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Black & White

By Kip Price

Directed by Heather Jane Farr

Set in an up-and-coming neighborhood, an alternative coffeeshop, proud of its record for inclusiveness, finds that it has become the latest target of the suburban elite. As the employees struggle to fight against neighborhood pressures to close up shop, they find that their goals, personal and professional aren't quite as clearly defined as once they thought.

Produced by Broom Street Theater at Broom Street Theater, 1119 Williamson Street, Madison

Performances: August 5-27, 2016

Performance Times:
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm

Ticket Prices: $11

Call 608-244-8338 for reservations or more information.

Direct download: BlackAndWhite-BST.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

The Tragedy Of Macbeth

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Francisco Torres

A drum, a drum! Macbeth doth come.

It is the story of the ambition-fueled rise and precipitous fall of Lord and Lady Macbeth. Loyalty, despair, manipulation, madness, and revenge are all in play this summer.

Madison Shakespeare Company returns to full-length productions with this timeless tale. Performances are outdoors at the Edgewood College Amphitheater, located behind The Stream building.

Performances: July 21-24, 2016

Performance Times:
Thursday July 21, 6:30 PM
Friday July 22, 6:30 PM
Saturday July 23, 2:00 PM
Saturday July 23, 6:30 PM
Sunday July 24, 6:30 PM

Ticket Prices: $12 suggested contribution

Reservations accepted at

Direct download: Macbeth-MadisonShakespeareCo.mp3
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To break up the monotony in Purgatory's laundromat, souls rivals for immediate rapture: in a good, old-fashioned dance-a-thon. Swing and red tape, plus the proverbial deal with the not-so proverbial Devil? All in an eternity's work.

STARRING (in order of appearance):
HeatherJane Farr
Alyssa Stowe
Loryn Jonelis
Morganna Grim
Stacey Garbarski
Wendy Prosise
Anthony Cary
Emma Ruby Roberts
Mitch Taylor
Lacey Smithmier

John Siewert (stage manager)
Jessica Jane Witham (choreographer)
Taylor Kokinos (lighting design)
Lindsey Hoel-Neds (costume design)
Katie Rattigan (East Coast props design)
Viktor Petterson (set, sound, and Midwest props design; producer)
and Heather Renken (BST's artistic director and our appointed company representative)

Broom Street Theater's January 2016 production of The 800th Annual Salvation Swing-Off has been accepted to the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival! We are hosting a two weekend Madison run to benefit our travel to New York City!

Performance Dates:
Friday, July 8th: 10:30pm
Saturday, July 9th: 2pm
Sunday, July 10th: 2pm
Friday, July 15th: 10:30pm
Saturday, July 16th: 2pm
Sunday, July 17th: 2pm

Tickets are $15 or $10 for BST members; the show runs 75 minutes.

Please check out our Generosity page at to donate or share!

Direct download: 800thAnnualSalvationSwingOff.mp3
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Are We Delicious? is an ensemble of Madison writers and actors who write, rehearse and premiere a show of humor and heart in a single week. Everyone writes, everyone acts, and no one can rest until the final curtain.

The Act 1 ensemble features Cooper Talbot, Mallory Saurer, Christian Neuhaus, Stephen Montagna, Dan McCoy, Phrannie Lyons, Matthew Korda, and Donald Dexter.

The Act 2 ensemble features Matt Sloan, Kelly Maxwell, Jess Schuknecht, Doug Reed, Deborah Hearst, and Catherine Capellaro.


Direct download: DoubleDelicious.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Blithe Spirit

By Noël Coward

Directed by Dan Myers

Strollers Theatre, ltd. presents Noël Coward's sparkling comedy and "improbable farce." Blithe Spirit revolves around Charles, who is planning a séance as research for his new book. He invites the eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, into his English country home, intending to expose the Madame as a fraud.

To witness this event, Charles and his second wife, Ruth, invite the skeptical Dr. Bradman and his anxious-to-believe wife, Violet. When, in the course of the séance, Madame Arcati mistakenly summons Charles' first wife, Elvira, back from the beyond, things get thoroughly out of hand.

Produced by Strollers Theatre at Bartell Theatre's Evjue Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Performances: April 29 - May 21, 2016

Performance Times:
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 7:30pm
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 7:30pm
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 2:00pm
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 7:30pm
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 7:30pm
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 7:30pm
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 7:30pm
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 7:30pm
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 7:30pm
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 7:30pm
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 7:30pm
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 2:00pm

Ticket Prices: $20

Call 608-661-9696 for reservations or more information.

Direct download: BlitheSpirit-Strollers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Coyote Moon

By Samuel D. White

Directed by David Pausch

Frank hates his life: he lost his job, his pregnant girlfriend’s marrying another guy, and he's pretty sure he is going to turn into a “were-coyote” when the full moon comes up tonight. Maybe the best thing to do is lock a tow chain around his neck… but then again… maybe not. Young Frank’s mom, his former fiancée, his neighbors and friends all gather to witness (and perhaps, enjoy) his growing distress as moon-rise draws nigh. Coyote Moon: a trickster love story with a small-town tavern, Eddie Arnold, the full moon, a touch of the supernatural – and a whole lot of beer.

Produced by Mercury Players Theater at Bartell Theatre's Evjue Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Performances: April 8-23, 2016

Performance Times:
Friday–Saturday, April 8–9 @ 8:00pm
Thursday, April 14 @ 7:30pm
Friday–Saturday, April 15–16 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, April 17 @ 4:00pm
Thursday, April 21 @ 7:30pm
Friday, April 22 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, April 23 @ 4:00pm (NO evening performance on 4/23)

Ticket Prices: General Admission $20 Student & Seniors $18 Special $15 tickets for either Thursday show and the Sunday (4/17) matinee

Call 608-661-9696 for reservations or more information.

Direct download: CoyoteMoon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Sweet William

By Doug Reed

Directed by Doug Reed

Broom Street Theater is proud to announce "Sweet William."

The infield dirt turns to mud, and the diamond loses its shine, as the meanest major leaguer who ever wore spikes finally submits to an interview fifty years after his playing days.

What was Willie's part in baseball's most sordid sex scandal? What really happened to the team owner's missing daughter?

A rollicking tragicomedy told in flashback - a sordid tale of virtue and vice; sunshine fields and shadowy back rooms - where only the Grim Reaper can call the final out.

Produced by Broom Street Theater at Broom Street Theater, 1119 Williamson Street, Madison

Performances: March 18 - April 9, 2016

Performance Times:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday @8pm

Ticket Prices: $11

Direct download: SweetWilliam-DougReed.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

An Evening's Affair 2: Shakespeare's Betrayals

An Evening's Affair 2: Shakespeare's Betrayals

Directed by Francisco Torres, Emily Morrison-Weeks, Greg Hudson, Kyra McFarland, and Jason Compton

Madison Shakespeare Company's anthology series An Evening's Affair returns with an all-new selection of stirring and shocking scenes from the canon. Built this time around the themes of betrayal and backstabbing, this second installment of An Evening's Affair explores the darker side of friendships, the inconstancy of love, and the instability of hatred.

An Evening's Affair 2 delivers 10 different scenes from nine of Shakespeare's plays, including Macbeth, Hamlet, and Romeo and Juliet, as well as less frequently produced works such as King Lear and Titus Andronicus.

An Evening's Affair 2 is performed by Mike Dartt, Donald Dexter, Sarah Krahn, Betsy Wood, Jason Compton, Bryan Metrish, Kyra McFarland, Deanna Martinez, Laura Kochanowski, and Katherine Johnson.

Produced by Madison Shakespeare Company

Performances: February 18 - 28, 2016

Performance Times and Locations:

  • Thur, Feb 18 7:30
    Capital Brewery
    7734 Terrace Ave, Middleton WI
  • Fri, Feb 19 7:30
    930 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Madison WI
  • Sat, Feb 20 7:30
    930 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Madison WI
  • Wed, Feb 24 7:30
    Bartell Theatre
    113 E. Mifflin, Madison WI
  • Fri, Feb 26 7:30
    Arts + Literature Laboratory
    2021 Winnebago St, Madison WI
  • Sat, Feb 27 5:00
    Broom Street Theater
    1119 Williamson St, Madison WI
  • Sun, Feb 28 4:00
    High Noon Saloon
    701A E. Washington Ave, Madison WI

Ticket Prices: $10 suggested contribution

Go to for reservations or more information.

Direct download: AnEveningsAffair2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Monster Boogie

Note: The lighting designer for Monster Boogie is Taylor Kokinos, and not Luke Kokinos as stated in the podcast episode.

Monster Boogie

By Rob Matsushita

Directed by Rob Matsushita

Monster Boogie, the final Boogie written and directed by Rob Matsushita!

A "Boogie" is a show where we play spoken word or children's albums, and act them out onstage (going by the mindset of the children we were when we first heard them)

Monster Boogie is another vinyl-strewn romp through spoken word albums of the past, and this time, we're taking on horror, because you always save the best for last!

Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, serial killers, and the working-class heroes who bust them. This is your last chance to Boogie!

Produced by Broom Street Theater at Broom Street Theater, 1119 Williamson Street, Madison

Performances: February 12 - March 5, 2016

Performance Times:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, at 8pm

Ticket Prices: 11.00

Direct download: MonsterBoogie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

StageQ, Inc. is proud to present local playwright Dan Myers’ captivating drama Finding Human running November 13th through November 28th on the Evjue Stage in the Bartell Theater.

Synopsis: 10 years ago, James was sentenced to Florida’s death row for the brutal murder of a priest. He never provided a reason for his actions, but rather accepted his guilt in silence. This is the story of the last week of this man’s life and some of the people that share his immediately world. Each of them trying their best to answer the question: Why?

Finding Human had its first run in January 2015 at Broom Street Theater, where it received strongly favorable audience reactions and reviews.

Review from the Broom Street run.

When Michael Bruno, President of StageQ, Inc. and Dan Myers first discussed bringing Finding Human to StageQ’s 2015-2016 season, Dan Myers only had one request: that it comes with the same cast. So, returning in the roles they originated at Broom Street Theater are:

Bob Moore as James Anderson
Jim Chiolino as Father Martin
Donnovan Moen as William (Bill) Shaw
Kirk Baumbach as Sergeant McGovern

Direct download: Finding_Human-Nov15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

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