UWL Theatre Program Named Best in Wisconsin!

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Ticketing Information for the 2021-2022 Season

The Department of Theatre Arts will not be offering season ticket packages this year out of caution of the university having to shut down due to COVID-19.  Due to a technical issue with our new online ticketing system (AudienceView), patrons will not be able to purchase tickets online for Severe Clear, Love/Sick or The Revolutionists.  Tickets may be purchase via the phone (608-785-6696) or in person (Center for the Arts Box Office) beginning the Monday prior to opening night for each production.

2021-2022 SEASON COVID INFORMATION

**Depending on COVID-19 restriction, some or all productions may have limited seating due to social distancing and audience members are required to wear masks in all UWL buildings.  All production offerings, dates and times are subject to change dependent on COVID-19 restrictions.

COVID Guidelines


Severe Clear:  September 11 from Memory to History

By Camille Foss, Corinne Kessler, Laurie Kincman, Emily Ludewig, Greg Parmeter, Emily Rux, and Sydney Smith with Noah Mastaglio and Beth Miller
Directed by Greg Parmeter

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Severe Clear: September 11 from Memory to History is an original documentary drama written by students and faculty in the UWL Department of Theatre Arts.  The play highlights the personal stories and sensory experiences of a collection of witnesses, survivors, and rescue personnel in New York, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., at the Pentagon, and aboard Air Force One.  Severe Clear draws on hundreds of interviews and testimonials, as well as reports, news footage, and air traffic control transcripts and audio files.

The play will have its world premiere in October 2021 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Performance Dates:
October 15-16 & 21-23, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
October 17 & 24, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are available for purchase in person at the box office in the Center for the Arts or by calling 608.785.6696 beginning Monday, October 11 at 1:00 p.m.  Box office hours are Monday through Friday 1:00-4:30 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance.  (Due to a technical issue with our new online ticketing system, AudienceView, patrons will not be able to purchase tickets online for Severe Clear.)  General Admission seating.

Ticket Prices: $20 adults; $18 seniors/non UWL students; $8 UWL students. 

 

Love/Sick

By John Cariani
Directed by Mary Leonard

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Playwright John Cariani’s Love/Sick is a collection of nine whimsical and slightly twisted vignettes on love, marriage, and grocery-store serendipity.  Set on a Friday night in an alternative suburban reality, this romp explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love.  Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, Love/Sick is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.

Performance Dates:
November 5-6, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
November 6-7, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are available for purchase in person at the box office in the Center for the Arts or by calling 608.785.6696 beginning Monday, November 1 at 1:00 p.m.  Box office hours are Monday through Friday 1:00-4:30 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance.  (Due to a technical issue with our new online ticketing system, AudienceView, patrons will not be able to purchase tickets online for Love/Sick.)  General Admission seating.

Ticket Prices: $20 adults; $18 seniors/non UWL students; $8 UWL students. 

 

The Revolutionists

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Karen M. Dabney

The RevolutionistsFour beautiful, bad-ass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror.  Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris.

This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. 

Performance Dates:
December 3-4 & 8-11, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
December 5 & 12, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are available for purchase in person at the box office in the Center for the Arts or by calling 608.785.6696 beginning Monday, November 29 at 1:00 p.m.  Box office hours are Monday through Friday 1:00-4:30 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance.  (Due to a technical issue with our new ticketing system, AudienceView, patrons will not be able to purchase tickets online for The Revolutionists.) General Admission seating.

Ticket Prices: $20 adults; $18 seniors/non UWL students; $8 UWL students. 

 

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

based on the book by Kate DiCamillo
Adapted by Dwayne Hartford
Directed by Greg Parmeter


Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneEdward Tulane is an expensive toy rabbit made of china. He is loved by a little girl named Abilene, but Edward doesn’t care. He is vain and self-centered. He has no interest in anyone other than himself. On an ocean voyage, Edward is accidently thrown overboard and sinks to the bottom of the sea. So begins his journey—a journey over which he has no control, for he is a toy rabbit. He can neither move nor speak. As years pass by, Edward meets many different people in many different situations: an older grieving couple who find comfort in Edward’s presence, a hobo and his dog who introduce Edward to a whole community of homeless wanderers, a farmer in need of a scarecrow, a sad little boy and his very ill sister, and finally a doll mender and an old doll who teach Edward an invaluable lesson. Through this miraculous journey, Edward learns what it is to love, what it is to lose that love, and how to find the courage to love again. 

Performance Dates:
Feb. 25-26 & March 3-5, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 27 & March 6, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

ONLINE ticket sales begin Friday, October 1, 2021 at www.uwlax.edu/theatre-arts.  Tickets are available for purchase in person at the box office in the Center for the Arts or by calling 608.785.6696 beginning Monday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m.  Box office hours are Monday through Friday 1:00-4:30 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance.

Ticket Prices: $20 adults; $18 seniors/non UWL students; $8 UWL students. 

The Bus Stop

Gao Xingjian
Directed by Karen M. Dabney
Bus Stop

The Bus Stop tells the story of eight characters, each representing different elements of Chinese society:  Old Man, Mother, Young Women, Carpenter, Manager Ma, Man Wearing Glasses, Brash Young Man, and Silent Man.  Each character has hopes for the future, which can only be realized by moving forward into the city.  However, their means of transport, a public bus, repeatedly passes by without stopping.  Failing to take initiative, the characters remain at the bus stop, passing the time by complaining about the ills of society and their own lack of accomplishment, becoming more desperate and disillusioned. 

Performance Dates:
March 25 & 26, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
March 26 & 27, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

ONLINE ticket sales begin Friday, October 1, 2021 at www.uwlax.edu/theatre-arts.  Tickets are available for purchase in person at the box office in the Center for the Arts or by calling 608.785.6696 beginning Monday, March 21, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.  Box office hours are Monday through Friday 1:00-4:30 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance.  General Admission.

Ticket Prices:
 $20 adults; $18 seniors/non UWL students; $8 UWL students. 

 

She Loves Me

Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick; Music by Jerry Bock
Directed by Mary Leonard


She Loves MeNominated for five Tony Awards, She Loves Me is a scented case of mistaken identity and letter-writing in which two feuding perfume clerks have no idea that they are in love.  Set in a 1930s European perfumery, we meet shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, who, more often than not, don't see eye to eye. After both respond to a "lonely hearts advertisement" in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters that they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown. Join Amalia and Georg to discover the identity of their true loves... and all the twists and turns along the way!

Performance Dates:
April 22-23 & 28-30, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
April 24 & May 1, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

ONLINE ticket sales begin Friday, October 1, 2021 at www.uwlax.edu/theatre-arts.  Tickets are available for purchase in person at the box office in the Center for the Arts or by calling 608.785.6696 beginning Monday, April 18, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.  Box office hours are Monday through Friday 1:00-4:30 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance. 

Ticket Prices: $22 adults; $20 seniors/non UWL students; $8 UWL students. 

 

 

Calahan Skogman, Theatre Performance (Class of 2016)
Matthias, Shadow and Bone (Netflix)

"Among the many seasons in my journey as an actor, my time spent with UWL Theatre was not only the most special, but the most important.  The program offered me incredible opportunities and instilled in me a profound belief in myself as a young artist.  It was there that I was fostered by my first theatrical family, and I am forever grateful." Alumni Spotlight--Calahan Skogman Calahan Skogman, Theatre Performance (Class of 2016) Matthias, Shadow and Bone (Netflix) "Among the many seasons in my journey as an actor, my time spent with UWL Theatre was not only the most special, but the most important. The program offered me incredible opportunities and instilled in me a profound belief in myself as a young artist. It was there that I was fostered by my first theatrical family, and I am forever grateful."
Class Assignment--Lighting Design Class, taught by Mandy Kolbe Lighting Design Class Class Assignment--Lighting Design Class, taught by Mandy Kolbe
Camille Foss (Class of 2022) focusing lights for the production of Love/Sick in the Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall. Focusing Lights Camille Foss (Class of 2022) focusing lights for the production of Love/Sick in the Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall.
UWL Theatre faculty, Megan Morey, welding scenery for the production, The Revolutionists. Welding in the Scene Shop UWL Theatre faculty, Megan Morey, welding scenery for the production, The Revolutionists.
UWL Theatre's Green Room.  Each year, graduating theatre majors "paint a brick" in the Green Room to commemorate their time at UWL.  Is yours in this photo? Green Room Memories UWL Theatre's Green Room. Each year, graduating theatre majors "paint a brick" in the Green Room to commemorate their time at UWL. Is yours in this photo?
UWL Theatre student, Nina Fredrickson, sewing costumes for the productions of Love/Sick and The Revolutionists in the costume shop. Costume Shop UWL Theatre student, Nina Fredrickson, sewing costumes for the productions of Love/Sick and The Revolutionists in the costume shop.
Students have opportunities to work in the scene shop building sets, painting, designing props, etc. Student Building Scenery Students have opportunities to work in the scene shop building sets, painting, designing props, etc.
UWL Theatre faculty, Ben Golden, works with a student to prepare and focus lights for the production of Love/Sick in Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall. Focusing Lights UWL Theatre faculty, Ben Golden, works with a student to prepare and focus lights for the production of Love/Sick in Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall.