BAY VIEW'S  ALCHEMIST THEATRE

FOR PURELY ELFISH REASONS
by jason powell

Santa's got a problem: A lot of his best elves have moved on to greener pastures, and the workshop is getting dangerously low on manpower. So he sends three of his best elves -- Jules, Lonnie and Dolly -- out to do some recruiting.

Created as a tribute to the classic comedy of the Marx Brothers, this all-ages holiday show is full of punchlines that will make you laugh, groan and ... groan even louder. Whether you're a fan of golden-age comedy or have never heard the name "Groucho" in your life, For Purely Elfish Reasons is guaranteed to give you grins and giggles of a distinctly Christmas-y kind.


HOLIDAY FUN AND EXCITEMENT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!
COME JOIN THE PARTY!
EGG NOG, HOT COCOA, TREATS AND A GREAT SHOW!

$19 online
$23 at-the-door


DECEMBER 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20
7:30pm

Amanda Stellberg -- Jules
Amanda is beyond excited to be making her Alchemist debut! She is a main stage performer at ComedySportz Milwaukee and a student at iO Chicago. She is a junior at Marquette University studying Digital Media and Writing Intensive English along with a Theatre minor. Amanda would like to thank her family for their love and support, and Sara for always helping her run lines.  Happy holidays!
 Amanda Hull -- Hermey / Monica                                              
Amanda received BFA degrees in Acting and  Musical Theatre from UW-Milwaukee. She works locally as an actor and as Production Manager for the Milwaukee Entertainment Group at the Brumder Mansion. Recently Amanda appeared as Heidi in FOLLIES at Soulstice Theatre, Marilyn in DAVID'S REDHAIRED DEATH at the Underground Collaborative and Irene Adler in THE BAKER STREET TRILOGY at Old World Wisconsin. She is delighted to be working at the Alchemist and to be a part of this hilarious team of theatre makers.
Liz Whitford -- Dolly / Daisy
Liz Whitford is thrilled to be a part of this production (her first Christmas show)! She is a Milwaukee native and loves making local audiences laugh or cry or both. Most of all, she loves the amazing group of actors, directors and writers she gets to work with! Recently, Liz performed as Lynn in "Suicide Sleep" also here at the Alchemist theatre. In 2013, Liz performed in the retelling of three horror productions at the Alchemist in which she was in the original cast years previous. She portrayed Holmes’ wife Merta in “House of Horrors, H.H. Holmes,” Lucy Westenra, in “Dracula” and Polly in “The Canonicle Five: Jack the Ripper.” In 2011, Liz portrayed the sweet, innocent Marguerite in the sold-out-production of “Faust.” Also, Liz has performed in several In Fools For Tragedy productions including “Medea” and “In My Mind’s Eye” (a production of Hamlet). Recent film projects include three years in Milwaukee’s 48hr Film Project and “Spade County Massacre.”

Andi Jaspersen -- Lillian / stage manager 
Andi Jaspersen returns to the Alchemist as both stage manager and the role of Lillian. Usually on the consulting and contracting end of magic by day, she somehow keeps finding herself spending her theatre evenings performing magical illusions. She just can't escape the family business. Thanks to her biggest and littlest fans for  loaning her out to the the theatre world again to keep her sane.

Jason Powell -- Lonnie / writer / composer
Jason Powell performed in and wrote the text for Danceworks’ Temptation’s Snare, which premiered in March of 2014. Powell is also the librettist and composer of the original superhero operetta Fortuna the Time-Bender vs. the Schoolgirls of Doom, which was remounted by Milwaukee Opera Theatre in May of 2014 at the Alchemist Theatre.  Other shows written by Jason for performance at the Alchemist include Invader? I Hardly Know Her (2009) and In Love Yet Again (2012).
Nick Firer -- Santa / Augustus

THE N.Y.E. PARTY.

Come experience The Alchemist Theatre
as the notorious STUDIO 54!

 

GLITZ.
GLAM.
CHAMPAGNE.
CLASSIC DISCO.
DANCE CAGES.   GO-GO DANCERS.

FUN, FREE ENTERTAINMENT.


"Even now, when people see me in the street, they point upwards to the sky."         -Barry Gibb          

ALCHEMY at the ALCHEMIST

Magician@Play's Daniel Jaspersen (Mentalist | Manipulator | Magician) makes his Milwaukee stage debut at the Alchemist Theatre in Bayview. The full-stage mentalism experience raises the question, "What exactly are we humans capable of?" Featuring demonstrations of psychological influence, feats of memory, direct mind-reading and more, Alchemy at the Alchemist will leave its audience stunned. The Alchemist Theatre and Magician@Play invite you to a world where thoughts are not safe, minds are open books and the impossible occurs before your eyes.


Wednesday, Jan 21st

7:30pm

Show runs 60-75 min


Tix $18 online or $24 at-the-door



TRUE WEST
by sam shepard

TRUE  WEST is a character study that examines the relationship between Austin, a screenwriter, and his older brother Lee.
Austin is house-sitting while their mother is in Alaska. He is confronted by his brother, who proceeds to bully his way into staying.
In addition, the screenplay which Austin is pitching to his connection in Hollywood  somehow gets taken over by the pushy con-man tactics of Lee, and the brothers are forced to cooperate in the creation of a story that will make or break both their lives.  the conflict between the brothers creates a heated situation in which  each man finds himself admitting that he had somehow always wished he were in the other's shoes.
JANUARY  15,  16 ,17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31
7:30pm
$24 online (includes  1 bar item - cocktail, wine, beer, soda, or snack)
$25 at-the-door (no bar item included)

1984
by george orwell
adapted by michael gene sullivan

Winston Smith is a low-ranking member of the ruling Party in London, in the nation of Oceania. Everywhere Winston goes, even his own home, the Party watches him through telescreens; everywhere he looks he sees the face of the Party’s seemingly omniscient leader, a figure known only as Big Brother. The Party controls everything in Oceania, even the people’s history and language.
In this unique adaptation of the classic novel, Winston has already been detained by the ever-present ruling party as his traitorist actions are reenacted
 to prove his guilt.
FEBRUARY 2015

We’ve created a punk rock album on stage for this upcoming trilogy. There is very little singing but we’re going into this project raw and unbridled and without classical knowledge of how to play this instrument called  “theatre.” 

Our untrained voices will crack and we’ll stumble through what gets us out of bed for love and what motivates us to anger. 

We will not record this album.  We will create a temporary ice sculpture of intense, personal opinion and burn it to the ground every night. The Alchemist has produced seven years of shows in black and white and blood red… it’s time to explore some other colors such as ultraviolet and mirrorball.

I’m excited that such a project can exist in this city and attract amazingly talented folks to fill it up with life. 
The Alchemist has been practicing rock and roll for a while now,   but this time we’re turning the amps to eleven. 

 In 2008, one year after opening, The Alchemist was voted best theatre in Milwaukee.
 We’re reapplying for the job.

Sing as loud as you can, into the night, stir up the sun, and wring out the light.
Head straight past the stars, leave us all behind.
 Take all you can, ‘cause I’ve already took mine.   -Adian Zix

The Alchemist Theatre presents
the first of the New York Stories trilogy:
ANOTHER TALE OF EDDIE
by Adian Zix

A gritty tale of con artists, grifters, deceit and love.


Eddie  Valentine moved to NYC to follow a woman.
He stayed in NYC to follow his dreams.
He exists in NYC as a bottom-feeder low-life.

 

His life is not as he hoped it would have turned out, but neither is anything.
The first play in the NEW YORK STORIES trilogy.
A season-long exploration of both the reality and popular perception of the Warhol scene, CBGB, Max's Kansas City, Studio 54, back alleys and bedrooms.
Join us for the adventure, excitement, drama and fun as The Alchemist Theatre transforms for each show and immerses audiences deep into the NYC "scene" of the 60's and 70's.

MARCH 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28   
7:30PM
PURCHASE BEFORE JAN 1, 2015:
$20 (no service fee) Includes 1 item from the bar: beer, soda, rail cocktail, popcorn or candy

PURCHASE AFTER JAN 1, 2015:
$25  (no service fee) Includes 1 item from the bar: beer, soda, rail cocktail, popcorn or candy

The Alchemist Theatre presents
the second show of the New York Stories trilogy:
THE KING OF POP
by Eddie Valentine

 

In an unbalanced world made of fact and fiction, the glamorous elite fight to keep the drab in the shadows where they belong.
And then a new ruler takes the throne and begins granting superstardom and 15 minutes of fame to the commoners.

 

A semi-factual tale of the art scene of the 60's and 70's in New York City and how it impacted fame, fortunes, social brackets and the very understanding of what art may be.

MAY 2015

The second play in the NEW YORK STORIES trilogy.
A season-long exploration of both the reality and popular perception of the Warhol scene, CBGB, Max's Kansas City, Studio 54, back alleys and bedrooms.
Join us for the adventure, excitement, drama and fun as The Alchemist Theatre transforms for each show and immerses audiences deep into the NYC "scene" of the 60's and 70's.

Cast info and tickets not yet available for this production.

The Alchemist Theatre presents
the third show of the New York Stories trilogy:
THE SCENE YOU NEED

 by Neil Monk

Act 1:  Meet a motley group of characters from punk rockers to politicians.  From veterans to go-go dancers.
All are lost, lonely and scared in their own ways.

 

Act 2:  Flocks are gathered and grace is found.

 

When you can't find a lover and friends have faded to grey...
   When you're discarded on an island of misfits...
     When you're too tough to die...
Slip on your disco shoes or pick up a spray can.
Shout in a punk band or have sex in the subway.
    Find your scene.   Make it real.

JUNE  2015

The final play in the NEW YORK STORIES trilogy.
A season-long exploration of both the reality and popular perception of the Warhol scene, CBGB, Max's Kansas City, Studio 54, back alleys and bedrooms.
Join us for the adventure, excitement, drama and fun as The Alchemist Theatre transforms for each show and immerses audiences deep into the NYC "scene" of the 60's and 70's.

Cast and ticket information is not yet available for this production.

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW LIVE

A humorous tribute to the  science fiction and  horror B movies of the late 1940s through to the early 1970s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad  transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror.

This is not the film with folks jumping around in front of the screen.
But there will be jumping.
To the left.

 

Let's do the time warp.


SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2015

THE ALCHEMIST THEATRE
2569 S. KINNICKINNIC AVE. 
MILWAUKEE, WI 53207
the.alchemist.theatre@gmail.com