BAY VIEW'S  ALCHEMIST THEATRE


the alchemist theatre's
HALLOWEEN SHOW VII:
SUICIDE SLEEP
by aaron kopec


Rick finds himself in a hazy state of insomnia-driven delusions, lost time and waking nightmares that drive him to deceitful and violent acts against his girlfriend Lynn and her estranged sister Sarah.


SUICIDE SLEEP is a fast-paced tale of suspense and horror packed full of twists, shocking moments and under-your-skin thoughts that will keep you up at night.

Is Rick's reality really as it seems? 

DON'T FALL ASLEEP.

       you may enjoy your nightmares.

DON'T WAKE UP.

      they may just be real.

MIKE FISCHER of THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL:  "Alchemist Theatre's 'Suicide Sleep' a taut nightmare of a drama" 
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PAUL KOSIDOWSKI of MILWAUKEE MAGAZINE:   "Legendary"
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DAVID BEGEL of ONMILWAUKEE:  "Alchemist's 'Suicide Sleep' is a wildly fascinating Halloween treat"

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OCTOBER 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30
7:20pm & 9:00pm
$19 (no service fee)

WHAT THE
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL,
SHEPHERD EXPRESS,
ON MILWAUKEE,
THIRD COAST DIGEST, & ARTS EXAMINER HAVE SAID OF PAST HORROR SHOWS:

"Hugely entertaining!”  

      "The Halloween show at the Alchemist is definitely the event of the season!"

 

"Not an ordinary horror play – it’s a terribly astonishing one."

"Blood, screaming, knives, ropes, stakes and sex. Alchemist Theatre’s Dracula has it all, and it’s awesome!"

"Kopec generates suspense nicely."

MEET THE CAST:

SAMMICH DITTLOFF as sarah
By this point, Sammi doesn't know how many Alchemist shows she's done, so let's just say a lot. The Halloween show is always the highlight of her year, and she's honored to be able to participate in yet another amazing show. She'd like to thank everyone for coming to support the cast. She'd also like to thank her friends, family and coworkers who always manage to make it out to see her performances. Finally, she'd like one last thank you to go to her fiance. Without him, she'd never eat dinner or be sane. 

JOSHUA DEVITT  as rick
Joshua Devitt has appeared in over fifty productions throughout the last decade-and-a-half as if it were a head first dive, landing at the Alchemist Theatre in "Suicide Sleep." Joshua has fulfilled every role in the theatre from design team to director and dramaturge to playwright. Recent credits include the world premiere of his one act "Preparation" at Theatre Unchained and the Wisconsin premiere of "The Temperamentals" where he played Rudi Gernreich at Theatrical Tendencies. To Joshua there is nothing more thrilling than working with new words for, "When working on a premiere there is an ecstasy due to an artistic freedom of origination not found elsewhere in the theatrical canon." He would like to give special thanks to The Alchemist Theatre for letting him walk these boards.

LIZ WHITFORD as lynn 
Liz Whitford is thrilled to be a part of this production! She is a Milwaukee native and loves making local audiences laugh or cry or any other random emotion in between. Most of all, she loves the amazing group of actors, directors and writers she gets to work with! Recently, in 2013, Liz performed in the retelling of three horror productions at the Alchemist theatre 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 Canonical Five of 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 the “Spade County Massacre.

TIM PALECEK as jimmy

A Racine native, Tim Palecek is a University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee student, and is finishing the completion of his BA in Theatre Arts. His most recent work includes Pink Banana's THE HOTHOUSE and The World's Stage's PUNKPLAY, along with Pink Banana's One-Act Festival The End of the World.  In 2013, Tim appeared on The Alchemist Stage for "The Tragedy of King Lear" and is excited to be back again for Halloween!

CHARLES SOMMERS  direction
Charlie has adapted for your imagination dozens of stories with Wisconsin Hybrid Theater.
Charlie lives in a small apartment behind a loud bar trying to get his sh** together.
Charlie spends most days with the building’s “caretaker” arguing about nonsense.
Charlie is uniquely qualified to direct this production

AARON KOPEC  design/words

Aaron builds most of the sets, programs most of the light  & sound, writes and directs many of the shows at The Alchemist. You can easily tell which things he didn't do because they are much better.

Aaron will now stop writing in third-person and say that I really hope you have a fun time.  Halloween has always been a fun time at The Alchemist and our audiences always help make it a blast.  Thank you so much!

$5 at-the-door
or
$4 online
HALLOWSCREAM!
VINTAGE PUNK ROCK HALLOWEEN PARTY!


KILLER TUNES  (don't worry - you don't need to be a hardcore punk fan - there will be lots of fun stuff spinning!)

$5 COVER

1970'S BAR PRICES

OCT 31st   STARTS AT 9PM

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FOR PURELY ELFISH REASONS
by jason powell

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


DECEMBER 2014

THE N.Y.E. PARTY.

Come experience The Alchemist Theatre as the notorious STUDIO 54!

 

GLITZ.
GLAM.
CHAMPANGE.
CLASSIC DISCO.
PRIZES FOR AUTHENTIC 70'S & 80'S WARDROBE.
MORE DANCE CAGES.
MORE GO-GO.  MORE ENTERTAINMENT.

MORE SPARKLE.  MORE EFFECTS. MORE EXPLOSIONS.

MORE. MORE. MORE. MORE. MORE. MORE!!!!!

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

 -Barry Gibb             CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO & RESERVATIONS

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  2015

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

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
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