Theatre Season 2021-22

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Street Signs

An original jukebox musical featuring familiar songs of the paths we all travel.  Join us on a journey to iconic places such as Oz, Broadway, Beale Street, Penny Lane, and Thunder Road.  The UW-Milwaukee Theatre Department and the College of General Studies present an energizing performance of stories following the intersections of humanity.  Performances will take place at both UW-Milwaukee and UWM at Waukesha. Co-directed by Steven Decker and Sheri Williams Pannell.

UWM Mainstage Theatre Dates/Time:

October 20 – 23, 2021   7:30pm Central Time
October 24, 2021       2:00pm Central Time

Ticket Pricing:
General – $23
Senior/ UWM Faculty and Staff – $15
Youth under 18  – $10
UWM Student w/ID – $7
* Masks are required at all UWM events. If you have questions please consult UWM’s 10-12

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UWM at Waukesha Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Dates/Time:

Friday, October 29, 2021        7:30pm Central Time
Saturday, October 30, 2021    7:30pm Central Time

*Tickets are Sold at the Door in Waukesha*

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Hamlet

The UWM Theatre Department puts a one-of-a-kind spin on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder, and madness.  The Prince of Denmark seeks vengeance after his father is murdered and his mother marries the murderer. Directed by Bill Watson.

UWM Mainstage Theatre Dates/Time:

November 17 – 20, 2021   7:30pm Central Time
November 21, 2021          2:00pm Central Time

Ticket Pricing:
General – $23
Senior/ UWM Faculty and Staff – $15
Youth under 18  – $10
UWM Student w/ID – $7
* Masks are required at all UWM events. If you have questions please consult UWM’s 10-12

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This is Modern Art

This In Modern Art takes you racing over the rooftops, through the history of graffiti art, and face-to-face with the question: Where does art belong?  Graffiti crews are willing to risk anything for their art.  But when one crew finishes the biggest graffiti bomb of their careers, a fifty-foot graffiti piece on the towering wall of the Art Institute of Chicago, the consequences get serious.  They are marginalized young people of color willing to risk everything to make their voices heard and prove that another paradigm is possible. Directed by Katie Avila Loughmiller.

UWM KSE508 Theatre Dates/Time:
March 9 – 12, 2022       7:30pm Central Time
March 13, 2022            2:00pm Central Time

Ticket Pricing:
General – $14
Senior/ UWM Faculty and Staff – $12
Youth under 18/ UWM Students  – $10
* Masks are required at all UWM events. If you have questions please consult UWM’s 10-12

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Prince of Denmark

An imagined prequel to Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  Michael Lesslie’s play explores the world of a younger Hamlet and gives us answers to many of the questions that Shakespeare left up in the air.  Get the inside story of Hamlet’s Relationship with Ophelia. Learn the true source of Laertes’ anger. Find out where Hamlet gets the idea of using the players to aid his efforts.  It is a concise, action-packed and fun piece of theatre.  UWM Theatre Department’s production features the ensemble work of our first year Theatre students. Directed by Ralph Janes.

UWM KSE508 Theatre Dates/Time:
April 6 – 9, 2022       7:30pm Central Time
April 10, 2022          2:00pm Central Time

Ticket Pricing:
General – $14
Senior/ UWM Faculty and Staff – $12
Youth under 18/ UWM Students  – $10
* Masks are required at all UWM events. If you have questions please consult UWM’s 10-12

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The Laramie Project

On October 7, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young gay man, was discovered bound to a fence outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die.  His death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of the town, the event was deeply personal.  Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience based on over 200 interviews they conducted with the citizens of Laramie during the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. The Laramie Project, one of the most-performed theatre pieces in America, is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. Directed by Jim Tasse.

UWM KSE508 Theatre Dates/Time:

April 20 – 23, 2022          7:30pm Central Time
Sunday, April 24, 2022    2:00pm Central Time

Ticket Pricing:
General – $14
Senior/ UWM Faculty and Staff – $12
Youth under 18/ UWM Students  – $10
* Masks are required at all UWM events. If you have questions please consult UWM’s 10-12

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Into The Woods

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim takes everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, musically sophisticated event.  The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching. Into The Woods follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk.  When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. Directed by Sheri Williams Pannell.

UWM Mainstage Theatre Dates/Time:

May 4 – 7, 2022          7:30pm Central Time
May 8, 2022               2:00pm Central Time

Ticket Pricing:
General – $23
Senior/ UWM Faculty and Staff – $15
Youth under 18  – $10
UWM Student w/ID – $7
* Masks are required at all UWM events. If you have questions please consult UWM’s 10-12

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Past Performances

2020-21 Theatre Season

The 2020-21 season celebrated our collective workaday lives and delved into contemporary issues such as gender-plasticity, resistance vs. compliance, fact vs. fiction, social hazing, and the responsibilities we face in this free, pluralistic, and democratic society.

Twelfth Night

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Bill Watson

May 5 – 19, 2021 | Streaming
A shipwreck, lost siblings, twins who conceal their identities and unrequited love are just the start of this wild comedy. In our zany transformation of Shakespeare’s classic story, we recreate the world of Jazz Age youth culture in 1920s London. Here, the aristocracy and their ‘below stairs’ counterparts pull out all the stops in a powerfully funny gender-bending exposé of social bullying, elitism, lust and personal desire.

Playboy of the Western World

Written by J.M. Synge
Directed by Jim Tasse

April 28 – May 19, 2021 | Streaming
We have reimagined this classic as an old-time radio drama.  Our Playboy is a tour de force of sound engineering and voice-acting. Listen as we dive into J.M. Synge’s dark, deeply humorous 1907 masterpiece and follow the rise and fall of Christy Mahon, who earns the adoration—then scorn—of a village when he recites the wild and scandalous tale of his father’s murder.

Songs of Work & Protest

Directed by Sheri Williams Pannell

April 7 – 13, 2021 | Streaming
Songs of Work & Protest is an ensemble piece combining song, dance, and story. The presentation is crafted by students, and explores how work and song connect and express the class struggle.

WORKING: A Musical

From the book by Studs Terkel | Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers & Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz, and James Taylor
Directed by Raeleen McMillion

April 21 – 27, 2021 | Streaming
Working is a celebration of our workaday lives and an homage to the American working class, featuring songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Taylor and Micki Grant. Working is also a testament to the strength, tenacity and pride of the people who keep America running.

The Day the Music Came Back

Written by Alvaro Saar Rios
Directed by Katie Avila Loughmiller

April 7 – 13, 2021 | Streaming
The Day the Music Came Backwritten by our resident playwright Associate Professor Alvaro Saar Rios, imagines a dystopian world where a group of teens must decide whether to risk their lives to listen to music.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Written by Bertolt Brecht
Translated and Adapted by Bruce Norris
Directed by Ralph Janes

October 14 – 18, 2020 | Mainstage Theatre
Experience what happens when a small-time mobster with ruthless ambition takes control of the gangster underworld in 1930s Chicago. Witness how Arturo Ui’s arrogance and self-importance have a savage effect—matching the rise of Nazism in Germany during the 1920s. This potent and timely satire, is, according to Brecht, not a play about Hitler, but rather a cautionary tale of “the complacency of the people who were able to resist him, but didn’t.”

2019-20 Theatre Season

Our 2019-2020 theatre season examined the devastation that war and gender politics has on our desire for connection and intimacy. From the Trojan War and the Battle of Toro to Vietnam—from the gangster culture of the Prohibition to our current humanitarian crisis of refugees and human trafficking, we explore what it takes to stay alive—to survive—and challenge authority.

We offered a range of plays that portray the rich diversity of playwriting throughout the centuries including dramas by Churchill, Ruhl, Lauro and Gooch, as well as a devised piece that echoes and explores de Vega’s Fuenteovejuna. Here on our stages is desire, rage, motherhood, grief, shame, intimacy, love, and joy.”

Fen

Written by Caryl Churchill, 1983
Directed by Ralph Janes

October 23 – 27, 2019 | Kenilworth 508
Residents of England’s bleak coastal fens are cramped by grinding labor and economic oppression. Brief, fiercely resonant scenes depict – with powerful humanity – the desolate lives of these men and women.

In the Next Room

Written by Sarah Ruhl, 2009
Directed by Rebecca Holderness

November 6 – 10, 2019 | Mainstage Theatre
A marvelously moving story about a young couple, Dr. and Mrs. Givings. Givings is obsessed with new electrical technology and what it can do for his patients. Meanwhile, his wife listens through a door as he treats his mostly female patients. “Room” becomes a journey of new connections between spouses, mother and child, artist and mode.

A Piece of My Heart

Written by Shirley Lauro, 1991
Directed by Jim Tasse

December 4 – 8, 2019 | Kenilworth 508
The true stories of six courageous women deployed to Vietnam and their struggle to make sense of a war that irrevocably changed them and a nation that shunned them. A work with the music and soul of a tumultuous era in our history.

Female Transport

Written by Steve Gooch, 1972
Directed by Bill Watson

February 26 – March 1, 2020 | Kenilworth 508
This stark, hard hitting drama is an account of the political education of six women convicted of petty crimes in nineteenth century London and then sentenced to hard labor in Britain’s penal colony (present day Australia).

Trojan Women

Written by Euripides, 415 BC
Translated by Nicholas Rudall
Directed by Marti Gobel

March 4 – 8, 2020 | Mainstage Theatre
A harrowing look at war through the loss and suffering experienced by women captured and enslaved during conflict, Trojan Women is a stark reminder that the devastation of war continues long after the battles end. This Greek tragedy remains one of the best anti-war plays ever written.

Bonnie & Clyde

Music by Wildhorn, Lyrics by Black, Book by Menchell, 2009
Directed by Sheri Williams Pannell

April 29 – May 3, 2020 | Mainstage Theatre
Bonnie and Clyde went from small-town nobodies to Depression-era folk heroes and Texas law enforcement’s worst nightmare. Fearless, shameless and alluring, Tony-nominated Bonnie & Clyde documents the love story/crime spree of two home grown terrorists who captured America’s attention.

2018-19 Theatre Season

Red Velvet

Written by Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Bill Watson

October 17–21, 2018 | Kenilworth 508
Amidst the social uproar of England’s debate to end slavery, an African-American actor performed Shakespeare’s Othello on the professional stage for the first time, sending shock waves through 19th century Britain. The true story of Ira Aldridge, Red Velvet is an exciting journey exploring issues of racism, sexism and the responsibility of art in the face of social change.

Cymbeline

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Rebecca Holderness

November 7–11, 2018 | Kenilworth 508
A new take on this rarely performed Shakespearean romance and comedy puts women in the seats of power and takes an unflinching look at the things people do for love, dominance and forgiveness when facing the threat of war.

The Tempest

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Michael Cotey

November 14–18, 2018 | Mainstage Theatre
The players are all met, the stage is set, and Prospero is being cued for his grand entrance to meet his enemies who have been washed ashore on the strange and fantastical island he rules over. Now, with power beyond imagination at his fingertips, Prospero must choose which story will truly set him free: one that ends in revenge he craves or one that ends in forgiveness.

Broken Hallelujah

Written by Sharman Macdonald
Directed by Ralph Janes

February 27–March 3, 2019 | Kenilworth 508
Originally commissioned by ACT’s Young Conservatory New Plays Program, Macdonald’s one act in 2 settings reflects what happens when young people in the process of creating themselves, are simultaneously tasked with the creation of their country.

All My Sons

Written by Arthur Miller
Directed by Jim Tasse

March 6–10, 2019 | Mainstage Theatre
Winner of the Drama Critics’ Award for Best New Play in 1947, All My Sons established Arthur Miller as a leading voice in the American theater. All My Sons introduced themes that thread through Miller’s work as a whole: the relationships between fathers and sons, the conflict between business and personal ethics, and the haunting reminder that the past is not dead. It’s not even past.

INVADER? I Hardly Know Her!

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Jason Powell
Directed by Malkia Stampley with Choreography by Darci Wutz

April 24–28, 2019 | Kenilworth 508
Take one clueless groom, an alien disguised as his bride, a few secret agents, and throw in more aliens (and a few surprises) and you end up with an incredibly funny musical romp! This comic space-pop-opera had it’s world premiere in Milwaukee (2009) and subsequently a successful run at the New York Fringe Festival (2010).

The Children’s Hour

Written by Lillian Hellman
Directed by Raeleen McMillion

May 1–5, 2019 | Mainstage Theatre
What is the price of a lie? Set in a prestigious boarding school for girls, a disgruntled and privileged student accuses the two headmistresses of having an affair, setting in motion a careening path of total destruction.

2017-18 Theatre Season

26 Miles

Written by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Directed by Nabra Nelson

Nov 8–12 | Kenilworth 508
Estranged for eight years following a custody battle, Beatriz and her daughter Olivia head west on a cross-country road trip.

Major Barbara

Written by George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Rebecca Holderness

Dec 6–10 | Arts Center Gallery
An opinionated and political daughter is at heads with her pragmatic, traditionalist father in this satirical drama.

Stupid F**king Bird

Written by Aaron Posner
Directed by Jim Tasse

Feb 28–Mar 4 | Kenilworth 508
A very funny, irreverent retelling of Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” by award-winning playwright Aaron Posner.

12 Ophelias

Written by Caridad Svich
Directed by Bill Watson

Mar 7–11 | Mainstage Theatre
Ophelia rises from her watery grave and finds herself reunited with Hamlet in a hard-knocks Appalachian community.

Book of Days

Written by Lanford Wilson
Directed by Raeleen McMillion

Apr 18–22 | Kenilworth 508
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson compels us to examine the cultural ideals of small town life.

9 to 5 the Musical

Book by Patricia Resnick, Music & Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Directed by Tony Horne

May 2–6 | Mainstage
Three female office workers plot revenge against their “sexist-egotistical-lying-hypocritical-bigot” boss.