2012–2013 The Black Box Theatre Season

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The Cor Stories: Identity Through the Lens of Theatre

Directors/Performers/Artists include:
Roseann Sheridan, Sam White, Phil Martin, Susan Nanning Sorenson, Audrey Wax, Jeanne Leep, Donna Peckett, Fabu, Chris Dunham, Mary Waldhart and more!


  • September 21—7:30 p.m.
  • September 22 —3:30 p.m.

The Black Box Theatre

Edgewood College Theatre presents an evening dedicated to the celebration of Art and Identity. Join us for an unforgettable collection of pieces, directed by Edgewood Faculty and members of the Madison community, including Forward Theatre Company, CTM and Tapit New Works, as we explore the COR of identity through the lens of theatre, AND celebrate the opening of the new Black Box!

Open House and Dedication
of the Center

September 22, 2012 | Visual & Theatre Arts Center

Murder in the Library

October 13, 2012 | 7:00 p.m. | Oscar Rennebohm Library

Cynthia Blaise:
Celebrated vocal coach to the stars shares her techniques on the best vocal practices for stage and screen

October 18, 2012 | 10:00 a.m. | The Black Box Theatre

Ahrens-Washburn Series

Cynthia Blaise is a professional in the film and theatre industry as an actor and director, but she has spent a great deal of her time working as a speech and voice coach in the film industry. 

She has worked as a voice and dialect coach on well over a hundred plays both in professional theatre (including The Second City in both Chicago and Detroit) and many educational theatres.  She has also worked on many films as a dialect coach, including Eight Mile, The Affair of the Necklace, and Spitfire Grill, to name only a few.

As an actor, she has appeared in both film and theatre and received training as an actor with the late Jerzy Grotowski, renowned director of the Polish Laboratory Theatre, famous for its theatre of physical metaphor.

Ms Blaise, who holds an MFA in acting from the University of California, Ervine, and is certified in the Fitzmaurice Method of voice instruction, has agreed to come to our campus to work with students interested in improving their vocal technique. 

In this event, open to the community, Ms Blaise will talk about her interesting career and will do some simple workshop techniques that would benefit anyone interested in using their voice more effectively.

Keegan-Michael Key:
An Interactive Conversation on performing, writing and crafting an identity in the arts

October 18, 2012 | 7:00 p.m. | The Black Box Theatre

Ahrens-Washburn Series

Keegan-Michael Key is an award-winning actor and comedian.  Currently he is half of the Comedy Central hit show, Key & Peele, and will be appearing in the comedy feature film, Hell Baby.  Frequently seen on film and television, he performed as a cast member of MADtv beginning in 2004 where he played many roles including “coach.”   He also played a substantial role on the CBS sitcom Gary Unmarried. He has worked as a cast member at Second City in both Detroit and Chicago, where he won a number of awards including the Joseph Jefferson Award for his work in the revue Curious George Goes to War.

Keegan-Michael Key received his MFA in acting from Penn State and a BFA from the University of Detroit-Mercy. In addition to his TV work, he is a talented and accomplished improviser, writer and actor in theatre and film.

Keegan-Michael Key &
Cynthia Blaise on a Life in
the Arts

October 19, 2012 | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. |
The Black Box Theatre

Ahrens-Washburn Series

Keegan-Michael Key and Cynthia Blaise share their journey together as professional yet principled artists in the world of film and television.

Keegan-Michael Key:
Improv Workshop

October 19, 2012 | 5:00–6:00 p.m. |
The Black Box Theatre

Ahrens-Washburn Series

This workshop is for students of Improv at Edgewood College.

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Conceal and Carry: Queers Exposed

by Audrey Lauren Wax & Members of the LGBTQ Narratives Group of Madison, WI

performance: October 25—7:00 p.m.

Anderson Auditorium
Co-sponsored by COR

A monologue play based on interviews of LGBTQ people in the Greater Madison area and beyond.  Inspired by poetry, this monologue play has moved hearts and minds, and now moves onto the stage.

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Bye Bye Birdie

book by Mike Stewart
music by Charles Strouse
lyrics by Lee Adams
directed by Phil Martin


  • November 9—7:30 p.m.
  • November 10—3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • November 16—7:30 p.m.
  • November 17—7:30 p.m.

The Black Box Theatre

An affectionate satire of how American life is changed when Conrad Birdie, a rock and roll singer, heads to Sweet Apple, Ohio to deliver a farewell kiss to one of his biggest fans before he is drafted.  Filled with classic Broadway songs like “Put On a Happy Face” and early rock and roll like “Lot of Livin’ to Do,” Bye Bye Birdie is total fun for the whole family.

A Conversation with
Mary Zimmerman

November 26, 2012 | 7:00 p.m. | The Black Box Theatre

Ahrens-Washburn Series

Due to a family emergency, Mary Zimmerman has had to postpone her event in the Black Box Theatre on Monday, Nov. 26th.  The Theatre Department is in contact with her and will be rescheduling the event.

American Players Theatre Audition Workshop

February 7, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. |
The Black Box Theatre

Showcase: 3:00 p.m.

Ahrens-Washburn Series

In this interactive audition workshop, a small group of students will work with an APT member, then polish their work and perform them later in the afternoon.  Others will be able to observe and learn from the process and showcase.

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The Arabian Nights

by Mary Zimmerman
directed by Jeanne Leep


  • February 22—7:30 p.m.
  • February 23—3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • March 1—7:30 p.m.
  • March 2—7:30 p.m.

The Black Box Theatre

Mary Zimmerman’s fresh take on these ancient tales creates a magical experience in which Scheherazade's stories, told to save her life from the cruel and tortured ruler, Shahryar, weave an enchanted carpet ride that will both delight the senses and provoke the mind. For one thousand and one nights, Shahryar delays Scheherazade’s murder as he eagerly awaits her next tale of love, lust, hilarity, or sorrow. This beautiful and highly physical adaptation makes for a powerful version of both familiar and lesser-known tales from the cannon of this classic text.

Contains suggestive content and stylized violence.

An Interactive Conversation with Professional Actor and Edgewood College Alum Dylan Stuckey

March 4, 2013 | 11:00 a.m. | The Black Box Theatre

Ahrens-Washburn Series

Dylan Stuckey is a professional actor and theatre maker based in Chicago.  He is a proud alumnus of Edgewood College with a B.S. in Performing Arts.  He also holds an MFA in acting from Wayne State University in Detroit.  In addition he has studied with the Moscow Art Theatre School, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Stratford Festival of Canada. 

Dylan has had the pleasure of working with a great many theatres in Chicago.  Past productions include Cloud 9 (Gift Theatre), Awake and Sing (Northlight Theatre), the Chicago premiere of Aftermath (Signal Ensemble), the U.S. premiere of Absolute Hell (Gift Theatre), as well as work with Lookingglass Theatre, Promethean Theatre Ensemble, and New Leaf Theatre. 

In addition to acting Dylan is also a winner of the Heck Rabbi playwriting competition for his play Help Wanted, which was produced at the Wayne State studio theatre in 2008.  Dylan is thrilled to be returning to Edgewood College where his love of theatre first began.  Many thanks to Jeanne, Phil, and Audrey for their friendship and support. 

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In Acting Shakespeare

April 11, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. | The Black Box Theatre

Written and performed by American Players Theatre Core Company Member, James DeVita

Ahrens-Washburn Series

A blue collar actor. A practical artist. And, before that, a mumbler. This is how playwright, author and APT core company member Jim DeVita describes himself. In this adaptation of Sir Ian McKellen’s 1987 one-man show, In Acting Shakespeare tells the story of DeVita’s journey from fishing boats to the theater, revealing along the way that his biggest hurdle was convincing himself he was smart enough to understand Shakespeare.

Jim, a native of Long Island, marked his 18th season as an actor with APT in 2012, where he has also directed The Desert Queen, The Gift of the Magi, and this season’s Richard III. He is a playwright and the author of two novels, The Silenced and Blue, as well as a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Fiction. Jim is a member of The Dramatists Guild and Actor's Equity Association.

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Student-Directed One-Acts


  • May 2—7:30 p.m.
  • May 3—7:30 p.m.
  • May 4—3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The Black Box Theatre

Contemporary 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.

Buyer$ Market by L.B Hamilton
Director: Duane A Campbell

One afternoon two people meet in a farmers market. Is it love at first sight or lust at first sight? Come find out in the Edgewood premiere of Buyer$ Market

Genesis by Donald Tongue
Director: Julian Colletta

A female playwright struggles with her rewrites and finds herself in direct conflict with her own characters as she battles for control.  Who will come out victorious in this comedic take on the struggles of playwrighting?

Heresy at a Crossroads by Douglas Hill
Director:  Heidi Adeline Cray

At twilight in Southern France, two strangers meet at a crossroads between faith and reason, tradition and convention, and past and present. 

Tender Offer by Wendy Wasserstein
Director: Terry Dvorak

Anyone who has experienced a difficult family dynamic will relate to Wendy Wasserstein’s Tender Offer, a touching story about a strained relationship between an overworked father and his young and insightful daughter. 

3 A.M. Wake Up Call by E. R. Schultz
Director: CJ Friedrichs

Nothing good ever happens after 2 A.M. ...

Dancing in the Afternoon by Chris Mann 
Director: Codi Shandel Kline

Thought-provoking and original, Dancing in the Afternoon sheds light on the struggles of being a female, grief after the death of a mother, and how love can ultimately help the process of healing.

Acorn by David Graziano
Director: Laura Mensink

An unexpected love story in Brooklyn in the late 1990's. Two very different people find a love for each other through a strange means of communication: the laundry line.

Mister Smitten by Laura Eason
Director: Emily Morrison Weeks

Anyone who has ever loved and lost a furry family member will relate to the “tail” told in Laura Eason’s play, Mister Smitten. Anna and Doctor Loomis grieve the loss of their beloved pets and form an unexpected connection in the process. 

Portrait of a Madonna by Tennessee Williams
Director: Tommy Norton

This classic Tennesse Williams play, a precursor to A Streetcar Named Desire, tells the story of Miss Lucretia Collins, who once had young love and a bright future. Now she lives plagued with delusions in a small, decrepit apartment.  Suffering from isolation, Miss Collins struggles with haunting memories of a past love.

Boxed In by Ben Kingsland
Director: John B H Primm

Jill and Nathan are boxed in, worrying about rumors of layoffs when their missing coworker turns up in an unexpected place. Hilarity ensues when their manager walks in, oblivious to the whole situation.

The Man Who Couldn't Dance by Jason Katims
Director: Katherine Williams

The Man Who Couldn’t Dance tells a story about regret, lost love, paths not taken, sacrifices for principles, and a couple’s struggle with moving on.

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by Chuck Taylor & Leotha Stanley
directed by Susan Nanning-Sorenson


[Limited to urban and rural elementary schools by invitation only]
May 7th—12:30 p.m.
May 8th—12:30 p.m.
May 9th—9:30 a.m.
For add’l information please visit www.roartheplay.com

May 9, 2013—7:00 p.m.
May 10, 2013—7:00 p.m.

The Black Box Theatre
A Theatre for Young Audiences Production

ROARrrr—Ole Two-Feet’s Great Discovery is an original musical folktale for young audiences. The story tells how the courage of Maureen, a little village girl, brought the divided worlds of villagers and beasts together by helping the King Beast, Ole Two-Feet, learn a very important lesson and discover his true identity.  ROARrrr teaches about reaching out to others, embracing differences, and accepting those who are not like us; it's also about helping kids feel connected to a larger community and discovering that we’re really a part of each other.

Written by Edgewood College’s own Chuck Taylor, and with 12 original songs by Leotha Stanley, it’s a message not just relevant to kids, but adults as well.