The play “Hypothetically Speaking,” a 10-minute rom-com by UW-Green Bay emeritus faculty member Brian Sutton (Humanities), will receive a staged reading by City Theatre of Miami, FL, as part of a Valentine’s Day-themed program on Friday, February 7. City Theatre bills itself as “the only theatre in the U.S. solely dedicated to the creation and production of ten-minute plays year-round,” and its Summer Shorts festival is perhaps the leading national festival for 10-minute plays. Sutton has submitted “Hypothetically Speaking” to the Summer Shorts festival, and he hopes that the Feb. 7 reading leads to a festival production. His musical comedy Searching for Romeo traveled a similar route, receiving a staged reading at the New York Musical Festival before landing a full production there.
And what about Sutton’s musical, “Searching for Romeo?” He says it continues to have a (faint) pulse. Last March a musical theatre workshop class at Marymount Manhattan college used it for a class project, giving it a third sort-of production in NYC. And on Jan. 9, 2020, JaymeAnn Olson performed a song from Searching for Romeo (“Come and Get Me, Here I Am”) at a Green Bay Southwest showcase choir concert. “Not exactly the Tony Awards,” says Sutton, “but what the heck…”