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Theater RED Invites Milwaukee to “Be Italian!” with NINE the Musical

January 25-27, 2019

Directed by Theater RED’s New Artistic Associate, Eric Welch

Che bello! Theater RED proudly announces a new addition to the company! Eric Welch joins Theater RED as Artistic Associate following his collaboration with the company in June of 2018 for the Wisconsin premiere of I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS. Eric Welch directed this one-woman comedic romp as a co-production with his theater company, Untitled Productions.

The great secret of NINE is that it took “81⁄2” and became an essay on the power of women by answering the question, ‘What are women to men?’ And NINE tells you: they are our mothers, our sisters, our teachers, our temptresses, our judges, our nurses, our wives, our mistresses, our muses.

– Maury Yeston

Be Italian! New Theater RED Artistic Associate Eric Welch will direct NINE the musical, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Arthur Kopit, in January of 2019. Reimagined with a cast of nine (9) women and one (1) man, NINE brings Theater RED alumni and newcomers together for a courageous, no-frills production that brings the core of Guido’s crisis to audiences up-close in Sunset Playhouse’s intimate Studio Theater.

Based on Italian director Federico Fellini’s comic masterpiece of biographical filmmaking, “8 1⁄2”, Yeston’s sultry musical follows the life of world-famous film director Guido Contini as he prepares his latest picture. Contini is also, after recent box office failures, drifting towards a nervous breakdown. Contini has turned 40 and faces two crises: he has to shoot a film for which he can’t write the script, and his wife of 20 years, film star Luisa del Forno, may leave him if he can’t pay more attention to his marriage. As it turns out, it is the same crisis. Luisa’s efforts to talk to him seem to be drowned out by voices in his head: voices of women in his life, speaking through the walls of his memory: insistent, flirtatious, irresistible, potent. These are the women Guido loved, and from whom he derived the entire vitality of a creative life, now as stalled as his marriage. As his sanity disintegrates, he drifts into nostalgic reverie, eventually focusing on the formative sexual encounter of his life, which occurred at the age of 9.

Dates (three performances only): Friday, January 25 at 7:30 PM Saturday, January 26 at 7:30 PM

Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 PM

Tickets: $20 General Admission
Order online at https://sunsetplayhouse.com/shows/nine or by calling 262-782-4430

Location: Sunset Playhouse Studio Theater, 700 Wall Street, Elm Grove, WI 53122

Stage Direction:

Music Direction:

Choreography:

Eric Welch

Lydia Rose Eiche

Ashley Patin

Featuring:

Timothy J. Barnes as Guido

Marcee Doherty-Elst as Serraghina

Jennifer Larson as Mama Maddelena

Rae Elizabeth Paré as Luisa

SaraLynn Evenson as Lilliane Le Fleur 

Hannah Esch as Our Lady of the Spa

Samantha Sostarich as Carla

Laura McDonald as Guido’s Mother

Carrie Gray as Lina Darling

Kara Ernst-Schalk as Claudia

Marcee Doherty-Elst as Stephanie

 

About NINE

NINE is a musical, initially created and written by Maury Yeston as a class-project in Lehman Engel’s BMI Music Theatre Workshop in 1973. It was later developed with a book by Mario Fratti, and then again with a book by Arthur Kopit, music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. The story is based also on Frederico Fellini’s semi- autobiographical film 81⁄2. It focuses on film director Guido Contini, who is dreading his imminent 40th birthday and facing a mid-life crisis, which is blocking his creative impulses and entangling him in a web of romantic difficulties in early 1960s Venice.

The original Broadway production opened in 1982 and ran for 729 performances, and starred Raul Julia. The musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and has enjoyed a number of revivals. The 2003 Broadway revival featured a star-studded cast: Antonio Banderas, Mary Stuart Masterson, Chita Rivera, Jane Krakwoski and Laura Benanti, and won 2 Tony Awards itself, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Jane Krakowski).

The movie [81⁄2] has a phenomenal impact on me when I saw it as a teenager when it first came out. I was fascinated with Guido who was going through his second adolescence when I was going through my first! As I grew I began to realize that there was room to explore the reacting of the inner workings of the women in Guido’s wake…I think that’s what opened the gateways of creativity for NINE – to hear from these extraordinary women.

– Maury Yeston to the New York Times

About the Title

Fellini entitled his film 8 1⁄2 in recognition of his prior body of work, which included six full-length films, two short films, and one that he co-directed. Yeston’s title for the musical adaptation adds another half-credit to Fellini’s output and refers to Guido’s age during his first hallucination sequence. Yeston called the musical NINE, explaining that if you add music to 81⁄2, “it’s like half a number more.”

Getting There

The intimate 88-seat Studio Theater is located at Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove, WI and is the sister performance space to their larger 299-seat Furlan Auditorium. Sunset Playhouse is in the heart of the Elm Grove shopping district at 700 Wall Street with ample free parking available in their spacious parking lot. Sunset Playhouse is easily acceptable for patrons coming from all corners of the world (even Italy!). Visit https:// sunsetplayhouse.com/contact/map-directions for detailed, localized directions from the West, North, South, and East of Southeastern WI.

About Theater RED: Theater RED produces theater in Southeastern Wisconsin. Each production addresses three founding tenets: Substantial roles for women, growth in craft for artists, and support for new playwrights.

For more information: www.theaterred.com and www.sunsetplayhouse.com Be Italian with Theater RED in January 2019!

JUDY GARLAND TRIBUTE AT SUNSET PLAYHOUSE

Singer and pianist KERRY HART BIENEMAN pays tribute to the work of musical giant Judy Garland in a concert titled C’MON GET HAPPY on May 12th and 13th at Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove. Often described as one of the world’s greatest performers, Garland was an international star who won multiple awards for her work in film, television, and recording. C’MON GET HAPPY will showcase many of the singer’s most famous and beloved musical triumphs.

 

 

A favorite of Sunset audiences, Kerry Hart Bieneman is an accomplished performer who currently serves as Music Director for the theater’s popular Musical MainStage Concert Series and has been featured in several of its SideNotes Cabarets. With a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University, she recently worked with Skylight Music Theatre as music director for its critically-acclaimed production of TALES OF HOFFMANN. 

 

 

Joining Bieneman on the Furlan Auditorium stage will be internationally-celebrated singer-songwriter and pianist JOHNNY RODGERS. Rodgers’ many credits include worldwide tours for the U.S. Department of State, as well as performance awards from numerous theaters and cabarets across the country. He also adds a personal element to the show, having spent 18 years as Music Director and singer for Garland’s daughter, Liza Minnelli.

Bieneman and Rodgers will pay homage to Garland and her exceptional career with a lineup of songs that includes “The Man That Got Away,” “You Made Me Love You,” and “The Trolley Song.”

Mother’s Day weekend performances of C’MON GET HAPPY: A JUDY GARLAND TRIBUTE are May 12th at 7:30 p.m. and May 13th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by visiting sunsetplayhouse.com or calling the box office at 262-782-4430.

Giving Tuesday – November 29, 2016

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Sunset Playhouse Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

 Sunset Playhouse has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.  

92Y ÔêÆ  a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back ÔêÆ conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2015, the fourth year of the movement, #GivingTuesday brought together over 45,000 partners in 71 countries and helped raise nearly $117 Million online in the US alone.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.

 

As a non-profit theater, Sunset depends on donations to continue to thrive and survive.  Every donation, no matter the size, is highly appreciated.  Please consider a donation to Sunset Playhouse on Giving Tuesday

To donate to Sunset Playhouse, please click here

Sunset Fundraiser at ParkSide 23 on November 15

Sunset Playhouse will be having a fundraiser on November 15th at one of Brookfield’s best restaurants: ParkSide 23.  

Please join us and enjoy lunch or dinner at ParkSide 23 and 25% of your food purchase will be donated back to Sunset Playhouse.  This is a great way for you to enjoy a wonderful meal and contribute to the playhouse.  

Please note:  you must present a flyer to your server when you order your lunch or dinner in order for Sunset to receive the 25% donation.  See below

Click here to view ParkSide 23’s menu.     

ParkSide 23 serves food from 11AM – 9PM    We hope you will join us at this event.  

ParkSide 23,  2300 North Pilgrim Road, Brookfield, WI 53005  262-784-7255

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Will Durst returns to Sunset: March 11 & 12

Sunset Playhouse Presents:
BOOMERAGING with Will Durst
Written and Performed by William Durst

March 11, 2016 – March 12, 2016 : 7:30 PM
TICKETS
Adults – $20 (use code DURST and receive $5 off all adult tickets)

will-durst-sunset-playhouseWill Durst returns to Sunset Playhouse for two shows after sell-outs last year!
You don’t have to be a baby boomer to enjoy five-time Emmy nominee Will Durst’s new one-man show, ‘BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG.’ In fact, from the looks of the audiences Durst has been attracting in the long-running show this year in San Francisco, everyone loves to laugh at boomers, even young folk!

A Midwestern baby boomer with a media-induced identity crisis, WILL DURST, according to the New York Times is “quite possibly the best political satirist working in the country today.” This equal opportunity offender is exceptionally adept at swatting both partisan and political pinatas upside their heads.
Reigning as C-SPAN’s favorite comic (8 appearances) Durst is a 5-time Emmy nominee and recipient of 7 consecutive nominations for the American Comedy Awards Stand Up of the Year. He is the first comic invited to perform at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the first American to be nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the show “Myth America.” He has racked up more than 400 television appearances in 14 different countries while slinging jokes around the globe in his one man crusade to make people laugh out loud on purpose against their will.

Getting old can be depressing, but Durst’s ‘BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG’ is a morale-booster for his audience. ‘I am not as old as my parents were when they were my age,’ he quips. ‘This is the oldest I’ve ever been’ and I’m beginning to sense a pattern.’

Will Durst promises to “reveal the meaning of life by the end of the show.” Boomeraging is indeed a wonderfully uplifting show so grab your hearing aids and canes and see for yourself.

Will Durst’s performances are made possible by the First Amendment.

Eat at ParkSide 23 on Nov. 10th – Raise funds for Sunset

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Sunset will be holding a fundraiser at ParkSide 23, 2300 Pilgrim Square Drive, Brookfield, on Tuesday, November 10th. If you eat lunch or dinner at ParkSide 23 on that day and give your server the flyer below, 25% of the cost of you meal will go to Sunset Playhouse.

ParkSide 23 is a wonderful restaurant with a large variety of wholesome, home grown food. You will find may choices that you will enjoy. Their phone number is: 262-784-7275. Note: They only take reservations for parties of 10 or more. ParkSide 23 is located on the North East corner of North Avenue and Pilgrim Road.

So why not have a great lunch or dinner and support Sunset Playhouse. Hope to see you on November 10th!

Click here to download the ParkSide 23 coupon – just print out and present to your server before ordering your meal and Sunset will receive 25%! (25% donated to Sunset is based on food purchase only – beverages not included in % determination)

You may also pick up the required flyer at Sunset’s box office on or before November 10th if desired.

Sunset Rummage Sale Coming Soon

Rummaging Around

It was with great anticipation that I went to a recent rummage sale at a very well-known theater here in the Milwaukee area. The chance to go backstage and see what sorts of costume and props treasures were available was so exciting that I planned my weekend around the sale. The chance of a lifetime, I figured. The long line of people waiting to get into the sale only heightened my excitement. This was going to be good! To my disappointment, however, the items with which the theater chose to part were less than breathtaking. One sad rack of costumes, several tables of mostly useless props…how utterly disappointing.

I would have gotten a great deal more satisfaction out of staying home and mowing the lawn.

While it would be amazing to have the resources (and budget) available to constantly buy new things, designers do their best to re-purpose as much as possible. I suppose that even larger theaters are under budget constraints and hold tightly to much of what they own, so it should have not come as a surprise that the pickings at the rummage sale were slim. But it never fails that every show will require the acquisition of at least a few new costumes or props, and every theater has a limited amount of storage space to hold all the many, many pieces it owns.

Volunteers here at Sunset all have the privilege of getting a backstage tour, where they can see just how crammed full of treasures our own storage areas tend to be. Between the small and large props storage areas, the costume loft, the costume shop and all sorts of nooks and crannies where things are kept, we are constantly looking for creative ways to organize and store the great trove of pieces we own. Our closets are bursting at the seams and it’s getting tough to figure out where to store anything new.

So, with that in mind, we are starting to get ready to host our own rummage sale sometime this summer. It’s time to clean out our stock of “stuff”….and we are betting on the fact that you are going to find some great treasures when we do. Not just one sad rack of costumes and a couple of tables of props, but all sorts of things that we simply can’t keep.

We can’t say just yet what will be available, but we can promise that you will have a good time searching through our treasures and will hopefully find a piece or two that belongs at your house. Perhaps it’s a costume you recognize from a show you’ve seen, or a prop for which you can find a brand new use….maybe even some furniture that your college-bound kids could use in their new apartments. Won’t it be fun to say that you own a little piece of Sunset?

No matter what, we hope to guarantee that it will certainly be more fun than mowing your lawn!

(Keep an eye out for information about the sale. It will be this summer, that much is certain, but the dates and times are yet to be determined.)

Will Durst in BOOMERAGING

Sunset Playhouse of Elm Grove – the gold standard of Community Theater providing Quality Theater & Educational Programs at affordable prices for more than 50 years is proud to present Will Durst in BOOMERAGING ON March 20th at 8:00PM & 21st at 3:00PM & 8:00PM.

You don’t have to be a baby boomer to enjoy five-time Emmy nominee Will Durst’s new one-man comic show, ‘BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG.’ In fact, from the looks of the audiences Durst has been attracting in the long-running show this year in San Francisco, everyone loves to laugh at boomers, even young folk!

A Midwestern baby boomer with a media-induced identity crisis, WILL DURST, according to the New York Times is “quite possibly the best political satirist working in the country today.” This equal opportunity offender is exceptionally adept at swatting both partisan & political piñatas upside their heads.

Reigning as C-SPAN’s favorite comic – 8 appearances, Durst is a 5-time Emmy nominee & recipient of 7 consecutive nominations for the American Comedy Awards Stand Up of the Year.

He is the first comic invited to perform at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government & the first American to be nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the show “Myth America.”

He has racked up more than 400 television appearances in 14 different countries while slinging jokes around the globe in his one man crusade to make people laugh out loud on purpose against their will.

Getting old can be depressing, but Durst’s ‘BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG’ is a morale-booster for his audience. ‘I am not as old as my parents were when they were my age,’ he quips. ‘This is the oldest I’ve ever been & I’m beginning to sense a pattern.’

Will Durst promises to “reveal the meaning of life by the end of the show.” Boomeraging is indeed a wonderfully uplifting show so grab your hearing aids & canes & see for yourself. You won’t be able to stop laughing.

Will Durst’s performances are made possible by the First Amendment.

For tickets call the Sunset Playhouse box office at 262-782-4430 or order online at www.sunsetplayhouse.com.

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Will Durst in BOOMERAGING coming to Sunset

Will Durst, will perform his comedy show BOOMERAGING at Sunset on March 20th at 8:00PM and 21st at 3:00PM & 8:00PM.

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You don’t have to be a baby boomer to enjoy five-time Emmy nominee Will Durst’s new one-man comic show, “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG.” In fact, from the looks of the audiences Durst has been attracting in the long-running show this year in San Francisco, everyone loves to laugh at boomers, even young folk!

A Midwestern baby boomer with a media-induced identity crisis, WILL DURST, according to the New York Times is “quite possibly the best political satirist working in the country today.” This equal opportunity offender is exceptionally adept at swatting both partisan and political pinatas upside their heads.

Reigning as C-SPAN’s favorite comic (8 appearances) Durst is a 5-time Emmy nominee and recipient of 7 consecutive nominations for the American Comedy Awards Stand Up of the Year. He is the first comic invited to perform at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the first American to be nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the show “Myth America.” He has racked up more than 400 television appearances in 14 different countries while slinging jokes areound the globe in his one man crusade to make people laugh out loud on purpose against their will.will_durst (1)

Getting old can be depressing, but Durst’s “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG” is a moral-booster for his audience. “I am not as old as my parents were when they were my age,” he quips. “This is the oldest I’ve ever been and I’m beginning to sense a pattern.”

Will Durst promises to “reveal the meaning of life by the end of the show.” Boomeraging is indeed a wonderfully uplifting show so grab your hearing aids and canes and see for yourself. You won’t be able to stop laughing.

Click here to purchase tickets or call our box office at 262-782-4430.

Will Durst’s performances are made possible by the First Amendment.

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