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Theater RED teams with Kettle Moraine Players for Girard’s Nude

A 1950s-style musical comedy with an outrageous French accent!


MILWAUKEE, May 1, 2018 – For the opening of their 2019-2020 season, Theater RED presents another world premiere written by Kristin Bayer and Deanns Gibeau, two up-and-coming local playwrights. Director Christopher Elst compares the show to a modern take on “I Love Lucy” with the main character constantly embroiled in innocent miscommunications to hilarious effect. The show’s songs pay homage to musica americana of its time, from barbershop to doo-wop with many stops in between.


Girard’s Nude is set in 1953 in Waldenford, Pennsylvanis, USA, where girdles are tight and morals even tighter. Middle-aged Ethel Evans meets Girard, a famous French artist who wants her to pose for him. In the nude. Ethel agrees, but needs to avoid scandalization from her many nosy friends and neighbors, and particularly her husband. Ooh la la!


Performances of Girard’s Nude will take place September 6th-22nd at Kettle Moraine Playhouse, located at 204 Kettle Moraine Dr S in Slinger, WI. The theater seats 66 patrons and offers refreshments before the show and during intermission. Tickets are $20 and are available now at


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 artists.


About Kettle Moraine Players: Since 2006, the Kettle Moraine Players (KMP) have been providing the Greater Kettle Moraine area with a wide variety of entertaining and engaging non-musical productions. As a traveling theatre company, KMP attracts talent from all across southeastern Wisconsin, and their productions have been staged in many fine communities, including Campbellsport, Fond du Lac, Kewaskum and Hartford. Community involvement and volunteerism have been the cornerstone of this creative organization since its inception. KMP prides itself on not only the quality of their performances but also the camaraderie and fun that is generated along the way.


                                                                                                For further information, contact:

Marcee Doherty-Elst 414-617-0132



                                                                                                For further information, contact:

Marcee Doherty-Elst 414-617-0132



Theater RED teams with Untitled Productions for I’ll Eat You Last

Barbra Streisand’s agent dishes all things Hollywood at The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel


MILWAUKEE, May 1, 2018 – For the opening of their 2018 season, Theater RED joins with Untitled Productions for their inaugural production, another Milwaukee premiere. Written by John Logan, directed by Untitled Productions’ Eric Welch (of K’Eric’ters fame) and starring Theater RED Co-Founder Marcee Doherty-Elst, “I’ll Eat You Last” marks the beginning of a sixth season for Theater RED, following smash hit collaborations, “Bonny Anne Bonny” with Wisconsin Lutheran College, and “A Chorus Line” with Cardinal Stritch University’s Arts @ Stritch Program and Milwaukee Opera Theatre.


“I’ll Eat You Last” invites audiences to a private suite in the early 1980s where original Hollywood super-agent Sue Mengers waits to receive a fateful call from Barbra Streisand, her biggest client and most devoted friend. As she lounges in her famous caftan, indulging in illicit intoxicants and explicit gossip, the world begins to crumble around her. With the toppling of her once-mighty celebrity empire as the Streisand linchpin is removed, so too crumbles the seemingly invincible vision of Old Hollywood.


The limited run of I’ll Eat You Last will last three nights: Friday, June 29th and Saturday, June 30th, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 1st, 2018 at 3:00pm. All performances will take place at The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel, located at 310 E. Chicago St. Milwaukee, WI. The hotel offers refreshments before, during, and after the show. There will be no intermission. Running time is around 75 minutes. Tickets are $20 and will be available in late May at with special ticket packages also available online.


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.


About Untitled Productions: A new theatrical production company, Untitled Productions focuses on bringing rare, mostly unseen, and glamorous work to the already booming Milwaukee theatre scene. Untitled Productions focuses on bringing to Milwaukee both brand new works and musical classics revived for contemporary audiences.

Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Theater RED present: A Chorus Line Music by Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics by Edward Kleban Book by James Kirkwood Jr and Nicholas Dante

What Would You Do For Love? Featuring an all-star cast of celebrated Milwaukee performers, this concert staging of Broadway’s iconic A CHORUS LINE brings a new perspective to the classic musical by pitting veteran artists against a young, upstart director. Two performances only!

Dates: Sunday, August 27 at 7:30 PM Monday, August 28 at 7:30 PM

Tickets: $28 General Admission / $18 Student, Artist Order online at or by calling 1-800-838-3006
Location: Cardinal Stritch University, Nancy Kendall Theater, 6801 N. Yates Rd, Milwaukee, 53217 Presented in collaboration with Cardinal Stritch University as part of “Arts @ Stritch”

Stage Direction: Music Direction: Choreography: Jill Anna Ponasik Ryan Cappleman James Zager Featuring: Zach: Joe Picchetti Larry: Ryan Cappleman Kristine: Karen Estrada Don: Joel Kopischke Sheila: Angela Iannone Val: Marcee Doherty-Elst Maggie: Jenny Wanasek Bobby: Karl Miller Mark: James Zager Mike: David Flores Bebe: Melissa Cardamone Paul: C. Michael Wright Connie: Carol Greif Judy: Diane Lane Diana: Rana Roman Greg: Mark Bucher Richie: Bill Jackson Cassie: Beth Mulkerron Al: Doug Jarecki

And: James Carrington, Becky Cofta, Zachary Dean, Sean Jackson, Solana Ramirez-Garcia, Stephanie Staszak, Matt Zeman, Rachael Zientek

For more information: and Contact: Marcee Doherty-Elst, Media/Public Relations, Theater RED, 414-617-0132,

About Milwaukee Opera Theatre: Milwaukee Opera Theatre creates dynamic, singer-centered art by exploring the beauty of the human voice, sparking the imagination of both audiences and artists and transforming the bountiful landscape of classic and contemporary lyric theatre.

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.

Two ground-breaking theater companies, One singular sensation!


“Michael did something today that had a profound effect on the show and on me. He drew a white line on the floor. And in that simple act was the epitome of Michael’s genius. What he did was symbolize the show in one fell swoop. For A CHORUS LINE is about being on the line, all of us, auditioning all the time.” Excerpt from Marvin Hamlisch’s Journal

About A CHORUS LINE At a time when the Bronx was burning, and many Broadway theatres were shuttered, A CHORUS LINE revitalized the American Musical with a ground-breaking focus on an ensemble of individual characters inspired by the real lives of Broadway dancers. All-night rap sessions produced a series of tapes containing intimate details of the dancers’ drives, ambitions, dreams, and the daily challenges of existence in the theatre. Through a lengthy workshop process (unheard of at that time), these were woven into a piece that is both conceptually and structurally groundbreaking. Never before had American audiences heard a work that so seamlessly navigates show stopping numbers, dialogue, montage, ensembles, and monologues. For those in the early audiences, it was nothing short of revolutionary.

A CHORUS LINE opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway July 25, 1975. An unprecedented box office and critically acclaimed hit, the musical won 9 Tony Awards, in addition to the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The original Broadway production ran for 6,137 performances over 15 years, becoming the longest-running production in Broadway history.

About the Production Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Theater RED lend their unique vision to this iconic musical with a cast of seasoned Milwaukee performers looking back on their careers. As they reaffirm their deep love for the performing arts, recalling “What I Did For Love”, they simultaneously continue to reinvent themselves at new auditions; their “I Hope I Get It” anthem ringing alongside the young up-andcoming artists.

Both Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Theater RED are committed to growth in craft for artists and emphasize the use of local talent. These 2 companies are proud to bring A CHORUS LINE to the Nancy Kendall Theater at Cardinal Stritch University with 100% local artists.

About Arts@Stritch: Arts@Stritch is a new performing arts series hosted by Cardinal Stritch University that presents exciting professional performances on the beautiful main campus in Glendale, WI. Inspired by the University’s rich Liberal Arts tradition, Arts@Stritch provides an opportunity to expand the landscape of exciting performing arts experiences for both the Cardinal Stritch community, and the greater Milwaukee area as a whole.

Getting There The Stritch Performing Arts Center is located in the northwest quadrant of the Cardinal Stritch University Campus in the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communications and Fine Arts. Ample free parking is available, follow signs for the Nancy Kendall Theater and park in Lot 5.

“I don’t think there has ever been a time when, during the opening dance combinations, the tiny hairs on my arms and along my spine haven’t stood erect in honor of the pure ray energy of the actor-dancers upholding the tradition and discipline of the theatre.” James Kirkwood, Playbill Magazine 1983

Two star-studded performances, One singular sensation!