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The Rep Lab is this weekend, Friday, April 10th through Monday, April 13th.  The Friday and Saturday shows are already sold out, so don’t delay. -Fletcher

 

Eight Plays, Two Hours, Ten Bucks

The Rep’s highly-lauded Intern Ensemble presents its annual short-play festival. Now in its fifth season, the critically-acclaimed performance includes everything from comedy to drama to music– and much more! Don’t miss the limited engagement of this one-of- a-kind night of theater.

Every Show You’ve Ever Seen by Amelia Roper
Directed by Literary Coordinator and 2010-2011 Directing Intern Leda Hoffmann
Commissioned for REMIX 38 (2014) at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, this tribute to the theater features the Acting Intern Ensemble. Calling upon the collective memory of artists and audiences alike, it begs us to consider our experience of theater as something much greater than any single moment.

 

Tape by José Rivera
Directed by 2014-2015 Directing Intern Hannah Greene
Prolific playwright and Academy Award Nominee José Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries, 2004) ponders the consequences of one man’s lifetime of lies.

 

The Latest News from the Primordial Ooze by Rich Orloff
Directed by Literary Coordinator and 2010-2011 Directing Intern Leda Hoffmann
A primordial creature reveals to his girlfriend that his fins are really fingers. What’s worse, he can breathe air! In this punny short originally produced in 2012 by Milwaukee’s Pink Banana Theatre Co., Barry considers taking one small step for an amphibian, and one giant leap for amphibian-kind.

 

People Are Dancing Book and Lyrics by Sarah Hammond, Music by Benny Gammerman
Directed by 2014-2015 Directing Intern Philip Muehe
This 10-minute musical by Sarah Hammond, whose Hum of the Arctic appeared in Rep Lab 2013, showcases two strangers who meet on a plane to Venice, fall in love, and eat gelato three times a day. On their last night together, Jim wants to make a clean break, but Rebecca reminds him that they still have time. They are, after all, in Venice. And in Venice, people are dancing.

 

Give Until It Hurts by James Fletcher (1989-1990 Acting Intern)
Directed by Artistic Associate and 2011-2012 Directing Intern JC Clementz
Local actor and Bunny Gumbo Artistic Director James Fletcher takes non-profit fundraising to the extreme. Two goons hired by National Public Radio bust in on Robert at dinner time and guilt him into giving…at gunpoint.

 

hysterical by Steve Yockey
Directed by 2014-2015 Directing Intern Philip Muehe
From Yockey’s award-winning short-play cycle very still & hard to see, this “play that tastes like black licorice” catches Elizabeth in the throes of a Jäegermeister-fueled breakdown. Repeating a cycle of love, loss, and alcohol abuse, she hallucinates an unusual and somewhat unsympathetic companion.

 

The Cowboy by Patrick Holland (1998-1999 Acting Intern)
Directed by 2014-2015 Directing Intern Hannah Greene
In this thrilling offering, featured in “The Best American Short Plays 2011-2012,” The Cowboy muses on his role in the deaths of three women: Linda, Kim, and Amanda. But are their flirtations with The Cowboy their only connection?

 

Devised Piece created by Artistic Intern Ensemble
Directed by 2014-2015 Directing Interns Hannah Greene and Philip Muehe
With a reputation as the highlight of every Rep Lab, this eagerly-anticipated play is a world-premiere created and devised by the Artistic Intern Ensemble.

 

PERFORMANCE TIMES:
Friday, April 10, 8pm
Saturday, April 11, 4pm
Saturday, April 11, 8pm
Sunday, April 12, 2pm
Sunday, April 12, 7pm
Monday, April 13, 7:30pm

 


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The Rep Lab is coming and it’s selling out fast.  My play, Give Until It Hurts, is in the line-up as well as Patrick Holland’s, The Cowboy, so Bunny Gumbo is well represented.  Hop to it!

 

Tickets now on sale!

The Rep’s highly-lauded Intern Ensemble presents its annual short-play festival.
Now in its fifth season, the critically-acclaimed performance includes
everything from comedy to drama to music – and much more!

Tickets available at 414-224-9490 and cost just $15.
The last three years have sold-out, so get your tickets now while you can!

Tickets available at 414-224-9490 and cost just $15.

April 10-13, 2015

Stiemke Studio

Performance times:

Friday, April 10, 8 pm

Saturday, April 11, 4 & 8 pm

Sunday, April 12, 7 pm

Maonday, April 13, 7:30 pm

Tickets:  www.milwaukeerep.com

Every Show You’ve Ever Seen

by Amelia Roper

Directed by Literary Coordinator and 2010-2011 Directing Intern Leda Hoffmann
Commissioned for REMIX 38 (2014) at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, this tribute to the theater features the Acting Intern Ensemble. Calling upon the collective memory of artists and audiences alike, it begs us to consider our experience of theater as something much greater than any single moment.

Tape 
by Jose Rivera
Directed by 2014-2015 Directing Intern Hannah Greene
Prolific playwright and Academy Award Nominee Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries, 2004) ponders the consequences of one man’s lifetime of lies.
 
The Latest News from the Primordial Ooze 
by Rich Orloff
Directed by Literary Coordinator and 2010-2011 Directing Intern Leda Hoffmann
A primordial creature reveals to his girlfriend that his fins are really fingers. What’s worse, he can breathe air! In this punny short originally produced in 2012 by Milwaukee’s Pink Banana Theatre Co., Barry considers taking one small step for an amphibian, and one giant leap for amphibian-kind.

People Are Dancing 
Book and Lyrics by Sarah Hammond, Music by Benny Gammerman
Directed by 2014-2015 Directing Intern Philip Muehe
This 10-minute musical by Sarah Hammond, whose Hum of the Arctic appeared in Rep Lab 2013, showcases two strangers who meet on a plane to Venice, fall in love, and eat gelato three times a day. On their last night together, Jim wants to make a clean break, but Rebecca reminds him that they still have time. They are, after all, in Venice. And in Venice, people are dancing.

Give Until It Hurts 
by James Fletcher (1989-1990 Acting Intern)
Directed by Artistic Associate and 2011-2012 Directing Intern JC Clementz
Local actor and Bunny Gumbo Artistic Director James Fletcher takes non-profit fundraising to the extreme. Two goons hired by National Public Radio bust in on Robert at dinner time and guilt him into giving…at gunpoint.

 
hysterical
by Steve Yockey
Directed by 2014-2015 Directing Intern Philip Muehe
From Yockey’s award-winning short-play cycle very still & hard to see, this “play that tastes like black licorice” catches Elizabeth in the throes of a Jaegermeister-fueled breakdown. Repeating a cycle of love, loss, and alcohol abuse, she hallucinates an unusual and somewhat unsympathetic companion.

The Cowboy 
by Patrick Holland (1998-1999 Acting Intern)
Directed by 2014-2015 Directing Intern Hannah Greene
In this thrilling offering, featured in “The Best American Short Plays 2011-2012,” The Cowboy muses on his role in the deaths of three women: Linda, Kim, and Amanda. But are their flirtations with The Cowboy their only connection?

Devised Piece
created by Artistic Intern Ensemble
Directed by 2014-2015 Directing Interns Hannah Greene and Philip Muehe
With a reputation as the highlight of every Rep Lab, this eagerly-anticipated play is a world-premiere created and devised by the Artistic Intern Ensemble.


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!

Fletcher

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:


 


A few years ago, Patrick Holland wrote a play called, “The Cowboy” for Combat Theatre.  He had some very specific parameters in writing this play.  The subject of the play was to be a drug experience and the location was to be an accident scene.  Further, he was limited to using only three actresses and one actor.  Oh yeah, and he had a time limit: about ten hours.

It was pretty spectacular.  So spectacular that we included it in The Best of Combat last year.  Seems we aren’t the only ones who thought so.  His play is being included in The Best American Short Plays: 2011-2012.  The book will be released in 2013, but can be preordered on Amazon .

Some of the other playwrights included in this anthology?  Oh, A.R. Gurney, Neil Labutte and some hack named John Guare.  Let’s hear it for Master Holland!


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 http://www.bunnygumbo.com


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.