Written by NICK SCHWEITZER
Directed by STEVE NOLL
December 16–30, 2016 (Bartell Theater, Drury Stage)
Dorothy is whisked away from a Wisconsin Dells waterpark on a waterspout, and winds up in the wonderful Land of Oz! There, she meets all the beloved characters from the Oz literature and films, with a few little twists: in typical British “panto” style, several men dress as women – but think Monty Python here, NOT La Cage aux Folles! Some women dress as men, some people dress as animals, and the critters who fly have a decidedly Wisconsin-y connection… The show is loaded with silly song parodies, slapstick humor, and ridiculously corny jokes. Cheering for the heroes and booing for the baddies is strongly encouraged in this family-friendly theatrical treat!
TICKETS FOR KIDS UNDER 12 will be only $10 for any performance
BALL DROP BLITZ 3
(presented by Mercury Players, OUT!Cast Theatre, and KnowBetter Productions)
December 31, 2016 (Bartell Theater, Drury Stage)
Third time’s the charm! A group of writers, directors, and actors gather on December 30th to pick names, themes, and writing challenges out of a hat. Then – in teams – they create magnificent theatrical mayhem over the next 24 hours, resulting in an awesome New Year’s Eve production that’s the best end-of-year extravaganza!!! The Blitz is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get Proceeds will benefit the Bartell.
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
Written by TRACY LETTS
Directed by DAVE PAUSCH
March 10–25, 2017 (Bartell Theater, Drury Stage)
A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoma family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you’ve got an amazing play that unflinchingly – and uproariously – exposes the dark side of a Midwestern American family.
- “I’d bet the farm that no family has ever been as unhappy in as many ways – and to such sensationally entertaining effect – as the Westons of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY…Fiercely funny and bitingly sad…[a] turbo-charged tragicomedy.” –The New York Times
- “…the Amercian dysfunctional family drama comes roaring into the twenty-first century with eyes blazing, nostrils flaring and fangs bared, laced with corrosive humor so darkly delicious and ghastly that you’re squirming in your seat even as you’re doubled-over laughing.” –Variety
- “…unforgettable characters and dozens of quotable lines…a tensely satisfying comedy…” –The New York Daily News
WINNER OF THE 2008 PULITZER PRIZE AND TONY AWARD
OF DICE AND MEN
Written by CAMERON McNARY
Directed by SUZAN KURRY
OF DICE AND MEN shows the world that most D&D gamers aren’t isolated, virgin-for-life losers: theirs is a social hobby not unlike poker or fantasy football. The play explores the rich friendships and romantic lives of a group of lifelong friends who are not stereotypical, Cheetos-stained, acne-blighted geeks. AT ALL. These men and women are attractive, smart, charming… and facing some major changes in their lives. Humor, brutal honesty and the good-natured kidding of people who know each other far too well culminate in an unforgettable evening that will make you laugh and think – and do so in a way that celebrates the power of gaming to bring people together, never once apologizing for it.