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Directed by Jessica Lanius

What do you save and what do you throw away?

Our disposable society has created tons and tons of trash. But the things we throw away aren’t always tangible – sometimes they are the chance to change, to risk, to love. Sometimes trash is the byproduct of greed, a source of beauty, or the result of destruction. Sometimes it’s just talk. Sometimes it’s the difference between life and death. Join us as we mine ordinary trash for extraordinary stories.

True to its mission, Theatre LILA is creating a collage of music, movement, and scenes from writers across the country, bringing it all to life in unexpected ways.
Authors contributing to the piece include James Caputo, Ajanae Dawkins, Olivia Dawson, Lee Ehmke, Amelia Cook Fontella, Karl Iglesias, Jessica Lanius, Mike Lawler, Tyler Marchant, Andy Arden Reese, Gwendolyn Rice, and Katrin Talbot. An original musical score accompanying the evening was composed by Erin Crabb.

The cast of Trash includes: Kelly Coffey, Olivia Dawson, Karl Iglesias, Mara McGhee, young performer Miranda Dove-García, and Michael Herold and Michael Huftile, who appeared in Theatre LILA’s The Suitcase Dreams last season.

Produced by Theatre Lila at Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St, Madison

Performances: October 1-11, 2015

Performance Times: 
Thursday, October 1 at 7:30pm (Preview)
Friday, October 2 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 3 at 2:30pm
Saturday, October 3 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 4 at 2:30pm 
Thursday, October 8 at 7:30pm
Friday, October 9 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 10 at 2:30pm
Saturday, October 10 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 11 at 2:30pm

Ticket Prices: Adults - $29 Students - $15

Call 608-258-1414 for reservations or more information.

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Wisconsin Wrights recipient Karen Saari

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IN A CLEARING by Karen Saari (Madison, WI) - Thursday, October 1st, 7:30pm 
Set in a small town in Northern Wisconsin, In a Clearing centers around Mark, a newly recovering alcoholic embarking on a relationship with Pam, a childhood friend who has returned home in the wake of a family tragedy. As Mark copes with sobriety, he begins to suffer from flashbacks to an event that may eventually threaten his relationship and the life he is trying to rebuild.


For all three plays from the festival read the information below.

2015 Wisconsin Wrights Play Festival 


When: October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at 7:30pm
Where: Frederic March Play Circle (2nd floor of UW Memorial Union, next to Wisconsin Union Theater)
800 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53706

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Connect Produced by Madison Contemporary Vision Dance

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Directed by Sara Rohs

MCVD will be exploring the theme of Human Connection, using concepts such as relationships, aging, the life cycle, and the power of community. This theme is broad enough to be accessible to a diverse audience, but will also serve as a statement that motivates others to love their community and to come together to serve one another.

Produced by Madison Contemporary Vision Dance at Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street, Madison

Performances: September 19-20, 2015

Performance Times: 
Saturday Sept 19, 2pm and 7pm
Sunday Sept 20, 2pm

Ticket Prices: $14 for Students and Seniors $16 for Adults

Call 608-258-4141 or visit for reservations or more information.

Direct download: Humankind.mp3
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By Gina Gionfriddo

Directed by Sara Beth Hahner

In this award-winning new comedy, Catherine is a rockstar academic feminist and Gwen is a brilliant wife and homemaker; they reunite years after their grad school days, unfulfilled in polar-opposite ways. Each woman covets the other’s life, commencing a game of musical chairs – the “prize” being Gwen’s husband, Don! Throw in a mouthy babysitter and a mom who hands out wisdom in a martini glass, and you've got what The Boston Globe calls a "shrewd, incisive, thoroughly winning comedy."

The New York Times says it's "intensely smart, immensely funny."

Entertainment Weekly says "There's nothing more enjoyable than watching super-smart characters make exceedingly dumb decisions..."

Tickets can be purchased 24/7 at

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

Performances: September 18 - October 3, 2015

Performance Times: 
Friday, September 18–Saturday, September 19 @ 8pm
Thursday, September 24 @ 7:30pm
Friday, September 25–Saturday, September 26 @ 8pm
Sunday, September 27 @ 4pm
Thursday, October 1 @ 7:30pm
Friday, October 2 @ 8pm
Saturday, October 3 @ 4pm (FINAL PERFORMANCE - no evening show)

Ticket Prices: $20 General Admission $18 Students and Seniors SPECIAL $15 price on Thursdays (9/24 and 10/1)

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

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The Boy Friend

The Boy Friend

By Sandy Wilson

Directed by Jim Chiolino; Music Director, Justin Wilder

A witty send-up of the frothy musicals of the 1920s, this musical, set in Madame Dubonnet's finishing school outside of Nice, tells the story of Polly, an English heiress, who longs for a boyfriend. Her father, who believes any boy who isn't wealthy will court Polly only for her money, has forbidden her to date below her class. Polly, of course, falls for Tony, the messenger boy, and leads him to believe she is a working class girl. Mistaken identities and hilarity ensues!! Julie Andrews made her Broadway debut in this show. MTG celebrates its 70th season with the 4th production of this show in its history.

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

Performances: September 11-26, 2015

Performance Times: 

Ticket Prices: $20.00

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Alice -  written by Dan Myers and Meghan Rose

One Night Only! 

After many years of composer submissions and being asked to premiere new pieces, MTM is thrilled to be able to bring its first series of musical theatre readings to Madison! This inaugural festival of new works showcases three innovative, thought-provoking pieces created by promising new voices in the musical theatre canon.

The first show in this series is Alice, written by Dan Myers and Meghan Rose. This is not your typical lookingglass. Alice in this story has escaped to Wonderland as a way to face her inner demons. She encounters a variety of characters along her way, seeing numerous parallels to her life as she travels on her bizarre journey. A world premiere from Madison's own Dan Myers (playwright for Broom St. Theatre's Finding Human, The Point of it All and Chat) and Meghan Rose. (Little Red Wolf, I Saw The Creature, and other local bands; composer of Z-Town, music director Xanadu, Bare, and MTM's 2008 production of john & jen.)

Featuring George Abbott, Rylie Butzbaugh-Patrick, Elizabeth Engle, Janine Gardner, Dee King, Liz Griffith, Krystal Lonsdale, Kate Mann, Erin McConnell, Gregory Reed, Hannah Ripp-Dieter, and Mark Snowden.

All readings are FREE, but reservations are recommended.

Direct download: Alice.mp3
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Bite the Apple

In the country of Proper, people are given a future path upon birth, a fate from which they mustn’t stray; otherwise, they are declared fateless and forced into camps. When a genderless individual with a mysterious past lands in one of these camps, the corrupt scramble to maintain order. Knowledge will set the fateless free, if only they have the courage to bite the apple.

A political thriller about free will and social injustice, Bite the Apple opens Friday, August 14th and runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through September 5th.

BTA Poster copyWritten and directed by: Malissa Petterson
Musical director: Meghan Rose
Choreographer: Simone LaPierre
Stage manager: Matthew Viktor Petterson
Alex Brick
Heather Jane Farr
Morganna Grim
Donnovan Moen
Jordan Apollo Pulley
Heather Renken
John Siewert
Alyssa Stowe

Broom Street Theater is located at 1119 Williamson Street, Madison, WI. House opens fifteen minutes prior to curtain. To reserve tickets, please call 608-244-8338 or go to

We’ll see you in Proper!

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