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

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

7:30pm
$19 (no service fee)

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.

Scattered Thoughts on The Scene You Need

RUSS BICKERSTAFF - CURTAINS

"Nettesheim shows considerable strength in a return to Rose--a character caught in slow-motion somewhere between moments not entirely unlike Eddie. Sapiro has some strikingly vivid moments of his own--particularly in interacting with April Paul, who returns to play Izzy. She’s a punk girl in transition. Paul is kind of intoxicating here."

"One of the best performances by Aumend I can ever remember. And there’s glitter."

"There’s some real poetry to Sommers’ script, particularly in the final monologue delivered by Eddie. Sapiro does a really good job of bringing it all together at the end in a remarkably sharp bit of text that Sommers should be proud of."

     READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE

Alchemist Theatre's 'The Scene You Need' wraps up New York trilogy

MIKE FISCHER - MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINAL

"When the lights come up, a Manhattan skyline as glitzy as the disco era being commemorated here makes way for a garishly lighted subway car. Eddie (David Sapiro), the wandering troubadour at the center of the trilogy's first installment, has a flashback to the scene in that first play during which he lost Rose (Shannon Nettesheim).  What Eddie remembers is having reminded Rose that times change, with the former selves that inhabited all our yesterdays evolving into the people we later become, looking back on the past and its loves from a safe and comforting distance."

"And this theme comes through in every scene involving a terrific April Paul's crackling Izzy — the funny, forlorn and street-smart embodiment of a grittier, older New York who struggles to learn the new rules, while she and the city she loves fade to black, making way for the Disneyfied theme park that New York would soon become. "

     READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE

The last great American scene

JEFF GRYGNY - MILWAUKEE THEATRE EXAMINER

"All three—the wounded poet, the punk girl (the play's best comic voice), and the femme fatale—are great characters, and we're happy to see them again. But something happened to them: instead of the bracing hyper-realism of Part One, this show reverts to what might be called the Alchemist Theatre house style: a frothy blend of Mamet grittiness and Sam Shepard lyricism. Monk's dialog aims for sparkling wit, and often as not hits the mark. Casually urbane and hip, it recalls the banter of the smart, unhappy people in one of Woody Allen's Manhattan-set films."

     READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE

Alchemist’s ode to loneliness

HANNAH KLAPPERICH-MUELLER   -  SHEPHERD EXPRESS

"The scenes remain focused on two-person conversations and while action is scarce, the language is lovely, particularly in the final monologue deftly delivered by David Sapiro as likely protagonist and wannabe writer, Eddie."

     READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE


SHANNON NETTESHEIM
as Rose
Shannon is thrilled to be part of the New York Trilogy which included the roles of Edie Sedgwick in King of Pop and Rose in Another Tale of Eddie.  She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support, the cast for being amazing, and the Alchemist for providing the opportunity to portray these different characters.  Enjoy the show!

DAVID SAPIRO
as Eddie

David is thrilled to continue his 2015 residency at the Alchemist, having previously appeared as Lee in TRUE WEST, Bob Dylan in THE KING OF POP, and Eddie in ANOTHER TALE OF EDDIE. David's other credits include OLEANNA, also at the Alchemist; A LADY IN WAITING with TheateRED; JULIUS CAESAR and ANTONY & CLEOPATRA with the Madison Shakespeare Company; and roles in various short films and web series. He will next appear as Jean in August Strindberg's MISS JULIE with Fermat's Last Theatre in Madison in late July. David is indebted to his family for their love and support, and to God for His grace and mercy.


APRIL PAUL
as Izzy
April is very excited to be returning to The Alchemist Theatre to finish up The New York Stories Trilogy with THE SCENE YOU NEED. She is reprising the role of Izzy, who was last seen in ANOTHER TALE OF EDDIE. Some of April’s previous roles include Donalbain (MACBETH), Jessica (FREEDOM HIGH), Anne (OCTOBER, BEFORE I WAS BORN), Louisa (FREAKSHOW), Susan Tanner (SPIRITS TO ENFORCE), Millie (PICNIC), and Emily Webb (OUR TOWN). Holding a degree from The Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee, April has worked with companies such as Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Soulstice Theatre, Uprooted, Youngblood and Bunny Gumbo. The past, present and future hold vast mysteries, but should you look for April’s next piece, it won’t be too far away.


ANDRES GARUZ
as Sam
Extremely excited about my virginal experience with the ultra talented cast and crew of the Alchemist Theatre. I've been yearning for this acting scene for a while and couldn't be happier!
Currently working as Theatre Director at Milwaukee Lutheran High School. Performed with Acacia theatre and Artists of Concordia Theatre in Chicago. Also finished voice overs for my second consecutive season with The Brinkman Adventures radio show on 107.7 fm among other voice and film acting projects.

NIKO KING
as Dori
Thanks for a great ride through NYC. I'm glad we got the band back together. We should do brioche soon. Love you Papa. God Bless the Brown Water Navy.
PAUL PFANNENSTIEL
as Mike
Paul is no stranger to the stage  and most recently appeared as Suede in Alchemist's "KING OF POP."
A theatre program graduate of Carroll University, Paul has been appearing in Wisconsin theatres for over 3 decades. Some of his favorite roles include Sir Robin in “SPAMALOT,” Dr. Cantway in “THE LARAMIE PROJECT” and the Prosecutor in “MAN IN THE GLASS BOOTH.”  Remember to get out and VOTE!

CLARENCE AUMEND
as Marco

Clarence Aumend said he is so happy to be doing his 1st production at Alchemist Theater. Clarence has been in multiple shows including, Cowboy vs Samurai by Michael Golamco at Boulevard Theater, Stuck by Neil Haven at Bay Players, and most recently... Tony & Tina's Wedding at Turner Hall Ballroom. Besides being in IT as a Network Administrator, he also does commercial and film work.

NEIL MONK

playwright

Neil may have been Eddie's roommate, back in the day, back in Milwaukee, back before any of this happened. “The Scene You Need” is based on letters from Eddie, stories from other people who had been to New York, and an unfinished sequel to “Another Tale of Eddie” by Adian Zix. Any resemblance to actual persons, places or events is just really lucky.

CHARLES SOMMERS
director
Charles has written almost 50 Radio WHT scripts for Wisconsin Hybrid Theater**, which he founded in 2007.  Since 2010, Radio WHT has had residency at WMSE, performing live once a month on Frontier Radio Theater.* His writing has also been produced by Montana Public Radio; Pink Banana and Bunny Gumbo; and, as Neil Monk, the Alchemist Theatre.

* Frontier Radio Theater airs on WMSE (91.7 FM Milwaukee) Sunday mornings from 8 til 9. Radio WHT performs in the second half of the first Sunday every month. Past episodes can be found in the archives at WMSE.org including "Radio WHT presents The Westland (an improvised western)", an adaptation of T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland (04/06/2014).

** Wisconsin Hybrid Theater (RadioWHT) performs original adaptations of late 19th century stories in a mid 20th century medium for an early 21st century audience and their mom.

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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