Upcoming


May
12
May 21

Animal Farm

Adapted by Ian Woolridge from the novel by George Orwell

First Stage Young Company

(I'm directing)

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+   

Mar
10
Mar 19

TXT U L8R

  • Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

A new play by Eric Coble

First Stage Young Company

(I'm directing)

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+ 

Jan
20
Feb 12

Luna Gale

  • Renaissance Theaterworks

A play by Rebecca Gilman

Renaissance Theaterworks

(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.

Nov
25
Dec 31

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

  • Todd Wehr Theater

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

First Stage

(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. 

Sep
20
Oct 30

Man Of La Mancha

  • Milwaukee Repertory Theater

The Tony Award-Winning Musical

Book by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh | Lyrics by Joe Darion

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

(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.

May
23
7:30 pm19:30

1776

  • Historic Turner Hall Ballroom

A One-Night-Only Concert Presentation

Book by Peter Stone
Music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards

Milwaukee Opera Theatre

(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.
 

Apr
1
May 1

Ella Enchanted

  • Todd Wehr Theater

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

First Stage

(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.

Feb
26
Mar 20

The Snow

  • Todd Wehr Theater

A New Play by Finegan Kruckemeyer

First Stage

(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.

Feb
15
7:00 pm19:00

As You Like It

  • County Clare

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.