2016–2017 Season


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



(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.



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




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.