Past Shows

The Pillowman -- April 16 - May 2, 2015

by Martin McDonagh. The scariest of ghost stories often hold a kernel of real truth... Katurian is a great author - in his own mind. But the stories he has written, and the beloved brother who inspired them, have brought Katurian to the attention of his nation's police. And no one would like to be the focus of this nation's police. PERFORMANCES WILL BE THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS, & SATURDAYS AT 7:30 P.M. Tickets on sale now.

33 VARIATIONS -- Concert Reading March 12 - 14 at VILLA TERRACE

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 Ted Tyson as Beethoven. Questions: Call Villa Terrace at (414) 271-3656.

BARE: A Pop Opera -- February 13 - March 1, 2015

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!

Macbeth - January 15-31, 2015

Fateful prophecy and latent greed incite a bloody downward spiral for the war hero Macbeth and his cunning wife as their fight for a throne plunges them deeper into murder and madness. Presented with an ALL-FEMALE Cast, this is Shakespeare's supernaturally tragic study of deception, betrayal, and brutal ambition.

Moon Over Buffalo - November 7-22, 2014

by Ken Ludwig. This madcap comedy is set in “scenic” Buffalo, New York, in 1953, and centers on George and Charlotte Hay, a married pair of fading stars, who are currently touring with two shows in repertory – Noel Coward’s PRIVATE LIVES and the Rostand classic, CYRANO DE BERGERAC. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George's dalliance with a young ingénue, the Hays receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: legendary screen director Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee. It seems Capra’s latest leading man has taken a spill and Capra is now in search of just the right replacement. Of course, everything that could go wrong does. Add in the darling daughter, her clueless fiancé, an old flame that’s all too easy to rekindle, more than a bit of booze, Charlotte's ancient hard-of-hearing father, a few mistaken identities, and countless other wrong turns, this farce will have you laughing until the sun comes up.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - September 19-27, 2014

"This is the story of The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, perhaps the most remarkable, certainly the most successful, book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor - more popular than the Celestial Home Care Omnibus, better selling than 53 More Things To Do In Zero Gravity, and more controversial than Oolon Coluphid’s trilogy of philosophical blockbusters: Where God Went Wrong, Some More of God’s Greatest Mistakes, and Who is This God Person Anyway?" From the brilliantly twisted mind of Douglas Adams comes the staged reading that answers the question of life, the universe, and everything. Adams's book is one in which literally anything can happen, with the only rule being that what comes next will probably be the last thing the reader would expect and is bound to be amusing. When THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY was first broadcast as a 12-part radio series on the British Broadcasting System in 1978, it was successful. No one could have guessed, th…

COLOR CABARET on Sunday, August 24, at 7:30 PM

End your summer with song at this fundraiser for the Soulstice light and sound systems! We'll have refreshments, a silent auction, a chance for you to see what's ahead this season, and even an opportunity for you to sponsor your very own seat in the Keith Tamsett Theater! With Colleen Schmitt on keyboards, and featuring the stellar vocal stylings of Amber Smith, Doug Clemons, Laura Monagle, and Joe Nolan singing some of the best tunes Broadway has ever known. Don't let Soulstice end Summer in the dark!! Join us for this fabulous finale to fun in the sun! Tickets $25 adults / $20 students, seniors, & military.

FOLLIES June 6 - 21

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Goldman Winner of eight Tony Awards, FOLLIES tells the story of a reunion in a crumbling Broadway theatre of the past performers of the "Weismann's Follies," those dancing and singing darlings who won our hearts between the Wars. Love, loss, laughter, and lament come to the reunion as well in this Broadway classic, with unforgettable songs including "Broadway Baby," "I'm Still Here," and the masterpiece "Losing My Mind". One of Sondheim's best musical and lyrical works, and presented here in concert format featuring some of the best voices in Milwaukee, FOLLIES is sure to leave you on your feet cheering for more.

STILL LIFE April 4 - 19

by Alexander Dinelaris With her star on the rise, photographer Carrie Ann inexplicably shuts down at the pinnacle of her career. Lost, and afraid to even pick up her camera, her sudden descent is interrupted by an unexpected romance with Jeff, a trend analyst who becomes determined to help her move on, even while facing his own uncertain future.

GOD January 24 – February 8

by Woody Allen An existential “romp,” this comedy from laugh-master Woody Allen asks the big questions: What is real? What happens when we die? Is there a god? The journey to find the answers will leave you both laughing and thinking.

LUNCH HOUR by Jean Kerr December 12 – 14

Enhanced Readers' Theatre

PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE November 7 – 23

by Steve Martin Albert Einstein meets Pablo Picasso...Both well-formed egos on the verge of their greatest fame. What else but hilarity could ensue when two of the greatest minds meet? In this brilliant absurdist comedy, Steve Martin revels in humanity's achievements and uncovers its greatest potential.

BETRAYAL September 12 - 28

by Harold Pinter When Emma's marriage to Robert collapses, she turns to her former lover, Jerry, for support. We walk with the lovers back in time, as the relationship breaks, builds, and begins. “BETRAYAL shows, heartlessly, that the very capacity for love itself is sometimes based on betraying not only other loved ones, but even ourselves.” – Roger Ebert

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! July 25 - August 10

By David McCall, George Newall, Tom Yohe , and Team You love them, Your kids love them. All your favorites - Lolly, Conjunction Junction, Figure Eight, Nouns, I'm Just a Bill, Interjections - packed in this family-friendly romp through grammar, math, science, and history.

The Memory of Water May 3 - 18th

by Shelagh Stephenson All Shows: 7:30 PM *Pay What You Can Preview - Thursday, May 2nd Shows: Friday/Saturday only - May 3 - 18th The Memory of Water is an inspiring tale that reveals the many ways in which a death in the family uncovers the absurdity of life. Darkly comic, the play shows that even in traumatic times, humour can be found anywhere. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the big hearted and bittersweet exploration of family and memory by one of the UK’s best playwrights, Shelagh Stephenson. "Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2000." "touching and hugely entertaining comedy" UK ‘Play of the Year’

Completely Hollywood (abridged)

Come into the warmth of a Soulstice show in the winter! This one will have you laughing! All shows at 7:30 PM!

Over the River and Through the Woods

Please NOTE that the Saturday performance of Over the River is a FUNDRAISER that includes an Italian dinner of bread, salad, pastas and sauces, and canollis for dessert. For a fixed price of $25.00, patrons get a meal and show. Drinks are extra by donations at the bar. MEAL reservations are necessary. To reserve a meal and ticket, CALL, leave your name, the number of tickets you want, and say “YES, we want the meal package.” It is possible to attend the show without eating a meal. Normal prices, $18/16 for seniors and students, apply. You won’t get an Italian meal this good for $7.00 anywhere! Mangiamo!

Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit’ Comes to Soulstice Stage

Please join us for this charming and delightful comedy!

Rocket Man

Soulstice will present Rocket Man by Steven Dietz from September 7th through the 22nd. You won’t want to miss this special show that opens our 11th season!

Summer Series

Join us for our “Summer Series”. Tickets are only available at the door. $15.00 for each show. $60.00 for the entire summer. It’s going to be a great summer!

Goldfish

Don’t miss Goldfish by John Kolvenbach! This play, by the author of our critically acclaimed Love Song, is an intelligent and thoughtful drama. Set aside one night in May! We’d love to share it with you! ALL SHOWS AT 7:30 PM!

Polish Joke

When? April 19 – 20 – 21 – All shows at 7:30 PM What? Polish Joke in Reader’s Theatre Presentation Form Where? Soulstice Theatre – 3770 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 2, St. Francis, WI Extras? Great Polish food for sale before the show – catered by Cindy’s Kitchen! Dinner begins at 6PM. Many wonderful raffle items for selection. Buy bidding tickets at the Box Office. Winners selected on Saturday night. You need not be present to win. Please come out for some great food, wonderful fun, and a hilarious show! **TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE BOX OFFICE FOR SHOW, DINNER & RAFFLE!

Nocturne

The season just keeps rolling, and another show is getting ready to open. Nocturne by Adam Rapp promises to be that thought-provoking drama that inspires and challenges. Matt Michaelis (Director) has assembled a talented cast to tell the story. Please join us!

“Tick. Tick…Boom!”

We are in the midst of Tech Week for our winter musical by Jonathan Larson. Jillian Smith (Director) has done a great job with a talented group of actors to put up this show. The Tech Staff is working magic in the theater. Art Jaehnke is leading a great-sounding Pit Orchestra. All the pieces are fitting together to be able to welcome an audience the next three weekends. We hope you’ll be a part of that audience.

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

When an elderly woman hires a young dance instructor to come to her condo for private lessons, both of them learn some important lessons about friendship.

The Foreigner

Winner of two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards, “The Foreigner” is an inspired comic romp by the late Larry Shue of the Milwaukee Rep. The play demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger whom they think knows no English. Soulstice produced The Foreigner from October 28 to November 13, 2010.

Shining City

Set in present-day Dublin, “Shining City” takes place in the disheveled office of Ian, a former priest turned therapist. Ian is visited by John, a middle-aged man who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident. John is having trouble sleeping and is desperate for help, but Ian has his own troubles, including a new baby and a crumbling relationship. John reveals the source of his insomnia: he has been visited by the ghost of his dead wife and is now terrified to return home. In this contemporary ghost story, McPherson explores what it means to lose faith – in God, in relationships, and in oneself. Soulstice's production ran from February 10 to 26, 2011.

American Enterprise

“American Enterprise” is the song-filled, true story of the George Pullman empire in Chicago. At the height of the Industrial Revolution, Pullman built the utopian workers community outside of Chicago which bore his name. As political and economic forces devastated the railroad markets, his fortunes, and the national economy, the ideal world Pullman created, he largely destroyed. Our final show at the Marian Center for Nonprofits, American Enterprise ran from April 28 to May 14, 2011.

Seussical The Musical

From the musical team that gave us RAGTIME and ONCE ON THIS ISLAND comes this family friendly musical spectacular, featuring so many of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters, in which the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. The Inaugural Production in the Keith Tamsett Theater, Seussical played to six sold-out houses from July 28 through August 6, 2011.

The Nerd

November, 2011...Soulstice staged the hilarious comedy by Larry Shue

Nocturne

January, 2012...Soulstice presents the deeply moving play by Adam Rapp.