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
$24 online (includes  1 bar item - cocktail, wine, beer, soda, or snack)
$25 at-the-door (no bar item included)

Cast, director deliver smart 'True West' at Alchemist Theatre
The dramatic heart of Sam Shepard's True West comes vividly to life on the intimate stage of the Alchemist Theatre this winter.

Under the direction of Erin Nicole Eggers, the play speeds along with each dramatic moment crisply defined.



True love is sometimes hard to recognize, sometimes covered by combat, sometimes hidden by ego and sometimes mistaken for something else entirely / but under the deft and taut direction of Erin Nicole Eggers, the trouble never actually overwhelms the love.



A rare production that builds momentum, Eggers’ rendition of True West gathers your attention with each passing scene, rolling out humor, irony, conflict and degeneracy contained in Shepard’s story all the way to the curtain.


Deborah Clifton*  has performed throughout the US, Europe, Japan and India.  She was a resident

company member with Theatre X and most recently was seen in Next Act's WELCOME HOME JENNY

SUTTER.  Ms. Clifton has performed regionally with The Goodman Theater-Chicago in THE GOAT OR

WHO IS SYLVIA, Chicago Shakespeare in KING JOHN, Theatre Gigante in MIDSUMMER IN MIDWINTER,

Forward Theater-Madison in SONS OF THE PROPHET, Madison Rep in LARAMIE PROJECT, Milwaukee

Shakespeare in RICHARD II and CYMBALINE, Chamber Theater in ANGELS IN AMERICA , The Milwaukee

Rep in FRONT PAGE and INSPECTING CAROL.  While in Theatre X, Ms. Clifton helped develop over 100

plays that toured to The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, The UK and Japan.  She is also the co-author of

 DESIRE OF THE MOTH FOR THE STAR.  Most recently, she and her husband, John Kishline toured India

with his play SUCCESS to the Hindu Metroplus International Theatre Festival, co-sponsored by the US

State Dept. Ms. Clifton would like to extend her deep appreciation to Erin Eggers for bringing her into

this extraordinary production.

*Deborah Clifton is appearing courtesy of Actor's Equity.

Mitch Weindorf is delighted to be returning to The Alchemist for this show. He is a Magna Cum Laude

graduate of Carthage College, where he studied Theatre Performance and Directing. Previous shows at

The Alchemist include DESTINY, DEVILTRY, and DENTISTRY, and also KING LEAR. Mitch has also

worked with First Stage, Peninsula Players, Sunset Playhouse, and 3 Brothers Theatre. He would like to

thank his family, friends and mentors for their continued love and support!

David Sapiro (Lee) is honored to return to the Alchemist stage,

appeared as John in Erin Nicole Eggers' brilliant staging of OLEANNA, also starring the

immortal Ben Parman. David's other credits include numerous roles with Acacia Theatre

Company; Alan of Dale in Theatre RED's A LADY IN WAITING; Cassius in JULIUS CAESAR

and Enobarbus in ANTONY & CLEOPATRA with the Madison Shakespeare Company; and

roles in various short films and web series. He will next appear as Eddie Valentine in

ANOTHER TALE OF EDDIE at the Alchemist Theatre in March, the first of the much-

anticipated NYC TRILOGY. David is indebted to his family for their love and support, and to

God for His grace and mercy.

Jason Will is a graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.  He is

happy to be performing at the Alchemist Theatre again.

Erin Nicole Eggers is thrilled to be back at Alchemist, where she previously directed one performance of

David Mamet’s “Oleanna” over the summer. She can be seen in tech booths all over town this spring

Stage Managing for “Prin” at Windfall Theatre, “Great Expectations” at Acacia, and “Jeeves Takes A

Bow” at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. She is effusively grateful to her dream cast for going on this

journey with her. All my love and gratitude to Aaron Kopec, Erica Case, Janet & Randy Peterson, and Ben

Parman. This and all her life in loving memory of Bella.

VIOLENCE DESIGN:  Christopher Elst

Aaron Kopec is the artistic director at The Alchemist theatre and so most of what you may have seen of his work has been right here.
His favorite designs to date include the back alleyways of Whitechapel London for Jack The Ripper, the organic "forest" of King Lear, the "shack in the middle of the ocean for The Chairs, and the "neighborhood" which encompassed most of the property for the "throughout-the-building" production of Faust.
He is excited to be part of this production and is looking forward to designing and building the outdoor set for Door County Shakespeare this season.

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 traitorous actions are reenacted
 to prove his guilt.

Feb 5, 6, 7, 12, 13,14, 19, 20, 21

Josh Perkins – Winston Smith

Josh has been an actor and director with many of Milwaukee's theatre companies for the last 15 years.  Most recently he's been involved in dozens of Soulstice Theatre productions of which Love Song, Shining City and Wit (among others) remain close to his soul.  Josh is also one of the co-founders of Angry Young Men ltd, the puppet creation/performance troupe responsible for Night of the Living Dead - The Puppet Show.  They've also created many, many silly puppet videos that are posted on their YouTube page.

Randall Anderson – Voice

Over the summer, Randall was critically acclaimed in reviews for Rope and Dial M for Murder.  After a three month hiatus, he is delighted to be back on the stage.  Returning Alchemist audiences might recognize Randall from his previous performances in Help Wanted, The Canonical Five of Jack The Ripper, Dracula and from his numerous appearances behind the bar.

Jake Shaw – First Party Member

Jake likes to drink gin and eat anything with curry, and is very upset there will be no Home Improvement on tonight.

Katie Thompson – Second Party Member

Katie started acting with her role in "The Sound Of Music" at the age of 9, with her brothers.  Since then, she has harbored a passion for theatre.  Since moving to Milwaukee, Katie has had the opportunity to perform in several shows with Soulstice Theatre, including Seussical as Sour Kangaroo,  Tick...Tick...BOOM! as Karessa,  Completely Hollywood (abridged), School House Rock Live as Shulie,  and Woody Allen's one act play, God, and Still Life as Michaeline.   In addition, she has been a stalwart member of Angry Young Men, ltd for four years, performing in the annual Night of The Living Dead (the puppet show) as well as their many other wacky adventures.  Katie studied voice with Tanya Kruse Ruck at UWM and Grace Jones at UW-Fond du Lac, and is currently attending the Art Institute of Wisconsin for her associates degree in Culinary Arts.  Being involved in 1984 is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Katie, and a memory she will treasure always.  Katie sends her love and gratitude to her family (especially Robert, Paul, and Mark) and her friends.  And big cuddles to Dizzy and Billie for always greeting her at the end of the day with the biggest hearts filled with love.

Jim Donaldson – Third Party Member

Jim is pleased to once again be working with Bad Example Productions, having last done so in 2011 with a fantastic run of "Cannibal! The Musical". This production marks the first dramatic performance for Jim in nearly a year and a half. Jim has done shows before with Sunset Playhouse and Waukesha Civic Theater. A special thank you to David Kaye, without whom Jim would not be here today.

Billy Ray Olsen – Fourth Party Member

Billy Ray is the founder of Angry Young Men Ltd, the local puppet troupe responsible for 'Night of the Living Dead - the Puppet Show' & 'Full Frontal Puppetry'. He hasn't been seen onstage for many years, as he's usually behind the scenes or under a puppet. Thank you, Christine, as always, for your love and patience.

David and Natasha Kaye – Co-Directors

David is the founder and director of Bad Example Productions. On stage he has produced and directed Fahrenheit 451, Cannibal the Musical, 1984 and Juliet and Romeo (which he adapted with Theresa Stefaniak). He wrote and directed the children’s show Up Too Late and the Edgar Allan Poe adaptation William for Milwaukee Public Television. He also co-produced the two part documentary series Wisconsin Beer for MPTV. This spring he will start shooting episodes for the travelogue series One for the Road which is he directing and executive producing. He is also married to the smarter and cuter director.


Natasha is thrilled to be co-directing with her husband. She is no stranger to the stage, having performed with Bad Example Productions, Off the Wall Theatre, Theater Red and others around Milwaukee. Thank you to the Alchemist for welcoming back a show that becomes more relevant as the years tick by. She couldn't be prouder of this amazing cast for tackling the challenge of this show with courage.

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.     -Adian Zix

The Alchemist Theatre presents
the first of the New York Stories trilogy:
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   

$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:
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:

 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.


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.