The Montgomery Davis Play Development Series

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ABOUT THE SERIES

Be the first to hear original stories from your own backyard—and get to know regional artists at work!

 

Since 2007, with the exception of a pandemic delay, MCT has proudly showcased two Wisconsin playwrights every season through the Montgomery Davis Play Development Series. Writers workshop and rehearse new plays in progress with a cast and director before inviting an audience to hear music stand readings of their works in progress and offer their responses.

 

All readings are open to the public via suggested donation. Seating is unreserved general admission.

21/22 SEASON READINGS

EENY MEENY MINY NO!

by Lachrisa Grandberry

directed by Marti Gobel

 

In conjunction with the second annual Milwaukee Black Theater Festival!

 

An intergenerational relay from silence to revelation

 

From the Deep South of the 1970s through early 1990s Milwaukee, Willow and her cousin Christine observe the women in their family as they navigate through life on two paths: some believing that praying, keeping silent, and hard work can solve it all and some struggling to escape generational cycles. Through the lives and poetic interludes of the Cooper family circle, they come to question the overall treatment of Black women in society.

 

Featuring Adekola Adedapo, Ayanna Bakari, Krystal Drake, Marti Gobel, Malaina Moore, Alexis J Roston, and Malkia Stampley, with stage directions by Cereyna Bougouneau

 

Sunday, August 15, 2021

7:30 PM, Cabot Theatre, Broadway Theatre Center

 

IRON COUNTY

by Gaetano Marangelli

directed by Lisa Kornetsky

 

Back on the slate after pandemic protocols delayed an in-person gathering!

 

A story of how the land became divided

 

At the end of the American Counterculture, two brothers seek refuge from society on 80 acres of northern Wisconsin property. They want to go back to nature. They want to live off the land. But nature makes them change who they are into who they have to be to survive.

 

Featuring Chris Klopatek, Josh Krause, Jarrod Langwinski, Shayne Steliga, and Marcus Truschinski

 

Monday, April 18, 2022

7:30 PM, Studio Theatre, Broadway Theatre Center

SUBMISSIONS

At MCT, we think home is where the art is. The Montgomery Davis Play Development Series seeks to explore the stories of local artists so that we may know, and grow, our community and its diverse voices. To that end, MCT considers previously unproduced work by Wisconsin-connected playwrights for the Series.

 

Watch here for a call for submissions soon!

 

Please email Marcella Kearns, Associate Artistic Director, with questions and inquiries.

MDPDS ARCHIVE

The following is a chronology of MDPDS readings at MCT by season.

To inquire about one of the titles, please contact Marcella.

 

*Indicates a reading which subsequently premiered on the MCT mainstage

 

2020-2021

THE YEAR WITHOUT A SUMMER by Greer DuBois / May 17, 2021 (online)

 

2019-2020

LE/LA by Liz Shipe / October 21, 2019
 

2018-2019
THE PECULIAR DISTRACTION OF MR. LINCOLN'S SOCIAL MEDIA by Andy Bayiates / October 21, 2018

’NEATH THE HILLS OF BASTOGNE by Zach Thomas Woods / April 28, 2019


2017-2018
THE PRISONER OF ZENDA by Anthony Hope, adapted by Dan Klarer and Ryan Schabach / October 15, 2017

NO WAKE* by Erica Berman / April 29, 2018


2016-2017

BLUE BULLETS by Alvaro Saar Rios / October 17, 2016

CHRISTMAS IN BABYLON* by James DeVita / March 20, 2017
 

2015-2016

AN EVENING WITH CARL SANDBURG by Jonathan Gillard Daly / October 19, 2015

FAITHLESS by Michael Proft / May 2, 2016


2014-2015
THE BOY INSIDE by Richard Kalinoski / October 13, 2014

500 YEARS by Michelle Lopez-Rios / May 4, 2015


2013-2014

WAITING by Kimberly Megna Yarnall / October 14, 2013

SILENT by Gwendolyn Rice / March 10, 2014


2012-2013
MORE LOSERS by James Fletcher / September 17, 2012

PLAZA HOTEL BALLROOM by Alice Austen / March 4, 2013


2011-2012
OCTOBER, BEFORE I WAS BORN* by Lori Matthews / September 19, 2011
THE TAVERN KEEPER’S DAUGHTER by Brett Ryback (A collaboration with Skylight Music Theatre) / February 27, 2012

 

2010-2011
HOT FLASHES, THE METAPHOR by Lynne Topping Farrell / September 20, 2010

AMONG THE SQUIRRELS by Eric Appleton / March 7, 2011


2009-2010

THE DESERT QUEEN by James DeVita / September 21, 2009

BROKEN AND ENTERED* by Kurt McGinnis Brown / March 15, 2010


2008-2009

NOT THE ARTIST by Kurt McGinnis Brown / September 22, 2008

A THOUSAND WORDS* by Gwendolyn Rice / March 16, 2009


2007-2008

THE DALY NEWS* Story, book and lyrics by Jonathan Gillard Daly; Music by Larry Delinger, Gregg Coffin and Jonathan Gillard Daly / September 10, 2007
BACKWARDS by Alice Austen / March 17, 2008