ALCHEMIST THEATRE PRODUCTIONS presents:
A LIFE IN THE THEATRE
& DAVID SAPIRO
JILL ANNA PONASIK
September 30, October 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 7:30pm
October 9 (sunday) 2:00pm
Tickets are general admission. $29
NO ADDED TICKET SERVICE FEES.
ALL FREE PARKING AT THE ALCHEMIST THEATRE.
Directed by Jill Anna Ponasik and featuring James Pickering as Robert and David Sapiro as John, A Life in the Theatre has been called a “love letter” to the theater. In 26 intermingled onstage and offstage scenes, David Mamet tells the story of the passing of the torch from one generation to the next, using the fluctuating relationship of two actors in a repertory company, one older (Robert) and one younger (John). Written in 1977, this is a gentler Mamet than the Mamet of Glengarry Glen Ross but words still pierce as sharply as darts, pauses speak as loudly as words and the laughter is abundant.
A unique opportunity to enjoy two powerhouse actors performing a rarely produced show at the cozy and intimate Alchemist Theatre in Bay View, Milwaukee.
James is currently an Associate Artist at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre after spending thirty-nine years as a member of the resident acting company. Mr. Pickering has also directed productions of Larry Shue’s The Nerd and Joseph Kesselring’s Arsenic and Old Lace for the Milwaukee Rep. He has appeared in featured roles during multiple seasons with American Players Theatre, Renaissance Theatreworks, Milwaukee’s Next Act Theatre, and Optimist Theatre in Milwaukee. Mr. Pickering is a founding member of Optimist Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park and a former Trustee of Ten Chimneys Foundation.
David is overjoyed to be working with these immensely talented people, and thrilled to be back on the Alchemist stage, having last been seen here in April in Harold Pinter's THE DUMB WAITER. Other credits include numerous roles for Acacia Theatre Company, most recently Sigmund Freud in FREUD'S LAST SESSION; Jean in August Strindberg's MISS JULIE for Fermat's Last Theatre Company in Madison; and Ethan in Ben Parman's STARLINGS at Soulstice Theatre. He is currently working on THE NAUTICAL TRAGEDY OF DICK III with Quasimondo Physical Theatre.
JILL ANNA PONASIK
Now in her eighth season as artistic director of Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Jill Anna remains dedicated to supporting emerging artists and big ideas.
Ponasik’s passion for connecting new audiences to opera while also expanding the limits of what the art form can achieve for opera aficionados has heralded an era of collaboration and creativity that is unsurpassed in MOT’s history. Important community partnerships with Danceworks, Present Music, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Wild Space Dance Company, Carroll University, UW-Parkside, UWM, and other performing groups dedicated to dance, theatre, and music, have transformed public perception and understanding of contemporary lyric theatre, while celebrating the talents of artists who live and work in Southeastern, WI.
It has been two years, since Jill Anna directed the revival of Jason Powell’s Fortuna the Time Bender vs. The Schoolgirls of Doom! at The Alchemist. She’s thrilled to be back!
She has directed over 30 musicals and operas. This is her first play.
As part of The Alchemist Theatre's rental season, THE PRIDE THEATRE COMPANY presents:
THE LION IN WINTER
by James Goldman
Fri January 20 - Sat February 4, 2017
Matinee Sunday January 29 7:30PM
Double Show Sat February 4 4:30/7:30PM
Directed by BILL JACKSON
Featuring BILL JACKSON as Henry II, LIZ NORTON as Eleanor of Aquitaine, SHAYNE STELIGA as Prince Geoffrey, and CORY JEFFERSON HAGEN as Prince John, THE LION IN WINTER was originally produced on Broadway in 1966 and became an Academy Award-winning film in 1968 with Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, and Timothy Dalton.
Stalking one another like jungle creatures, the vexed royal family... is made up of super-sexualized emotional predators... a megaphone for the sixties theme of family malice...in all a glorious fight—intelligent aggression, a delight. NY Times
Set in 1183, Henry II, legendary King of England and a growing British empire, gathers the young Plantagenet princes, Richard, Geoffrey, and John, his dungeoned wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, his mistress Princess Alais, and King Philip of France to a Christmas court at Chinon Palace in France. In this fictionalized historical comedy, a tangled intrigue is woven around the family as Henry decides which of the princes is to succeed him to the Throne of England. The Reign over Europe is the prize as this family battles among themselves where love abides as devoted romance and lethal weapon.
BILL JACKSON (HENRY II, DIRECTOR) has been an actor, teacher, and director in Milwaukee for thirty years and in the theatre for forty. He's worked with the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre in ANGELS IN AMERICA: PERESTROIKA, HOMEBODY/KABUL, and MY CHILDREN, MY AFRICA. He has appeared at Skylight Music Theatre in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND and AIN'T MISBEHAVIN. He has appeared in INHERIT THE WIND, THE MAN OF LA MANCHA, SWEENEY TODD, and SIDESHOW and with the Boulevard Theatre in JERKERS. In Chicago, he performed in THE KING OF NEW LONDON with Travel Light Theatre and THE WARP TRILOGY with the Organic Theatre. Bill served as Artistic Director for the Hansberry-Sands Theatre Company and has directed and choreographed at various theatres in the region including THE FANTASTICKS, WEST SIDE STORY, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, BLUES IN THE NIGHT, SWEET CHARITY, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, and he wrote and directed THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH at the now deposed Carte Blanche Theatre and was one of the founders of the BRONZEVILLE ARTS ENSEMBLE. He taught theatre and English and founded the Creative Writing and Journalism Department at Milwaukee High School of the Arts. Producing THE LION IN WINTER is a dream fulfilled.
LIZ NORTON (Eleanor) Milwaukee credits include: Off the Wall: Sisters Rosensweig (Gorgeous Teitelbaum), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Aurora); Skylight Music Theatre: Into the Woods (Stepmother), Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch); Encore Theatre Company: Sondheim on Sondheim; Boulevard Theatre: Pal Joey (Melba); Soulstice Theater: Follies (Phyllis); Theatre Unchained: Company (Joanne); All In Productions: The Wild Party (Madeline True). Illinois credits include: Marriott Theatre: La Cage Aux Folles (Mdme Renaud); Porchlight Music Theatre: Unordinary Sunday: A Sondheim Cabaret; Victory Gardens: Musical Mondays with Chicago Cabaret Professionals; Stage Coach Players: Tintypes (Anna Held). Many thanks to the creative/artistic teams and the Alchemist Theatre.