Book by Jon Hartmere, Jr. and Damon Intrabartolo, lyrics by Hartmere and music by Intrabartolo. This contemporary rock musical follows a group of teenagers in a co-ed Catholic boarding school as they struggle to understand their identity, sexuality, and religion. The story centers on Peter and Jason who share a secret relationship. As Peter grows to accept his sexual identity, Jason remains hesitant about coming out of the closet. The show explores the consequences of being your true self versus hiding your identity from others. Originally opening in Los Angeles in late 2000, Soulstice is thrilled to present the Wisconsin premiere of BARE: A POP OPERA. Friday & Saturday performances of BARE: A POP OPERA are at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee performances are at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. Click on the link above and go to the February or March calendar to make your advance purchase!
by Moisés Kaufman Why did Beethoven write 33 variations on “an insignificant little waltz” when his publisher, Diabelli, wanted just one? Musicologist Dr. Katherine Brandt, beset by her own challenges with an insidious disease, is driven to discover an answer. Presented as a concert reading fundraiser for Soulstice, this Wisconsin premiere features UWM Peck School of Music professor Elena Abend at the piano. The concert reading will be held at the Villa Terrace Ballroom, 2220 N. Terrace Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Performances at 7:30; special tickets available now online. Starring Laura Monagle, Amanda Hull, David Rothrock, Margaret Casey, Michael Keiley, Mark Flagg, and Brian Myers as Beethoven. Questions: Call Villa Terrace at (414) 271-3656.
by Martin McDonagh. The scariest of ghost stories often hold a kernel of real truth… Katurian, a writer of fictional short stories which often depict violence against children, has been arrested by two detectives of the police state, Ariel and Tupolski. It seems some of Katurian’s stories resemble recent child murders to which his mentally-challenged brother, Michal, has not only confessed, but also implicated him. When the possibility arises that one missing child may still be alive, the "good cop / bad cop" investigators stop at nothing in pursuit of the truth, no matter how unsavory it might be. Guilt is relative in this twisted tale, as the demons within all are forced to the surface. The play includes both narrations and reenactments of several of Katurian's stories, most notably the autobiographical "The Writer and the Writer's Brother", which tells how Katurian developed his disturbed imagination by hearing the sounds of Michal being tortured by their parents. Believing his ultimate conviction and execution is certain, the writer hopes to find immortality by the only means possible – by preserving his stories – but will undoubtedly find it with words and images haunting your memory. PERFORMANCES WILL BE FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS AT 7:30 P.M. Tickets will go on sale in early February. **Kindly note, this play does contain powerfully dark subject matter and imagery and is recommended for audience members of high school age and above.
by Sarah Ruhl. Called "rhapsodically beautiful" and "inexpressibly moving," this is Sarah Ruhl's reimagining of the Orpheus myth through the eyes of its heroine. Written in honor of her father, who died of cancer, and as a way to "have a few more conversations with him," Ruhl’s Eurydice dies too young on her wedding day, and is forced to journey to the Underworld. There, she reunites with her father and struggles to remember Orpheus, her lost love in the world above. The result is a lush, luminous exploration of the memory, loss, and love beyond the grave. Performances of Sarah Ruhl's EURYDICE will be on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale in early March.