Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

MCT announces its 2019-20 season, "Celebrating the Journey!"

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) announces its 45th anniversary season, "Celebrating the Journey." Through five singular productions, all performed at the Broadway Theatre Center in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, the company will be celebrating its long, vibrant history, while also honoring producing artistic director C. Michael Wright in his 15th and final season.

The season begins in August with a high-energy, door-slamming comedy in the Cabot Theatre: UNNECESSARY FARCE, by Paul Slade Smith, running August 9-25, 2019. Then, we move into the Studio Theatre, where two actors will tell the multifaceted story of a community in conflict in FIRES IN THE MIRROR: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities, by Anna Deavere Smith, from September 20 - October 13, 2019. At the holidays, P.G. Wodehouse's beloved valet Jeeves returns to MCT for a fourth time! We'll set sail in the Studio for JEEVES AT SEA, by Margaret Raether, from November 22 - December 22, 2019.

In 2020, we'll present the world premiere of NO WAKE, which previously appeared as part of our Montgomery Davis Play Development Series in 2018. This funny and poignant tale of two strangers who connect over a single lakeside summer, by Madison-based playwright Erica Berman, runs February 21 - March 15, 2020. For our final show, we'll stay in the Studio Theatre for GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM, by Martin Sherman, a tender, funny love story that begins with a fling between two generationally mismatched men and evolves into a reflective look into the past, present and future of gay culture. This production, featuring C. Michael Wright in the central role of Beau, will run April 24 - May 17, 2020.

All productions will be presented at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward. Season tickets will go on sale in January, and single tickets in June. For more information, visit milwaukeechambertheatre.com or call 414.276.8842.

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's 2019-2020 Season:

Unnecessary Farce
by Paul Slade Smith
August 9-25, 2019
Cabot Theatre

Directed by Ryan Schabach

Featuring Jonathan Gillard Daly, Tim Higgins, Rick Pendzich, Amber Smith, Jenny Wanasek, Ben Yela & Rachael Zientek

Undercover cops Eric and Billie have one job to do: Sit in their motel room and monitor the meeting in the room next door, where an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant. Simple. Easy. And yet a number of troubling questions need answering: Who's in which room? Who's hired an incomprehensibly Scottish hit man? Who's really taken the money? And why does the accountant keep taking off her clothes?

Paul Slade Smith's truly criminal comic sensation riotously re-invents the door-slamming farce for the digital age. It's an absolutely necessary summertime treat!

Fires in the Mirror:
Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities
by Anna Deavere Smith
Sept. 20 - Oct. 13, 2019
Studio Theatre

Milwaukee Premiere!

Directed by Marcella Kearns & C. Michael Wright

Featuring Elyse Edelman & Marti Gobel

 

In 1991, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, a Hasidic man's car jumped a curb, killing a seven-year-old black child. Shortly after, a Hasidic rabbinical student was stabbed and killed in what appeared to have been an act of retaliation, sparking a series of riots that made national headlines and exposed a growing friction in racial and cultural relations. But behind the headlines, there are people - politicians, activists, religious leaders, victims, and perpetrators alike - who each have their own story to tell.

Anna Deavere Smith's landmark work of documentary theatre, presented here with two actors playing 26 roles, is a theatrical event that cannot be missed - an illuminating exploration of identities in conflict.

Jeeves at Sea
by Margaret Raether
Nov. 22 - Dec. 22, 2019
Studio Theatre

Milwaukee Premiere!

Directed by C. Michael Wright

Featuring Matt Daniels, Kathryn Hausman, Chris Klopatek, Josh Krause, Diane Lane & Michael Stebbins

 

Bertie Wooster and his incomparable valet Jeeves return for a new adventure on the high seas - or, at least, docked 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! Can Jeeves prevent his master from being murdered - or worse, married?

We may be taking Margaret Raether's fourth adaptation of the P.G. Wodehouse stories into the Studio Theatre, but don't worry - you'll laugh twice as hard when you're close enough to be practically on deck!

No Wake
by Erica Berman
Feb. 21 - March 15, 2020
Studio Theatre

WORLD PREMIERE!

Directed by Kayleigh Kitzman

Featuring James Pickering & Hannah Shay

 

With determination (and a bullhorn), elderly Peter Michaels is on a mission to save the loons of Lake Winnipesaukee, who are dying in record numbers. His summer expectations are thwarted by Sarah, a townie teenager hired to clean the house next door. While the two initially grate on each other, they slowly forge a unique intergenerational bond, opening up one tentative moment at a time and encouraging each other to truly acknowledge their loneliness and loss.

This world premiere by Wisconsin writer Erica Berman is a humorous and poignant tale of two individuals learning to take back control of their lives.

Gently Down the Stream
By Martin Sherman
April 24 - May 17, 2020
Studio Theatre

Midwest Premiere!

Directed by Michael Cotey

Featuring Marques Causey, Sam Douglas & C. Michael Wright

 

As the 21st century begins, pianist expat Beau is caught off-guard by Rufus - a London lawyer more than 30 years his junior he meets on a newfangled gay dating site. After a lifetime of disappointment, Beau's determined to keep his expectations low. But Rufus is part of a new, hopeful generation, and not even Beau can convince him they don't have just as much of a right to happiness as anyone else. And as the years pass and their relationship changes, Beau finds himself coming to believe this new idea - and coming to terms with the ghosts lingering in his past.

In this remarkably moving, brilliant and engaging love story, Martin Sherman dares to reflect on the triumphs and heartbreaks of gay lives in the modern era, celebrating the men and women who paved the way for the next generation.


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