Finding Human


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Dan Myers
Dan Myers

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10 years ago, James was sentenced to Florida’s death row for the brutal murder of a priest. He never provided a reason for his actions, but rather accepted his guilt in silence. This is the story of the last week of this man’s life and some of the people that share his immediate world. Each of them trying their best to answer the question: why?

Advisory note: This show deals with issues of sexual abuse as well as issues of physical abuse. Recommended for mature audiences only.

Finding Human TRAILER from Rob Matsushita on Vimeo.

Ten Dollar House


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Rick Kinnebrew and Martha Meyer
John Siewert

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Based on a true story, Ten Dollar House introduces us to Bob Neal, a London interior decorator who returns to his failing Wisconsin hometown of Mineral Point in 1934 and hires a local man, Edgar Hellum, to help him restore a historic rock cottage. It is a humorous and touching look at a life two men spend together. Their restoration

anchors what has become a thriving artistic community in Mineral Point today.

Ten Dollar House was a semifinalist in Pride Films and Plays’ Great Gay Screenplay Competition.

 

Rick Kinnebrew and Martha Meyer live in Evanston, Illinois and write plays for children as part of their work at Evanston Public Library.

Tickets are $11 and are available at the door.

Reservations can be made at https://bstonline.org/reserve/

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Ten Dollar House TRAILER from Rob Matsushita on Vimeo.

Greetings from Fitzwalkerstan


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Brian Leahy Doyle
Odari Kimani

Greetings_PosterThe improbable tale of the rise and fall of S. Winsome Walker, 45th governor of the State of Wisconsin. Written by Brian Leahy Doyle, directed Odari Kimani, with original songs by Michael Dilthey and Brian Leahy Doyle.”

 

 


The Nails


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Doug Reed
Rob Matsushita

Broom Street Theater is proud to present The Nails, written by Doug Reed (“The Lamentable Tragedie Of Scott Walker”, “Nottingham!”) and directed by Rob Matsushita (“900”, “Civil”) . This is a fast-paced corporate fairy tale about love, business, and dismemberment. Also, talking animals.

One cold night, Kella Winter is tossed from her home into a frozen wasteland with only a toy penguin named Xylorc to keep her company. Desperate for shelter, she takes a job with The Corporation – a company entirely composed of talking animals. She fights to keep her mind and body together among evil walruses, sentient copiers, and a vengeful Alexander Graham Bell from an alternate dimension.

It’s Lewis Carroll with a desk job. It’s Aesop on acid.

The cast of The Nails features a number of longtime Madison stage favorites including Caitlin Robb as Kella Winter, Damon Butler as Xylorc – her stuffed penguin, and Sam White as Ralph Waldo – the walrus from Accounts Receivable who makes their lives miserable.

Rounding out The Corporation are Kate Boomsma as Sandra the Swan, Andrew Miller-Rhoads as John The Badger, and Emmaline Friederichs as Ernestine the Sphinx. Meanwhile, in an alternate dimension, Donnonvan Moen as Blackbeard and Benjamin Otto as Alexander Graham Bell work out the problems in their complicated relationship.

The Nails will run at Broom Street Theater at 8pm April 24th until May 16th. Tickets are $11.00.

Held


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Kelly Maxwell
Kelly Maxwell

Held_PosterThis dark, dreamy musical is the culmination of Broom Street Theater’s 45th Anniversary season. Three childhood friends, one with extraordinary powers, find themselves trapped in a place where time seems to stand still and the only way out is unthinkable. Traveling on a twisted timeline, Held follows the three as they struggle to grow within the bonds of lifelong friendship and discover what really holds them together. A piano, a cello, and an upright bass accompany the cast through a poetic script and nine hauntingly beautiful original songs.

Held is an original musical created by Kelly Maxwell (book and lyrics) and Meghan Rose (music). It is Maxwell’s directorial debut. These two women have been collaborating musically since 2008 with their band Little Red Wolf (Isthmus Favorite New Band 2009, Madison Magazine Alt/Indie Bronze 2015 ) and theatrically since 2014, when Rose was the Musical Director and Maxwell played the lead role in a wildly successful production of Xanadu: the Broadway Musical at the Bartell Theatre (nominated for 19 Bartell Theatre awards, of which Rose won for Best Music Direction and Maxwell for Best Lead Actress in a Musical).

They first teamed up to write for the stage in April, 2014 for Are We Delicious? Musical Fantasy (http://www.isthmus.com/isthmus/article.php?article=42644) . That project resulted in a 5- minute musical called I Have To, which was the inspiration for Held. They have spent the past year developing the story, the characters, the music, and the world of the show. With just three actors, three musicians, and nine original songs by Meghan Rose, whose songwriting has been called “Smart, strong, poised, delicate and roaring” (Rick Tvedt, Local Sounds Magazine), Held tells a poignant story of childhood friends growing apart in a world where reality is fluid and time can stand still. Presented in Broom Street Theater’s intimate space, Held promises a powerful evening of original musical theatre.

The cast of Held:

Sarah Streich as Mera

Patrick Chounet as Bardo

Erin McConnell as Korin

The orchestra:

Meghan Rose – Piano

Jake Ripp-Dieter – Upright bass

Kristen Brenner – Cello

Directed by Kelly Maxwell, Music Direction by Meghan Rose

Lighting design by Phil Koenig, Sound Design by John Feith

ELEVEN PERFORMANCES:

Friday, May 29-Saturday, June 20

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

Tickets $11, available at Brown Paper Tickets

Online Sales end at 6PM day of show. Some tickets may still be available at the door.