And we are planning to shoot a western next month in South Dakota with Wisconsin based actors and crew, along with a few Chicago people.  This is planned as a fairly expensive production, in fact it has a bigger budget than Petty Cash, and this is a short film. We’ll use the short to raise funding for a feature.

But, as planning progressed we decided to go all out and make this the best it can be. Hence we must raise additional funds to make our vision come true.

So we have started an Indie Go Go fundraiser to cover this. We are asking friends to help spread the word about our crowd funding. Every little bit helps, the more people who spreads this link around the better we can do, and make our film.

Yellow Hill: The Stranger’s Tale


Bai Ling

Cyn Dulay

Tom Lodewyck

Dan Katula

Cheryl Roloff

Joshua Parkes

Nathaniel Ross

Bruce Spielbauer

John Walski

Gregg Wright
Here’s the link:

Thank you, I would greatly appreciate any help in getting the word out.

“You look ridiculous!”

“I know!”

And you will as well if you miss tonight’s show!  It’s The Best of Combat Theatre…so far! and it happens tonight, Saturday, December 17th at 8:00 pm, The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut Street.  And if you have a valid student ID you’ll pay ony 10 bucks.  10 smackers for 9 of the most entertaining plays you’ll ever see.

Plus you have the opportunity to bid on all sorts of great swag.  There’s plenty to choose from, but my money’s on The Ultimate Kennedy Experience.  Combatant Robert W.C. Kennedy takes you to see a fight, makes you Mint Juleps before the Kentucky Derby, takes you on a booze cruise and has one additional special item for you.

These plays will be seen this one last time before they’re locked in the vault forever, so get on it!

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The Bunny Gumbo Theatre Company invites you to shake off those spring blahs and help us celebrate The Year of the Bunny with Combat Theatre.  The summer installment of Combat arrives June 3rd and 4th at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center.

30 actors, 8 writers and 8 directors bring you 16 new works of theatre all created in 24 hours.  The subjects and locations for these new plays are all, literally, pulled from a hat.  The scripts are written overnight and the casts have less than 12 hours to memorize their lines and get the shows up on their feet.  After Friday’s show, we do it all over again…with less time!  There is no advanced preparation, no warning, no mercy – just instinct, ability and raw talent on display. The outcome of the process is a wide variety of 15-minute works that boggle the imagination.

Combat Theatre takes place Friday and Saturday, June 3rd and 4th, at 8 pm at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut (on the corner of Walnut and MLK.)  Tickets are $18 each and are available at the door only.  The weekend package gets you both nights for only $30.

Combat Theatre involves the best writers, directors, and actors Milwaukee has to offer.  Those wishing to attend are advised to arrive early as previous installments of Combat have sold out quickly.

The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center is a collaboration of First Stage Children’s Theatre and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.

For more information about Bunny Gumbo, write to or visit our website:

Please join us for opening weekend and the World Premiere of 

Nurture’s Wonders a disturbingly depressing comedy by Thomas Rosenthal


Opening Weekend – Friday, February 18 and Saturday, February 19 at 8pm
TICKETS $10.00!   

(1/2 price tickets subject to availability, preference given to reservations)
Mention this email when making reservations or bring it with you to the theater!

Enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and desserts pre-show and during intermission opening weekend!  

Windfall Theatre presents

Nurture’s Wonders a disturbingly depressing comedy

by Thomas Rosenthal

Directed by Maureen Kilmurry

Thomas Dillon, Amy Hansmann, Michael Gau, Ben George, Robert WC Kennedy, Doug Soder, Carol Zippel

February 18 – March 5, 2011

(2/18, 2/19, 2/25, 2/26, 2/28, 3/3, 3/4, 3/5)

All performances 8pm
At Village Church Arts
130 E. Juneau
Tickets $20.00
Box Office: 414-332-3963

The show contains adult language and content and is best suited to those 17 and over. 

Milwaukee, WI, January, 2011 – Windfall Theatre continues its all premiere 18th season of Fearless theatrical adventures with the world premiere of Nurture’s Wonders a disturbingly depressing comedy by Thomas Rosenthal staged in the company’s intimate performance space located at Village Church Arts, 130 East Juneau Avenue, in the heart of Milwaukee’s downtown theater district.

About the play: Rosenthal’s NURTURE’S WONDERS a disturbingly depressing comedy for our times revolves around Marti & George Parker a typical American couple raising their children in South Fondy, USA until a mysterious young man named Marshall with ambitions of being a rap music star arrives in town on the same day that the school principal Hipple shows up at the Parker’s home with a gun found in their oldest son’s locker.  Now Marti & George are determined to make sure their youngest son, Isaac, avoids the same fate so they try to find him a hero…even if all he really needs is a parent. 

NURTURE’S WONDERS contains adult language and content and its message is best suited to those 17 and over. It is a powerful and achingly current play.  The show’s edgy comedy with unexpected pop culture twists and turns speaks to our troubling times.  With headlines about gun violence and bullying in our schools riddling the news on nearly a daily basis and in the wake of the AZ shootings Rosenthal’s play will touch those who understand that the proliferation of guns is a detriment to our society and taking a tragic toll on our children’s safety, security, innocence and future. 

About the playwright: Windfall Theatre ensemble member Thomas Rosenthal has a Master’s degree in playwriting from Indiana State University.  He came to Milwaukee as an acting intern at the Milwaukee Rep where he received playwriting consultation from award winning playwright Steven Dietz.  Windfall has produced three other critically acclaimed world premieres of Rosenthal’s scripts the comedies Tan Lines and Naughty Angel and the love story mystery/drama WHEN I GIVE MY HEART

About the ensemble: Windfall has assembled a talented ensemble of Milwaukee theatre artists to weave this irreverent comedy’s prescient and too timely tale: Amy Hansmann (Marti Parker), Robert W.C. Kennedy (George Parker), Michael Gau (Marshall), Ben George (Hipple), Thomas Dillon (Sarge) and Carol Zippel (Yvonne).  Maureen Kilmurry artist in residence and guest lecturer at Marquette University directs.

Tickets $20.00 – Box Office: 414-332-3963 

About Windfall Theatre: Founded in 1992, Windfall Theatre is a non-profit, professional theater company with a three-production season, Windfall brings its audience intensely intimate and alive theater centered on an active exchange of word and feeling between actor, character, and audience.  Searching for answers and provoking questions about the world we live in, Windfall is fearless in its selection of and approach to the work the company produces.  Simple, but theatrical productions of original, contemporary and classical plays have highlighted its seasons.  The company seeks out little known “gems” from well known playwrights and has brought many premieres to Milwaukee including: The President, When I Give My Heart, A New Brain, 100, Boston Marriage, Defying Gravity, The Last Five Years, The Laramie Project, The Dying Gaul, Is There Life After High School?, John & Jen, Romance/Romance, The Heidi Chronicles, and Don Quixote de Milwaukee.

Windfall Theatre is a member of Theatre WI, The East Town Association, Americans for the Arts and a proud affiliate member of UPAF.

Wow!  Look at that.  It’s a thing of beauty.  Irresistable.  I love Jameson.

The only thing better than having Robert W.C. Kennedy bare-chested on your stage is having Robert W.C. Kennedy bare-chested on your stage accompanied by Chris Klopatek in his underwear.

It was a big show.

Randy Rehberg wrote this play about A Chimney Sweep Backstage at the Oscars.  That’s Ken Williams as the Chimney Sweep.

And the cast was rounded out by Amie Losi.  Ta-da!

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.