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WLC Theatre Department

Center for Arts and Performance · 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave
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Seating diagram for the Raabe Theatre.

2013-2014 Season Schedule

Opening Production - September 2013
9/21 7:30 pm Becky's New Car Raabe Theatre  
9/22 2:30 pm Becky's New Car Raabe Theatre  
9/26 7:30 pm Becky's New Car Raabe Theatre  
9/27 7:30 pm Becky's New Car Raabe Theatre  
9/28 7:30 pm Becky's New Car Raabe Theatre  
9/29 2:30 pm Becky's New Car Raabe Theatre  
Fall Production - November 2013
11/8 7:30 pm The Importance of Being Earnest Raabe Theatre
11/9 7:30 pm The Importance of Being Earnest Raabe Theatre
11/10 2:30 pm The Importance of Being Earnest Raabe Theatre
11/14 7:30 pm The Importance of Being Earnest Raabe Theatre
11/15 7:30 pm The Importance of Being Earnest Raabe Theatre
11/16 7:30 pm The Importance of Being Earnest Raabe Theatre
Winter Production - February 2014
2/13 7:30 pm Talents & Admirers Raabe Theatre
2/15 7:30 pm Talents & Admirers Raabe Theatre
2/16 2:30 pm Talents & Admirers Raabe Theatre
2/20 7:30 pm Talents & Admirers Raabe Theatre
2/21 7:30 pm Talents & Admirers Raabe Theatre
2/22 7:30 pm Talents & Admirers Raabe Theatre
Spring Production - April 2014
4/4 7:30 pm In Spite of Thunder Raabe Theatre
4/5 7:30 pm In Spite of Thunder Raabe Theatre
4/6 2:30 pm In Spite of Thunder Raabe Theatre
4/10 7:30 pm In Spite of Thunder Raabe Theatre
4/11 7:30 pm In Spite of Thunder Raabe Theatre
4/12 7:30 pm In Spite of Thunder Raabe Theatre

Becky's New Car

A trivial comedy for serious people

By Steven Dietz
Directed by Simon Provan
September 21-29, 2013

Milwaukee Premiere!

Becky's friend Rita had a theory: "When a woman says she needs new shoes, what she really wants is a new job; when she says she needs a new house, she wants a new husband; and when she says she wants a new car, she wants a new life." Becky doesn't think she wants a new car - they can't afford one - but she gets one anyway... and her new life begins to spin out of control. Steven Dietz's very modern comedy not only occupies the stage, but the entire theatre - breaking traditional boundaries of theatrical story-telling. Overall, Dietz leaves us with a thought from Bernard Malamud: "We have two lives - the one we learn with, and the life we live after that."

The Importance of Being Earnest

A trivial comedy for serious people

By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Hannah Stellick
November 8-16, 2013

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In this long-cherished comedy of manners, bachelors Algernon and Jack are in search of love . . . true love. Cecily and Gwendolen are each determined to marry an earnest man . . . named Ernest. The efforts of the young men are thwarted by their own extravagant combination of wit, lies, and alternate identities. The truth comes out, but we are reminded that "the truth is rarely pure and never simple." Through Wilde's sparkling wit, scathing satire, and ingenious plot twists, everyone learns the true value of love, friendship, family, and forgiveness.

 

Talents & Admirers

2014 Theatre - Talents & Admirers

What we do for art…and love…and love of art

By Alexander Ostrovsky
Adapted and Directed by Jay Sierszyn
February 13-22, 2014

A talented young actress in 19th Century provincial Russia becomes surrounded by a variety of love-struck suitors and is forced to weigh her artistic ambition against romantic opportunities. It's been said that the dilemma of the principal character is shared by all artists - the playwright himself noting that "art cannot defend itself when facing rough brutal force and has always had to find rich benefactors." This play, perhaps more than any other, foreshadows the work of Anton Chekhov - sentimental, satirical, poetic, and always truthful - full of captivating characters and pregnant moments.

 

In Spite of Thunder: The Macbeth Project

By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Suzan Zeder and Jim Hancock
Directed by Simon Provan
April 4-12, 2014

Wisconsin Premiere! 

A de-/re-constructed look at "The Scottish Play"

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Take a fresh look at Shakespeare's classic study of ambition and the cycle of violence to which it can lead. Zeder and Hancock have de- and re-constructed Shakespeare's original language, reassigning speeches and intersecting scenes. The result is a compact, tense journey from the first breath of the witches through the last breath of the mercurial king. Four sets of actors portray the fated Macbeth and his co-conspiring wife. Of the original (and only previous) production, Alan Scherstuhl in The Pitch wrote, "Scenes came at us like confetti launched from a cannon, sometimes in simultaneous montage."

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