Let Them Eat Cake

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Let Them Eat Cake

Let Them Eat Cake
By Betty Diamond
Directed by Jan Levine Thal

May 4-19, 2018
Bartell Theatre, Evjue Stage
Tickets at Bartelltheatre.org

A seriously comic exploration of women and food.  Why do we eat when we’re not hungry? Why do we not eat when we are? Is it safe to give babies food from cans? A group of old friends consider these and other issues as they gather to celebrate a birthday.  With cake.

Madison premiere of this award-winning play! Ten Performances with talkbacks after most shows.

Amy: Martha White
Helene: Sarah Whelan
Judith: Molly Vanderlin
Karen: Janine Gardner
Laurie: Bridget Boywid Doxtater
Man 1: Tom Kastle
Man 2: Bryan Royston
Woman 1: Christen Cook
Woman 2: Liz Light

Friday, May 4, 8pm
Saturday May 5, 8pm
Sunday, May 6, 4pm
Thursday May 10, 8pm
Friday May 11, 8pm
Saturday May 12, 8pm
Sunday, May 13, 4pm
Thursday, May 17, 8pm
Friday, May 18, 8pm
Saturday, May 19, 8pm

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Special thanks to the Joan L. and Robert C. Gilkison Family Foundation.



Body Awareness: March 23-April 7, 2018

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by Pulitzer prize winner Annie Baker
directed by Jeanne Leep
Samara Safarik as Phyllis
Jamie England as Joyce
Mark Kennedy as Jared
Bob Curry as Frank

About the play

It’s Body Awareness Week at Shirley State, and as the student body examines the “gaze” of the art world, lesbian couple Joyce and Phyllis examine their relationship under the strain of Joyce’s 20- something son who may or may not be on the autism spectrum. When a male houseguest arrives, everyone’s assumptions are up-ended in this thought-provoking comedy.

“Sexuality’s endless capacity to make us miserable is the keynote of Annie Baker’s gentle satire, which takes just four actors and 90 minutes to spin an astonishingly complex web of emotions and ideas […] Body Awareness is a smart, modest work about ordinary, flawed people, grasping for connection, but none of it feels small, thanks to Baker’s sharp ear for the deeply painful — and funny — longings squirming under her characters’ dialogue.” Time Out New York



Friday, March 23, 8pm
Saturday, March 24, 8pm
Sunday, March 24, 4pm matinee
Wednesday, March 28, 8pm
Thursday, March 29, 8pm
Friday, March 30, 8pm
Saturday, March 31, 8pm
Sunday, April 1, 4pm matinee – EASTER, fyi
Thursday, April 5, 8pm
Friday, April 6, 8pm
Saturday, April 7, 4pm
Saturday, April 7, 8pm

WRONG FOR THE PART 2018 — Fundraiser for Krass Theatre

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Three Performances: Thursday through Saturday, March 15,16,17 at 7:30pm

Performances will be at Bartell Theater’s Evjue Stage.

In its seventh uproarious year, Wrong for the Part, inspired by Music Theater of Madison’s Miscast, is a collection of monologues and scenes from plays, movies, books, historical speeches – played by all the wrong actors for those roles!

This year’s WftP theme is “Brain / Psyche” — scientific, psychological, whimsical, intelligence, idiocy — whatever the performer means by brain or psyche.

Come laugh, love, be moved, and support KRASS, Madison’s only theater dedicated to promoting women playwrights and directors.


When: Monday January 8, Tuesday January 9. Please arrive at 7pm

Where: Bartell Theater, 113 E Mifflin St, Evjue stage.

Director: Jan Levine Thal

If you aren’t available either day, make an appointment IN ADVANCE OF THE AUDITIONS. Email <janlevinethal@gmail.com> for an appointment.

YOU, the actor, choose the piece. If you want to do it but need suggestions for pieces, email janlevinethal@gmail.com

Before you choose a piece, read the following:

The theme this year is “Brain / Psyche” but if you have a perfect piece and it has nothing to do with the theme, audition anyway. We’ll find a connection or a more relevant wrongful piece. Note: we have a slight bias in favor of comedy, but serious pieces will be considered.


* Everyone who wishes to be cast must audition. Yes, even if you’ve been in every other WftP.

* Time limits: no more than 3 minutes for monologues, 6 minutes for scenes. Somewhat negotiable. Dance is different.

* You do not have to memorize to audition but you do have to memorize by mid-February.

* No singing-only acts. To sing the wrong song, we highly recommend Miscast by Music Theater of Madison

* The part must be wrong for you. No director would ever cast you for that role.

* White people may not play people of color.

* You absolutely must be available evenings Monday, March 12 through Saturday March 17. NO EXCEPTIONS. For Tech rehearsals Monday and Tuesday, you will only need to be available for about 30 minutes one of those days. Wednesday is the mandatory dress rehearsal.

The Mineola Twins: A Comedy in Six Scenes, Four Dreams, and (at least) Six Wigs

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE . . . . Contact Jan Levine Thal for info


The Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre (Krass) Presents
The Mineola Twins: A Comedy in Six Scenes, Four Dreams, and (at least) Six Wigs

By Paula Vogel (see bio below) Directed by Juli Johnson

Suzan Kurry as both twins
Amy Rowland as the female partner of one and the male partner of the other
Loryn Jonelis as the son of each twin
Bryan Royston and Nichole Young Clark as FBI agents, hospital attendants, and everyone else
About the play:
This socio-political satire barrels through women&#39;s experience and the women&#39;s movement over
more than three decades in post-World War II America, as seen through the lives of identical twins, Myra
and Myrna, from Mineola, New York. The play takes place during the Eisenhower Administration; then
at the start of the Nixon Administration; and, finally, during the Bush Administration.
&quot;Ms Vogel&#39;s script is most ingenious…The sisters&#39; opposition, neatly representing the schism
between right and left in the United States, is self-destructive, and each subliminally longs for connection
with the other…As the nightmare spins itself out, fears of nuclear attack, sexual predation and familial
estrangement meld in a way that haunts even as it teases.&quot; —The New York Times
The Mineola Twins is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Thanks to the Joan L. and Robert C. Gilkison Family Foundation.
Performances: Bartell Theatre, 113 W Mifflin St Evjue Stage
Friday: October 13, 8pm
Saturday: October 14, 8pm
Sunday: October 15, 4pm — matinee
Wednesday, October 18, 8pm — half price
Thursday October 19, 8pm — reduced price
Friday, October 20, 8pm
Saturday, October 21, 8pm
Sunday October 22, 4pm — matinee
Thursday, October 26, 8pm — reduced price
Friday, October 27, 8pm
Saturday, October 28, 4pm &amp; 8pm (two
performances — matinee &amp; evening)
Tickets: bartelltheatre.org or 608-661- 9696

“Promoting women playwrights and directors”
Participating Theater Company, Bartell Theatre

625 E. Mifflin St, # 320
Madison WI 53703
(608) 663-5814

Paula Vogel (born November 16, 1951) is an American playwright and university professor. She received
the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play How I Learned to Drive and is the author of 14 other plays.
Vogel was chair of the playwriting department at the Yale School of Drama. Vogel&#39;s play with music,
Indecent, co-created and directed by Rebecca Taichman, is currently on Broadway and marks her
Broadway debut. She is married to Brown University professor and author Anne Fausto-Sterling.