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My Name Is Rachel Corrie brings activist's words to life in Madison

My Name Is Rachel Corrie is Rachel's story, told almost completely in words taken from these emails and her journals. The show first opened to sold-out audiences in London in April 2005. Its New York premiere in 2006 was cancelled due to outside pressure and what some suggested was flat-out censorship. After a successful off-Broadway run, My Name Is Rachel Corrie has been performed all over the world. And now, this one-woman show about an extraordinary young activist, writer, and dreamer comes to Madison for a short run. >More
 Strollers Theatre returns to Bartell after a rollercoaster month

Strollers Theatre is back. The reborn theater company will not close this spring and it will continue to produce at the Bartell Community Theatre. The company announced in an official statement Thursday: "Recent news articles indicating that Strollers Theatre Ltd. was on hiatus have been superseded by a transition plan and interim board of directors to replace those who have retired and resigned." >More
 The Bluest Eye: Skin deep

Beauty, according to the maxim, is in the eye of the beholder. University Theatre pushes that casual aphorism to its limit in its moving production of The Bluest Eye, proving that beauty, as much as ugliness, is truly in the soul. >More
 Madison Repertory Theatre announces most of 2008-09 season

The Madison Repertory Theatre has released a sneak preview of its 2008-09 season. The season opener has not yet been chosen, but the Rep has revealed the names of six other productions. >More
 A tart fleeces an old man in University Opera's Don Pasquale

The University Opera took us to the Roaring Twenties in Friday's performance of Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale at UW Music Hall. The Italian comic opera was a sensation at its premiere in 1843 and has had favorable runs ever since. >More
 Strollers Theatre to shut down

Madison theater continues to be rocked by controversy and resignations. On Feb. 19, Lee Ann Cooper resigned as managing director of the Bartell Community Theatre. That same day Strollers Theatre, which she and her husband, Leo, led for decades, announced it would leave the Bartell after its production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore, which closes April 5. Strollers is shutting down, at least temporarily. >More
 Leo and Lee Ann Cooper comment on the end of an era for Strollers Theatre

The Strollers board unanimously agreed to take this hiatus not because we are short of actors or directors or money but because it is very difficult to find people to produce shows and do the day-to-day running of the Strollers Theatre for no money. >More
 Strollers Theatre pulls out of the Bartell Community Theatre

On Feb. 19, Lee Ann Cooper resigned as managing director of the Bartell Community Theatre. That same day Strollers Theatre, which she and her husband, Leo, led for decades, announced it would leave the Bartell after its production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore, which closes April 5. Strollers is shutting down, at least temporarily. >More
 The Quiltmaker's Gift at the Bartell has a lesson for everyone

The production of The Quiltmaker's Gift at the Bartell Theatre by the Madison Creative Arts Program, or MadCAP, is a simple show that comes off as a simple show should: a little rough around the edges, but full of heart. This musical was directed by Paul Milisch and Kjerstie Johanson and is based on Jeff Brumbeau's children's book by the same name. >More
 Tom Wopat: Home boy

Tom Wopat is racking up the frequent-flyer miles. The Tony-nominated Broadway star and television idol from The Dukes of Hazzard was rehearsing in Madison last week for Four Seasons Theatre's Follies at the Wisconsin Union Theater. He was in transit to New York when we spoke on the phone, and he relayed some of his busy schedule. >More
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