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Theater RED Invites Milwaukee to “Be Italian!” with NINE the Musical

Directed by Theater RED’s New Artistic Associate, Eric Welch

 

Che bello! Theater RED proudly announces a new addition to the company! Eric Welch joins Theater RED as Artistic Associate following his collaboration with the company in June of 2018 for the Wisconsin premiere of I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS. Eric Welch directed this one-woman comedic romp as a co-production with his theater company, Untitled Productions.

 

The great secret of NINE is that it took “8½” and became an essay on the power of women by answering the question, ‘What are women to men?’ And NINE tells you: they are our mothers, our sisters, our teachers, our temptresses, our judges, our nurses, our wives, our mistresses, our muses.

– Maury Yeston

 

Be Italian! New Theater RED Artistic Associate Eric Welch will direct NINE the musical, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Arthur Kopit, in January of 2019. Reimagined with a cast of nine (9) women and one (1) man, NINE brings Theater RED alumni and newcomers together for a courageous, no-frills production that brings the core of Guido’s crisis to audiences up-close in Sunset Playhouse’s intimate Studio Theater.

 

Based on Italian director Federico Fellini’s comic masterpiece of biographical filmmaking, “8 ½”, Yeston’s sultry musical follows the life of world-famous film director Guido Contini as he prepares his latest picture. Contini is also, after recent box office failures, drifting towards a nervous breakdown. Contini has turned 40 and faces two crises: he has to shoot a film for which he can’t write the script, and his wife of 20 years, film star Luisa del Forno, may leave him if he can’t pay more attention to his marriage. As it turns out, it is the same crisis. Luisa’s efforts to talk to him seem to be drowned out by voices in his head: voices of women in his life, speaking through the walls of his memory: insistent, flirtatious, irresistible, potent. These are the women Guido loved, and from whom he derived the entire vitality of a creative life, now as stalled as his marriage. As his sanity disintegrates, he drifts into nostalgic reverie, eventually focusing on the formative sexual encounter of his life, which occurred at the age of 9.

 

Dates (three performances only):                Friday, January 25 at 7:30 PM Saturday, January 26 at 7:30 PM Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 PM

Tickets: $20 General Admission

Order online at https://sunsetplayhouse.com/shows/nine or by calling 262-782-4430

 

Location: Sunset Playhouse Studio Theater, 700 Wall Street, Elm Grove, WI 53122

 

Stage Direction: Music Direction: Choreography:
Eric Welch Lydia Rose Eiche Ashley Patin
Featuring:
Timothy J. Barnes as Guido Marcee Doherty-Elst as Serraghina Jennifer Larson as Mama Maddelena
Rae Elizabeth Paré as Luisa SaraLynn Evenson as Lilliane Le Fleur Hannah Esch as Our Lady of the Spa
Samantha Sostarich as Carla Laura McDonald as Guido’s Mother Carrie Gray as Lina Darling
Kara Ernst-Schalk as Claudia Marcee Doherty-Elst as Stephanie  

 

About NINE

NINE is a musical, initially created and written by Maury Yeston as a class-project in Lehman Engel’s BMI

Music Theatre Workshop in 1973. It was later developed with a book by Mario Fratti, and then again with a book by Arthur Kopit, music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. The story is based also on Frederico Fellini’s semi- autobiographical film . It focuses on film director Guido Contini, who is dreading his imminent 40th birthday and facing a mid-life crisis, which is blocking his creative impulses and entangling him in a web of romantic difficulties in early 1960s Venice.

 

The original Broadway production opened in 1982 and ran for 729 performances, and starred Raul Julia. The musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and has enjoyed a number of revivals. The 2003

Broadway revival featured a star-studded cast: Antonio Banderas, Mary Stuart Masterson, Chita Rivera, Jane Krakwoski and Laura Benanti, and won 2 Tony Awards itself, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Jane Krakowski).

 

The movie [] has a phenomenal impact on me when I saw it as a teenager when it first came out. I was fascinated with Guido who was going through his second adolescence when I was going through my first! As I grew I began to realize that there was room to explore the reacting of the inner workings of the women in Guido’s wake…I think that’s what opened the gateways of creativity for NINE – to hear from these extraordinary women.

– Maury Yeston to the New York Times

 

About the Title

Fellini entitled his film 8 ½ in recognition of his prior body of work, which included six full-length films, two

short films, and one that he co-directed. Yeston’s title for the musical adaptation adds another half-credit to Fellini’s output and refers to Guido’s age during his first hallucination sequence. Yeston called the musical NINE, explaining that if you add music to , “it’s like half a number more.”

 

Getting There

The intimate 88-seat Studio Theater is located at Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove, WI and is the sister

performance space to their larger 299-seat Furlan Auditorium. Sunset Playhouse is in the heart of the Elm Grove shopping district at 700 Wall Street with ample free parking available in their spacious parking lot. Sunset Playhouse is easily acceptable for patrons coming from all corners of the world (even Italy!). Visit https:// sunsetplayhouse.com/contact/map-directions for detailed, localized directions from the West, North, South, and East of Southeastern WI.

 

About Theater RED: Theater RED produces theater in Southeastern Wisconsin. Each production addresses three founding tenets: Substantial roles for women, growth in craft for artists, and support for new playwrights.

 

For more information: www.theaterred.com and www.sunsetplayhouse.com

For further information, contact: Marcee Doherty-Elst 414-617-0132 marcee@theaterred.com

 

 

Be Italian with Theater RED in January 2019!

 


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                                                                        Theater RED brings Angela Iannone’s This Prison Where I Live to Milwaukee

A play in the Edwin Booth cycle, and companion piece to acclaimed The Seeds of Banquo

 

MILWAUKEE, August 1, 2018 – Continuing their 2018 season, Theater RED revisits the 19th century’s most cherished Shakespearean actor, Edwin Booth, for another Milwaukee premiere. Written and directed by Angela Iannone, and featuring Theater RED alumni and Chicago-based actor and playwright Jared McDaris, “This Prison Where I Live” marks the second collaboration between Theater RED and Iannone as a playwright and director, after 2015’s critically acclaimed The Seeds of Banquo.

 

This Prison Where I Live recalls Edwin Booth, the first superstar celebrity in the world of theater, as he rehearses his production of Shakespeare’s Richard the Second. As he readies himself to play, the ghosts of his past, including that of his notorious brother, interrupt his rehearsals with their own requests and mock the crown of America’s “Prince of Players.”

 

The run of This Prison Where I Live will last three weeks, with performances at 7:30pm on August 24th, 25th, 29th, 30th, and 31st and September 6th, 7th and 8th and matinee performances at 2:00pm on August 26th and September 9th. All performances will take place at the Tenth Street Theatre (home to In Tandem Theatre), located at 628 N 10th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233. The lobby offers refreshments during intermission, and before and after the show. Running time is around two hours, including a fifteen minute intermission. Tickets cost $18 and will be available starting August 3rd at www.theaterred.com

 

About Theater RED: Founded in 2013 by local actors Christopher Elst and Marcee Doherty-Elst, Theater RED is a registered LLC that produces theatre in southeastern Wisconsin. Each production addresses three founding tenets: substantial roles for women, growth in craft for artists, and new works by promising playwrights. www.theaterred.com


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Audition Information

Theater RED has commissioned Milwaukee playwright Liz Shipe to write an adventure play for our summer production and she has gladly obliged. Now, A LADY IN WAITING, a tale of Robin Hood, is set to premiere in Milwaukee in August.

PERFORMANCE DATES

August 7-9, 14-16, 21-23

AUDITION DATES

The Alchemist Theatre

Tuesday, May 13

Wednesday, May 14

7-10p.m.

Open auditions. All actors will be paid a stipend. Co-founder Christopher Elst will direct.

Auditioning actors are asked to sign up for a slot at the following web address. Walk-ups will be accepted, but will be let in on a first-come, first-served basis and those who have confirmed slots will be given priority. Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script against other auditioners.

https://www.theaterred.com/auditions/

Plot Synopsis

A LADY IN WAITING is an unconventional retelling of the Robin Hood legend. Liz Shipe’s new work focuses less on the hero and more on the man. This is a retelling that puts the well-worn characters of Sherwood Forest though conspiracy, death, and adventure.  Told through the eyes of a servant to Maid Marian, the story shows us a more complex world in Nottingham; good men lie, bad men are noble, and women try to find their place as more than bargaining chips outside castle walls.

ROLES AVAILABLE:

Robin Hood

John Little

The Sheriff of Nottingham

Guy of Gisborne

Alan of Dale

Will Scarlett

Prince John

King Richard

Much, the Miller’s Son

ROLES CAST:

Liz Shipe as Maid Marian

Kelly Doherty as Aria