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VOICES FOUND REPERTORY PRESENTS THEATRE GAMES AND TWELFTH NIGHT

Season 1 finishes with a world-premiere thriller and Shakespeare’s classic comedy

 

Theatre Games: May 3-7, 2017 | Twelfth Night: May 10-14, 2017

 

MILWAUKEE, WI – Voices Found Repertory concludes its inaugural season with “twin” productions at the Arcade Theatre: the world premiere of Theatre Games, a thriller with a Shakespearean flair, and the Bard’s beloved gender-bending comedy, Twelfth Night. Together, these shows form an oddly complementary pair that examines gender, family, secrecy, deception, and relationships.

 

Theatre Games is a fast-paced psychodrama by emerging Midwestern playwright Pharyne Stephney that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. When five Shakespeare characters find themselves stranded in an abandoned theatre with a script, a princess, and a guy named Bill, they must piece together the convoluted machinations of their boss before it’s too late. But when everyone’s script is a secret, who’s to say what’s written and what’s improvised? Reminiscent of Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, this never-before-seen play directed by Jake Russell Thompson takes us into an unraveling world of crime, secrets, and psychopathy.

 

Twelfth Night counteracts the darkness of Theatre Games with the Bard’s signature heart and wit in one of his most pro-LGBTQ+ works. A diverse ensemble presents this comedy of music, poetry, and unrequited love – the basis for the hit film She’s the Man – with all the color and energy of a 1980s music video. Directed by Nick Hurtgen and Shanna Theiste, Shakespeare’s hilarious adventure into love, gender, and identity in Illyria is the breath of fresh air we need this spring. Our May 12 show is a late-nite “unrated” version that begins at 9pm. Come for the laughs, stay for the love.

 

Patrons can purchase “twin ticket” sets for both shows at a discounted price.

 

TRIGGER WARNING

Theatre Games features strong language, some sexual content, and violence against men and women. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

 

RUNNING TIME

Theatre Games: 90 minutes (with 15-minute intermission)

Twelfth Night: 2 hours (with 15-minute intermission)

 

 

CALENDAR INFORMATION

Performing Arts | Theatre

 

WHAT

Theatre Games by Pharyne Stephney | Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

 

WHO

Voices Found Repertory

Theatre Games directed by Jake Russell Thompson

Twelfth Night directed by Nick Hurtgen and Shanna Theiste

 

WHEN

Theatre Games: May 3-7, 2017

Twelfth Night: May 10-14, 2017

 

Performance Dates – Theatre Games

Wednesday, May 3 @ 7:30pm

Thursday, May 4 @ 7:30pm

Friday, May 5 @ 7:30pm

Saturday, May 6 @ 2:00pm

Saturday, May 6 @ 7:30pm

Sunday, May 7 @ 2:00pm

 

Performance Dates – Twelfth Night

Wednesday, May 10 @ 7:30pm

Thursday, May 11 @ 7:30pm

Friday, May 12 @ 9:00pm

Saturday, May 12 @ 2:00pm

Saturday, May 13 @ 7:30pm

Sunday, May 14 @ 2:00pm

 

WHERE

The Arcade Theatre (at the Underground Collaborative) | 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53203

 

Parking

Free street parking after 6:00pm and all day Sunday

Surface lots between Michigan & Clybourne/2nd & Plankinton

The Shops at Grand Avenue garage on Plankinton Ave. (between Michigan & Wisconsin)

 

Handicapped Access

Elevator located via the Wisconsin Ave. entrance to the Shops at Grand Avenue

 

TICKETS

General Admission: $12

 

Discounts

$10 for artists/educators with a valid ID or recent program

$9 for seniors/students with valid ID

May 3 at 7:30pm and May 12 at 11:00pm are pay-what-you-can performances

 

Twin Ticket Special – includes 1 ticket to Theatre Games and Twelfth Night

General: $20

Artists/Educators: $17
Students/Seniors: $15

 

CONTACT

voicesfoundrep.com | (414) 254-2553 | voicesfoundrep@gmail.com

 

ABOUT VFR

Voices Found Repertory is dedicated to creating theatre that unifies its audience and to upholding an inclusive safe space for exploration, communication, and empathy. Our goal is to produce fresh and invigorated stagings of Shakespeare’s plays as well as to create a platform for new works. We believe in the power of the arts and strive to use our responsibility as artists for the good of our community.


Voices Found Repertory is looking for 2 male actors for the world premiere of THEATRE GAMES, a thriller by Pharyne Stephney. Performances will run May 3-13 at the Arcade Theatre in the Underground Collaborative. Rehearsals will take place MWF from 6-9pm and Sundays from 3-5pm starting March 19.

 

BILL: Late 40s through 50s, any race. Distant, never-satisfied patron of the arts. Head of a crime organization.

 

BRUTUS: College-age through 20s, African-American. Young and apparently experienced with Bill’s line of work, slightly neurotic.

THE STORY: Five Shakespeare characters, a princess, and a guy named Bill – stranded in an abandoned theatre. With no idea whose deaths are written and whose have been improvised, they must piece together the convoluted machinations of their boss before it’s too late.

 

Please email your resume, headshot (or recent photo of yourself), and contact information to director Jake Russell Thompson at voicesfoundrep@gmail.com. For more about VFR, please visit our website at www.voicesfoundrep.com. Thank you!


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Voices Found Repertory has announced auditions for the final 2 shows in its inaugural season: Theatre Games by Pharyne Stephney, a world-premiere production, and Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Auditions will take place Saturday, March 4 from 12-4p and Sunday, March 5 from 12-4p at the Underground Collaborative.

Theatre Games  a fast-paced thriller about repression, masculinity, and psychopathy – will run May 3-13 at the Arcade Theatre in the Underground Collaborative. Rehearsals will take place MWF from 6-9p starting March 19. Occasional Sunday afternoon rehearsals will be scheduled based on need and availability.
Twelfth Night will run May 17-22 at the Arcade Theatre. Rehearsals will take place Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays beginning March 21. Occasional Sunday afternoon rehearsals will be scheduled based on need and availability.
Those interested in auditioning for Theatre Games should prepare a 1-minute contemporary monologue (any genre). Those auditioning for Twelfth Night should prepare a 1-minute Shakespeare monologue of the opposite of their identifying gender. Details on the casting calls and character breakdowns are available here, along with sign-ups for 10-minute audition slots: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d44afad28a4fc1-auditions1

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Voices Found Repertory Presents

 

Romeo & Juliet

A Tragedy by William Shakespeare

Directed by Jake Russell Thompson

 

10th Street Theatre, Milwaukee WI

August 10 ­ 13 at 7:30pm, 13 ­ 14 at 2:00pm

(Doors open 30 minutes before curtain)

$12 general admission voicesfoundrep.com

 

Romeo Montague crashes Juliet Capulet’s party, and in one moment they find what most people believe they’ll never had in their lifetime. Less than a hundred hours later, there’s been a

wedding, a banishment, a sex scene, some domestic abuse, and a horrible miscommunication –

and five people are dead. What the hell went wrong? Between an iconic balcony and a double suicide, Voices Found Rep’s debut production is a fresh and stylish take on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, set in an abstract post­punk world, and aims to portray the heart and humanity

of a timeless story.

 

Tickets at voicesfoundrj.brownpapertickets.com.

 

This production features flashing lights, and violence against men and women.

 

 

Voices Found Repertory is the product of many creative minds. Through experimentation, flexibility, and integrity, we hope to produce passionate, empathetic, and imaginative stagings of Shakespeare’s work, alongside original, never­before­seen plays.

 

Our mission is to create theatre that unifies its audience; to develop a common artistic vocabulary and allow artists to work, learn, and play together; to establish and uphold an

inclusive safe space for exploration, communication, and empathy. We want to give you a place where you can do what you love, what you’re interested in, what you’re curious about. Our interest is in how art resonates with you, and how you can communicate yourself through it.

 

Learn more at voicesfoundrep.com, and follow our blog to keep up with our productions!

CAST AND CREW

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Jared Stepp

 

PRODUCER

Eric Schmalz

 

DIRECTOR

Jake Russell Thompson

 

STAGE MANAGER

Caroline Boettcher

 

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Andy Montano

 

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

Krista Kanderski

 

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Zach McClain

 

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Aaron Suggs

 

COSTUME DESIGNER

Shanna Theiste

 

ROMEO/FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER

Alec Lachman

 

MERCUTIO/APOTHECARY

Alison Howard

 

GERGORY/PARIS/FRIAR JOHN

Allison Paranka

 

BALTHAZAR

Beatrice Kuenn

 

JULIET

Kira Renkas

 

TYBALT/FRIAR LAWRENCE

Roc Bauman

 

SAMSON

Sarah Caveney PRINCE/NURSE/FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER

Tawnie Thompson

 

LADY CAPULET

Victoria Hudziak

 

BENVOLIO

Wren Du Vernois