University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

2013-2014 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 - $17; Seniors, UWM Faculty and Staff - $15; Students - $5 (pre-sale) $8 (night of show); Majors - Free


Mil-wonky StyleMil-Wonky Style

October 3-5, 2013
Mainstage Theatre, 2400 E Kenwood Blvd
7:30pm, Thurs-Sat

A devised work created by Alvaro Saar Rios and cast, Director: Alvaro Saar Rios
A devised theatre piece created by, about, and for UWM students. Mil-Wonky Style is a wacky portrayal of the ups and downs of college life. Get ready for an honest, unconventional and personal view of the Milwaukee student experience including parties, music, part-time jobs, strange landlords, drinking, sex, quirky professors, and…oh yeah! Homework!

Special ticket prices, this show only: General - $10; Seniors, UWM Faculty and Staff - $8; Students - $5 (pre-sale) $8 (night of show); Majors - Free


Les Liaisons DangereusesLes Liaisons Dangereuses

November 20-24, 2013
Mainstage Theatre, 2400 E Kenwood Blvd
7:30pm Wednesday-Saturday & 2:00pm Sunday

By Christopher Hampton, Director: Rebecca Holderness
This award-winning drama, (based on de Laclos’ 1782 novel of the same name), is rich in elegance, sensuality, and wit. An exploration of the aristocratic excesses of pre-revolutionary France, it follows the impact of a cruel wager between the beautiful, debauched Marquise de Merteuil and her former lover Vicomte de Valmont. Here, in a labyrinth of intrigue and deception, fate ultimately hangs on the edge of a sword. Contains some adult content.


Laughing StockLaughing Stock

March 5-9, 2014
Mainstage Theatre, 2400 E Kenwood Blvd
7:30pm Wednesday-Saturday & 2:00pm Sunday

By Charles Morey, Director: Michelle Lopez-Rios
Follow the company at The Playhouse, a struggling New England summer-stock theatre, as they desperately try to produce a successful season of Dracula, Hamlet, and Charley’s Aunt! This hilarious farce is a heartfelt look into the world of theatre and its quirky cast of characters.

A pre-show talk with the director will take place on Wed, March 5 at 6:45pm in the Mainstage Theatre lobby.


Urinetown: The MusicalUrinetown: The Musical

April 30-may 4, 2014
Mainstage Theatre, 2400 E Kenwood Blvd
7:30pm Wednesday-Saturday & 2:00pm Sunday

Music and lyrics by Mark Hollman, Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis
Director: Tony Horne
A musical that satirizes contemporary politics by asking the question: How much does it cost to pee? The answer is revealed in an uproarious civics lesson that does away with a happy ending by replacing it with a romp through greed, community action, corruption, love and revolution. With surprising hilarity and irony, this show pokes fun at capitalism, bureaucratic mismanagement, municipal politics, and the musical genre itself—and all during a time when water is the gold standard.



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: General - $10; Seniors, UWM Faculty and Staff - $8; Students - $5 (pre-sale) $8 (night of show); Majors - Free


ITALIAN AMERICAN RECONCILIATIONItalian American Reconciliation

October 18-20 & October 24-27, 2013
Kenilworth Studio 508 at 1925 E Kenilworth Pl
7:30pm Thursday-Saturday & 2:00pm Sunday

By John Patrick Shanley, Director: Raeleen McMillion
Warning! There’s passion and persuasion in Little Italy! This larger-than-life comedy explores the romance, zest, and complications that come from breaking and making up. At times unsettling, and at others side-splittingly funny, this play takes a look at male/female relationships, what it means to be a friend, and the role that love plays in creating family.


Opening Night post-performance reception provided by Via Downer.
Via Downer


GintGint

December 4-8, 2013
Kenilworth Studio 508 at 1925 E Kenilworth Pl
7:30pm Thursday-Saturday & 2:00pm Sunday

By Romulus Linney, Director: Jim Tasse
Gint is Linney’s retelling of Henrik Ibsen’s poetic drama, Peer Gynt, now set in 20th century Appalachia. This is Linney’s celebration and recreation of Pete Gint’s anti-heroic journey into self and back home again. Approximately 2 hours, including intermission, some adult content.


CementvilleCementville

February 28-March 2 & March 6-March 9, 2014
Kenilworth Studio 508 at 1925 E Kenilworth Pl
7:30pm Thursday-Saturday & 2:00pm Sunday

By Jane Martin, Director: Michael Cotey
In a rancid locker room reeking of desperation, four industrial-strength female professional wrestlers grapple with varying stages of depression, addiction, and psychological decay. Add their pimp-like manager, a banned-for-life-verging-on-a- porn-act tag team called the Knockout Sisters, and even weirder specimens to our motley crew and things come crashing together like a steel chair to the head. One thing is for sure: this dark comedy will open up a can of whoop-ass on you. 

Contains adult content and language.


Cinderella The First 30,000 YearsCinderella The First 30,000 Years

April 25-27 & May 1-4, 2014
Kenilworth Studio 508 at 1925 E Kenilworth Pl
7:30pm Thursday-Saturday & 2:00pm Sunday

A devised work written by Robin Mello and cast, Director: Robin Mello
Her story has been told since Paleolithic times. Writers love her too. Starting with Strabo [2,800 years ago] and Hazar Afsan [1st Century CE] to Perrault [1600s] and Disney, her classic saga continues. Our Cinderella asks you to decide an essential question: Is she a heroine or a passive victim? We explore ‘her’ story, following it through time and across cultures in this original dynamic production that uses improvisation and creative story-theatre to explore a world-wide archetype.


IslandsIslands

May 7-18, 2014
Times & Locations TBA

A devised work written by Anne Basting, Devised by The Sojourn Theatre Company, Director: Anne Basting
This new work, developed as part of Sojourn Theatre’s Islands of Milwaukee project invites us all to ask, “What is my island? And how can we build a more connected Milwaukee?” Site-specific performances will be staged throughout the UWM campus.


New Directions

Student directed productions.
Performances on Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm and performances on Sundays at 2pm in Kenilworth Studio 508
Tickets: General - $10; Seniors, UWM Faculty and Staff - $8; Students - $5 (pre-sale) $8 (night of show); Majors - Free


It Was Embarrassing, So Don’t Ask

November 8-11, 2012
By Sally Arenberg
November 7-10, 2013
An evening of sketch comedy performed by current and former UWM students. The show will consist of humorous vignettes or sketches created by writers from the Milwaukee area.


Almost, Maine

By John Cariani, Directed by Emily Rindt
April 3-6, 2014
Almost, Maine is comprised of nine scenes and takes place in a non-existent, small town called Almost. All of the characters deal with love or the lack of it throughout each scene. The northern lights are a constant image during the play, giving Almost, Maine that extra magical spark.