On Stage July 19-29, 2018
“The Children’s Hour”
Written by Lillian Hellman • Directed by Dylan Sladky
Set in a fictional New England town in the 1930s, The Children’s Hour tells the story of two women who are unjustly accused of homosexual activity by one of their students: one Mary Tilford. The outraged community (prompted by the influential Amelia Tilford, an upstanding member of Lancet–who also happens to be the indulgent grandmother of Mary) quickly withdraws all of their students, causing a witch hunt that ultimately forces the school to close. Their lives quickly unravel as they become social pariahs. At its premiere, Hellman’s The Children’s Hour was a controversial piece that caused the author to be blacklisted. Today, it remains a haunting reminder of the horrors of intolerance.
On Stage September 7-22, 2018
“Jake Revolver VCR Repairman”
Written by Matthew Konkel • Directed by Tom Marks
Eons ago (actually about 3 years) when the world was younger and some of us were shorter, MEG produced a hilarious radio-style show titled Jake Revolver, Freelance Secret Agent by local playwright Matthew Konkel. He has now written a sequel to the show curiously titled: Jake Revolver, VCR Repairman. Employing the same silly noir-parody tone and live radio show format as the original, Jake Revolver, VCR Repairman is more amusing and more “radioing” than the first! In the new episode, Jake Revolver has left his investigative roots to open a successful, albeit obsolete, video repair business and is charged with finding the ominous and infamous Berlese VCR. It’s a seriously funny foray into the dark and hysterical world of a once secret agent turned small electronics mechanic. Don’t miss Jake Revolver, VCR Repairman!
On Stage October 12-27, 2018
“Arsenic and Old Lace”
Written by Joseph Kesselring • Directed by Zach Thomas Woods
Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life, he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene — his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure — but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan. (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff) returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé — all while trying to keep his own sanity as well. Join us for this uproariously farce on plays involving murder.
On Stage December 7-22, 2018
“MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET:
A LIVE MUSICAL RADIO PLAY”
Adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast
By Lance Arthur Smith
Original songs and arrangements by Jon Lorenz
When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court and a little girl’s belief makes the difference in the ‘miracle.’ With live Foley effects and a score of holiday carols, Miracle on 34th Street is a beloved musical that will melt even the most cynical of hearts.
On Stage March 22 – April 6, 2019
Written by Steven Carl Mccasland • Directed by Bryce Lord
In 1980, Mary McCarthy told Dick Cavett that “everything Lillian Hellman says is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.” She also claimed to know a woman who could prove it. And with those words, a legendary literary feud began. In Little Wars, it’s France, 1940. Tensions are high. The booze is flowing. War is coming. Inspired by one of the literary world’s most famous scandals, Steven Carl McCasland’s LITTLE WARS features Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, Gertrude Stein, Agatha Christie, Alice B. Toklas and Muriel Gardiner having the best what-if dinner party imaginable. Together they’ll drink, scoff and face their demons. Everyone has a confession. Someone has a secret.
“Have you ever dreamed of attending one of Gertrude Stein’s infamous salons?… Little Wars…is about as close as you can get. I can’t recall the last time I saw so many incredible personalities portrayed on stage, let alone in a cast entirely of women.” – After Ellen
On Stage June 7-22, 2019
“Not Dead Yet”
Written by Andrew Peterson • Directed by Robert A Zimmerman
Join us in witnessing the disastrously unsuccessful efforts of a buffoonish, egocentric director to stage a murder-mystery play at the Brumder Mansion. It is quirky, dark and absurd. We’d tell you ahead of time the name of the famous director who’s coming to The Brumder Mansion – but we’d have to kill you. Trust us – you’ve heard of him. You’ve stood in line to see his movies. You’ve seen them on Netflix… Some of you have probably even pirated them on the torrents (don’t worry – we won’t tell). And now he’s coming here. To Milwaukee. To take you behind the scenes of his next artistic sensation: Not Dead Yet. Don’t miss it.
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