the MadStage Podcast

Buzz chats with Suzan Kurry (Hermione), Amy Rowland (Harry Potter) and Sam White (director) about Mercury Theater's upcoming production of "Harry Potter and the Pet Rock" at the Bartell.


By Nick Schweitzer

Directed by Sam D. White

The gang from Hogwarts gets the holiday “panto” treatment! Loaded with slapstick humor, corny jokes, and silly song parodies, this original twist on the beloved tale of the boy wizard will delight kids and adults alike. Cheering for the heroes and booing for the baddies is strongly encouraged in this family-friendly holiday treat!


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

Performances: December 15-30, 2017

Performance Times: 
Friday–Saturday, December 15–16 @ 7:00pm
Sunday, December 17 @ 2:00pm 
Thursday–Friday, December 21–22 @ 7:00pm
Sunday, December 23 @ 2:00pm 
Thursday–Friday, December 28–29 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, December 30 @ 2:00pm FINAL PERFORMANCE

Direct download: MSP-047_PotterRock.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz chat with Jan Levine Thal about Madison's Kathie Rasmussen Women's Theatre (KRASS).

Direct download: MSP_046_KRASS_JLT.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz chat with director Louise Stout and actor Gina Gomez about StageQ's upcoming production of Twilight of the Golds at the Bartell Theatre.

Twilight of the Golds

By Jonathan Tolins

Directed by Louise Stout

When David learns his sister is pregnant, he and the entire Gold family couldn’t be happier. However, using newly discovered technology, Suzanne learns her fetus will most likely suffer from the same condition as David, being gay. What happens next forces the entire Gold family to confront issues of bigotry, evolution and the limits of love. What would you do?

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

Performances: December 1-16, 2017

Performance Times: 
Friday 7:30 PM 12/1/17
Saturday 7:30 PM 12/2/17
Wednesday 7:30 PM 12/6/17
Thursday 7:30 PM 12/7/17
Friday 7:30 PM 12/8/17
Saturday 7:30 PM 12/9/17
Sunday 2:00 PM 12/10/17
Wednesday 7:30 PM 12/13/17
Thursday 7:30 PM 12/14/17
Friday 7:30 PM 12/15/17
Saturday 2:00 PM 12/16/17

Direct download: MSP_045_Twilight_of_the_Golds.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz chat with actors Zachariah Sterner and Easton Smith about Express Yourself's upcoming production of "Spring Awakening" at the Bartell.

Direct download: MSP_044_SpringAwakening.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz talk with director Steve Noll about Madison Theatre Guild's production of Wait Until Dark.

Wait Until Dark

By Frederick Knott, Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher

Directed by Steve Noll

Jeffrey Hatcher has adapted Frederick Knott's 1966 original, giving it a new setting. In 1944 Greenwich Village, Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman, is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment. As the climax builds, Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller's chilling conclusion.

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

Performance Times: 
Friday, November 3 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 4 - 7:30 pm

Thursday, November 9 - 7:30 pm
Friday, November 10 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 11 - 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 12 - 2:00 pm

Thursday, November 16 - 7:30 pm
Friday, November 17 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 18 - 2:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $20

Direct download: MSP_043_WaitUntilDark.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz talk with director Katherine Johnson, assistant director Elliott Puckette and actor Stephanie Drahozal about Strollers Theatre's production of Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros at the Bartell.


By Eugene Ionesco

Directed by Katherine Johnson

A rhinoceros rampages through the streets of a small town, shattering the peace. The intruder leaves behind a whirl of chaos and debate as the populace tries to make sense of an inconceivable event. As the dwindling humans are besieged by the growing tide of beasts, one man struggles with his position in this new reality as his fellows transform, infected by a burgeoning ideology.

Rhinoceros is a darkly comic reversal of norms. This incisive and finely crafted theatre of the absurd explores the brutal beauty of the natural. Savagery is simpler than empathy, and in this new world, forsaking humanity is noble.

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

Performances: November 3-18, 2017

Direct download: MSP_042_Rhinoceros.mp3
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In their first appearance with MadStage Podcast, Know Better Productions presents The White Rose. Suzan and Buzz talk with Ethan Richard about Know Better Productions and this remarkable play about the group that boldly protested against Naziism in Germany.

The White Rose

By Lillian Groag

Directed by Simone LaPierre

The play chronicles the arrest, interrogation and eventual execution of a group of University of Munich students who protested the Nazi regime at the height of World War II. The students assigned to themselves the name White Rose.

Produced by know better productions at Broom Street Theater, Art In Gallery, and Intuit Art Center.

Performances: November 4-18, 2017

Performance Times: 
Nov 4 - 5 (Broom Street Theatre - 1119 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703)
Sat Nov 4:  3p Show - 8p Show
Sun Nov 5:  3p Show  (Talkback after show - Talkback Guest Dr Stephani Richards-Wilson:  Dr. Stephani Richards-Wilson teaches in the Social Impact graduate program at Claremont Lincoln University.  Her research interests include social entrepreneurship, business education, and Nazi resisters, most notably Willi Graf of the White Rose.)

Nov 10 - 11 (Art In Gallery - 1444 E Washington Ave Madison WI 53704)
Fri Nov 10:  8p Show
Sat Nov 11:  8p Show

Nov 18 (Intuit Art Center - 756 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642)
Sat Nov 18:  7p Show

Visit for more information.

Direct download: MSP_041_KnowBetter-WhiteRose.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz bring on, for their MadStage Podcast debut, writer/director/actor and Save the Rainforest President Bruce Calhoun and actor Amy Zwicker to talk about the Save the Rainforest project in general, and specifically their upcoming performances of Calhoun's play "The Donation", proceeds from which support the Save the Rainforest projects.

The Donation

By Bruce Calhoun

The representatives of three charities get more than they bargain for when they accept an invitation from a millionaire to spend a weekend in his creepy mansion in this comedy being performed for the first time ever as a fund raiser for Save the Rainforest. More information at

Produced by Save the Rainforest at the Verona Area Performing Arts Theater, 300 Richard Street, Verona, WI 53593

Performances: October 27-29, 2017

Performance Times: 
7:30pm on Oct 27 & 28, 2pm & 7:30pm on Oct 29

Direct download: MSP_040_SaveTheRainforest.mp3
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This week, instead of talking about a specific show, Suzan and Buzz chat with theater artist David Pausch about his many roles and projects, and how he fell in love with live theater.


Direct download: MSP_039_DavePausch.mp3
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Buzz chats with his co-host, actor Suzan Kurry, who plays both Mineola Twins, along with producer Jan Levine Thal and director Julie Johnson about Krass Theater's upcoming production of Paula Vogel's The Mineola Twins at the Bartell Theatre.

The Mineola Twins

By Paula Vogel

Directed by Juli Johnson

This socio-political satire barrels through women's experience and the women's movement over more than three decades in post-World War II America, as seen through the lives of identical twins, Myra and Myrna, from Mineola, New York. The play takes place during the Eisenhower Administration; then at the start of the Nixon Administration; and, finally, during the Bush Administration.

"Ms Vogel's script is most ingenious…The sisters' opposition, neatly representing the schism between right and left in the United States, is self-destructive, and each subliminally longs for connection with the other. ..As the nightmare spins itself out, fears of nuclear attack, sexual predation, and familial estrangement meld in a way that haunts even as it teases." —The New York Times

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

Performances: October 13-28, 2017

Performance Times: 
Friday: October 13, 8pm
Saturday: October 14, 8pm
Sunday: October 15, 4pm

Wednesday, October 18, 8pm
Thursday October 19, 8pm
Friday, October 20, 8pm
Saturday, October 21, 8pm
Sunday October 22, 4pm

Thursday, October 26, 8pm
Friday, October 27, 8pm
Saturday, October 28, 4pm & 8pm

Direct download: MSP_038_Mineola-KRASS.mp3
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