Since giving up his job as a truck driver in 2002, Tim Hawkins has been crafting a family-friendly comedy show that has won him a national following. His standup act includes music — parodies of everything from Dylan to Aldean to insightfully weird original songs — and delves into the perils of marriage, parenting, and homeschooling. Tickets for his Weidner Center performance, at 7 p.m. this Sunday (July 19) start as low as $24. For more.
Congratulations to Associate Prof. of Humanistic Studies Brian Sutton, whose original musical comedy Searching for Romeo is now officially published by Stage Rights Press and available at the Createspace Store and other online portals including Amazon. Sutton received a contract for his play after its five-show run at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2014. He has continued to tinker with the material since he premiered the piece in July 2012 at the Jean Weidner Theatre at the Weidner Center on campus. The comedy re-imagines Shakespeare’s story of Romeo and Juliet from the perspective of the “losers,” Paris and Rosaline, who achieve what eternally eludes the more famous couple: a happy ending. Although Sutton’s academic specialty is neither creative writing, theatre nor music, colleagues praised his early drafts of both script and music, and encouraged him to produce the show. New York City critics who saw Romeo at the festival predicted it could do well as a high school, college or community theatre production. (Sutton notes that the script offered for purchase does not include audio of the show’s music; if potential buyers at UWGB or elsewhere want to hear the songs as performed, he’ll email mp3 recordings as attachments.)
Announced at the June 24 reveal, UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff will have center stage in the Weidner with main-stage performances of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” November 19-20. UWGB Music and Theatre programs are highlighted exclusively in a two-page spread in the Weidner’s 2015-16 season guide.
Tickets remain for downhome comedian Rodney Carrington’s show at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Weidner Center. He’s described as a multi-talented comedian, actor, and writer who has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over 3 million copies. He formerly starred in his own TV sitcom “Rodney,” which ran for two seasons on ABC. The show is billed for mature audiences. See ticket info.
Don’t forget: Saturday night at the Weidner, at 7:30 p.m., Alan Safier stars in Say Goodnight Gracie, the hit Broadway play that invites you to spend a hilarious, heart-warming evening in the uplifting company of George Burns, whose career spanned over 90 years of American entertainment history.
The UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance program closes the run of the world-premiere play “The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway” with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (May 1 and 2) in the University Theatre. The unique set places audiences on stage to enjoy the new comedy/drama by New York playwright Peter Ullian.
“The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway,” a brand-new play by New York playwright Peter Ullian, will enjoy its premiere performance Friday night, April 24, at UW-Green Bay. The five-show run also includes performances Saturday, April 25, and Thursday through Saturday, April 30-May 2, with curtain time 7:30 each night in the University Theatre. Ullian’s play, completed during his residency this semester with the Theatre and Dance program, is described as a comedy-drama about identity and the nature of love. It tells the story of a group of college friends who gather for a Fourth of July weekend at a secluded lake house. For details on the show.
In writing and directing “The Collegiate Sisterhood of Lake Pawtuckaway,” visiting artist Peter Ullian is celebrating his collaboration with UW-Green Bay students and faculty on finishing a script he had started previously. “The student actors were essential to the development of the play,” Ullian says, adding that he wanted to write a play with characters approximately the same age as the student actors at UW-Green Bay. He resisted the temptation to set the action in his own college years — although one character does have sort of a 1980s sensibility — and instead chose a voice closer to the millennial-generation students who will give “Pawtuckaway” its first fully staged performance. Ullian’s residency was made possible by the Forward Phoenix Play Project supported through private donations by the First Nighters theatre support organization.
The UW-Green Bay Chorale and Concert Choir will be joined by community artists in performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in the Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center. Featured will be music from a wide variety of composers, including Thomas Morley, Hans Leo Hassler, Orlando Gibbons, Moses Hogan and others. Associate Prof. Randall Meder conducts both the Chorale and the Concert Choir.
Eric Hansen, associate professor of Music, earned a lengthy ovation and a glowing review from WFRV’s Warren Gerds for his featured turn with the Civic Symphony of Green Bay in Sunday’s concert at the Meyer Theatre. In playing the clarinet concerto that Mozart composed in the final months of his life in 1791, “Hansen played comfortably and in complete control of Mozart’s dips, rises, shifts and variations, sometimes within milliseconds of one another,” Gerds wrote. “Hansen’s skill and dexterity fueled an appreciation for the scope of the instrument… Mozart had a gift, and Hansen tapped into that with a fine, fine performance” To read more.