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The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker

Postby Michael Patrick » Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:00 pm

If you haven't gotten enough of the trainwreck that is the Walker administration, then you should get you bad selves down to the Broom Street Theater for their production of "The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker"

Isthmus' Laurie Stark, in an absolutely glowing review of the show, describes it thusly:

The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker, running through Sept. 4, is a mock Shakespearean tragedy complete with iambic pentameter, soliloquies, swordfights and of course codpieces.
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The story spans 30 days, from the day the character modeled on Gov. Scott Walker announces a budget repair bill to the day he signs it, and follows the kingly court of Walker and the Fitzgeralds, the Fab 14 Democratic senators, a ragtag team of protesters, and Walker's court jester, a public servant with a Tiny Tim-like son (played gloriously for laughs by Nolan Veldey) who relies on BadgerCare.


The play is written by Doug Reed, with music by Andrew Rohn of local faves VO5. Gee whiz, there also happens to be a wee bit of guitar work by some dude named Michael Patrick... :wink:

The show runs Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 and Sunday afternoons at 2:00. Call the BST at 244-8338 to reserve tickets.
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Re: The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker

Postby Igor » Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:48 am

Isn't it a bit absurd to use the name Scott Walker in the name of the play, but then to use the phrase "character based on Scott Walker" in the description?
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Re: The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker

Postby Michael Patrick » Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:02 am

Well, yes the character is named Scott Walker. But it is set in Elizabethan times, and the actions of the character are obviously contrived by the playwright and may or may not have happened in actuality. So I'm not sure how else you'd describe it except as "based on..."

Did I mention it is a comedy?
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Re: The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker

Postby Kenneth Burns » Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:43 am

You mean Gov. Scott Walker doesn't star as himself?
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Re: The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker

Postby kurt_w » Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:48 am

Thanks for this thread.

Doug Reed is great. Madison is lucky to have him.
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Re: The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker

Postby Michael Patrick » Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:10 am

kurt_w wrote:Thanks for this thread.

Doug Reed is great. Madison is lucky to have him.


I am lucky to count Doug Reed as a friend...
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Re: The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker

Postby kurt_w » Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:34 am

Michael Patrick wrote:
kurt_w wrote:Thanks for this thread.

Doug Reed is great. Madison is lucky to have him.


I am lucky to count Doug Reed as a friend...


I've only met him a few times, but he's a very good friend of a very good friend....

I guess that gives me three degrees of separation from Michael Patrick. Cool!
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Re: The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker

Postby Michael Patrick » Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:09 am

kurt_w wrote:
Michael Patrick wrote:
kurt_w wrote:Thanks for this thread.

Doug Reed is great. Madison is lucky to have him.


I am lucky to count Doug Reed as a friend...


I've only met him a few times, but he's a very good friend of a very good friend....

I guess that gives me three degrees of separation from Michael Patrick. Cool!


Which can only mean three degrees of separation between me and Kurt W!! Woot!!
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Re: The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker

Postby Michael Patrick » Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:06 am

And one more connection to the play.....

There's certain similarities between a family in the play and my own family. Early on when he was first writing the play, Doug asked if he could use our story (state employees, child with a disability who gets services through medicaid, advocating against cuts to those services), and we of course said yes. Yikes, I guess that means they are "based on" us... :lol:

Anyway, the family has morphed a bit since earlier drafts of the script, but they still retain enough identifiable elements of our family that friends who weren't aware of our connection to the script came up to us after the play and were asking if they was us... There were parts of the play where "our" family was at the center of the action that were quite emotional for me, it really brought back a rush of memories of those crazy early days of the protests.

It was also cool talking to the cast after the show, and hearing how Doug had talked about us as providing inspiration for him to write the play. I got a kick out of one cast member in particular who, after talking with us for a number of minutes, realized we were "that" Mike and Joanne...

Doug, Andrew, and the whole cast and crew did a wonderful job not just of bringing our story to life, but the story of that whole time, and in a funny way that also makes you think.

You should go see the show.
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Re: The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker

Postby kurt_w » Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:19 am

Thanks for the review and for telling your story, Michael. That just makes me regret even more not being able to go see the play.

I didn't realize you had a child with a disability. These times must really be disconcerting for you.

I'm glad to see Doug's work getting so [1] much [2] publicity [3].
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Re: The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker

Postby cute hat » Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:58 pm

Hi there, I'd like to see this play. Is there a way I can make reservations online or otherwise buy tickets in advance? I've heard it's been selling out.
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Re: The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker

Postby peripat » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:32 pm

You can buy them online or reserve them with a call-info on the bottom of the page at http://bstonline.org/bst/
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Re: The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker

Postby cute hat » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:48 pm

peripat wrote:You can buy them online or reserve them with a call-info on the bottom of the page at http://bstonline.org/bst/

Thanks! That's just what I needed.
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Re: The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker

Postby cute hat » Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:39 pm

Well this is lamentable (for me anyway): They're no longer taking reservations due to the overwhelming popularity of the show. Too bad they can't add shows or extend the run.
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Re: The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker

Postby Michael Patrick » Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:15 am

They did add some shows, but those sold out just as quickly... :cry:

I think the problem with extending the run is that they have their season schedule set, and the next show is getting ready to roll.
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