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The Boulevard Ensemble Studio Theatre Announces Silver Anniversary Season

July 30, 2010

The Boulevard Ensemble Studio Theatre, located at 2252 South Kinnickinnic, celebrates 25 years of staging dynamic, eclectic theatre when its 2010-2011 season opens on July 28th with FOURPLAY: 4 Comedies Of Seduction.

FOURPLAY will be the opening production in the Ensemble's stellar line-up of scripts which includes Evan Smith's wholly entertaining comedy THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION, Gina Gionfriddo's romantic romp BECKY SHAW, and Luigi Pirandello's puzzler RIGHT YOU ARE! (IF YOU THINK YOU ARE!). Both SAVANNAH DISPUTATION and BECKY SHAW are Milwaukee premieres.

In FOURPLAY, the Boulevard (Milwaukee's pioneer neighborhood theatre) has hand-picked four exquisitely crafted comedies to open its “Silver Anniversary Season,” and these comic cameos include celebrated East Coast playwright John Patrick Shanley's early, charming tribute to young love entitled THE RED COAT as well as Elaine Jarvik's reflection on matrimonial bliss DEAD RIGHT.

Both THE RED COAT (featuring Hugh Blewett, Keigan Vannoy) and DEAD RIGHT (featuring Barbara Weber and Mark Ninneman) are Milwaukee premieres and both will showcase the directing debut of Milwaukee actor Paul Madden. Madden won acclaim for his acting work in previous Boulevard productions (STATIONS OF THE CROSS, THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE & BOO, ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL).

FOURPLAY's program of plays includes two scripts which have been produced previously in Milwaukee and which have proven themselves Milwaukee audience favorites: David Ives' frenetic frolic of public “pick-up” SURE THING and Harold Pinter's deviously clever marital indictment THE LOVER. SURE THING will be enacted by two Milwaukee favorites (Brooke Wegner, Ken Dillon) while THE LOVER presents an equally impressive two-handed cast (Ericka Wade, Jason Wills). Local actor/writer Tom Dillon makes his directing debut with SURE THING and Boulevard's Artistic Director Mark Bucher tackles THE LOVER.

Tom Dillon has appeared countless times with the Boulevard (AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN, THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, MRS. FARNSWORTH, THE DAYS OF WINE & ROSES) as well as many other theatres (Windfall, Dramatists Theatre, etc.) and is a recognized face amongst Milwaukee audiences.

Tickets are $20 and all performances will be at the Boulevard's charming studio space at 2252 South Kinnickinnic. Call the 24-hour ticket line @ 414. 744. 5757. Please visit our website (always under construction) at: www.boulevardtheatre.com for additional information.

Season subscriptions increase savings and expand patron flexibility and are available only through July 28, 2010.

“FOURPLAY” performance dates:

Tuesday, July 27th @ 7:30 pm

("Pay What You Can" Night!)*

*Pay What You Can

(No set ticket charge. Each "admission" is a pure donation)

“FOURPLAY”: First week:

Wednesday, July 28th @ 7:30 pm (Opening Night)

Thursday, July 29th @ 7:30 pm

Friday, July 30th @ 8 pm

Saturday, July 31st @ 8 pm

Sunday, August 1st @ 4 pm

“FOURPLAY”: Second week:

Saturday, August 7th @ 8 pm

Sunday, August 8th @ 4 pm

“FOURPLAY”: Third week:

Saturday, August 14th @ 8pm

Sunday, August 15th @ 4 pm

“FOURPLAY”: Fourth week:

Saturday, August 21st @ 8 pm

Sunday, August 22nd @ 4 pm

“FOURPLAY”: Fifth week:

Saturday, August 28th @ 8 pm

Sunday, August 29th @ 4pm


Friday, September 3rd @ 8pm

Saturday, September 4th @ 8pm

Sunday, September 5th @ 4 pm

Notes on this production:

Please note the Sunday matinee performance time has been (temporarily, for this production only) set back to a 4 pm start time. This enables guests & patrons to still enjoy the waning days of summer and yet still enjoy an early performance on a "school night," so to speak.

Also, please note ...

*Boulevard Ensemble's season subscribers, lifetime subscribers and friends of the company are welcome to utilize season subscriptions, lifetime memberships and guest/comp passes during the first five weeks of this production.

No subscription, membership, guest pass or comp is valid for the final sixth week (September 3-5).

Thank you for your understanding and assistance in our "soft" campaign to serve our wonderful subscribers, lifetime members, and other guests while saving 'last-minute' room for new friends and future supporters of the Boulevard.

Do "Knot" allow yourself to be disappointed! Book your tickets now for this delightful festival of one-act comedies! (Pictured are Wade & Will, engaging in a battle of "Will's!"....featured in Boulevard Theatre's July 28th through September 5th production of FOURPLAY...photos by Troy Freund, www.troyfreund.com )



FOURPLAY: 4 Comedies Of Seduction:

These comedies explore love and seduction with wit and affection. John Patrick Shanley’s tender play THE RED COAT showcases a teenage crush while Elaine Jarvik’s tart marital portrait DEAD RIGHT humorously dramatizes long-married love.

David Ives’ romp SURE THING reinvents the “pick-up” while Harold Pinter’s droll satire THE LOVER indicts marriage altogether. With Hugh Blewett, Ken Dillon, Mark Ninneman, Keigan Vannoy, Barbara Weber, Ericka Wade, Brooke Wegner and Jason Will. July 28-August 29, 2010 (5 weeks).

Evan Smith’s wholly entertaining comedy


The author of REMEDIAL ENGLISH writes of two Southern sisters beset by a Baptist beautician intent on saving their souls, if not their hair color. One sister craftily convenes a dinner party with both the “Holy Roller” stylist and their own tippling parish priest. A divinely redemptive comedy. November 24, 2010-January 9, 1011 (7 weeks).

Gina Gionfriddo’s cracked comic valentine BECKY SHAW:

A hard-edged comedy with a soft-hearted center. A young couple sets up two friends on a blind date. This “good intention” paves the way for a “hellish” uproar for their marriage and rocks the lives of both couples. A mother from Hades completes the comic quintet. With Anne Miller, Joe Fransee and Christine Horgen. February 9-March 13, 2011 (5 weeks).

Luigi Pirandello’s RIGHT YOU ARE! (IF YOU THINK YOU ARE!):

A prickly puzzle about neighbors mystified, perplexed and finally driven to distraction by the arrival of a new family into their sedate village. The author of SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR tantalizes audiences with the question of “whose ‘truth’ can be believed?” A Rubik’s Cube of comedy! April 20-May 22, 2011 (5 weeks).

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Actors, artists, directors, designers, board members, volunteers, interns, and all others who wish to work at the theatre company which kick-started the Bay View renaissance and which has presented electric & eclectic theatre for a quarter of a century, should send an email of inquiry to Boulevard Artistic Director Mark Bucher @ mbucher@juno.com and present their interests in working at the Boulevard.

Actors, guest directors, designers should email their resume, availability, and any references within this email. Boulevard also seeks dedicated volunteers, board members, interns, and others.

Again, please email mbucher@juno.com with questions or requests for information. Responsible, dedicated individuals of all ethnicities, backgrounds and experience levels are encouraged to apply.

Actors, designers and directors will receive an email with detailed questions and should the “cyber audition” continue, a physical meeting/audition will take place. Artists who appear with the Boulevard receive compensation for their work.


The Boulevard Theatre has broken artistic ground, helped nurture local talent and provided unique theatrical experiences to its community for a quarter of a century. Boulevard's surrounding neighborhood has (thanks to the impact & influence of this small "Johnny Appleseed of the arts") been transformed from an economically challenged area with little hope to a thriving business sector and cultural destination. Boulevard has won citations and awards citing its presence as an important factor in Bay View's rebirth.

The Boulevard's alumni have graduated from early career opportunities on the Boulevard stage to starring turns at the Skylight Opera, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, The Milwaukee Rep and many more arts organizations throughout the country. Its technical and administrative alumni have grown from enthusiastic beginners to respected professionals in the Milwaukee arts community.

Boulevard and its artistic staff are the proverbial proud parents to a thriving neighborhood and artistic community! Join us at our shows for our Silver Anniversary Season and see the both the Boulevard and its now-thriving neighborhood in action.

The Boulevard Theatre is located at 2252 South Kinnickinnic Milwaukee, WI 414.744.5757. And visit our website at: www.boulevardtheatre.com .

End of Boulevard's Silver Anniversary Season press release...( 32x )

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