the MadStage Podcast

Buzz chats with Lead Producer Simone LaPierre and Director Suzan Kurry about Bartell Ball Drop Blitz 4, a co-production of Know Better Productions and Mercury Players Theatre. 

"A group of writers, directors, and actors gather on December 30th to pick names, themes, and writing challenges out of a hat. Then – in teams – they create magnificent theatrical mayhem over the next 24 hours, resulting in an awesome New Year’s Eve production that’s the best end-of-year extravaganza!!! The Blitz is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get :) Proceeds will benefit the Bartell in its gala 20th Anniversary season."

Direct download: MSP_049_Blitz.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz chat with Does Everything But Lighting Artist Malissa Petterson on this week's podcast.

Direct download: MSP_048_MalissaPetterson.mp3
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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.

HARRY POTTER and the PET ROCK

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!

IMMATURE AUDIENCES ONLY!
PARENTAL DISCRETION DISCOURAGED!

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

http://madstage.com/Shows/harrypottera171001.html

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).

http://krasstheatre.com/

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

http://madstage.com/Shows/waituntildar171101.html

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.

Rhinoceros

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

http://madstage.com/Shows/rhinoceros170724.html

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.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_White_Rose_(play)

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 facebook.com/knowbetterprod for more information.

http://madstage.com/Shows/thewhiterose170712.html

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 www.saverfn.org/plays/

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

http://madstage.com/Shows/thedonation170603.html

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

http://madstage.com/Shows/themineolatw170602.html

Direct download: MSP_038_Mineola-KRASS.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz chat once again with CTM's Director of Education and Community Engagement Erica Berman about CTM's upcoming production of "Madagascar — A Musical Adventure."

Madagascar

Book by Kevin Del Aguila, Music & Lyrics by George Noriega & Joel Someillan. Based on the DreamWorks animated motion picture.

Directed by Erica Berman

Madagascar - A Musical Adventure follows four furry friends as they escape from their home in NY’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the “wild” world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar is a crack-a-lackin musical for the whole family.

Produced by Children's Theater of Madison at Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street, Madison

Performances: October 6-22, 2017

Performance Times: 
Fridays Oct 6 & 20 @ 7pm
Saturdays Oct 7, 14 and 21 at 2:30pm
Saturdays Oct. 7 & 14 at 7pm
Sundays Oct 8, 15 and 22 at 2:30pm

http://madstage.com/Shows/madagascar170531.html

Direct download: MSP_037_Madagascar_CTM.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz chat with music director Dr. J. Adam Shelton and director Michael Bruno about StageQ's upcoming production of Falsettos at the Bartell Theater.

Falsettos

Book by James Lapine & William Finn, music & lyrics by William Finn

Directed by Michael Bruno, musical direction by Dr. J. Adam Shelton

The Broadway smash hit comes to Madison!

Falsettos is the tale of Marvin, who leaves his wife and young son to live with another man. His ex-wife marries his psychiatrist, and Marvin ends up alone. Two years later, Marvin is reunited with his lover on the eve of his son’s bar mitzvah, just as AIDS is beginning its insidious spread. This musical, about the coming together of the original modern family, premiered on Broadway in 1992 and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, of which it won Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. It was revived briefly on Broadway in 2016, and the revival performance was nominated for five Tony Awards.

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

Performances: September 29 - October 14, 2017

Performance Times: 
Friday 7:30 PM 9/29/17
Saturday 7:30 PM 9/30/17
Wednesday 7:30 PM 10/4/17
Thursday 7:30 PM 10/5/17
Friday 7:30 PM 10/6/17
Saturday 7:30 PM 10/7/17
Sunday 2:00 PM 10/8/17
Wednesday 7:30 PM 10/11/17
Thursday 7:30 PM 10/12/17
Friday 7:30 PM 10/13/17
Saturday 2:00 PM 10/14/17

http://madstage.com/Shows/falsettos170827.html

Direct download: MSP_036_Falsettos_StageQ.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz's guests are 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee co-directors Andrew Abrams and Gail Becker of Capital City Theatre.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Music and lyrics by William Finn

Directed by Gale Becker and Andrew Abrams

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is about an eclectic group of six adolescents who vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Full of true comedic genius and touching stories, the misfit tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words providing one unforgettable experience!

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

Performances: September 22 - October 1, 2017

Performance Times: 
Fri, Sept 22 and Sat, Sept 23 at 7:30 pm
Sun Sept 24 -2:00 pm
Thurs, Sept 28, Fri Sept 29 and Sat, Sept 30 at 7:30 pm
Sun Oct 1-2:00 pm

http://madstage.com/Shows/the25thannua170718.html

Direct download: MSP_035_25thPutnamBee-CapCity.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz chat with director Scott Albert Bennett and actor Rebecca Raether about Strollers Theater's upcoming production of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance at the Bartell Theatre.

A Delicate Balance

By Edward Albee

Directed by Scott Albert Bennett

Edward Albee’s classic drama about two couples whose lives are upended by an encroaching, nameless “fear,” bringing a firestorm of doubt, recrimination, and ultimately solace. This play won Albee the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama.

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

Performances: September 15-30, 2017

http://madstage.com/Shows/adelicatebal170621.html

Direct download: MSP_034_A_Delicate_Balance.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz talk with actors Sean Langenecker and Brian Turner about Madison Theatre Guild's upcoming production of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus at the Bartell Theatre.

Titus Andronicus

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Betty Diamond

Shakespeare’s first known tragedy, TITUS ANDRONICUS was the most frequently produced of Shakespeare’s plays during his lifetime. Today, it is one of his least frequently produced shows. MTG wants to change that! Set in Ancient Rome, the aging Titus Andronicus returns home from war victorious over the “barbarous” Goths, only to realize that Rome itself is “but a wilderness of tigers.” Titus is a violent play about violent times and could easily be performed with blood and gore spilling all over the stage. That will not be this production. The focus here will be on the hard and painful emotional truths of the play.

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

Performances: September 8-23, 2017

Performance Times: 
Sept 8 - 7:30
Sept 9 - 7:30
Sept 14 - 7:30
Sept 15 - 7:30
Sept 16 - 7:30
Sept 17 - 2:00 pm
Sept 21 - 7:30
Sept 22 - 7:30
Sept 23 - 2:00 pm

http://madstage.com/Shows/titusandronic170403.html

Direct download: MSP_033_Titus.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz chat with director Jake Penner and actor Jason Compton about Left of Left Center's upcoming production of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.

******

If Foxconn comes to Wisconsin, Jobs must as well.

Mike Daisey had a love affair with technology and a deep admiration for Steve Jobs, one of the most important influencers of this or any age. Then he visited the plant in Shenzhen, China where the iPhone was made. And everything changed.

It’s the story of Apple, Foxconn, iPhones, cyberspace, and the dark implications of our connected age. The agony, and the ecstasy, of Steve Jobs and much more.

Directed by Jake Penner. Produced by Left of Left Center on the Bartell Theatre Evjue stage.

Thurs, Aug 31 – 7:30pm
Fri, Sept 1 – 7:30pm
Sat, Sept 2 – 3:00pm
Sat, Sept 2 – 7:30pm

Tickets available now. $20 general admission, $15 student/senior/service.

Adapted from the monologue by Mike Daisey.

http://leftofleftcenter.com/the-agony-and-the-ecstasy-of-steve-jobs-august-31-september-2/

Direct download: MSP_32_AgonyEcstasyJobs.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz dusted off their fancy duds and attended the annual Bartie Awards so they could chat with some of the winners.

  • Ariel LeBron (Best Choreographer co-winner; "The Nance")
  • Michelle Dayton (Best Prop Design; "Steel Magnolias")
  • Zak Stowe (Best Lighting Design - Evjue; "Die, Mommie, Die")
  • Edric Johnson (Best Actor in a Short; Barbara in "Crafty," Wrong for the Part)
  • Scott Albert Bennett (Best Lead Actor in a Comedy; Angela in "Die, Mommie, Die")
  • Whitney Derendinger (Best Supporting Actor in a Drama; Caleb in "The Whipping Man")
  • Tosumba Welch (Best Lead Actor in a Drama; Simon in "The Whipping Man")
  • Bonnie Balke (Producer of "August: Osage County," Best Production of the Season)
  • David Pausch (Director of "August: Osage County")
  • Gretchen Wheat (Sarah Whelan Award recipient)
  • Stacey Garbarski (Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy; Edith in "Die, Mommie, Die")
Direct download: MSP_031_Barties.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz chat with actor/producer Meghan Randolph and actor Erin McConnell about MTM's upcoming production of the rock musical "Lizzie".

Lizzie

By Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, Tim Maner, and Alan Stevens Hewitt

Directed by Dana Pellebon

On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New England city, a prominent business man and his wife were brutally axed to death in their home. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. Lizzie’s trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation, and her story has become an American legend. This musical version of Lizzie’s story is four women fronting a six -piece rock band, set to a blistering rock score and exploring themes of betrayal, rage, sex, and murder. Learn more at www.lizziethemusical.com

Produced by Music Theatre of Madison at U.W. Wisconsin Union Play Circle, 800 Langdon Street, Madison

Performances: August 17-26, 2017

Performance Times: 
August 17 (preview), August 18, August 19, August 24, August 25, and August 26 at 7:30pm each night
August 25th at 10:30pm

Ticket Prices: $28 general admission, $20 students; late night show $20 general admission, $18 students. 

http://madstage.com/Shows/lizzie170109.html

Direct download: MSP_030_Lizzy.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz chat with director Emily Morrison Weeks and actor Tia Tanzer about KRASS Theater's upcoming production of "Melancholy Play: A Contemporary Farce."

Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre (Krass) is delighted to announce the cast for Melancholy Play: A Contemporary Farce by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Emily Morrison Weeks. Eight performances including reduced price nights and three matinees, August 11-19. Talkbacks after some shows. Bartell Theatre, 113 E Mifflin St., Madison, WI 53703

TILLY – Shirley Nwangwa

FRANK – Francisco Torres

FRANCES – Tia Tanzer

JOAN – Suzan Kurry

LORENZO – Joshua Woolfolk

JULIA – Tracy Smith

Photo credit: Jonathan Raymond Popp

About the play

The Melancholy Play is a comedy about a serious subject, clinical Depression. Amid her melancholy, Tilly seeks love and every stranger she meets falls in love with her. One day, inexplicably, Tilly becomes happy, and wreaks havoc on the lives of her paramours.

Tickets $20 bartelltheatre.org or 608-661-9696

Performances Bartell Theatre, Evjue Stage

Friday: August 11, 8pm

Saturday: August 12, 2pm [matinee]

Sunday: August 13, 4pm [matinee] (with Talkback)

Wednesday, August 16, 8pm (with Talkback) $10

Thursday August 17, 8pm (with Talkback) $15

Friday, August 18, 8pm (with Talkback)

Saturday, August 19, 4pm [matinee]

Saturday, August 19, 8pm

http://krasstheatre.com/melancholy-play-official-press-release/

Direct download: MSP_029_MelancholyPlay.mp3
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This week, MadStage Podcast co-host Suzan Kurry flips from interviewer to interviewee as Buzz talks with her, along with director John Jajewski and playwright Brendon Smith, about their play "From Awkward Spaces."

From Awkward Spaces: The Story of the Bartell & The Journey to Permanence

By Brendon Smith & Suzan Kurry

Directed by John Jajewski

An original play about the Bartell Theatre’s history. Six local theatre groups, who have been producing plays in whatever space they can find, unite to create a permanent home. Being led by a retiree who likes a challenge, they quickly learn there’s more drama in building a stage than performing on it.

This is a fundraiser to help celebrate the Bartell's 20th Anniversary season.

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

Performances: August 17-19, 2017

Performance Times: 
Only 4 performances, August 17, 18, & 19 (two shows on closing day). 

http://madstage.com/Shows/awkwardspaces170620.html

Direct download: MSP_028_From-Awkward-Spaces.mp3
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Buzz Kemper chats with board president and technical director John Penisten about the contributions of the Bartell to local theater.

Direct download: Bartell_728_Penisten.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz chat with Director David Lawver and Music Director Duane Draper about Oregon Straw Hat Players' production of "Sondheim On Sondheim."

Sondheim on Sondheim

By Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

Directed by David Lawver; Duane Draper, Music Director

An intimate musical revue on the life and artistry of Stephen Sondheim. The show weaves together dozens of Sondheim's greatest and most beloved songs with exclusive interview footage of Sondheim himself. A beautiful portrait of the man and his music.

Produced by Oregon Straw Hat Players at venues in Oregon to be announced soon,

Performances: August 4-12, 2017

Ticket Prices: Adults $17; Seniors (65 and older) $15; Youth (HS and younger) $12

Call 608-835-9126 for reservations or more information.

http://madstage.com/Shows/sondheimonso170319.html

Direct download: MSP_027_OSHP_Sondheim.mp3
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Buzz Kemper chats with W. Earle Smith about Madison Ballet's 2017-18 season.

Direct download: Bartell_721_Ballet.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz talk with Upstart Crows Productions' Hannah Neis and Ruthanne Fiore about their upcoming production of The Burial at Thebes.

 

Burial at Thebes

By Seamus Heaney

Directed by Hannah Nies

In this outstanding new translation, commissioned by Ireland's renowned Abbey Theatre to commemorate its centenary, Seamus Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece, and inks it with his own modern and masterly touch.

Sophocles' play, first staged in the fifth century B.C., stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. During the War of the Seven Against Thebes, Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, learns that her brothers have killed each other, having been forced onto opposing sides of the battle. When Creon, king of Thebes, grants burial of one but not the "treacherous" other, Antigone defies his order, believing it her duty to bury all of her close kin. Enraged, Creon condemns her to death, and his soldiers wall her up in a tomb. While Creon eventually agrees to Antigone's release, it is too late: She takes her own life, initiating a tragic repetition of events in her family's history. (www.samuelfrench.com/p/20841/the-burial-at-thebes-a-version-of-sophocles-antigone)

Produced by Upstart Crows Productions, Inc. at Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ, 1501 Gilbert Road, Madison, WI 53711

Performances: July 27-29, 2017

Performance Times: 
July 27, 28, and 29
7:00pm

Ticket Prices: Donations taken at the door. Suggested donation $15 per person

Call 608-827-9482 for reservations or more information.

http://madstage.com/Shows/burialattheb170411.html

Direct download: MSP_026_UpstartCrows.mp3
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Buzz Kemper chats with Sarah Whelan about KRASS Theater's 2017-18 season, and a bit about her own contributions to local theater.

Direct download: Bartell_714_KRASS.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz chat with Madison Shakespeare Company Executive Director Jason Compton about their upcoming readings.

Madison Shakespeare Company will conduct two special stage readings of “Shakespeer” plays–works written by contemporaries of William Shakespeare.

The first is Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe. July 20, 2017 at Arts + Literature Laboratory, 2021 Winnebago St, Madison. 7 PM start time.

Faustus is the non-Shakespeare work most commonly requested by MSC patrons and a classic tale of the ultimate ill-conceived bargain. Our performance will be based on the “A” text.

The second is Edward IV, by Thomas Heywood (?). August 17, 2017 at Arts + Literature Laboratory, 2021 Winnebago St, Madison. 7 PM start time.

This lesser-known work chronicles key events in the battlefield and bedchamber of one of England’s tallest kings, who traded reigns with Henry VI and was directly responsible for putting Richard III in line for the throne.

Both events are free open to the public, with contributions gratefully accepted. Each presentation will last approximately 90 minutes.

http://madisonshakespeare.org/shakespeer-readings-at-arts-literature-lab/

Direct download: MSP_025_MSC_Readings.mp3
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Buzz Kemper goes backstage at the Bartell Theatre 2017-2018 Season Announcement event to talk with local theater companies about their upcoming season of shows. This episode features Stage Q, with Donovan Moen and Zac Stowe.

Direct download: Bartell_630_StageQ.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz talk with playwright/director Morganna Grim about Broom Street Theater's production of her play, "Her Dream, A Pen, and A Book".

Her Dream, a Pen, and a Book

By Morganna Grim

Directed by Morganna Grim, with original music composed and performed by Baltimore Krahn, and choreography by Loryn Jonelis

"Let's start where it's simplest to look: with a girl, her Dream, a pen, and a book."

Welcome to Cape Cache, a village cursed centuries ago to remain apathetic and complacent against the trials and joys of the world. Along with this infliction came the mysterious Dreams, guardians from another world to inspire children as they grow up. With their guidance, everything should be in order - but the scales are tipped when families reject the Dreams, and the solemn Corvid swoops in to steal them away. Catry of Cache and Todd the Dream set out to reunite a lost pair in a whimsical fantasy tale of goodwill, hope, and sacrifice.

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

Performances: July 13-29, 2017

Performance Times: 
Starting July 13th, every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in July at 8pm. 

Ticket Prices: $11

http://madstage.com/Shows/herdreamap170314.html

Direct download: MSP_024_Her_Dream_A_Pen_and_A_Book.mp3
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Buzz Kemper chats with Bonnie Balke about Mercury Players Theatre's 2017-18 season.

Direct download: Bartell_630_Mercury.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz chat with Madison Shakespeare Company’s Jason Compton about the upcoming wackiness that may ensue when the Bard comes up against “way too much alcohol” as MSC presents "Sloshed Shakespeare: Macbeth."

Direct download: MSP_023_MSC-DrunkShakes.mp3
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Buzz Kemper chats with Matt Korda about Strollers Theater's 2017-18 season.

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Suzan and Buzz chat with American Players Theatre Artistic Director Brenda DeVita about APT’s 2017 season and new stage. In part two we talk about "Three Sisters," "Pericles, Prince of Tyre," "A View from the Bridge," "Creditors," and the artistic and practical wonders of the brand new APT stage.

Direct download: MSP_022_APT02.mp3
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Buzz Kemper chats with Jason Compton about Madison Shakespeare Company's 2017-18 season.

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Suzan and Buzz chat with American Players Theatre Artistic Director Brenda DeVita about APT's 2017 season in two parts. Here is part 1, where we talk about "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Maids," "A Flea in Her Ear," "The Unexpected Man," and "Cyrano de Bergerac."

Direct download: MSP_021_APT01.mp3
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Buzz Kemper talks backstage with Betty Diamond of Madison Theater Guild about their upcoming season at the Bartell Theatre Season Announcement event for 2017-2018.

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Actors Alexandria Chapes and Christian Stevenson talk with Suzan and Buzz about University Theatre's upcoming production of "Almost, Maine."

Almost, Maine

By John Cariani

Directed by David Furumoto

On a cold, clear night in the remote northernmost part of Maine, the residents of a small town discover the sparks of love. Perhaps. Maybe. Almost. Under the magic spell of the northern lights, John Cariani’s play depicts a series of encounters that offer the funny, poignant, and mysterious ways people fall in and out of love. UW-Madison’s University Theatre offers a refreshing breath of cold, crisp Northern air for a romantic summer production.

“A whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance. Magical happenings bloom beneath the snowdrifts. ALMOST, MAINE explores the thunderclap of love and the scorched earth that sometimes follows.” – NY Times (2006)

The cast features UW students Erik Bergeson, Alexandria Chapes, Jessie Reynolds, and Christian Stevenson as the various residents of Almost, Maine.

Produced by University Theatre (UW-Madison) at U.W. Vilas Hall, 821 University Avenue, Madison

Performances: June 8-25, 2017

Performance Times:
Thursday-Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $10-$20

Call 608-265-2787 for reservations or more information.

http://madstage.com/Shows/almostmaine170424.html

Direct download: MSP_020_AlmostMaine.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz chat with director Kathleen Tissot and actor Matthew Korda about Strollers Theatre's production of Amadeus at the Bartell.

Amadeus

By Peter Shaffer

Directed by Kathleen Tissot

In the court of the Austrian Emperor Josef, Antonio Salieri is the established composer. Enter the greatest musical genius of all time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri has given himself to God so that he might realize his sole ambition to be a great composer. Mozart is a foul-mouthed, graceless oaf who has that which is beyond Salieri’s envious grasp: Genius.

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

Performances: June 2-17, 2017

http://madstage.com/Shows/amadeus170123.html

Direct download: MSP_019_Amadeus.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz talk with actor Annalyse Lapajenko and director Emily Morrison Weeks about Madison Shakespeare Company's upcoming production of "As You Like It."

As You Like It

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Emily Morrison Weeks

We that are true lovers run into strange capers.

In As You Like It, Shakespeare introduced the world to Rosalind, one of the all-time romantic and comedic heroines. It’s a tale of betrayal and destiny, of love and pursuit, of sheep and trees, and of learning to be the best you can possibly be.

Produced by Madison Shakespeare Company at Edgewood College Amphitheater, 1000 Edgewood College Dr, Madison, WI 53711

Performances: June 2-11, 2017

Ticket Prices: $15 suggested contribution

http://madstage.com/Shows/asyoulikeit170224.html

Direct download: MSP_018_AsYouLikeIt_MSC.mp3
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Suzan Kurry and Buzz Kemper talk with Justin Schober and Cam Shimniok about the upcoming production of Of Dice and Men.

OF DICE AND MEN

By Cameron McNary

Directed by Suzan Kurry

OF DICE AND MEN shows the world that most gamers aren’t isolated, virgin-for-life losers: theirs is a social hobby not unlike poker or fantasy football. The play explores the rich friendships and romantic lives of a group of lifelong friends who are NOT stereotypical, Cheetos-stained, acne-blighted geeks. AT ALL. These men and women are attractive, smart, charming…and facing some major changes in their lives. Humor, brutal honesty and the good-natured kidding of people who know each other far too well culminate in an unforgettable evening that will make you laugh and think – and do so in a way that celebrates the power of gaming to bring people together, never once apologizing for it.

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

Performances: May 19 - June 3, 2017

Performance Times:
Friday-Saturday, May 19-20 @ 8:00pm
Thursday May 25 @ 7:30pm
Friday-Saturday, May 26-27 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, May 28 @ 4:00pm
Thursday, June 1 @ 7:30pm
Friday, June 2 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, June 3 @ 4:00pm (FINAL PERFORMANCE)

Ticket Prices: General Admission $20, Students & Seniors $18, Special $15 tickets on 5/25, 5/28, 6/1 and 6/3

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

http://madstage.com/Shows/ofdiceandme170217.html

Direct download: MSP_017_DiceMen.mp3
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A Year with Frog & Toad

By Robert & Willie Reale

Directed by Erica Berman

Nominated for 3 Tony Awards, this whimsical show follows two friends -- the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad -- as they celebrate their differences and discover just how much caring and fun you can squeeze into every season of the year. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm.

Produced by Children's Theater of Madison at Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street, Madison

Performances: May 12-21, 2017

Performance Times:
Saturdays & Sundays 1pm & 4pm; Numerous weekday student matinees (9:30am & noon)

Ticket Prices: $10-$35.

Call 608-255-2080 for reservations or more information.

http://madstage.com/Shows/ayearwithfr160615.html

Direct download: MSP_016_CTM_Berman.mp3
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Suzan & Buzz talk with director Patrick Mahoney about Edgewood College's biennial student directed one-act play presentations for 2017.

Student Directed One-Acts

By various playwrights

Directed by Directing Students

Produced by Jeanne Leep.

Contemporary one-act plays directed by Edgewood Theatre Arts students: fresh, funny, thought-provoking and smart, this variety pack of plays showcases the talents of our students onstage and behind the scenes.

Produced by Edgewood College Theatre at Edgewood College's Diane Ballweg Theatre, 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison

Performances: May 4-6, 2017

Performance Times:
May 4, 5, and 6, all 7:30pm shows with an additional matinee on May 6 at 2pm

Ticket Prices: $7 for students/seniors/vets, $12 for adults

Call 608-663-6710 for reservations or more information.

http://madstage.com/Shows/studentdirect160511.html

Direct download: MSP_015_EdgewoodOneActs_PMahoney.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz talk with playwright/director Stephen Murray about Broom Street Theater's upcoming production of his play Geppetto.

Geppetto

By Stephen F. Murray

Directed by Stephen F. Murray

Inspired by the classic story by Carlo Collodi, Geppetto is told from the point of view of the father. Geppetto starts as an angry drunk who creates a puppet to save him from his loneliness. Sadly, Pinocchio’s desire for independence leads him to run away leaving Geppetto alone once again. He then has a decision to make: to stay at home and continue in his dreary life or to take a risk and go after the puppet who may once again reject him. As both search the whole wide world for what defines them, their journeys ultimately lead them to the same place: each other. After the to emerge from the belly of the whale with their lives transformed, they can face their new adventures together. This telling combines the classic children’s tale combined with other familiar myths and fables (such as the biblical tales of the prodigal son and Jonah and the whale) mirrors the challenges we face every day as we strive to shake off our own woodenness and become more human.

This world premier will build on the work of the 2014 In the Works Residency through the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The laboratory helped Murray incorporate clowning, puppetry, music, and masks into the construction of this play for a magical evening of theater.

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

Performances: April 28 - May 20, 2017

Performance Times:
Thursday, Fridays, and Saturday at 7:30pm.

Ticket Prices: $11 at bstonline.org

For more information please visit bstonline.org or stephenfmurray.zohosites.com/geppetto-2017.html

Direct download: MSP_014_Geppetto_StephenMurray.mp3
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Director John Siewert talks with Suzan and Buzz about the upcoming performances of StageQ's "Perfect Arrangement."

Perfect Arrangement

By Topher Payne

Directed by John Siewert

“Perfect Arrangement” by Topher Payne, takes a hard look at the issue of government persecution and blacklisting of LGBT people during the McCarthy era. The work is part of a broader initiative by StageQ to open community dialogue on LGBTQ visibility. Two couples – one gay and one lesbian – seem to have an ideal arrangement posing as heterosexual couples by swapping partners publicly. Madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two “All-American” couples are forced to stare down the closet door. Their perfect lives begins to unravel when Bob and Norma, who work at the State Department are tasked with rooting out sexual deviants from among their ranks. “Perfect Arrangement” opens April 21 and runs through May 6. Tickets available at www.bartelltheatre.org.

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

Performances: April 21 - May 6, 2017

Performance Times:
Friday, 4/21 8:00pm
Saturday, 4/22 8:00pm
Thursday, 4/27 8:00pm
Friday, 4/28 8:00pm
Saturday, 4/29 8:00pm
Sunday, 4/30 2:00pm
Thursday, 5/4 8:00pm
Friday, 5/5 8:00pm
Saturday, 5/6 2:00pm

Ticket Prices: Thursday & Sunday $15 Friday & Saturday $20

Call 608-661-9696 for reservations or more information

http://madstage.com/Shows/perfectarrang170308.html

Direct download: MSP_013_PerfectArrangement_JohnSiewert.mp3
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The Nance

By Douglas Carter Bean

Directed by Steve Noll

In 1930s New York, burlesque is a dying art. Between the dancing girls were male comedians. Chauncey is one of the best, and his signature act is playing a sissy man, what was called a "nance." But Chauncey harbors a secret. While he pretends to be a straight actor pretending to be gay on stage, in real life he is a very closeted gay man. When new-to-the-city Ned hooks up with Chauncey, he finds his personal life crashing into his on-stage life while the mayor of New York starts cracking down on the "perverts" in the city. A comedic drama with music, from the author of As Bees in Honey Drown and The Little Dog Laughed.

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

Performances: April 21 - May 6, 2017

Performance Times:
Friday, Apr 21 - 7:30, Saturday, Apr 22 - 7:30, Thursday, Apr 27 - 7:30, Friday, Apr
28 - 7:30, Saturday, Apr 29 - 7:30, Sunday, Apr 30 - 2:00 pm, Thursday, May 4 - 7:30, Friday, May
5 - 7:30, Saturday, May 6 - 2:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $20

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

http://madstage.com/Shows/thenance170105.html

Direct download: MSP_012_TheNance_SteveNoll.mp3
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Actors Katie Brotherton & Kathleen Tissot talk about Strollers Theatre's production of Steel Magnolias.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS
​By Robert Harling
Directed by Scott Albert Bennett
March 31st to April 15th

​The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"), an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee (who has a raging sweet tooth), and the social leader, M'Lynn. Meanwhile, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play draws on the underlying themes of strength and love, which makes each character truly touching, funny, and marvelously amiable in good times and bad.

http://www.strollerstheatre.org/

https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/BRTL/?prod=SteelMagnolias2017

Direct download: MSP_011_SteelMagnolias_Brotherton_Tissot.mp3
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As most of you know, this podcast was hosted by Christian Neuhaus for a long time. Then, he handed the reins over to Suzan and Buzz. So who are these two? Learn a bit about them in this episode!

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Suzan and Buzz chat with playwright/director Malissa Pettersen and actor/assistant director Heather Jane "HJ" Farr about their upcoming production of Pettersen's "Dumpster Flower" at Broom Street Theater.

Dumpster Flower

By Malissa Petterson

Directed by Malissa Petterson

The members of a struggling theatre company make a last-ditch effort to save their jobs and their interpersonal relationships in this meta comedy. With the artistic director and his staff on the chopping block, the Nova Nilla Theatre Collective stages a bizarre rendition of A Midsummer Night's Dream with imminent failure on the horizon. A fully immersive experience, Dumpster Flower weaves together our love affair with theatre and our theatrical love affairs.

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

Performances: March 25 - April 15, 2017

Performance Times:

Ticket Prices: $11

http://www.madstage.com/Shows/dumpsterflowe170101.html

Direct download: MSP_009_DumpsterFlower_Pettersen-Farr.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz chat with Phrannie Lyons and Jan Levine Thal about their upcoming performances of Wrong for the Part, which opens Thursday, March 23 at the Bartell Theatre in Madison.

Wrong for the Part 2017

Directed by Jan Levine Thal and Phrannie Lyons

Now in its sixth uproarious year, Wrong for the Part 2017 is a collection of monologues and scenes from plays, movies, books, historical speeches – played by the wrong actors for those roles! This year’s WftP theme is “Flight” -- running away, having wings, riding an airplane, daydreaming –- whatever “flight” means to each miscast performer. Come laugh, love, be moved, and support Kathie Rasmussen Women's Theatre (KRASS), Madison’s only theater dedicated to promoting women playwrights and directors.

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

Performances: March 23-25, 2017

Performance Times:
Three Nights Only: Thursday March 23, Friday March 24, and Saturday March 25 -- at 8pm

Ticket Prices: $20

http://madstage.com/Shows/wrongforthe161108.html

Direct download: MSP_008_WrongforthePart_Thal-Lyons.mp3
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Suzan and Buzz chat with director David Pausch about Mercury Players Theater's production of August: Osage County, running at the Bartell Theatre March 10-25.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

By Tracy Letts

Directed by David Pausch

A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoma family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you've got an amazing play that unflinchingly - and uproariously - exposes the dark side of a Midwestern American family. WINNER OF THE 2008 PULITZER PRIZE AND TONY AWARD.

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

Performances: March 10-25, 2017

Performance Times:
Friday-Saturday, March 10-11 @ 8:00pm
Thursday, March 16 @ 7:30pm
Friday-Saturday, March 17-18 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, March 19 @ 4:00pm
Thursday, March 23 @ 7:30pm
Friday, March 24 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, March 25 @ 4:00pm (FINAL PERFORMANCE-MATINEE ONLY)

Ticket Prices: $20 General Admission $18 Students & Seniors Thursday shows March 16 & 23: $15 Sunday matinee March 19: $15

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

http://madstage.com/Shows/augustosage161007.html

Direct download: MSP_007_August_Osage_County_DavePausch.mp3
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Are We Delicious? 5th Anniversary

By the ensemble
Directed by Tony Trout and Andrew Rohn

Are We Delicious? 5th Anniversary celebrates 5 years of abundant creativity. An all-star ensemble of Madison writers, performers and musicians join to create original plays with original music in just 7 days.

Acting/Singing Ensemble: Karen Saari, Doug Reed, Bree Prehn, Amber McReynolds, Dee King, and Catherine Capellaro
Musical Ensemble : Andrew Rohn, Dan Kennedy, and Nick Stanton

Running time: 90 minutes with intermission

Are We Delicious? is an ensemble of Madison writer/performers/musicians who conceive, write, rehearse and perform an original one-hour show in a seven days. Everyone writes, everyone acts, everyone sings! and no one can rest until the final curtain.

Produced by Are We Delicious? at Bartell Theatre's Evjue Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Performances: March 7 - May 15, 2017

Performance Times:
When: March 7, 8, 14 and 15 @ 7:30 pm

Ticket Prices: Admission: $14 general, $10 with student ID. Available at arewedelicious.com/tickets or bartelltheatre.org

Call 608-293-4999 for reservations or more information.

http://madstage.com/Shows/arewedelicio170221.html

Direct download: MSP_006_Trout_Delicious5thAnn.mp3
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The Whipping Man

By Matthew Lopez

Directed by Dana Pellebon

It's April 1865 and the Civil War has just ended. Caleb DeLeon, a severely wounded Jewish Confederate officer, returns to his family home, now in ruins and abandoned by everyone except for two of his family's former slaves. It is the second night of Passover, and the three celebrate a Seder, commemorating the freeing of the Hebrew slaves from bondage in Egypt. But the pains of more recent enslavement are not so easily soothed.

The Whipping Man explores the bitter irony of Jewish slave-owning and the challenging new world in which former slaves and masters find themselves.

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

Performances: March 3-18, 2017

Performance Times:
Friday, Mar 3 - 7:30, Saturday, Mar 4 - 7:30, Thursday, Mar 9 - 7:30, Friday, Mar 10 - 7:30, Saturday, Mar 11 - 7:30, Sunday, Mar 12 - 2:00 pm, Thursday, Mar 16 - 7:30, Friday, Mar 17 - 7:30, Saturday, Mar 18 - 2:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $20

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

http://madstage.com/Shows/thewhippingm161129.html

Direct download: MSP_005_Pelebon_Derindinger_WhippingMan.mp3
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Morticians in Love

By Christi Stewart-Brown

Directed by Suzan Kurry

"Every body should love death this much."

A shy mortuary owner and her assistant toil alone among the dead until the arrival of a handsome rival mortician who wants to share more than workspace. And the two corpses make five. “V-day is all but dead … flowers and chocolates, formaldehyde and chloroform…”

The play has no nudity, although the corpses will be scantily clad and there are adult sexual situations.

Praise for the play:
"In the midst of death, there is life and love--sacred, profane, unrequited and almost always dysfunctional--in Christi Stewart-Brown's very black, five-character comedy (counting two corpses). Scarcely fare for the squeamish, with its excursions into heterosexual and homosexual couplings among the living and dead, the play nonetheless comes off as a caustic, funny, sharp-eyed autopsy on the difficulties of love...Morticians in Love may be morbid, but it has a heart." - The New York Times

"...a morbid, pervy, and very funny farce...Sure, it's strange, but strangely touching too." - The Washington Post

Christi Stewart-Brown's charmingly morbid comedy is so cheerful and upbeat, you'll hardly believe that you're watching a play about bisexual necrophilia."
— Paul Birchall, Back Stage West

"Morticians is a simple enough idea: the tender story of first love between two devout necrophiliacs. Now, the idea itself gets a laugh, but what's a pleasure is that Stewart-Brown follows through and creates characters, dialogue, and stagings that are a real joy to watch" — Matthew Richter, The Stranger (Seattle)

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

Performances: February 24 - March 4, 2017

Performance Times:
EIGHT PERFORMANCES (TWO MATINEES)
Friday, Feb 24 -- 8pm
Saturday, Feb 25 -- 8pm
Sunday Feb 26 -- 4pm MATINEE
Wednesday, Mar 1 -- 8pm half price tickets
Thursday, March 2-- 8pm $5 Discount for two or more together
Friday, March 3 -- 8pm
Saturday, March 4 -- 4pm MATINEE
Saturday, March 4 -- 8pm

Ticket Prices: $20

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

http://madstage.com/Shows/morticiansin160324.html

Direct download: MSP_004_Morticians_Thal_Kurry.mp3
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MadStage Podcast #003 Francisco Torres of MSC, Part II

Part II as Francisco Torres of Madison Shakespeare Company talks with Suzan & Buzz about their upcoming production of Richard II. MadStage Podcast is co-produced and co-hosted by Director/actor Suzan Kurry and Audio for the Arts studio owner/voice talent actor Buzz Kemper.

Direct download: MSP_003_Torres_MSC_RichardII_02.mp3
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MadStage Podcast #002 Francisco Torres Part I

Francisco Torres of Madison Shakespeare Company talks with Suzan & Buzz about their upcoming production of Richard II. MadStage Podcast is co-produced and co-hosted by Director/actor Suzan Kurry and Audio for the Arts studio owner/voice talent actor Buzz Kemper.

Direct download: MSP_002_Torres_MSC_RichardII_01.mp3
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MadStage Podcast 001 CNeuhaus

Christian Neuhaus, former producer and host of the MadStage Podcast, talk with Suzan & Buzz about his history with the show, his goals and hopes for the show, and the handoff of production and hosting duties to Director/actor Suzan Kurry and Audio for the Arts studio owner/voice talent actor Buzz Kemper.

Direct download: MSP_001_Neuhaus.mp3
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