University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

2012-2013 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: $17 adult /$12 seniors, UWM faculty, staff, and alumni/ $10 PSOA faculty and staff and other University students/$9 UWM students/$5 Ages 13-18, PSOA students/Free to under 12 and Theatre majors.

lears_daughterLear's Daughters CANCELED

October 24-28, 2012
7:30pm Wed-Sat and 2pm Sunday
Mainstage Theatre
By Elaine Feinstein & The Women’s Theatre Group. Directed by Tony Horne.

When experiencing Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear, unanswered questions arise such as: What happened to the Queen? Who is the Fool, really? And why is everyone so evil? This imagined prequel delves into the castle’s past and explores the circumstances that turn princesses against each other.

kinglear_webThe Tragedy of King Lear

November 14-18, 2012

7:30pm Wed-Sat and 2pm Sunday
Mainstage Theatre
By William Shakespeare. Directed by Rebecca Holderness.

Shakespeare's profound tale of regret, and the crowning masterpiece of the world’s greatest dramatist, details Lear’s regression into sickness and strife over his biggest mistake — unwittingly severing the unity within his family. The UWM production sets this precisely crafted and heartbreaking tale in 1906 Russia, as the last monarchy crumbled, the country verged on revolution and chaos moved to war.

A collaboration with Shakespeare & Company, featuring co-founder Dennis Krausnik, as Lear and costume designer Govanne Lohbauer. Cast will include Peck School Theatre faculty members Jim Tasse and Bill Watson.

bloodwedding_webBlood Wedding

March 6-10, 2013
7:30pm Wed-Sat and 2pm Sunday
Mainstage Theatre
By Federico García Lorca. Directed by Sheri Williams Pannell.

This 20th century masterpiece, based on a true story, tells of a vendetta and a bride who runs away with the son of an enemy family. Nobel Laureate Lorca investigates desire, repression, ritual, constraints and commitments in this soaring Spanish classic.

ruined_webRuined MILWAUKEE PREMIERE!

April 24-28, 2013
7:30pm Wed-Sat and 2pm Sunday
Mainstage Theatre
By Lynn Nottage. Directed by Bill Watson.

This searing 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama soars with the triumph of the human spirit. Set in a small mining town in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the powerful play follows Mama Nadi, a shrewd businesswoman, and the patrons of her bar in a land torn apart by civil war.

Labworks Series

The Peck School's innovative and intimate Labworks Series focuses on acting, with performances in our "black box" space and a spare approach to visual elements.
Tickets: $8 adult/$5 age 13-18 and PSOA student/Free to under 12 and Theatre majors.


October 19-21 & 25-28, 2012
7:30pm Thur-Sat and 2pm Sunday
Kenilworth 508
By Lee Blessing. Directed by Jenny Wanasek.

Three grown daughters in the small town of Independence, Iowa come together out of concern for their mother's mental health. Blessing skillfully blends comedy and tragedy in this portrait of a family held together by the most tenuous of threads.

uncommonwomen_webUncommon Women and Others

November 30, December 1-2 & 6-9, 2012
7:30pm Thur-Sat and 2pm Sunday
Kenilworth 508
By Wendy Wasserstein. Directed by Raeleen McMillion.

Alumnae of Mount Holyoke College (Wasserstein's alma mater) meet for lunch one day in 1978 and reminisce about their time together in college. The play takes us back to the 1972-1973 school year as seven seniors and one freshman try to "discover themselves" in the wake of second-wave feminism.

Donations (cash and non-perishable food items) will be accepted at all performances as part of the UWM Food Drive.

Pre-show Perspectives: An informational talk with the director, student assistant director and student dramaturg. Friday, November 30, 6:45pm, KSE Studio 508

Post-Show Perspectives: Uncommon Theatre Women - A panel discussion with the co-founders of Renaissance Theaterworks, Wisconsin's only professional theatre company run by women. Sunday, December 2, KSE Studio 508

Post-Performance Talk Back: The student actors, stage managers, and crew of Uncommon Women and Others will take questions from the audience following the performance on Friday, December 7.


March 1-3 & 7-10, 2013
7:30pm Thur-Sat and 2pm Sunday
Kenilworth 508
By Jose Rivera. Directed by Michelle Lopez-Rios and Alvaro Saar Rios.

When her guardian angel tells her a war in heaven - an angelic rebellion against God - is about to spill over on Earth, Marisol must struggle not merely to survive, but to reclaim her spiritual center.

avantgarde_webMeet Me at the Avant Garde WORLD PREMIERE!

April 26-28 & May 2-5, 2013
7:30pm Thur-Sat and 2pm Sunday
Kenilworth 508
Directed by Rebecca Holderness

A new musical collaboration between UWM’s Guitar program and the Theatre Department explores and celebrates Milwaukee’s most famous and infamous blues and rock venue, performed around the corner from the site of the club itself.

New Directions

Student directed productions.
Performances on Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm and performances on Sundays at 2pm in Kenilworth Studio 508
Tickets: $8 adult/$5 age 13-18 and PSOA student/Free to under 12 and Theatre majors.

somegirls_web Some Girl(s)

November 8-11, 2012
7:30 pm on Saturday; 2 pm on Sunday
Kenilworth Studio 508
By Neil LaBute

antons_web Anton’s Walk

April 4-7, 2013
7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday; 2 pm on Sunday
Kenilworth Studio 508
By Mark Puchinsky, BFA Acting student