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Theatre Fest Spring ’21

  • April 7 - May 19, 2021
  • Streaming, Milwaukee, WI, United States
  • Peck School of the Arts

Theatre Festival: Spring 2021
Theatre Fest Spring ’21 is a 6-week celebration April 7 through May 19, 2021. Our innovative performances, creative design, and heartwarming moments all my be accessed via the internet through live and on-demand streaming.
Theatre Fest ’21 shows that theatre is thriving at UWM!  Please join us as we celebrate our collective workaday lives and delve 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.
Theatre Fest ’21 begins by “opening the curtain” with a filmed dramatic reading of a new work. The Day the Music Came Back, written by resident playwright Professor Alvaro Rios, imagines a dystopian world where a group of teens must decide whether to risk their lives to listen to music. Streamed on-demand April 7 though April 13. There will also be talkbacks with the creative team and cast scheduled during this week via Zoom—stay tuned for more information on these as we get closer to the streaming date.
Working: A Musical (Concert Version) is our next presentation. Working is based on real-life stories collected by Studs Terkel and includes songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Taylor, and Micki Grant. Our concert version is a testament to strength, tenacity, and pride of the people who keep America running.  Streaming daily April 14-April 20 at 7:30 PM except for a 2pm matinee instead on Sunday. 
Theatre Fest ’21 continues with Songs of Work & Protest, an ensemble piece combining song, dance, and story. This presentation is crafted by students. It explores how work and song connect and express the class struggle. Streaming daily April 21-27 at 7:30 PM except for a 2pm matinee instead on Sunday.
Playboy of the Western World is reimagined 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.  Available for FREE as an online audio series, starting April 28.
We close our festival offerings with Twelfth Night. From our Mainstage Theatre, we transplant Shakespeare’s romantic comedy to the wild high society of 1920’s London and transformed into a powerfully-funny, gender-bending expose of social bullying, elitism, lust, and personal desire. View this production as either a live-streamed event May 5 & 6 at 7:30 PM or streamed on-demand May 7-12.
ENCORE WEEK: All shows in the Festival will be available May 13-19, 2021.
Ticket Prices are: 
Individual Live-Stream & On-demand 
All Theatre majors and minors: Free
Students (with ID) $7
General Public: $18
Festival Flex Pass (3 shows or build-your-own-bundle, not including Working): $42
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