Projects + Gigs
Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play
Based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems
Published by Hyperion Books for Children
Book and lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
When Elephant Gerald and Piggie the Pig get together, anything is possible. These two pals and their devotion to each other through ups and downs will remind you of how good it feels to put friends first. Bring your “bestus” friends and share in all of the pachydermal peril and swiney suspense as Mo Willems’ cherished characters make the leap from page to stage in this rollicking musical adventure.
By Margaret Rather
Based on the characters created by P.G. Wodehouse
(I'm playing Jeeves — for the fourth time!)
Bertie Wooster and Jeeves return for a new adventure on the high seas - or, at least, off the coast of Monte Carlo. Bertie and his chum Sir Percival Everard Crumpworth (aka Crumpet) are reveling in life aboard the fetching Lady Stella Vanderley's yacht... until Crumpet discloses that he may or may not have murdered a prince.
In the blink of an eye, Bertie is masquerading as a romance novelist, Crumpet is posing as his own long-lost twin, and a foreign count is challenging Bertie to a duel!
In Margaret Raether's fourth adaptation of the classic P.G. Wodehouse stories, appearing for the first time in our Studio Theatre, can Jeeves prevent his master from being murdered - or worse, married?
By Madeleine L’Engle
Adapted by John Glore
A Wrinkle in Time is produced by special arrangement with Crosswicks, Ltd. and Stage Partners. (www.yourstagepartners.com)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle © 1962 Crosswicks, Ltd. All rights Reserved.
(I'm playing Mrs. Whatsit and the Man with Red Eyes)
It was a dark and stormy night. When a mysterious stranger arrives at Meg Murry’s home, she embarks on a wild, empowering journey of self-discovery. Joining forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O’Keefe, and more, they travel through space and time to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity and find herself. Propel your imagination with this fantastical adventure of a lifetime.
By George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. Hilarity and mayhem ensues when the freethinking Sycamore’s daughter brings her fiancé and his conservative, Wall Street family to dinner on the wrong night. Roar with laughter with the Young Company and their production of this Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy.
By William Gibson
Six-year-old Helen Keller has been blind and deaf since infancy, trapping her in a silent world of darkness. Enter Annie Sullivan, the teacher who through determination, grit, and love, is able to overcome immeasurable odds, and find the key to unlock Helen’s world. This Tony Award-winning true story explores the essence of dignity, hope, and how people can fulfill their true potential despite the most adverse of circumstances.
The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn
Music & Lyrics by Roger Miller
Book and TYA adaptation by William Hauptman
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
New arrangements and orchestrations by William Yanesh
Developed by Adventure Theatre in Maryland (in association with First Stage)
(I'm playing the King.)
Travel along the mighty Mississippi River as Huck helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom and reunite with his family. Their shared journey of discovery proves humorous, suspenseful and heartwarming. Mark Twain’s timeless classic comes alive on stage in this coming-of-age musical, adapted from the award-winning Broadway musical for our family audiences.
BY AYAD AKHTAR
(I'm playing Maximilien Cizik)
Immediately following its acclaimed Broadway run at Lincoln Center and featuring one of the largest casts ever on the Quadracci Powerhouse stage, this riveting story is set in the financial world of the 1980s. Inspired by the real junk bond kings of the day, it’s a battleground of titanic egos, where magnates are pitted against workers, lawyers against journalists, and everyone against themselves. With Junk, debt is an asset, and we see from the inside how money became the only thing that mattered.
THE TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL
By Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
(I'm playing Bruce Bechdel)
Graphic novelist Alison Bechdel’s father was a volatile and brilliant man whose secrets defined her family and her life. Bruce taught high school English, ran the family’s funeral home business, and was obsessed with restoring their old house. When he dies unexpectedly, Alison digs deeply into her childhood memories to try and understand how his choices may have influenced her own.
This unique, funny and heart- shattering new musical zig-zags across Alison’s past and present as she tries to make sense of her parents’ lives, her own sexuality, and how she maps the terrain of her adult world.
A NEW PLAY READING
By Andy Bayiates
Directed by Marcella Kearns
(I'm playing Abraham Lincoln)
A play about social media. Set in the 1850’s. Any brilliant young woman in 1853 with ambitions to change the world would be scorned. But Mabel Prescott finds such an opportunity in a unique venture—a printing-press version of Facebook—led by failed Congressman Abraham Lincoln. Join us for an historical what-if which will determine the fate of Mabel’s career, Lincoln’s future, and the imperiled union of the United States.
Pay-What-You-Choose Reading. Talkback with playwright to follow.
By Katie Forgette
(I'm playing Professor Moriarty)
Legendary actress Lillie Langtry has a big problem! She's being blackmailed, by a man who has stolen highly intimate letters she exchanged with the Prince of Wales! When she turns to her dear friend, Oscar Wilde, he knows there is but one man who can solve the case: that master of detectives, the incomparable Sherlock Holmes!
By Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt
(I'm playing Hucklebee)
A whimsical, funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, a wall, and two fathers whose plans to bring their children together is by keeping them apart! Come see Off-Broadway’s longest running show, featuring classics like Soon It’s Gonna Rain and Try To Remember as the narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic.
By William Shakespeare
“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, Or close the wall up with our English dead!”
Join us as the Young Company, nationally renowned for their excellence in performing the Bard, dives into the breach with one of our favorite plays by William Shakespeare. King Henry the Fifth has rallied the nation to invade France and this war won’t end until the famous Battle of Agincourt. The English must succeed against seemingly impossible odds- or be killed in the process. An epic story of a country at war and England’s most popular king.
The beloved children's book in a beautiful adaptation.
Adapted for the stage by Dwayne Hartford
Based on the book: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Text © 2006 by Kate DiCamillo
(I'm playing the voice of Edward Tulane.)
With his handmade silk suits, wide array of hats and tiny gold pocket watch, Edward Tulane is the most exceptional toy in Abilene’s room. He is adored and he is happy. But when Edward is thrown overboard on a cruise ship by mean boys, he begins a remarkable journey of discovery across Depression era America. Based on Newberry-winner Kate DiCamillo’s celebrated book and brought to life through imaginative storytelling and folk music, don’t miss this breathtaking story of finding friendship, finding yourself, and eventually finding your way home.
Back by popular demand!
By Charles M. Schulz
Adapted by Eric Schaeffer from the television special by Bob Melendez and Lee Mendelson
Music by Vince Guaraldi
(I'm returning to this production as Snoopy.)
This treasured classic once again comes to life on stage this holiday season. Everyone is giddy with Christmas cheer, but Charlie Brown has the Yuletide blues. Will directing the Christmas play help him get in the spirit of the season? Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they learn the true meaning of Christmas. This is one holiday gift the entire family will adore.
A Musical Fable of Broadway,
based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
(I'm playing Lt. Brannigan)
After sold-out productions of Ragtime and Dreamgirls, director Mark Clements reunites with Olivier Award-winning choreographer Stephen Mear for a dazzling new production of Guys and Dolls. This celebrated musical comedy follows two small-time gamblers as they pursue love and luck, from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba. It’s no surprise that it tops Entertainment Weekly’s list of “Greatest Musicals of All Time,” as this granddaddy of American musicals has it all – show-stopping numbers, a timeless story, and some of the best show tunes ever, including “Luck Be a Lady,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” It’s a sure bet you’ll leave the theater with a smile on your face!
Adapted by Ian Woolridge from the novel by George Orwell
After revolting against the reign of their negligent human master, the animals of Mr. Jones’s farm create their own ideal society in which all animals are equal and rules are set by democratic vote. It’s all working pretty well, until the allure of power leads the animals to a chilling fate. ANIMAL FARM illustrates how new tyranny replaces old and power corrupts even the noblest of causes. Suggested for families with young people ages 12-17+
A new play by Eric Coble
It starts on a Wednesday. Kids in high school getting the weirdest texts from fellow students they don't know. What's going on? And what if it's not people connecting with people via their phones… but phones trying to connect with other phones via their people? A digital mystery of the mind and heart for the savvy texter. Suggested for families with young people ages 12-17+
A play by Rebecca Gilman
(I'm making my Renaissance debut playing Pastor Jay)
When Caroline, a veteran social worker, removes infant Luna Gale from the custody of her struggling young parents, the best course of action seems clear and Baby Luna is placed temporarily with her devoted grandmother. However Caroline quickly realizes that the situation is more complicated as she uncovers a shadowy and secretive family past. Struggling with the limitations of an overburdened bureaucracy, Caroline is forced to make a risky decision with potentially dangerous consequences.
LUNA GALE explores the tough situations welfare workers must contend with daily to ensure the well-being of children and their families.
Based on the beloved Rankin-Bass TV Special
Adapted by Robert Penola from a story by Robert L May
Music and Lyrics by Johnny Marks
(I'm returning to this production as Movement Director and playing Boss Elf and Charlie in the Box.)
And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows! The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and returns to our stage this holiday season. From fleeing the Abominable Snow Monster to saving Christmas, join Rudolph and his friends, Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius, as their adventures teach us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the little misfit in all of us.
This production has become the gold standard around the country, as originally conceived by First Stage Artistic Director Jeff Frank.
The Tony Award-Winning Musical
Book by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh | Lyrics by Joe Darion
(I'm making my Rep debut, playing the Duke, who, in turn, plays Dr. Carrasco.)
Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, it’s the classic story of Don Quixote retold in one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition, Miguel de Cervantes enlists his fellow inmates to help his defense by telling a tale of a mad knight who believes the wrongs of the world can be corrected as he jousts at windmills with his trusty sidekick Sancho and his beloved Dulcinea. With beautiful songs like “The Impossible Dream” and “Dulcinea,” this timeless tale of love and adventure continues The Rep’s popular streak of bringing the best of Broadway to the intimate Powerhouse stage.
A One-Night-Only Concert Presentation
Book by Peter Stone
Music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards
(I'm playing John Adams.)
A concert presentation of 1776, the landmark musical about our nation's path to independence. MOT celebrates the birth of our nation by reconceptualizing the founding fathers' fight for freedom with a cast representing the America of today.
A New Musical
Based on the book by Gail Carson Levine
Stage play and lyrics by Karen Zacarias
Music and additional lyrics by Deborah Wicks LaPuma
(I'm playing Sir Peter and an Ogre. An OGRE!)
At birth, Ella of Frell was given the “gift” of obedience by a misguided fairy. She must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day or chopping off her own head! Unwilling to accept her fate, strong-willed Ella embarks on a quest to reverse this curse, encountering ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, fairy godmothers, and a handsome prince along the way. Your family will experience a fairy tale like no other in this world premiere musical adventure. Please note: Ella's journey includes moments of peril.
A New Play by Finegan Kruckemeyer
(I'm playing Rajev the Grey-beard, The Bird, and Villager K. I'm also the Movement Consultant)
When an epic snowfall seemingly imprisons the residents of the tiny village of Kishka, young Theodore Sutton proposes the villagers build a catapult to fling him and send six of the village’s bravest and strongest out over the snow in search of a solution. The catapult is hastily assembled, and Theodore and the heroes are launched over the snow and into the grandest of adventures. Whimsical and humorous, dark and mysterious, heartfelt and sincere, this world premiere play weaves a fantastical Grimmsian tale for the entire family.
A Comedy by William Shakespeare
Back Room Shakespeare Project
(I'm playing both Dukes.)
Serious actors, no director, and one rehearsal.
In the warm glow of one of the best Irish pubs in Milwaukee, you will drink, we will drink, and we will all share a damn fine time.
One part heaping mounds of love. Add a dash of cross dressing. Roll in a couple of clowns and toss it all in the woods, and you have one of Shakespeare's most enduring works.
Get there early to grab a seat, a bite to eat, a drink to ... well ... drink, and get ready to hold onto your butts.
Party starts at 7:00
Play starts at 7:30
Here's the facebook event, if you're into that kind of thing.