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~ The World’s Stage Theatre Company presents ~

BENT
by Martin Sherman

Directed by Don Russell

AUDITIONS:
Sun. April 19th – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Mon. April 20th – 6:30pm – 9:00pm

SIGN UP FOR A 7 MINUTE SLOT HERE:
http://tws.bringit.bz/public/c59a44
Walk ups are welcome – but it is highly encouraged to sign up ahead of time.

**ANNOUNCEMENT**
Auditions held at:
The Underground Collaborative
161 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Lower Level
Milwaukee, WI

REHEARSALS:
Rehearsals: June 2015
Production: Fri. July 10th – Sun. July 19th, 2015

Performance Venue:
The Tenth Street Theatre
628 N 10th St.
Milwaukee, WI

ABOUT:
Nominee! 1980 Tony Award, Best Play
Named among the “10 most influential postwar British plays” by Guardian UK!
“In 1934 Berlin on the eve of the Nazi incursion, Max, a grifter and his lover Rudy are recovering from a night of debauchery with a SA trooper. Two soldiers burst into the apartment and slit their guest’s throat, beginning a nightmare odyssey through Nazi Germany. Ranked lower on the human scale than Jews, the men as awoved homosexuals, flee. Desperate and on the run, Max asks his own “discreetly” homosexual Uncle Freddie for help as the older man offers little more than suggestions on how to live, as he does, practicing homosexuality on the side. Attempting their escape, Rudy is beaten to death as Horst, another homosexual prisoner, warns Max to deny his lover. Taken to a death camp at Dachau, Max and Horst branded with the “pink triangle”, hope to survive with each other for comfort and courage but it is not to be.” – Samuel French Inc.
NOTE: Script deals with strong language and content.

AUDITION INFORMATION / MATERIAL:
-Character Breakdown: 10-12 Men
MAX – 20s-30s, homosexual “wheeler dealer” who leads a dissolute life of drink, drugs, and sporadic sex until the horrors of Nazi Germany intervene and effectively put an end to his hedonistic alcoholic life style; a tormented individual, tortured by the memory of his reprehensible actions, but never loses his basic humanity; not at all a coward, but rather a pragmatist
-HOSRT – 20s-30s, relatively muscular physique and a kind nature; a “pink triangle,” incarcerated in the death camps of Dacheu because of his homosexuality; a sensitive man, strongly affected by Max’s torment
-RUDY – 20s-30s, bespectacled, homosexual dancer; rather gushy, effusive, homebody type who has a great love for Max and his precious household plants; tends to become a trifle hysterical at times
-GRETA – 20s-40s, a man dressed as a woman in a silver dress, top hat, and cane; presents an appearance that is at once elegant and bizarre; tough, practical proprietor of a gay nightclub who entertains patrons by singing in a smoky seductive voice; Nazis’ rise to power sends him back to his wife and kids
-UNCLE FREDDIE – 40s-50s, aristocratic, well-dressed; Max’s uncle, a “closet fluff”
-(Officer, Captain, Wolf, Guards, Prisoners)
**Age ranges open

-Please bring a headshot and resume.
-Please prepare a contemporary monologue (not more than 1min30sec in length).
-Auditions will also consist of reading from the script.
-Please be prepared to list potential conflicts for June &July 2015.
-Please arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled audition to sign in and fill out information.
-Compensation: Small stipend.

If interested in auditioning and cannot make dates – please contact:
Artistic Director – Gretchen Mahkorn
gretchen.mahkorn@gmail.com

With questions or for specific inquires regarding the script, AND to request sides ahead of time, please contact:
Don Russell – Director
drussell@liminalspacepc.com

 
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Dutchman
~ The World’s Stage Theatre Company presents ~
THE DUTCHMAN 
by Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)
Directed by Sherrick Robinson
AUDITIONS:
Wed. October 8 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Thurs. October 9 – 7:30pm – 9:30pm
SIGN UP FOR A 5 MINUTE SLOT HERE: 
Walk ups are welcome – but it is highly encouraged to sign up ahead of time.
**ANNOUNCEMENT**
Auditions held at:
The Underground Collaborative
161 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Lower Level
Milwaukee, WI
REHEARSALS:
Rehearsals: Mid/Late October – Early Dec. 2014
Production: Fri. Dec 5th – Sat. Dec. 13th, 2014
ABOUT: 
Amiri Baraka’s, THE DUTCHMAN, takes place in the 1960s – is a highly charged political and social play that looks at ongoing intolerance and struggles in our so-called post-racial society.
THE DUTCHMAN is an emotionally charged and highly symbolic version of the Adam and Eve story, wherein a naive bourgeois black man is murdered by an insane and calculating white seductress, who is coldly preparing for her next victim as the curtain comes down. The emotionally taut, intellectual verbal fencing between Clay (the black Adam) and Lula (a white Eve) spirals irrevocably to the symbolic act of violence that will apparently repeat itself over and over again. Jones/Baraka’s play is one of mythical proportions, a ritual drama that has a sociological purpose: to galvanize his audience into revolutionary action.
NOTE: Script deals with strong language and content.
AUDITION INFORMATION / MATERIAL: 
-Character Breakdown
CLAY – 20s-30s African American Male
LULA – 20s-30s Caucasian Female
ENSEMBLE – All ethnicities and ages. The ensemble acts as a movement chorus that sets the tone of the 1960s subway car.  We are also specifically looking for a train conductor (African American 30s-60s) and a Young Man (African American; 20s-30s).
*Note: The ensemble / movement chorus will have very minimal rehearsals until tech week.
-Please bring a headshot and resume.
-Please prepare a contemporary monologue (not more than 1min30sec in length).
-You may be asked to read from the script.
-Please be prepared to list potential conflicts for Late October – Early December.
– Please arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled audition to sign in and fill out information.
If interested in auditioning and cannot make dates – please contact:
Artistic Director – Gretchen Mahkorn
With questions or for specific inquires regarding the script, please contact:
Sherrick Robinson – Director

 


The World's Stage Theatre - SEMINAR

The World’s Stage Theatre Company

presents

“SEMINAR”

by Theresa Rebeck

Directed by David Bohn 

DATES:

Thurs. August 21st – 8:00pm (opening)

Fri. August 22nd – 8:00pm

Sat. August 23rd – 8:00pm

Sun. August 24th – 2:00pm

Mon. August 25th – 8:00pm

Fri. August 29th – 8:00pm

Sat. August 30th – 8:00pm

Sun. August 31st – 2:00pm (closing)

VENUE: 

Tenth Street Theatre

628 North 10th St.

Milwaukee, WI 53233
ABOUT:
The Wisconsin premiere: In Seminar, a provocative comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy.

“Five stars! Sexy, savvy and uproarious!” – David Cote, Time Out New York

“An authentic rush of pleasure…” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Contains sexual content, nudity and adult language.

 

CAST:

Leonard – Bryce Lord

Martin – David Rothrock

Kate – Samantha Martinson

Izzy – Gretchen Mahkorn

Douglas – James Carrington
PRODUCTION TEAM:
Director – David Bohn
Stage Manager – Carole Alt
Dramaturg – Deanie Vallone

Lighting/Set Design – Justin Peters
Costume Designer – Emily Pomplun

Violence / Intimacy Director – Christopher Elst

Artistic Director – Gretchen Mahkorn
TICKETS:

Buy Online: http://seminar.bpt.me

Or available at door prior to performances.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Website: www.twstheatre.com

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/663607053719570/

TWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/worldsstagetheatre

Twitter: @TWSmilwaukee

Follow the production at #SeminarMKE

 

ABOUT THE COMPANY:

The mission of The World’s Stage Theatre Company is to inspire, entertain, and delightfully shock our audiences with a broad spectrum of theatrical works. The World’s Stage Theatre was founded in 2009 and is a fiscally sponsored non-profit organization.  We look to inspire the community around us, create whole theatrical experiences for our audience, build new artistic relationships in the community and beyond, encourage inter-arts collaboration, illuminate classics for contemporary audiences, and bring unique new works to the stage. The World’s Stage Theatre’s home base is in Milwaukee, WI.  Since founding in 2009 – we have produced over 16 productions.

Past works include, “The McDonagh Festival – A celebration of Martin McDonagh”, “punkplay” by Gregory S. Moss, “The Unseen” by Craig Wright, “Project: Working Title – A look into the play-writing process”, “Amadues”, “Phaedra’s Love”, and the Off-Broadway debut of, “Waiting… A Song Cycle” at the Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC.

2014 Season: Re-Write. Re-Invent. Re-Imagine.

 

CONTACT:

Artistic Director  The World’s Stage Theatre Company

Gretchen Mahkorn                                                                                      twsmilwaukee@gmail.com

gretchen.mahkorn@gmail.com

414-477-3167

 

 

 


 

 

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The World’s Stage Theatre Company

presents

“SONGS OF LOVE: A THEATRICAL MIXTAPE”

by Nat Cassidy

Directed by Maria Pretzl

 

DATES:

Thurs. July 10th – 8:00pm

Fri. July 11th – 8:00pm

Sat. July 12th – 8:00pm

Sun. July 13th – 6:00pm
VENUE: 

The Underground Collaborative

161 W. Wisconsin Avenue

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203

(Lower Level)
ABOUT:
The Midwest premiere of SONGS OF LOVE: A THEATRICAL MIXTAPE. Originally premiered at the2012 New York International Fringe Festival.

Genital warts. Mothmen. Decapitation. Pornography. Breakfast item “indecencies”.  And, of course … love.  Songs of Love is a collection of terrifyingly twisted; outrageously heartfelt love stories and songs that is as unpredictable and familiar as those 90-minute cassettes you know you’re still holding onto.

 

“Songs of Love does not disappoint … Inexusable and needs to be addressed.” – David Roberts, Theatre Reviews Limited

Expect to laugh. Expect to relate…Expect to cry. Expect to be moved. Expect to fall in love with this mixtape.” – Katelyn Collins, Around the Fringe in 20 Plays

Contains adult language and content.  

 

CAST:
Marcus Beyer,  Joshua L. Walker, Thom Cauley, Marissa Clayton, Layna Martinez, Melanie Liebetrau

Musician – Joanna Kerner (Rocket Paloma)

 

PRODUCTION TEAM:
Director – Maria Pretzl
Stage Manager – Joe Reuss
Costume Designer – Emily Pomplun

Lighting Designer – Marisa Abbott

Artistic Director – Gretchen Mahkorn
TICKETS:

Buy Online: http://mixtape.bpt.me/

Or available at door prior to performances.

 

**SPECIAL OPENING NIGHT PROMO CODE**

$10 – Artist and Friends of The World’s Stage Theatre for opening night: Thursday, July 10th!
Go to: http://mixtape.bpt.me/ and click on “Enter Discount or Promo Code”

Type in: LOUIS

 

www.twstheatre.com

Follow the production at #WeLuvLouis

 

 


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AUDITIONS – TWS SUMMER 2014 SEASON
“ Songs of Love: A Theatrical Mix Tape” by Nat Cassidy (Midwest Premiere!)
Directed by Maria Pretzl
“Seminar” by Theresa Rebeck (Milwaukee Premiere!)
Directed by David Bohn

AUDITIONS
Friday, June 6th, 2014 – Noon-2pm
Saturday, June 7th, 2014 – 3-5pm

SIGN UP FOR A 5 MINUTE SLOT HERE:
http://tws.bringit.bz/public/ecb33f

SONGS OF LOVE: A THEATRICAL MIX TAPE:
Genital warts. Mothmen. Decapitation. Pornography. Bagel fucking. And, of course … love. Songs of Love is a collection of terrifyingly twisted; outrageously heartfelt love stories and songs that is as unpredictable and familiar as those 90-minute cassettes you know you’re still holding onto.

SEMINAR
Set in present day New York City, Seminar follows Kate, Martin, Douglas, Izzy, and their professor, Leonard. Each student has paid Leonard $5,000 for a ten-week-long writing seminar to be held in Kate’s Upper West Side apartment.
It is a dry, dark-humored, and sometimes romantic look into the life of young budding artists as they fight for their place and their ideas against a city filled with talent and a man they are paying, whom seems to question and challenge their dreams at every opportunity.
It is an excellent ensemble piece whose Broadway cast included the likes of Alan Rickman and Jeff Goldblum, Jerry O’Connell, and Justin Long

**ANNOUNCEMENT**
Auditions held at:
The Underground Collaborative
161 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Lower Level
Milwaukee, WI

SONGS OF LOVE:
Rehearsals begin the week of June 9th, 2014
Production Dates: July 10-13th, 2014

SEMINAR:
Rehearsals begin early July, 2014
Production dates: August 21-31st, 2014

PERFORMANCE VENUES:
TBA

AUDITION INFORMATION / MATERIAL:
-Character breakdowns: Songs of Love…
3 men, 3 women
Chad and others: 21-35/Flexible. Must be able to sing and play guitar.
Carlyle and others: 21-35/Flexible.
Paul and others: 21-35/Flexible. Must be comfortable with strong language.
Stacey and others: 21-35/Flexible. Must be comfortable with strong language.
Kim and others: 21-35/Flexible.
Lisa and others: 21-35/Flexible. Must be able to sing.
*All parts will have minor singing roles

-Character breakdowns: Seminar
Roles: Leonard must appear to be in his 40’s/50’s. All other characters must appear to be 20’s or early 30’s.
Leonard: Commands presence, authority, and intelligence in appearance alone. When he speaks, his wordscut through whoever is listening without effort. He is the seminar’s leader, and has a long, colorful history as a writer.
Martin: “Bookish.” Exudes charisma. Is hungry and wiling for anyone to listen.
Douglas: Nephew of a famous playwright. A privileged name-dropper. Could be characterized as an “all-American” guy.
Kate: Always trying to prove herself, could be characterized as the “girl-next-door,” yet she would never be comfortable with such a label. Smart, outspoken, and trying to be heard.
Izzy: Pretty much the foil and opposite of Kate. She is effortlessly brilliant, has the brains and talent, but could easily be characterized and dismissed as a “party-girl.”

-Auditions will consist of reading from the sides for both productions.
*NOTE for Songs of Love: If interested in a larger, music-related part (Chad or Lisa) please have a short 30-second piece prepared (acapella)
*NOTE: for Seminar: Prepared monologue is preferred. Sides will be available as well.
-Please bring headshot and resume.

-Please be prepared to provide conflicts

– Please arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled audition to sign in, fill out information and potentially look over sides.

-Walk-ins are welcome (however, preference to sign up ahead of time)

*If interested in auditioning and cannot make either date – please contact:
Artistic Director – Gretchen Mahkorn
gretchen.mahkorn@gmail.com

Any specific inquiries/questions can be directed to:
The World’s Stage Theatre Company
twsmilwaukee@gmail.com


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Artist Tickets for Phaedra’s Love by Sarah Kane
 
Artist Tickets are available for the Monday May 26th performance of Phaedra’s Love at 7:30pm.
Go to http://phaedramke.bpt.me and enter code BURN.
The World’s Stage Company production of PHAEDRA’S LOVE runs May 23rd – May 31st.
The play re-envisions Seneca’s classic tragedy of incest, unrequited love, and lust. Sarah Kane is a highly-controversial British playwright – whose plays like Blasted and 4:48 Psychosis shook the theatre landscape. Initial reviews of her work called it “disgusting feast of filth” but critics later commented that she wrote in the “bleached language of truth and poetry.”
As far as we know, Sarah Kane has never been done in Milwaukee before. Join us in an empty storefront in the Grand Avenue Mall (between TJ Maxx and the main doors, directly off Wisconsin Avenue) for this story of love, faith, depression, and the way we see the world we live in.
The production is directed by Leda Hoffmann and features Phil Sletteland, Amy Hansmann, Robert WC Kennedy, and Jocelyn Ridgely.
Tickets for the entire run are available at http://phaedramke.bpt.me/ or at the door, depending on availability.
The production contains sexual and violent content.

The World’s Stage Company presents
PHAEDRA’S LOVE
by Sarah Kane

Directed by Leda Hoffmann

AUDITIONS:
Sat. March 8 – 10:00am-12:00pm
Sun. March 9 – 11:30am-1:30pm

SIGN UP FOR A 5 MINUTE SLOT HERE:
http://tws.bringit.bz/public/94b2be

**ANNOUNCEMENT**
Auditions held at:
The Underground Collaborative
161 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Lower Level
Milwaukee, WI

REHEARSALS:
Rehearsals: April / May 2014
Production: Fri. May 23rd – Sat. May 31st, 2014

ABOUT:
Sarah Kane is a well-known British playwright whose plays include 4:48 Psychosis and Blasted. Her plays explore the relationship between bystanders, perpetrators, and victims in society and use intense poetic language and extreme stage action to explore those themes. Her play Phaedra’s Love is a modern adaptation of Seneca’s Phaedra, focusing on Phaedra’s stepson, Hippolytus. Unlike in the classical drama, the violent action happens on stage instead of off.
NOTE: It is highly recommended that you read the play before auditioning. For more information, please email leda@ledahoffmann.com

AUDITION INFORMATION / MATERIAL:
-Character Breakdown
Hippolytus – Male 20s-40s
Phaedra – Female, 30s-60s
Strophe – Female, 20s-30s
Doctor/Priest/Theseus – Male, 30s-60s
Ensemble – any gender, any age

-Please bring a headshot and resume.
-Please prepare a contemporary monologue (not more than 1min30sec in length).
-You may be asked to read from the script.
-Please be prepared to list potential conflicts for evening and weekend rehearsals in April and May.
– Please arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled audition to sign in and fill out information.

If interested in auditioning and cannot make dates – please contact:
Artistic Director – Gretchen Mahkorn
gretchen.mahkorn@gmail.com

With questions or for specific inquires regarding the script , please contact:
Leda Hoffmann – Director
leda@ledahoffmann.com


SAVE $5 ONLINE BY USING THE DISCOUNT CODE ARTIST.  Tickets on sale now at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/351361.

THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS

By Mike Daisey
Performed by Robby McGhee
Directed by Alan Piotrowicz
Produced by The World’s Stage Theatre Company

May 31st @ 7:30 PM

June 1st @ 7:30 PM

June 2nd @ 2:00 PM

Next Act Theatre space, 255 S. Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204.

All tickets are $20 and can be purchased anytime online at www.nextact.org, by phone at 414-278-0765, or in person at the Next Act box office.

For more information on this production, visit at www.stevejobsplay.com.

 

In The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Mike Daisey turns his razor-sharp wit to America’s most mysterious technology icon in a hilarious and harrowing tale of pride, beauty, lust, and industrial design.  The piece illuminates how the former CEO of Apple and his obsessions shape our lives, while following the trail all the way to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods. Daisey’s journey shines a light on our love affair with our devices and the human cost of creating them.  After over 200 performances in 18 cities over 19 months by its original author, the show has been made available for others to perform and has had over 35 productions and been translated into six languages.  With its 2.0 release, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs is now sharper and stronger — the New York Times called it “more powerful, funny, and engaging” than ever — and is ethically made.  Of the original production, Michael Moore wrote, “Mike Daisey, in addition to providing us with a riveting, hilarious, but ultimately gut-wrenching piece of theater, may actually end up being singularly responsible for bringing Goliath to its knees.”


The World’s Stage Theatre Company presents

“Desire is Death ~ Sonnet 147”

An exploration of love and loss through the language of William Shakespeare.

Love makes people do crazy things – from soliloquizing on balconies, to dressing in disguise as the opposite gender, to literally smothering the object of one’s affection! Inspired by the broad spectrum of themes present throughout the canon, “Desire is Death” is an exploration of love through the language of Shakespeare.

Featuring 11 sonnets, 10 scenes, and just as many actors, “Desire is Death ~ Sonnet 147” will transform the gorgeous Villa Terrace to take you on a journey through the complicated experience of human relationships.

Dates:

Sun June 10th – 7:30pm
Mon June 11th – 7:30pm
Tues June 12th – 7:30pm**
Wed. June 13th – 7:30pm

Performance Venue:
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

2220 N. Terrace Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Tickets:
$12 – adults
$10 – students/seniors

To reserve tickets –
Call: 414-278-8295
OR
Email: rsvp@cavtmuseums.org

**SPECIAL VISUAL ARTIST NIGHT**
Tuesday, June 12th.  Artists can get tickets for $5 to sketch/draw the Villa Terrace, actors and performance!  Part of The World’s Stage Theatre’s mission is inter-arts collaboration.  We hope to inspire artists to create through what we have created in our medium of “art”: Theatre!


The World’s Stage Theatre Company presents the Wisconsin PREMIERE of~

“The Unseen”
by Craig Wright

Dates

Fri. January 20th – 8:00pm
Sat. January 21st – 8:00pm
Sun. January 22nd – 2:00pm

Fri. January 27th – 8:00pm
Sat. January 28th – 8:00pm
Sun. January 29th – 2:00pm

Place
Tenth Street Theatre
628 N. 10th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Tickets
$10 – Students
$12 – Seniors
$15 – Adults

Purchase tickets HERE: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/217650
OR
Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door before the performances.

THE UNSEEN
By Craig Wright

-Cast-
Wallace – Zach Kunde
Valdez – Ben Rogaczewski
Smash (Smeija) – Clayton Hamburg

Directed by Catie O’Donnell
Producer/Project Coordinator: Gretchen Mahkorn

-Production Team-
Production Manager/Set Design: Angela Zylla
Stage Manager: Corin Davidson
Costume and Visual Designer: Shelby Kaishian
Wardrobe: Aaren Wallsworth
Lighting Design: Matt Voell
Sound Design: Scott Glogovsky

Poster Image Design by Shelby Kaishian

~”Imprisoned by a totalitarian regime and mercilessly tortured for unknown crimes, Wallace and Valdez live without hope of escape or release. When an enigmatic new prisoner arrives and begins communicating in code, both men develop new relationships to each other, their captors, and themselves. A darkly humorous examination of faith in an uncertain world.”~