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Production Dates: Aug 31-Sep 3, 2017 at 7:30pm

This Labor Day weekend, the Tenth Street Theatre becomes a vaudeville stage for Bard & Bourbon’s Twelfth Night (drunk). Twelfth Night is the story of twin siblings separated by a shipwreck in a foreign land. What follows is a wild mix of love triangles, mistaken identities, and general foolery. In this production, however, events are further complicated by the fact that two of the actors each night will be under the influence of quite a bit of whiskey. Anything can happen and it’s up to the sober actors to hilariously try to keep the show on the rails.

Founded in late 2014, Bard & Bourbon is one of several drunk Shakespeare companies that have sprung up over the last decade, including LA’s Shotspeare, New York’s Drunk Shakespeare Society, and Milwaukee’s fellow drunk company, Boozy Bard. “We take the most traditional approach of any drunk company I know,” says director and

Bard & Bourbon founder Katie Merriman. “For us, the Shakespeare comes first and we just trust the alcohol to take care of itself. Our goal is always to produce a genuinely good play with a bit of loving irreverence thrown in.”

Twelfth Night Director Dylan K. Sladky says “As one of Shakespeare’s funniest and lighthearted love stories, Twelfth Night (or What You Will) is a fantastic romp about the absurdities of love in all its forms. Every character has an open world in-front of them, just out of their grasp, and we get to see them set upon each other in hopes of reaching that which they desire most. With this in mind, I looked to old-school backyard vaudeville for inspiration. Vaudeville was for all manner of people, and Shakespeare’s plays share this quality. The over-the-top nature of Twelfth Night and its characters, paired with it’s subtle moments of bittersweet hope of a better tomorrow, makes the 1930’s dust bowlera a striking concept to play in, and has proven to be a truly fun experience.”

Twelfth Night (drunk) runs August 31-Sept 3 at the Tenth Street Theatre, 628 N 10th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233. All performances at 7:30pm.

Pay What You Can preview on August 30.

Tickets are $18 (general) / $15 (students/seniors/military/artists).

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Actors of all ages, genders, races, and body types are invited to audition for a diverse, nontraditional cast of Twelfth Night (drunk). All roles are available. Many roles require drinking but non-drinking roles are available. Rehearsals begin July 17 with performances Aug 31-Sep 9.

Auditions will be held at the Tenth Street Theatre – 628 N 10th St on Monday, June 26 from 5:45-9:30 with callbacks the next day.

Prepare a 1 min classical monologue of a gender different from the one you identify as and a 30 second a cappella song.

Get more info and sign up at


Join the cast of Bard & Bourbon’s MACBETH in a five night broadsword stage combat class culminating in a DAI certification test.


The class will be taught by Milwaukee fight director, Christopher Elst, a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) and Associate Instructor with Dueling Arts International (DAI).


Dates: April 28, 29, May 4, 5, 6  from 6pm-9pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 7pm-10pm on Thursday.

Location: Plymouth Church, 2717 E Hampshire Ave, Milwaukee.

Cost: $150 including sword rental and testing fee
Maximum of 8 students will be accepted.  To register, email  You will receive confirmation that space is still available and a link to complete payment via Paypal.   Registration is complete once payment is received.  We will maintain a waiting list if all spaces are filled.


First Stage Theater Academy’s Classical Company Class Presents:
The Merchant of Venice
By William Shakespeare

Jim Fletcher, Director
Ro Spice-Kopischke, Assistant Director

What must one risk for love? For fortune? For friendship? And what is the cost of risking such things? Set in the highly polarized world of sixteenth century Venice, Shakespeare gives us no easy answers. How does one find justice in such a world where everyone is culpable? The questions Shakespeare posed four hundred years ago, are sadly ones we still face today.

Performance Dates:

Friday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Admission is free! Come out to support the hard work of these incredible young performers!


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


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


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, and follow our blog to keep up with our productions!




Jared Stepp



Eric Schmalz



Jake Russell Thompson



Caroline Boettcher



Andy Montano



Krista Kanderski



Zach McClain



Aaron Suggs



Shanna Theiste



Alec Lachman



Alison Howard



Allison Paranka



Beatrice Kuenn



Kira Renkas



Roc Bauman




Tawnie Thompson



Victoria Hudziak



Wren Du Vernois



The Bard & Bourbon Theatre Company presents ROMEO AND JULIET (drunk), a fully rehearsed, staged, and memorized production of Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers performed with the addition of several shots of whiskey.

The Bard & Bourbon Theatre Company adds an alcoholic twist to classic plays, with a goal of introducing Shakespeare to new audiences in a fun and relatable manner. Each fully rehearsed and memorized production features small non-traditional casts playing multiple parts while getting one actor very drunk over the course of the show.

ROMEO AND JULIET will be performed at In Tandem Theatre, 628 N 10th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233 over Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-29. All shows 7:30 pm.

Pay What You Can on May 25th.
General admission – $15
Student, Senior, Artist, or Military – $12

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Quasimondo Milwaukee Physical Theatre is holding auditions for “The Nautical Tragedy of Dick III”. This original maritime clown/bouffon  mash-up is inspired by Moby Dick, Shakespeare’s Richard the Third, and more. Ideal candidates will have experience in Shakespeare, clowning, and/or be musically inclined.


PART I, 6-8pm: Reserve and audition slot and present one of the following: a Shakespearean monologue, a comedic monologue, or a song to be sung acapella. Bring resume and headshot. (If you do not have a monologue prepared, one will be provided for you to read.)

PART II, 8pm: Performers will participate in a movement/clowning workshop lead by ensemble members, followed by scene readings.

The audition will take place on Monday, May 2nd from 6 to 10pm at The Underground Collaborative, 161 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203. (Inside the Grand Avenue Mall)

To RESERVE an AUDITION TIME SLOT write: or call us at (414) 702 0392.

Lovers and Fighters

Lovers & Fighters – a Shakespearean Revelry


Watch professional actors performing scenes learned in a day and monologues made difficult by the Wheel of Distraction. Play along with a Shakespearean drinking game!

All ages welcome; those wishing to drink will be carded at the bar.


Free snacks. Cash bar will carry soda, beer, wine, and shots of bourbon.


All proceeds go toward the Bard & Bourbon Theatre Company production of Romeo and Juliet, coming this Memorial Day!


Saturday, April 16th at 8:00 pm.

Soulstice Theatre – 3770 S Pennsylvania Ave #2, St Francis, WI 53235
St Francis, WI 53235 United States


$12 in advance, $15 at the door

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Shakespeare in the Park Auditions! Optimist Theatre is auditioning for our summer 2016 production of Julius Caesar.


Auditions are on February 6, 7, and 8. If you’re interested in being considered for an audition slot, please email your headshot and resume to Shakespeare in the Park Producer and Associate Artistic Director Tom Reed at Submissions without a headshot and resume will not be considered. Previous experience required.


Performances of Julius Caesar will run 12 days – August 4-7, 11-14 and 18-21, outdoors at Alice Bertschy Kadish Park. Rehearsals begin near the end of June.


Shakespeare in the Park is also seeking to fill all crew roles. Interested? Please email Tom Reed and include a resume if you have one.


Audition Schedule for the 2016 Summer Season!

JULIUS CAESAR– directed by James Pickering

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM– directed by Joseph Hanreddy

Monday, December 14th- Renaissance Theaterworks, 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI
10am-4pm- Combined AEA/Non-AEA

Tuesday, December 15th- The Theatre School at DePaul, 2350 N. Racine Ave., Chicago, IL
10am-4pm- Combined AEA/Non-AEA

To receive an appointment time, please email your photo and resume to Executive Director Amy Ludwigsen at Include the preferred location/city for your audition in the subject line of your email. Please prepare two contrasting Shakespeare pieces not to exceed four minutes. Be prepared to sing a short selection a cappella. Provide one copy of your current resume and photo at the audition. Possible call back sessions will be held from 5-7pm in each location. We will not be able to provide a time slot for every submission, however taped auditions will be accepted. Video submissions must be submitted by Friday, December 11th in order to be considered.

For more information on our internship program, including acting, admin, and technical positions, please email your resume and area of interest to and include “Intern Company” in the subject line of your email.

Contract dates for the 2106 season include:
First Rehearsal: Monday, June 6th
First Preview: Wednesday, June 29th
Opening: Saturday, July 2nd
Closing: Saturday, August 20th
Door Shakespeare is an SPT 5 + Equity theater. Weekly salary and housing, as well as EMC points, are provided for all company members.

Thank you!