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Death Of A Salesman

Death Of A Salesman

By Arthur Miller

Directed by Christopher Wolter


“Death Of A Salesman” shares a rightful place on the top rung of the canon of classic American plays and this new production of the play seeks to re-imagine Arthur Miller's unflinching look into the heart of the American Dream for a contemporary audience. 

Willy Loman's journey is a painful one, that of an aging salesman and father at the end of his road. Plagued by his own mind and his inability to reconcile his bitter reality with his lofty dreams, Willy struggles against all odds to hold onto dignity in a world which has cast him aside. 

In an era supposedly free from ideology, "Death of a Salesman" is more necessary than ever. It is a play about a dream, a dream which we experience as our greatest freedom, yet for the vast majority of us is nothing but a bitter burden, and ultimately, a cruel lie.


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

Performances: April 24 - May 16, 2015

Performance Times: 
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 7:30pm
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 7:30pm
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 2:00pm
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 7:30pm
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 7:30pm
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 6, 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 7:30pm
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 7:30pm
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 7:30pm
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 7:30pm
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 7:30pm
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 2:00pm

Ticket Prices: $20 General, $15 Strollers Members/Students/Seniors

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

Direct download: Death_of_a_Salesman.mp3
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The Nails

By Doug Reed

Directed by Rob Matsushita

Broom Street Theater is proud to present The Nails, written by Doug Reed ("The Lamentable Tragedie Of Scott Walker", "Nottingham!") and directed by Rob Matsushita ("900", "Civil"). This is a fast-paced corporate fairy tale about love, business, and dismemberment. Also, talking animals.

One cold night, Kella Winter is tossed from her home into a frozen wasteland with only a toy penguin named Xylorc to keep her company. Desperate for shelter, she takes a job with The Corporation - a company entirely composed of talking animals. She fights to keep her mind and body together among evil walruses, sentient copiers, and a vengeful Alexander Graham Bell from an alternate dimension.

It's Lewis Carroll with a desk job. It's Aesop on acid.

The cast of The Nails features a number of longtime Madison stage favorites including Caitlin Robb as Kella Winter, Damon Butler as Xylorc - her stuffed penguin, and Sam White as Ralph Waldo - the walrus from Accounts Receivable who makes their lives miserable.

Rounding out The Corporation are Kate Boomsma as Sandra the Swan, Andrew Miller-Rhoads as John The Badger, and Emmaline Friederichs as Ernestine the Sphinx. Meanshile, in an alternate dimension, Donnonvan Moen as Blackbeard and Benjamin Otto as Alexander Graham Bell work out the problems in their complicated relationship.

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

Performances: April 24 - May 16, 2015

Performance Times: 
Friday, April 24, 2015 @ 8:00PM
Saturday, April, 25 2015 @ 8:00PM
Thursday, April, 25 2015 @ 8:00PM
Friday, May 1, 2015 @ 8:00PM
Saturday, May 2, 2015 @ 8:00PM
Thursday, May 7, 2015 @ 8:00PM
Friday, May 8, 2015 @ 8:00PM
Saturday, May 9, 2015 @ 8:00PM
Thursday, May 14, 2015 @ 8:00PM
Friday, May 15, 2015 @ 8:00PM
Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 8:00PM

Ticket Prices: $11, $9 discounted tickets

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

Direct download: The_Nails.mp3
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My Life is a Sitcom

By Rob Matsushita, Karen Saari, Sunny Schomaker

Directed by Karen Saari

People were asked to enter submissions telling why some aspect of their life may just be great sitcom fodder. Writers chose the top two premises and have written original sitcoms based on them. Composer Andrew Rohn (VO5, Walmartopia) is composing theme songs for each.

The two shows within "My Life is a Sitcom" are “Palmer.” written by Rob Matsushita, about a local cabbie who plays in the Madison Gay Hockey Association. The second is “Band for Life,” by Karen Saari and Sunny Schomaker, about local disco band VO5 as the members juggle the music scene, families and day jobs.

For more information, Karen Saari via e-mail at 

Produced by Broken Dart Players at Brink Lounge, 701 East Washington Suite 105, Madison

Performances: April 16-17, 2015

Performance Times: 
Thu. April 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
Fri. April 17 @ 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $15 at the door. Or purchase online at

Call for reservations or more information.

Direct download: My_Life_is_a_Sitcom.mp3
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Deliciously Queer

Deliciously Queer

Directed by Suzan Kurry, William Bolz, Dana Pellebon & Sean Langenecker

StageQ, Inc., partners with the creators of Are We Delicious? to present Deliciously Queer, a show written and staged in a mere 7 days. Deliciously Queer will feature pieces inspired by two compelling subjects in the queer experience: Coming Out and Commitment. Who doesn’t have a coming out story or an opinion about commitments in the queer community? Join us to see how those stories come together, unfold, and simply make you laugh.

Delicious Ensemble Theatre is a simple, exhilarating ensemble theatre project where a small group of daredevil writers and performers conceive, write, rehearse, and perform an original one-hour show of short plays in a single week. Everyone writes, everyone acts, and no one can rest until the final curtain!

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

Performances: March 22 - April 11, 2015

Performance Times: TBA

Ticket Prices: TBA

Call TBA for reservations or more information.

Direct download: DQ.mp3
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