This isn’t the story your mother read to you. Geppetto is an angry drunk who creates a puppet out of boredom. Pinocchio of course is magically brought to life but sadly rejects him and runs away. Geppetto, alone once again, has a decision to make: stay at home and continue in his dead-end life or risk it all and go after a puppet who may once again reject him. As they both search the whole wide world for what defines them, their journeys ultimately lead them back to each other. Along the way they meet many shady and magical characters that push them to their limit. After they emerge from the belly of the whale with their lives transformed, they can face their new adventures together.

This stories combines elements of the classic children’s tale combined with other familiar myths and fables...

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Dumpster Flower

Dumpster Flower PosterThe Nova Nilla Theatre Collective begins load-in for a bizarre (and atrocious) adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with imminent failure on the horizon.
As with all tech weeks, there are the usual hang-ups – until most of the actors walk.

With the artistic director and his staff on the chopping block, the technicians make a last-ditch effort to save their jobs and their interpersonal relationships. The show goes on.

A fully immersive experience, Dumpster Flower weaves together our love affair with theatre and our theatrical love affairs.

HeatherJane Farr
Elliott Puckette
EmmaJane DeWeese
Stacey Garbarski
John Siewert
Heather Renken
Alyssa Stowe
Rachel Stetenfeld
Desmond Hawkins
Nick Kaprelian

With the technical skills of:
Taylor Kokinos
Loryn Jonelis
Viktor Petterson
Kip Pric...

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Richard the Second

Produced by Madison Shakespeare Company in cooperation with Broom Street Theater

For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings…

Directed by Christopher William Wolter

Madison Shakespeare Company launches the Henriad with Shakespeare’s most lyrical history. This exploration of rulership, identity and consent challenges us to examine the origins of authority and political power.

Richard II will be performed February 17-March 11 at Broom Street Theater.


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The Full Treatment

“The Full Treatment” is a wicked, dark, corporate comedy full of wordplay. The play concerns a trio of job-seekers at massive Peppercock Industries. Inside the massive front door is the luxurious domain of the CEO, Lonnie Peppercock. What’s the door separating you from the 1%? What’s it like inside that door? What do you have to give up to get inside? To stay inside?

Doug Reed is a longtime Broom Street Theater stalwart, author of “Sweet William”, “The Nails”, and “The Lamentable Tragedie Of Scott Walker”.

Jay Shearer teaches writing and literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is the author of the novel “Five Hundred Sirens”, as well as a novelette and many short stories and essays. “The Full Treatment” is his first full-length play.

Performances: January 13 – February 4, ...

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The Undertow

A psychiatrist grieving over the sudden loss of his teenage daughter. A troubled teenage rock star. Both are swept up in the undertow and work together to save each other.

Performances: November 18 – December 10, 2016

Performance Times:
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm.
Note: There will be no performance on Thursday, November 24.

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