BAY VIEW'S  ALCHEMIST THEATRE

I want to wake up in a city, that doesn't sleep
And find I'm king of the hill, top of the heap
These little town blues, are melting away
I'm gonna make a brand new start of it, in old New York

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 melt 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 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.  

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

MARCH 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28   
7:30PM


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

The Alchemist Theatre presents
THE FIRST SHOW 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.

DAVID SAPIRO
as
EDDIE VALENTINE

David Sapiro (Eddie) is thrilled to continue his 2015 residency at the Alchemist, having previously 

appeared as Lee in TRUE WEST in January. David's other credits include John in Erin Nicole Eggers'  

brilliant staging of OLEANNA, also starring the immortal Ben Parman; 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 Bob Dylan in THE KING OF POP at 
the Alchemist Theatre in May, the second of the NEW YORK STORIES TRILOGY.
David is indebted 
to his family for their love and support, and to God for His grace and mercy.

SHANNON NETTESHEIM
as
ROSE
Shannon is thrilled to be part of the NewYork Trilogy with Alchemist.  Previous roles
 include Sherry in Tigers Be Still at the Boulevard and recently Rosalind in Moon Over Buffalo at Soulstice Theatre.  She would like to thank her friends and family for their love and support.  Enjoy the show!

APRIL PAUL
as
IZZY

After helping Evan Crain paint the stairwell mural to reflect the upcoming season, and then becoming a go-go dancer for the New Year’s Eve party, April has two more opportunities to enjoy the rock and roll lifestyle here at The Alchemist Theatre with ANOTHER TALE OF EDDIE and THE SCENE YOU NEED.   Most recently, you may have seen her in the all-female production of MACBETH at Soulstice, or in FREEDOM HIGH with Uprooted Theatre. Previous companies also include Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Youngblood, Bunny Gumbo, and of course The Alchemist. Special thanks to Artistic Director Aaron Kopec for bringing the dirty, gritty, real honest, rough and tough New York of the 60’s and 70’s to Milwaukee. Wherever you go, there you are.

JACOB WOELFEL
as
HILLY CRYSTAL (owner of CBGB)
Jacob Woelfel is a Milwaukee actor best known from The Variety Hour Happy Hour and Sketch 22. He's very excited to be acting for the first time at The Alchemist Theater, and is looking forward to working with the great people involved with both Another Tale of Eddie and The Scene You Need.

LIZ WHITFORD
Stage Manager

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 theater owners she gets to work with! Recently, in 2014, Liz portrayed Lynn in “Suicide Sleep” and Dolly in “For Purely Elfish Reasons” both at the Alchemist. 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.


ADIAN ZIX*
Playwright / Director / Designer

Adian was a hard-rocking, recording studio engineer who has worked with a handful of talented musicians and groups who ultimately peaked and collapsed before their audiences managed to discover them.
He met Eddie Valentine soon after he moved to New York and recorded his demo album.
Zix fell in love with Eddie's story of a good man-turned-scumbag who eventually manages to find a bit of grace at the very murky depths of rock bottom.
Zix wanted to create a show that is gritty, real, and faithful to Eddie's story.
*Adian Zix is not real.  Adian is  Aaron Kopec's (artistic director of The Alchemist Theatre) even-more-cocky and raw alter ego who is far more talented and cool than Aaron could ever be.  Aaron wanted to write a play far outside of his normal style  that was written by Adian IN the 70's in NYC and NOT pen something that is simply nostalgically ABOUT life in the 70's in NYC.  Aaron is having a great deal of fun as Adian and is thankful for all of the amazing folks who are willing to take this journey into fantasy, fiction and semi-nonfiction throughout this season of rock 'n roll, disco and art.
He thanks you so much for taking an interest and tolerating this third-person blurb.

THE LOBBY / LOUNGE
as CBGB OMFUG
Having previously served as the art-deco speakeasy during "FAUST," the hotel lobby of "H.H. HOLMES," and a Whitechapel brothel during "JACK-THE-RIPPER," The Lounge is excited to reprise it's role as the famous punk rock club CBGB which it most recently portrayed during The Alchemist's PUNK ROCK HALLOWEEN PARTY.
For those who have already witnessed this transformation (including thousands of banners, stickers and layers of graffiti) The Lounge promises to ramp up it's character even further with a few structural changes, live bands, themed cocktails, preshow entertainment and all sorts of little details and notes found on matchbook covers, coasters, and walls that lend to the experience and even advance the overall storyline throughout the entire trilogy.
The Lobby / Lounge is excited to change drastically throughout the New York Stories Trilogy to also emulate STUDIO 54 and WARHOL'S FACTORY.
The Lobby / Lounge IS a character that you'll not forget for some time.

April 30, May 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16
7:30pm

$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.

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.

June 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27,  July 9, 10, 11

7:30pm
$25 (no service fee)

Includes 1 item from the bar: beer, soda, rail cocktail, popcorn or candy

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.

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.

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

A GIANT SPIDER PRODUCTION:

Auditions: July 12-13. Contact Director Lindsey Erin at lindseyerin1216@gmail.com for details.

THE ALCHEMIST THEATRE
2569 S. KINNICKINNIC AVE. 
MILWAUKEE, WI 53207
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