2013–14 The Black Box Theatre Season

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Absurd Person Singular

by Alan Ayckbourn
directed by Phil Martin

Absurd Person Singular is a 1972 play by Alan Ayckbourn. Divided into three acts, it documents the changing fortunes of three married couples. Each act takes place at a Christmas celebration at one of the couples’ homes on successive Christmas Eves.


  • Friday, Sept 13—7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept 14—7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept 20—7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept 21—2:00 & 7:30 p.m.

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Love’s Labour’s Lost

by William Shakespeare
directed by Jeanne Leep

Romantic, smart, fun and festive!  Love’s Labour’s Lost is Shakespeare’s Rom-Com: a celebration of true love and a coming of age tale.  The young king of Navarre and his best guy friends decide to study, fast and swear off the joys of women, UNTIL four cute, clever girls from France show up, forcing the men to reconsider that choice!

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  • Friday, Nov 15—7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov 16—7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov 21—7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov 22—7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov 23—2:00 & 7:30 p.m.

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music by Mark Hollmann
lyrics by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann
directed bySusan Nanning-Sorenson

Urinetown: The Musical is a satirical comedy musical, with music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, and book by Kotis. It satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics. The show also parodies musicals such as The Cradle Will Rock and Les Misérables, and the Broadway musical itself as a form. In reverse pantomime style, the unconventional plotline shatters audience expectations of a somewhat pleasant ending.


  • Friday, Feb 21—7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb 22—7:30 p.m.
    Thursday, Feb 27—7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb 28—7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Mar 1—2:00 & 7:30 p.m.

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poster from showBrenda Bufalino, Photo:  Tony Waag

A Living – And Tapping – Legend Performs

It’s not often area audiences encounter a living legend, yet from Sunday, March 2nd – Tuesday, March 4th, Madisonians will have many opportunities to see Brenda Bufalino, one of the world’s leading performers of a uniquely American art form – tap dance.  After lecture-demonstrations and master classes here, Ms. Bufalino will share her insights into the artistry and history of American rhythm tap dance from March 5th – 6th at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

It’s all thanks to a collaboration between TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater, the Wisconsin Union Directorate, the University of Wisconsin Center for Humanities, Edgewood College and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, working together to bring this remarkable artist, performer and educator to Wisconsin.

Recognized as a leading figure in tap dance for decades – the National Endowment for the Arts dubbed two of her pieces “American Masterpieces” – Ms. Bufalino performs, lectures and teaches internationally.

A pioneer in the resurgence of jazz tap dance in the 70s, she went on to become an innovator in the form, receiving multiple awards, recording CDs and DVDs, publishing and creating tap festivals.  She toured extensively as artistic director of the American Tap Dance Orchestra, and as a guest soloist, appearing at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Apollo Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center and other prestigious venues. She performed with legendary tap dancers Charles “Honi” Coles, Gregory Hines and the Nicholas Brothers, as well as noted theater artist, Bill Irwin.  Ms. Bufalino sold out seasons at the Joyce Theater and brought jazz tap dance to Eastern Europe through a State Department tour. 

She will share her artistic insights and one-of-a-kind rhythms in a “TAP DANCE…  Made in America: The Rhythm and History of America’s Own Indigenous Art Form,” a lecture demonstration.  Madison’s own jazz pianist Dave Stoler plays for Bufalino as she shows and tells audiences about the styles, periods, performance, presentation and creation of American jazz tap dance.

Lecture-demonstrations are scheduled for Monday, March 3, 7:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre in the Stream Building on the Edgewood College Campus and Tuesday, March 4, 7:00 PM in Great Hall at the Memorial Union on the UW-Madison campus.  Both events are free and open to the general public.

Bufalino will offer a master class for intermediate level and above tap dance students on Sunday, March 2, from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, at the TAPIT/new works Studio Theater, 1957 Winnebago Street. 

For information on registration and fees, and any other questions regarding Ms. Bufalino’s visit, contact TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater at 608.244.2938 or info@tapitnewworks.org.

This project is supported in part, by TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater, the Wisconsin Union Directorate Performing Arts Committee, the University of Wisconsin Center for Humanities and the Edgewood College Educational Programming Board; the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, COFAC, Great Artists, Great Speakers Series.

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directed by Directing II Students

One-act plays directed by Edgewood Theatre Arts students: fresh, funny, thought-provoking and smart, this variety pack of plays showcases the talents of our students onstage and behind the scenes.


  • Thursday, May 1—7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 2—7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 3—2:00 & 7:30 p.m.

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At the Hawk’s Well by William Butler Yeats
Director: Miranda Beadle
In this classic poetic Irish masterpiece, Yeats explores the destructive, cyclical nature of humanity striving for our deepest desire: immortality.

Murder by Midnight by Jeff Goode
Director: Allie Capps
The outrageous, witty, noir parody about a hotel detective who has ten minutes till midnight to solve… a murder!

A Second of Pleasure by Neil LaBute
Director:  Sarah Helms
Contemporary misanthropic writer Neil LaBute exposes the emotional difficulty of private conversations in public places. One man, one woman and a train to catch.

Beer Girl by Walter Wykes
Director: Ryan McCrumb
Man escapes into golden frothy fantasy... Beer Girl, drink it up!

Vines in a Vacuum by Jimmy Brunelle
Director: Eric Schommer
Trapped and misunderstood. This emotional piece gives insight into the mind of a disabled man who struggles for basic human needs.

Family Voices by Harold Pinter 
Director: Kayla Stelzel
Family Voices examines Pinter's common theme of communication failure through the art of storytelling, as a young man's life prospers and his mother's life dwindles.

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Theatre for Young Audiences Production, written by the TFYA class

directed by Susan Nanning Sorenson


  • Tuesday, May 6—1:00 & 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday May 8—1:00 & 7:00 p.m.

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