2021-2022 SEASON

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STEW

by Zora Howard

Directed by Malkia Stampley

Featuring Olivia Dawson*, Krystal Drake*, Malaina Moore, and Sola Thompson

October 22 - November 7 | Cabot Theatre

The memories made in the kitchen last longest

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Midwest Premiere

The Tucker women have an important meal to prepare and barely enough time to pull it together, and long-simmering hurt and unhealed wounds threaten to make a mess of Mama’s special plan. Three generations of women must work, listen, and learn together—the next generation depends on it.  A celebration of the special bond between women and family, the hilarious and heartfelt breakout hit from the 2020 Milwaukee Black Theater Festival reveals how the secrets we keep can shape the lives of those closest to us.

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THE THANKSGIVING PLAY

by Larissa FastHorse

Directed by Laura Gordon

Featuring Cassandra Bissell, Neil Brookshire, Torrey Hanson, Hannah Shay

November 19-December 19, 2021 | Studio Theatre

The funniest Thanksgiving roast you'll attend this year

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Wisconsin Premiere

A team of terminally woke teaching artists’ good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in this blistering satire, now live on stage after a celebrated run in MCT’s 20/21 virtual season.  Logan is a high school drama teacher who loves to push limits.  But she runs the risk of getting carried over the edge with her next play: a celebration of the first Thanksgiving that also honors Native American Heritage Month.  With the help of her yoga-teaching busker boyfriend, an elementary school history expert determined to make all his theatrical dreams come true, and an “authentic” actor from Los Angeles representing all Native Americans, what could possibly go wrong?

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MALA

by Melinda Lopez

Featuring Rána Roman

Directed by Artistic Director Brent Hazelton

January 21 - February 13, 2022 | Studio Theatre

What does it really mean to be there at the end for those we leave most dearly?

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Wisconsin Premiere

Mala means “bad”—not just to do bad, but to be a fundamental and irredeemable failure at your human core. In this irreverent, funny, and deeply cathartic exploration of how the changes in the lives of those closest to us deeply impact our own, a daughter strives for grace in the face of her mother’s growing fragility as she nears the end of her life. Grounded in rich and emotionally evocative language counterpointed with sharp and surprising humor, this powerful one-woman show starring Milwaukee’s own Rána Roman opens the door for conversation about our universal struggle to support those we love in dying—and especially when every choice makes us feel more mala than that last.

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INDECENT

by Paula Vogel

Directed by Artistic Director Brent Hazelton

Featuring Jonathan Gillard Daly, Elyse Edelman, Angela Iannone, James Ridge, Eric Schabla,

Eric Damon Smith, Rachael Zientek

March 10-27, 2022 | Cabot Theatre

An essential affirmation of the resilience of the human spirit

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Milwaukee Premiere

A sensation from its 1906 premiere onward, Sholem Asch’s THE GOD OF VENGEANCE became the first play to be translated from Yiddish and professionally staged across Europe.  Hailed on the continent for its rebuttal of religious hypocrisy and its honest, joyous depiction of a same-sex relationship, the play was shut down upon its Broadway debut.  Following Asch’s play through the first five decades of the Twentieth Century, Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel’s celebration of love and art, featuring an onstage klezmer band, honors those who brought THE GOD OF VENGEANCE to the stage—and who paid for it, in some cases, with their lives.

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THE ISLAND

by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona

Directed by Mikael Burke

Featuring Dimonte Henning, Sherrick Robinson

April 8-May 1, 2022 | Studio Theatre

An apartheid-era masterpiece with smoldering contemporary resonance

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In a notorious maximum-security political prison, two cellmates toil at brutal hard labor by day and rehearse Sophocles’ ANTIGONE for a prison entertainment by night.  When one is unexpectedly granted his release, envy and empathy, triumph and loss, and hope and despair all collide in the concentrated atmosphere as they dig into a two-thousand-year-old play that explores every human’s moral obligation to defiance of unjust government.  Presented by popular demand after a critically acclaimed run in MCT’s 20/21 virtual season, this modern classic from South Africa’s most esteemed theater-makers celebrates the depths of human resilience and offers a scathing indictment of the injustice of white supremacy.