the MadStage Podcast (podcast)

Suzan and Buzz chat with theatre artist Whitney Derendinger about acting, his other theater work, and the big bushy beard he was growing at the time for an upcoming role.

Direct download: MSP_052_Derendinger.mp3
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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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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 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.

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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 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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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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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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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 Matt Korda about Strollers Theater's 2017-18 season.

Direct download: Bartell_623_Strollers.mp3
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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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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.

Direct download: Bartell_609_MTG.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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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 www.madisonshakespeare.org/reservations.

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
Dunes
Wendy Prosise
Anthony Cary
Emma Ruby Roberts
Mitch Taylor
Lacey Smithmier

With:
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 https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/the-800th-annual-salvation-swing-off to donate or share!

Direct download: 800thAnnualSalvationSwingOff.mp3
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Spring Awakening

Book by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik

Directed by Whitney Derendinger

Spring Awakening is a ground-breaking rock musical about adolescent love, the trials of puberty, and the friendships that young people build in the face of an uncomprehending world. Inspired by Frank Wedekind's once-banned and still provocative German play from 1891, this Spring Awakening holds a mirror to our own time and continues to raise questions about honesty, relationships, and the powers that shape our lives.

Produced by Undergraduate Theatre Association at UW-Madison at U.W. Hemsley Theatre, 821 University Avenue, UW Vilas Hall,Madison

Performances: May 1-3, 2014

Performance Times: TBA

Ticket Prices: TBA

Call TBA for reservations or more information.

Direct download: Spring_Awakening.mp3
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Fiddler on the Roof- with Roseann Sheridan

Fiddler on the Roof

Book by Joseph Stein / Music by Jerry Bock / Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Directed by Roseann Sheridan

The classic story of Tevye and his daughters. One of the most popular musicals of all time with a celebrated score
of songs including "Tradition!", "Sunrise, Sunset" and "If I Were A
 Rich Man". Don't miss this fabulous season finale!

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

Performances: April 25 - May 11, 2014

Performance Times: 
Friday, April 25 at 7:00pm
Saturday, April 26 at 2:30pm 
Saturday, April 26 at 7:00pm 
Sunday, April 27 at 2:30pm 
Friday, May 2 at 7:00pm 
Saturday, May 3 at 2:30pm 
Saturday, May 3 at 7:00pm 
Sunday, May 4 at 2:30pm 
Friday, May 9 at 7:00pm 
Saturday, May 10 at 2:30pm
Saturday, May 10 at 7:00pm 
Sunday, May 11 at 2:30pm

Ticket Prices: $15-30

Call 608-255-2060 for reservations or see CTM web site ctmtheater.org for more information.

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Fiddler on the Roof - with Roseann Sheridan

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Fiddler on the Roof

Book by Joseph Stein / Music by Jerry Bock / Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Directed by Roseann Sheridan

The classic story of Tevye and his daughters. One of the most popular musicals of all time with a celebrated score
of songs including "Tradition!", "Sunrise, Sunset" and "If I Were A
 Rich Man". Don't miss this fabulous season finale!

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

Performances: April 25 - May 11, 2014

Performance Times: 
Friday, April 25 at 7:00pm
Saturday, April 26 at 2:30pm 
Saturday, April 26 at 7:00pm 
Sunday, April 27 at 2:30pm 
Friday, May 2 at 7:00pm 
Saturday, May 3 at 2:30pm 
Saturday, May 3 at 7:00pm 
Sunday, May 4 at 2:30pm 
Friday, May 9 at 7:00pm 
Saturday, May 10 at 2:30pm
Saturday, May 10 at 7:00pm 
Sunday, May 11 at 2:30pm

Ticket Prices: $15-30

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Oatesland

By Sam D. White

Directed by David Pausch

The Bricks Theatre continues to bring their irreverent and thought-provoking style of theatre to Madison, WI audiences this spring with their latest offering, the world premiere of Oatesland, by local playwright and theatre professional, Sam D. White. This thrilling two-act play will feature the talents of four of Madison’s strongest veteran stage performers: Jessica Jane Witham, Jake Penner, John Jajewski, and Jordan Peterson. David Pausch, co-founder and producer of The Bricks, will direct the project.

Oatesland is set in the brutal environment of a rundown, claustrophobic Antarctic military station, where three U.S. soldiers must battle the extreme elements and close quarters in an endeavor to cohabitate and complete their vague mission. As tensions mount and weather conditions worsen, a mysterious figure arrives out of the cold that will change their lives forever. Oatesland masterfully blends visceral psychological drama with the fascinating history of Antarctic exploration in an experience that is sure to make for a one of a kind theatrical experience that has become synonymous with Bricks Theatre productions.

The Bricks Theatre is currently fundraising for the production. Those interested in donating can do so at http://igg.me/at/oatesland/x/4641377. Support Oatesland! 

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

Performances: April 17-26, 2014

Performance Times:

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Xanadu: The Broadway Musical

By Book by Douglas Carter Bean; Music & Lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar

Directed by Steve Noll

Xanadu ran for two years on Broadway in 2007. The original script, spoofing the 1980 hit cult movie, features all the songs from the movie plus some new surprises to tell the tale of a goddess sent to Earth to inspire an artist's dreams. Featuring a live band, roller skates, a disco ball and a huge cast belting out classic tunes, Xanadu promises to be 90 minutes of campy FUN! The score retains hits from the film, plus new arrangements of “I’m Alive,” “Magic,” “Suddenly,” and “Dancin’,” as well as interpolating classic ELO songs.

An OUT!CastTheatre / Mercury Players Theatre Co-Production

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

Performances: March 28 - April 12, 2014

Performance Times: Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays
Specific show times TBD (as of August, 2013)

Ticket Prices: $15-20

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5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche - with Pushy Muldowney and Caitlin Robb

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5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

By Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood

Directed by Jan Levine Thal and produced by Deborah Hamill and Louise Stout

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is a comedy with a twist and  a “frolicsome little play that ventures into heady excesses of absurdism” (NY Times). A dark comedy set in 1956 amid the threat of nuclear war, this play harpoons many of the mid-century myths and assumptions that pushed lesbians into the closet – or into the kitchen to bake quiche. Both men and women are invited to join the antics of the “widows” who worship the Egg in their Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein.

The talented cast includes: Stacey Garbarski, Simone LaPierre, Pushy Muldowney,  Emily Popp, Caitlin Robb and  Clarice Lafayette. They will be joined for Talkbacks led by Dramaturg James Clayton, Linda Lenzke, Director Jan Levine Thal, Donna Peckett,  and others after some of the performances.

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

Performances: March 28 - April 12, 2014

Performance Times: 
Friday, March 28, 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 29, 8:00 pm
Thursday, April 3, 7:30 pm
Friday, April 4, 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 5, 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 6, 2:00 pm
Thursday, April 10, 7:30 pm
Friday, April 11, 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 12, 8:00 pm

Tickets are $15 for Thursday evenings, $10 for Sunday matinees and $20 for Friday and Saturday evenings.

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W8ting for G-Dogg -  with Matt Kenyon

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W8ting for G-Dogg

By Brendan Hartmann

Directed by Matt Kenyon

The story of two bewildered souls with nothing left but each other and the belief in a mysterious man's arrival. Join them for the hilarious absurdity and bittersweetness of their quest for answers.

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

Performances: March 21 - April 12, 2014

Performance Times: March 21st through April 12th, Thusday, Friday, Saturday @ 8pm

Ticket Prices: $11

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Broadcast: A New Musical - with Amanda Connors

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It's the dawn of radio. Wireless sound waves are weaving together lives of inventors, professors, salesmen and many others in an age of innovation and progress. People are more connected than ever before, yet with this new form of communication comes a sense of loss and isolation. The new musical "Broadcast" searches for meaning in the tumult of voices all struggling to figure out which frequency is their own.

Join us March 6-8 at the Bartell Theatre where IMT will present the regional premiere of Scott Murphy and Nathan Christensen's critically-acclaimed new musical.

Tickets are $15 for students/seniors and $20 for general public.

Show times:


To order tickets, please visit:

https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/BRTL/?prod=Broadcast2014

*In order to select a the student/senior discount, you will need to add the tickets to your cart and then you will be able to select the $15 option.

You can also call the Bartell Box office at 608-661-9696

The Box office hours are:
2:00-6:00 PM Tuesday
2:00-6:00 PM Wednesday
2:00-6:00 PM Thursday
2:00-6:00 PM Friday
And during all performances.

InterMission Theatre is a fully student-run theatre troupe from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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

Performances: March 6-8, 2014

Performance Times: 
Thursday, March 6 at 7pm
Friday, March 7 at 7pm
Saturday, March 8 at 2pm and 7pm

Ticket Prices: $20 general admission $15 for Students and Seniors

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

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Chat ;)

By Daniel Myers

Directed by Daniel Myers and Heather Renken

Chat ;) is an original play written by Dan Myers. This play is a witty romantic comedy about the differences dating in the pre and post internet age.

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

Performances: February 14 - March 8, 2014

Performance Times: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00PM

Ticket Prices: $11

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Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

By Rajiv Joseph

Directed by Suzan Kurry

In the year 2003, a tiger lives at the Baghdad Zoo. He talks to the audience about how the other animals from the zoo had fled only to be shot and killed by the invading soldiers.

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo is a story of war, greed, friendship, loyalty and ghosts.

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

Performances: January 31 - February 22, 2014

Performance Times: Friday, January 31, 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 1, 8:00 pm
Thursday, February 6, 7:30 pm
Friday, February 7, 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 8, 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Thursday, February 13, 7:30 pm
Friday, February 14, 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 15, 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Thursday, February 20, 7:30 pm
Friday, February 21, 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 22 8:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $20

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Are We Delicious? Valentine's Day Sucks

By Matt Sloan, Autumn Shiley, Christian Neuhaus, Sean Langenecker, Deborah Hearst, Annelise Dickinson, Katy Conley, and Dylan Brogan

Directed by Sadie Yi & Tony Trout

Whether you’re in love or out of it, Valentine’s Day sucks. The hearts are pretty, the candy is sweet, but the expectations are just too high. We all need a break from staring lovingly into each other’s eyes, and Are We Delicious? Valentine's Day Sucks! is that chance to sit back and laugh at the follies of love. And if you’re single on that dreaded day, our show is a refuge against the non-stop reminders. Are We Delicious? is dedicated to quick, delicious fare made from local ingredients and presented in a tasteful atmosphere. Are We Delicious? is an ensemble of Madison writer/performers who conceive, write, rehearse and perform an original one-hour comedy-variety show in a single week. Everyone writes, everyone acts and no one can rest until the final curtain. Our Valentine’s Ensemble features: Matt Sloan, Autumn Shiley, Christian Neuhaus, Sean Langenecker, Deborah Hearst, Annelise Dickinson, Katy Conley, and Dylan Brogan. Delicious is performed cabaret-style, with time between pieces to socialize, order a drink or do whatever.

Produced by Are We Delicious? at Inferno, 1718 Commercial Ave, Madison, WI 53704

Performances: February 14, 2014

Performance Times: When: Valentine's Day, Friday, February 14th Time of the two performances: 6:30 pm and 10:30 pm. Doors open one hour before showtime. Time and Place: First performance: 6:30 pm, Inferno Nightclub, 1718 Commercial Ave, Madison, WI 53704 Final performance: 10:30 pm, Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin Street off Capital Square

Ticket Prices: $10, cash only

Call 608-293-4999 for reservations or more information, or go to www.growingshows.com/reservations.

 

 

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The Green Room

By KelsyAnne Schoenhaar and Wendy Prosise

Directed by KelsyAnne Schoenhaar and Jessica Jane Witham

The Green Room (January 24th to February 8th ) Have you ever wondered what goes on backstage? Originally produced in 2009, and updated for our 2013/14 troupe, The Green Room explores the tenuous relationships between actors and technicians with a dark, farcical style that will leave you laughing. The Green Room combines real life dramatic elements; scathing reviews, sex, drugs, and OCD, with snarky technical staff and temperamental actors. Who among them crumbles and who among them triumphs in the face of chaos? Find out January 24th in The Green Room.

*please note*

This play is not suitable for children. There are references to drug use, sexual situations, violence and foul language. 

Produced by Encore Studio for the Performing Arts at , Encore! Studio for the Performing Arts (Mary Dupont Wahlers Theatre).

Performances: January 25 - February 8, 2013

Performance Times: Friday, January 24th at 8pm
Saturday, January 25th at 2 pm and 8pm
Friday, January 31st at 8pm
Saturday, February 1st at 2 pm and 8pm
Friday, February 7th at 8pm
Saturday, February 8th at 8 pm

Ticket Prices: Tickets $15, $10 Seniors & Students with valid Student ID *Opening Night all tickets $10!*

Call 608-255-0331 for reservations or more information.

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The IndieGoGo campaign:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/boogie-of-the-apes-nyc

The Event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/266523650178372/?ref=22

Boogie Of The Apes NYC

We're taking the show on the road! Boogie of the Apes is the second in a series of hilarious productions lip-synced to vintage children’s records of famous comic book, TV, and movie franchises. This raucous send-up of the 1970s Planet of the Apes franchise lampoons, critiques, and ever-so-gently mocks the first four movies in less than an hour. Come see Taylor, Dr. Zira, Cornelius, Nova and many more apes, humans and mutants come full circle in their journey through time and space and, of course, boogie down a bit too. (Please note: no gorillas, orangutans or chimpanzees are harmed in this production.)

And now we're taking it to New York!

Writer and director Rob Matsushita has made a name for himself as a playwright, director and filmmaker. He's had plays performed by companies in Madison, Chicago and New York City. Matsushita has also lent his writing and acting talents to the "Chad Vader" web series with Blame Society Productions.

The cast includes the talents of Jessica Jane Witham, Dan Myers, Alan J. Hart, Grace Grindrod-Feeny, Benjamin Otto, Anthony Cary, Kathy Lynn Sliter, and Luke Kokinos. Technical direction is provided by Taylor Kokinos and choreography is from Katie Ramos.

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Heroes Must Die

http://www.hmd-game.com

Heroes must die. That’s a fact. It’s just part of the journey. They also must kill, and get other people killed. In fact, they are pretty much the epicenter of a screaming whirlwind of blood and destruction. Heroes Must Die owns that fact, and then cranks it up to eleven. It’s a raging firestorm of action and an inappropriately hilarious tsunami of comedy. At the center of all of this mayhem is you. Heroes Must Die tells your story, forces you to make the tough decisions, and creates a unique story across media based on choices made by you, the audience, and the world.



So what is Heroes Must Die? Only the world’s first combination video game and live theatrical production! Rock through an insanely deep, branching story in a comedic action RPG, where you’ll be comparing stories with your friends for weeks. Then join a roaring crowd in a theater to see a live performance that changes every night based both on the audience decisions in that show and the decisions made by players in the game previously. Unlock secrets in the game that can only be accessed by attending the show. Damn straight, we ain’t kidding.



Are video games art? Is gaming culture dominated by griefers, trolls, and jerkoffs, or is it the ultimate social bonding experience? How have modern games changed the nature of heroes since classic mythology? How high does blood spurt after completing a 20-chain combo against an army of masked assassins? These are the questions Heroes Must Die tackles, hog-ties, and parades through town.



Read the blog to follow our production from start to finish, request a press packet for more information, or email us about anything you can think of at info@hmd-game.com.



Just remember: In 2014, heroes will die.

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Red, Hot, and Cole!

Book by James Bianchi, Muriel McAuley, and Randy Strawderman. Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter

Directed by Jim Chiolino // Music Director, Erin Crabb // Choreographer - Cindy Severt

MTG invites you to the "swellegant" theatrical party, Red, Hot, & Cole! from the scores of Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate, High Society, and Can-Can, Red, Hot & Cole! bubbles with songs that have become international standards. The play traces the rise to superstardom of Broadway’s greatest wit, the irrepressible Cole Porter, through delightful repartee and revealing anecdotes from his nearest and dearest. You’ll leave the theater humming!

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

Performances: January 10-25, 2014

Performance Times: 
Friday, Jan 10 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jan 11 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, Jan 16 - 7:30 pm
Friday, Jan 17 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jan 18 - 7:30 pm
Sunday, Jan 19 - 2:00 pm
Thursday, Jan 23 - 7:30 pm
Friday, Jan 24 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jan 25 - 7:30 pm

Ticket Prices: $20

Call 608-661-9696 (Bartell Box Office) for reservations or more information.

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Requiem for a Dungeon Master

Written by: Scott Feiner & Directed by: Scott Feiner

Playing: January 10, 2014 - February 1, 2014

Not so long ago and close to home, monsters, wizards, dreams and dragons were packaged into a thousand cardboard boxes.  A small group of friends in Lake Geneva dared to loose upon the world the “most dangerous” game 1974 had to offer.   Role playing games channeled the creative energy of millions, even if they’re afraid to admit it.

 Requiem  introduces Winslow Phelps to our stage and welcomes back Geremy Webne-Behrman, Dunes and Clarice Lafayette.

Requiem for a Dungeon Master will run at Broom Street Theater at 8pm January 10th until February 1st. Tickets are $11.00.  For more information or to make reservations contact Broom Street Theater at

(608) 244-8338.

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Hostage Song

By Kyle Jarrow, Clay McLeod Chapman

Directed by Catie O'Donnell

In an unspecified time and place, Jim and Jennifer are hostages, blindfolded and awaiting their fate. In an effort to distract themselves from their inevitable doom, they invent a life together beyond prison walls. As the reality of their demise becomes clearer, the fantasy becomes more vivid. Stunning rock music leads the story forward as the two grapple in the dark for the last bit of love they will ever know.

MTM's production will be only the fourth staging of this musical, which, in New York and Chicago, has been deemed "breathtaking", "haunting" and "devastatingly poignant." HOSTAGE SONG is not to be missed, for it takes the unconventional musical, and MTM, to a whole new level.

Tickets available starting January 1 at www.mtmadison.com or 1-800-838-3006.

Produced by Music Theatre of Madison at Frequency, 121 West Main Street, Madison

Performances: January 29 - February 1, 2014

Performance Times: Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30pm each night

Ticket Prices: $15-$20.

Call 608-237-2524 for reservations or more information.

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This week, Christian looks back at four underrated shows from the 2013 theater season.

Space Voyage: The Musical Frontier

By Nicholas Connors and Quinn Elmer

Directed by Amanda Connors

Come check out InterMission Theatre's World Premiere production!

'Space Voyage: The Musical Frontier' is a new full scale, 2-act musical that parodies classic science fiction. With a wholly original plot and story, this hilarious musical follows the bumbling Captain David Drake and his crew aboard the U.S.S. Derivative as they try to save the galaxy from one of its greatest threats. The musical features original music and lyrics by UW-Madison student Nicholas Connors as well as a script co-written by fellow undergraduate Quinn Elmer and Connors.

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

Wisconsin Wrights (Coyote Moon)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wisconsin-Wrights-New-Play-Development-Project/103467723502

Are We Delicious? The Play?

By Lee Waldhart, Scott Stanley, Matt Sloan, Christian Neuhaus, Kelly Maxwell, Jenny Maahs, Odari Kimani, Erin Baal

Directed by Tony Trout, William Bolz

Are We Delicious? is bold, fresh, fast-paced fun.

We take 8 organically grown scripts and 8 free-range performers, add freshly squeezed adrenaline, put in a pressure cooker for one week and see what we get.

Care for a taste?

July 2013 ensemble:
Lee Waldhart, Scott Stanley, Matt Sloan, Christian Neuhaus, Kelly Maxwell, Jenny Maahs, Odari Kimani, Erin Baal

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

Company

By Stephen Sondheim

Directed by Tmothy S. Riley

The Stoughton Village Players is pleased to announce audition and production dates for our fall musical, "Company.” Stephen Sondheim's brilliant groundbreaking study of love, friendship, marriage, isolation and commitment offers excellent singing/acting roles for 14 performers, 8 women and 6 men, approximate age range mid twenties to mid forties.

This is a musical comedy performer’s dream show that is not often produced. We welcome all who are interested to audition and look forward to seeing you in September.

Produced by Stoughton Village Players at Stoughton Village Players Theater, 255 E Main St, Stoughton

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Playwrights Ink

http://playwrightsink.wordpress.com/

Playwrights Ink is a non-profit association of theater artists dedicated to the development of playwrights and their work. Our members include area playwrights, actors, directors, and theater enthusiasts. We use a reading and critique process beginning with informal readings during our monthly meetings. We have on occasion taken the further step of presenting public staged readings, following which we encourage audience feedback. We are not a production company. We usually meet on the third Monday of every month at the Lowell Center.


Past Productions

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The Eight - Reindeer Monologues

By Jeff Goode

A dark, dark Christmas comedy. Scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa's eight tiny reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment.
As mass media descends upon the event, the other members of the sleigh team demand to share their perspectives, and a horrific tale of corruption and perversion emerges, which seems to implicate everyone from the littlest elf to the tainted Saint himself.

With each deer's confession, the truth behind the shocking allegations becomes clearer and clearer. ...and murkier and murkier.

Produced by know better productions at Broom Street Theater, 1119 Williamson Street, Madison

Performances: December 13-21, 2013

Performance Times: December 13 and 20 at 11pm and December 14 and 21 at 5pm

Ticket Prices: Individual tickets - $10 reservation deals - 2 tickets/$15 and 4 tickets/$25

Call 608-332-3763 for reservations or more information.

Credit card purchases available with Brown Paper Tickets or by making a donation on our Indiegogo Campaign.

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The Pain And The Itch

By Bruce Norris

Directed by George Gonzalez

During a holiday gathering with Clay and Kelly's extended family, their daughter’s nasty genital itch serves as a catalyst to reveal uncomfortable truths, including fraternal hatred, infidelity, a failed marriage, and venereal disease. As the story is narrated to their visitor, his relationship to the events become clear – as does the emptiness of the families supposed benevolence and sensitivity.

Did we mention it’s a comedy?!

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

Performances: December 6-21, 2013

Performance Times: Friday December 6th 8:00 PM
Saturday December 7th 8:00 PM
Thursday December 12th 7:30 PM
Friday December 13th 8:00 PM
Saturday December 14th 4:00 PM
Saturday December 14th 8:00 PM
Thursday December 19th 7:30 PM
Friday December 20th 8:00 PM
Saturday December 21st 8:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $20 general; $15 seniors, students & Strollers Theatre members; also group rates

Call 608-661-9696 for ticket purchase or more information. You may also purchase tickets online at www.Bartelltheatre.org.

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Cassandra's Gift

By Jan Levine Thal

Directed by Jan Levine Thal

Dystopian comedy-drama. A hundred years from now, unforeseen consequences of social policy cause population growth that forces ordinary people into cramped apartments full of strangers. A band of brave scientists and artists battle dwindling resources to cure a virus that could wipe out the planet. And yet there are laughs. Features an original song by award-winning composer Michael A. Levine, who wrote the Kit-Kat song.

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

Performances: December 5-21, 2013

Performance Times: Note that because of the holidays, the schedule is different from BST's usual. THREE WEEKENDS ONLY, including TWO MATINEES

Friday, December 6, 8pm
Saturday, December 7, 8pm
Sunday, December 8, 3pm MATINEE
Thursday, December 12, 8pm
Friday, December 13, 8pm
Saturday, December 14, 8pm
Sunday, December 15, 3pm MATINEE
Thursday, December 19, 8pm
Friday, December 20, 8pm
Saturday, December 21, 8pm

Ticket Prices: $11.00

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

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Atlas Improv Presents: The Cut

On Saturday, October 19, for the sixth time in the history of the world, Atlas Improv Co.'s one-of-a-kind reality show returned to Madison.

Over six weeks, eight amateur improvisers face off to become Atlas Improv Co.'s newest full-time member. Each week these competitors will be challenged to perform unknown tasks in front of the audience and our unforgiving panel of judges. They will invent new games in front of the audience's very eyes, play games they've never seen played, and plead for mercy from friend and foe. Each week, audience and panel alike will vote to send one of them home.

Be an audience member at The Cut and cast your vote for who you believe should be the next member of Atlas Improv Co. 

But mark your calendars now, this show WILL SELL OUT. 

Reservations will not be accepted for The Cut. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 608-259-9999 or bought the day of the show at 609 E. Washington when the box office opens at 7pm. All credit card purchases made over the phone will include a $2 service fee.

Be a part of Atlas Improv Co. history this October. Find out who will succeed, who will fail, and who will survive The Cut.

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Love's Labour's Lost

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Jeanne Leep

Romantic, smart, fun and festive LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST is Shakespeare’s Rom-Com: a celebration of true love and a coming of age tale.
The young king of Navarre and his best guy friends decide to study, fast and swear off the joys of women, UNTIL four cute, clever girls from France show up, forcing the men to reconsider that choice!

Produced by Edgewood College Theatre at The Black Box Theatre, 1000 Edgewood College Drive, The Stream

Performances: November 15-23, 2013

Performance Times: 
Friday, Nov 15—7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov 16—7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov 21—7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov 22—7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov 23—2:00 & 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $12 general admission, $7 students/seniors

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



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The Sweet Lowdown

By Matt DeFour and Mary Fairweather Dexter

Directed by John Siewert and Donald Dexter

The Sweet Lowdown consists of two one-act plays: Two Diabetics and The Sweet Lowdown. The first tells the story of a Type 1 and a Type 2. The second uses music, dance and comedy to explain the science and dispel the myths, going beyond Type 1 and 2 to explain the other kinds of diabetes. The Sweet Lowdown is funded in part by a grant from Diabetes Hands Foundation Seeds.

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

Performances: October 25 - November 16, 2013

Performance Times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

Ticket Prices: $11

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



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Dairymen The Moo-sical

By Melanie Wiltsie & Brenda Strack

Directed by Michael Bruno

A brand new musical comedy making it's Dane County premiere! In association with Train Wreck Productions.

Produced by WhoopDeDoo Productions at Stoughton High School, 381 E Main Street Stoughton, Wisconsin

Performances: October 31 - November 3, 2013

Performance Times: Thursday Oct. 31st 7:30pm. Friday November 1st 7:30pm. Saturday Nov. 2nd 2 & 7:30pm Sunday November 3rd 2pm

Ticket Prices: $20

Call 715-570-1157 for reservations or more information.

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The Woman in Black

By Stephen Mallatratt

Directed by Steve Noll

In conjunction with OUT!Cast A Gothic horror play.

The book follows the story of Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, as he journeys to the small market town of Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of a client, Mrs Alice Drablow. At the funeral, he sees a young woman with a wasted face, dressed all in black, standing in the churchyard.

Bemused by the villagers' reluctance to speak of the woman in black, Arthur goes to Eel Marsh House, Mrs. Drablow's former abode, an old building in the middle of a marsh, cut off at high tide. Sorting through Mrs Drablow's papers, he finds a box of letters, and ultimately discovers the dreadful secret of the Woman in Black – to his own terrible cost.

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

Performances: October 18 - November 2, 2013

Performance Times: 
Friday October 18th 8:00 PM
Saturday October 19th 8:00 PM
Thursday October 24th 7:30 PM
Friday October 25th 8:00 PM
Saturday October 26th 4:00 PM
Saturday October 26th 8:00 PM
Thursday October 31st 7:30 PM
Friday November 1st 8:00 PM
Saturday November 2nd 8:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $20; $15 seniors, students & Strollers Theatre members; group rates

Call 608-661-9696 x 2 for reservations or more information.

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Crimes of the Heart

By Beth Henley

Directed by Suzan Kurry

The three MaGrath sisters (Lenny, Meg and Babe) have reunited in the kitchen at Old Granddaddy's home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, after Babe shoots her abusive husband.

This tragicomedy centers around the memories and tribulations of the MaGrath sisters along with their cousin, the judgmental Chick, Meg's former boyfriend, Doc Porter and Babe's attorney, Barnette.

The Kathie Rasmussen Women's Theatre (Krass) produces work written and directed by women. www.madwomanstage.org

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

Performances: October 11-19, 2013

Performance Times: October 11, 12 at 8:00 pm, October 13 at 2:00 pm, October 16, 17, 18, 19 at 8:00 pm.

Ticket Prices: $20. Pay What You Can Special on Wednesday, October 16

Call TBA for reservations or more information.

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Cassandra's Gift

By Jan Levine Thal

Directed by Jan Levine Thal

Dystopian comedy-drama. A hundred years from now, unforeseen consequences of social policy cause population growth that forces ordinary people into cramped apartments full of strangers. A band of brave scientists and artists battle dwindling resources to cure a virus that could wipe out the planet. And yet there are laughs. Features an original song by award-winning composer Michael A. Levine, who wrote the Kit-Kat song.

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

Performances: November 29 - December 21, 2013

Performance Times: Note that because of the holidays, the schedule is different from BST's usual. THREE WEEKENDS ONLY, including TWO MATINEES

Friday, December 5, 8pm
Saturday, December 6, 8pm
Sunday, December 7, 3pm MATINEE
Thursday, December 12, 8pm
Friday, December 13, 8pm
Saturday, December 14, 8pm
Sunday, December 15, 3pm MATINEE
Thursday, December 19, 8pm
Friday, December 20, 8pm
Saturday, December 21, 8pm

Ticket Prices: $11.00

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

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Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare, adapted by Peter Reynolds

Directed by Audrey Lauren Wax

. This is a gender-queer adaptation of the original.

The story focuses on a group of soldiers who return victorious and in the mood to celebrate in East Hollywood. It is at times a dark romantic comedy featuring deception, a feigned death, an especially despicable villain and two couples on different paths to romantic bliss.

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

Performances: September 27 - October 12, 2013

Performance Times: Friday, September 27, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 28, 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 3, 7:30 pm
Friday, October 4, 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 5, 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 6, 2:00 pm
Thursday, October 10, 7:30 pm
Friday, October 11, 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 12, 8:00 pm

Ticket Prices: TBA

Visit www.bartelltheatre.org for reservations or more information.

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Triggered

By Callen Harty

Directed by Callen Harty

Auditions for Triggered, by Callen Harty
Auditions at Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center
August 5-7, 2013
Performances at Broom Street Theater
September 20-October 12, 2013
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From the day of jury selection for the George Zimmerman trial for killing Trayvon Martin until the day the verdict was handed down—about a month—61 people were killed in the city of Chicago. Seven of them were children under the age of 18. Every day there are murders in cities all over America and most of them don’t get noticed. But they impact those whose lives intersect because of the moment of violence.

Callen Harty’s new Broom Street Theater play, Triggered, examines the impact of a random killing on several characters—the mother of the victim, the father of the killer, and a young woman who happened to witness the shooting, among others. The play explores the culture of violence in our country and the paths to redemption.

Harty is a long-time community activist and peace advocate. A year ago he started the monthly Vigil to End Violence at the State Capitol. He is also a long-time Broom Street Theater fixture as the author of more than twenty plays and a veteran actor and director.

Performances of Triggered will run for four weekends from Thursday, September 20 through Saturday, October 12, 2013.

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

Performances: September 20 - October 12, 2013

Performance Times: Performances Thu-Sat, Sept 20-Oct 12, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $11




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The Night of the Iguana

By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Betty Diamond

In Tennessee Williams' powerful, tender drama, a defrocked Episcopal minister leads a busload of Baptist women on a tour of Mexico. At the end of his emotional rope, the Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon seeks refuge in a ramshackle resort, but instead encounters an explosive confrontation between his sexual passions and his spiritual calling.

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

Performances: September 20 - October 5, 2013

Performance Times: 
9/20 - 7:30
9/21 - 7:30
9/26 - 7:30
9/27 - 7:30
9/28 - 7:30
9/29 - 2:00
10/3 - 7:30
10/4 - 7:30
10/5 - 7:30

Ticket Prices: $20


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