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2014-2015 Theatre Performance Season

Mainstage Theatre Series

Directed and designed by the Theatre Department's highly-regarded faculty, the Mainstage Theatre Series presents fully-produced and thoroughly-engaging performances featuring the work of student actors and technicians.

Tickets: General - $20; Seniors, UWM Faculty and Staff - $15; Students & under 18 - $5 (pre-sale) $10 (night of show); Majors - Free

Damn Yankees (the musical)
November 18 – 22, 2015

Words & Music by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross
Book by George Abbott & Douglass Wallop
Directed by Tony Horne
Mainstage Theatre, 2400 E Kenwood Blvd

What would a die hard fan of the Washington Senators be willing to do to help his beloved, beleaguered team beat the New York Yankees?  Damn Yankees celebrates America’s love of baseball through song, dance, and comedy in this mid-century modern twist on the Faustian legend.

March 2 – 6, 2016

Written by Jeff Augustin
Directed by Rebecca Holderness
Mainstage Theatre, 2400 E Kenwood Blvd

Corktown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Detroit.  The play follows the gentrification of a fallen city through its past, present, and future, from 2007-2034.The play features live music, gospel songs, poetic text, eccentric characters, mature language, humor, performer and audience shared space - all with the city of Detroit as its protagonist.

The HOT L Baltimore
April 27 – May 1, 2016

Written by Lanford Wilson
Directed by Bill Watson
Mainstage Theatre, 2400 E Kenwood Blvd

Set in the lobby of a rundown hotel so seedy that it’s lost the ‘E’ from its marquee, the odd collection of down and out misfits that have found a community and connection in the midst of America’s urban decay, fight for their dignity as the gentrification of the neighborhood displaces them from their hard-scrabble hotel home.

Five-O-Eight Series

The Peck School's innovative and intimate Five-O-Eight Series focuses on acting, with performances in our "black box" space and a spare approach to visual elements.

Tickets: General - $11; Seniors, UWM Faculty and Staff - $9; Students & under 18- $5 (pre-sale) $9 (night of show); Majors - Free

October 21 – 25, 2015

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Raeleen McMillion
Five-O-Eight Studio at 1925 E Kenilworth Pl

It is 2020 and the MacBeths are young and emerging local leaders with their eyes on a bigger prize. The most important playwright in the English language asks the timeless question, “What are you willing to do to get ahead?”

The RMP Project
November 4 – 8, 2015

Written by Alvaro Saar Rios
Directed by Michelle Lopez-Rios
Five-O-Eight Studio at 1925 E Kenilworth Pl

Director Michelle Lopez-Rios teams up with playwright Alvaro Saar Rios to create a new play with political themes.

The Cure at Troy
February 24 – 28, 2016

Written by Seamus Heaney
Directed by Jim Tasse
Five-O-Eight Studio at 1925 E Kenilworth Pl

This rough-hewn version of Sophocles’ Philoctetes, from the winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize for Poetry, is grounded in the roots of the ancient world and is lifted to us through the language and imagery of a modern poet’s sublime sensibility.

Orphan Train
April 6 - 10, 2016

Written by Robin Mello
Directed by Robin Mello
Five-O-Eight Studio at 1925 E Kenilworth Pl

A creative collaboration from cast’s research and storytelling course work. The production addresses issues about how we value other people’s children, what family means, and the human rights of children worldwide.