Past Productions and Events
the constructivists present
by Jennifer Haley
directed by Jaimelyn Gray
March 6-21, 2020
Should any government have the right to monitor, shape or even prohibit the worlds we build in our minds, even though they’re merely shadows and spirits that will melt into air? “It’s nothing but images,” Sims insists. “And there is no consequence.”
DRAW WRITE HERE
February 23, 2020
Led by inter-disciplinary artist guides Helene Fischman, Kirk Thomsen and Posy Knight, artist teams savoured three courses of chocolate adventures then collaborated in teams to create original work that was then shared for all to enjoy. (Photos by Joe Bowes productions.)
February 7-16, 2020
This theatrical staging of Franz Schubert's Winterreise (1828) is firmly grounded in the original German song cycle. It's a tumultuous ride through the strange exile, betrayal and nostalgia of our emotional protagonist, layered with movement, set, lights and costumes.
Tim Rebers and Posy Knight
Maggie Rebers, piano
Kirk Thomsen, sets
Margie Schires, costumes
Bryan Byers & Ben Yela, lighting
Tim Kitzman, projections
"When I was a college music student, I sometimes struggled in art song recitals, trying to absorb both the music and the text simultaneously. But in Winter Journey, the added stimuli actually enhanced my ability to process it all. I’d be captivated by some unusual choreography and think “What is happening in the text?” And I’d look up at one of the several screens to read the translation and make a mental connection. I’d love to see more artists experiment with bringing classical art songs to life in this way. The simple addition of choreography, lighting, and costumes instantly creates a sort of chamber opera."
- Brendan Fox, Urban Milwaukee
An Evening of Winter Shorts
January 30-February 1, 2020
An intimate evening of one act plays presented by Seat of Our Pants Readers Theatre Troupe and 53212 Presents.
Plays include a WORLD PREMIERE reading of The Waitress by local playwright Jon Kolb. All short plays are directed by L. Mark Flagg and featured performances by Nate Press, Tess Rutkowski and Kirk Thomsen with Posy Knight.
Seat of Out Pants and 53212 Presents make another strong case for the appeal of the theatrical shorts format that really SHOULD make it to the stage more often. The reader’s theatre format keeps the comedy and drama pleasantly informal."
Nail the Callback
Musical Theater Workshop
January 25, 2020
Six musical theater hopefuls present their callback songs with live accompaniment and then receive professional feedback and coaching to help them shake their nerves, build their confidence and nail the callback. Many participants shared that they want honest critiques to take their audition skills to the next level.
December 13, 2019
Witness the process and progress of an eclectic group of Milwaukee artists! Having built a community through critical feedback and lack of hierarchy, artists of The Field Milwaukee invite audiences for a chance to see their works-in-process. Audiences are also welcome to participate in Fieldwork feedback within this relaxed and open setting.
Featuring work by Alaina Carlson, Cy Ozgood, Chad Piechowski, Betty Salamun, Gavin St. John, Zachary Schorsch and Kirk Thomsen.
October 17th-19th, 2019
Presented by Seat of Our Pants Readers Theatre Troupe
Set in Montgomery, Alabama in 1959, Alabama Story mixes real and fictional people to tell a fact-inspired fable about tests of character in
a time of social turbulence. Censorship, civil rights, children’s literature
and the freedom to read are elements in this highly theatrical tale set in “the Deep South of the imagination.” A bullying but complex segregationist senator wants a controversial children’s book taken off the library shelves, but a fearless librarian — no less complicated — refuses, putting both
of their worlds at risk.
Director... Stephan Roselin
Live Music... John Stano
Lighting Design... Alan Pietrowicz
Stage Manager... Nicole Allee
Cast... Leslie Fitzwater, Chris Goode, Scott Howland, Monty Kane, Stephan Roselin, and Tess Rutkowski
CLARA AT 200
September 13 &14, 2019
A Concert of music and writings of Clara Schumann; German pianist, composer and teacher. One of the foremost European pianists of the 19th century and the wife and champion of the music of Robert Schumann, she was also a respected composer and influential teacher.... Celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth.
Featuring Soprano Sarah Richardson, Baritone Joe Riggenbach, and Pianist Michel Shestak.
This physical theatre workshop pushes actors to develop their ability to risk and reap the rewards that come with doing so in performance. The three-class workshops will include work on the following concepts
integrate the body with creative impulses
develop the artist's sense of spontaneous play onstage
venture into the world of clown, where failure is not only a necessity but a source of discovery and delight.
Workshop facilitator Kathryn Cesarz is a theatre artist and clown committed to performance, human connection, and shared experience. She has performed throughout the United States and Internationally. In Milwaukee, she has been involved in the ensemble and performed at Quasimondo Physical Theatre, has written, produced, and performed in her own independent productions, and she has also been seen performing with Cooperative Performance Milwaukee, Shakespeare Raw, and Unrehearsed MKE. Kathryn holds a Master of Fine Arts from Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
I'm A Father Under Construction
June 13-29, 2019
"I'm a Father Under Construction" explored the complex issue from a perspective within the LGBTQ+ community, featuring live music, dance, theatre, visual art and more... Even in their absence, we all feel the impact of our fathers. Sometimes, we have to search outside of our own family to find the mentorship and guidance we need from a father-figure. Separation, trauma, the passage into adulthood, and especially parenting, can make us reflect on the expectations we have of the person we call father.
Director... Kirk R Thomsen
Live Music... DUZT
Set Design... Nerissa Eichinger
Lighting Design... Corbin Putz
Collaborators... Daniel Burkholder, Posy Knight, Ida Lucchesi, Ben Ludwig, Joseph Riggenbach, Zach Byron Schorsch, Lindsay Stevens, Kirk Thomsen, Jimmie Weyneth, and Joëlle Worm