Pink Banana Theater Company

This was the sister site to Pink Banana Theatre Company's other website with the fancy spelling of the word Theatre. Note that this site spells it Theater in its url. PinkBananaTheater.com had archived content from 2010-2013.
The content below is from the site's 2013 archived pages. Enjoy a bit of nostalgia.

About Pink Banana Theater(re) Co.

 

Pink Banana Theatre is dedicated to you: The aspiring theatre artist. Let us know what you are interested in doing and we will do our best to make that happen for you.

We began in 2004 with a dedication and drive to produce quality theatre using local talent. Our journey has taken us through several published shows such as “Grandma Duck is Dead” and one acts by Shel Silverstein, as well as putting on hundreds of one acts by local writers.

Our seasons include two shows per year, the occasional surprise pop-up shows when something sparks our attention, and a yearly fundraiser. We are always accepting scripts and new faces so please contact us if you are interested.

 

 

POSTS 2013

Audition & Monologue Workshop with Angela Iannone

Dec 09 2013

Join us at The Underground Collaborative, 161 W Wisconsin Ave (Lower Level) on January 4-6, 2014, for a workshop dedicated to you, the emerging artist! This workshop is a chance to perfect your monologue for upcoming auditions.  Led by actress/director/playwright Angela Iannone, you’ll receive practical and professional feedback on your piece, along with insights into the audition and casting process, from both sides of the table.  The weekend culminates in a public showcase on Monday evening.  This is a great opportunity for recent graduates and emerging professionals.  Space is extremely limited, so apply early!

DATES & TIMES:
Saturday, January 4: 12pm-5pm
Sunday, January 5: 12pm-5pm (10 hours total instruction)
Monday, January 6: 6pm call for a 7pm public showcase

HOW TO ENROLL:
Those who wish to attend the workshop should have at least two to four monologues already at least partially memorized and ready to work on.  To apply, email a copy of your headshot and resume to pinkbananatheatre@gmail.com with the subject line “PBTC audition workshop”.  SPACE IS LIMITED!  Only ten to fifteen spots are available for this workshop, and we must receive your materials by noon on December 24th, 2013.  Admission will be confirmed no later than December 28th, 2013.  The fee is $40, due on the first day of the workshop.  (If there is significant interest beyond the maximum class size, an additional “audit only” option will be offered to those who applied for a reduced fee.)

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Angela Iannone is a familiar face to Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago theatre patrons.  She was recently seen as Louise in ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE and Marie Lombardi in the Regional premiere of LOMBARDI at the Milwaukee Rep, where she is an Associate Artist.  Ms. Iannone’s play THE EDWIN BOOTH COMPANY PRESENTS, premiered at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, went on to Regional honors at the American College Theatre Festival, and was produced by TITAN Theatre Company and The Players in New York City at The Players Club, the home of Edwin Booth.  Her play, THIS PRISON WHERE I LIVE was given a workshop reading at Door Shakespeare Company in the summer of 2012 and will receive its world premiere with TITAN Theatre Co. in January 2014.  Ms. Iannone was a company member at Door Shakespeare in 2012 and returned as company member and head of the Intern Company for the 2013 season, where she played Lady MacBeth in MACBETH and Boyet in LOVES LABOR’S LOST.  She is a founding member of the Women Who Can’t Sing cabaret group. Ms. Iannone is a Joseph Jefferson Award winner (Chicago) and a three-time Best Actress winner of the Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee awards. Other theatres include Milwaukee, Kansas City and Madison Rep, Oak Park, Utah, Georgia and Milwaukee Shakespeare Festivals, In Tandem Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Next Act Theatre, Peninsula Players, Marriott Lincolnshire and Royal George Theatre.  Roles include Maria Callas in MASTER CLASS, Adelaide in GUYS & DOLLS, Medea in MEDEA, Roxie in CHICAGO, Fraulein Kost in CABARET, Blanche in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP, and Kate Hepburn in TEA AT FIVE.

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DARK PLAY Coming Soon!

Oct242013

Pink Banana Theatre Co. Presents A Milwaukee Premier!

Dark Play or stories for boys By Carlos Murillo

November 1-16th, 2013

at The Arcade Theatre in The Underground Collaborative
161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Lower Level below TJ Maxx. 

An outsider at age fourteen, Nick discovers the intoxicating pleasures of inventing fake personalities in the chat rooms of the World Wide Web. Adam’s online profile, and the words “I want to fall in love,” pique his curiosity. Nick invents Rachel, the girl of Adam’s dreams, and his curiosity becomes obsession. A tale of deception, fluid personality and sexual license in the Internet age, Dark Play examines what happens when the real world and virtual world collide.

*For Mature Audiences. This play contains adult language, sexual situations, violence and adult situations.*

Directed by PB Production Manager Luke Erickson
Featuring: Nolen Borne, Brenna Kempf, Nate Press, Kelly Coffey, & Tim Palecek.

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PB Seeks new Managing Director

Oct 24 2013

Pink Banana Theatre seeks a new Managing Director!  Duties include oversee staff, operations and development of the company. This position of Managing Director is volunteer and currently open the public.  Qualified applicants should include resume and cover letter, and submit electronically to Artistic Producer Matt Kemple at matt@pinkbananatheatre.com. Applications for the Managing Director position will be accepted until December 1st, 2013 or until the position has been filled.  Additional information is available on Pink Banana Theatre’s website, www.pinkbananatheatre.com.

Reports to: Board of Directors

Interacts with: Patrons, PBTC staff, Board of Directors, outside vendors, actors, and production staff.  Works closely with the Artistic Producer.

Job Summary: The Managing Director is one of the most visible faces of the company as a whole. The primary role of the Managing Director is to manage and oversee the business operations of PBTC.  It requires a flexible schedule and includes some night and weekend obligations. The time commitment for this position changes from week to week, depending primarily on the company’s event schedule.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Administrative

  • Oversee all staff and operations
  • Oversee and manage budget
  • Attend board and committee meetings as needed
  • Be involved in and attend all company events
  • Pay bills, create and disburse checks
  • Oversee and manage financial and development operations
  • Manage company email
  • Oversee staff hiring and recruitment
  • Maintain insurance and non-profit compliance

Job requirements

  • College education required with an emphasis in theatre, administration, or a related field
  • At least 4 years of relevant experience strongly preferred
  • Excellent planning and project management skills
  • Knowledge of and interest in live theatre
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Results-oriented personality with ability to meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Proficiency in QuickBooks a plus
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well both independently and collaboratively
  • Strong ability to lead and manage people

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Join us for our 3rd Annual Fall Fundraiser!

Sep152013

Saturday, October 19th, 2013 at 7:00pm
NEW LOCATION: Milwaukee Public Market @ 400 N. Water St.
$25 in advance, $30 day of event

Bid on our exciting silent auction, enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, grab a drink from the cash bar, listen to live music, and more! All proceeds directly support Pink Banana Theatre Co. and our upcoming production of Carlos Murillo’s DARK PLAY OR STORIES FOR BOYS. A special preview of the show will be included at this event. Invite your family and friends for a fun and engaging evening at our exciting new venue, the Milwaukee Public Market.

Complimentary parking included.

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Check it out!

Jun182013
All the info you need for upcoming auditions for DARK PLAY, our fall production!

Pink Banana Theatre Co. Presents:
DARK PLAY OR STORIES FOR BOYS By Carlos MurilloDark-Plays_Logo

Directed by Luke Erickson
Asst. Directed & Stage Managed by Grace Dewolff

Production Dates: November 1st – 16th
Audition Dates: July 20th & 21st from 11:00am – 5:00pm

Location: The auditions and production will take place at The Underground Collaborative. On the Lower Level inside Grand Avenue Mall, Plankinton Arcade building at 161 W Wisconsin Ave.
Read this before you audition!

Please prepare a contemporary monologue that runs no longer than 1.5 minutes. Readings from the script will also be available. Resume and headshot are encouraged but not required. If you do not provide a headshot, we may take a digital picture of you for casting purposes only.

Be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your audition time to ensure proper preparation and time to fill out an audition form. Indicate conflicts for September through mid-November. Conflicts will not necessarily preclude you from involvement with the show. Rehearsals will begin in September.

The Story: During a college sexual encounter, the girl in Nick’s bed wants to know why his abdomen is covered in scars. Does Nick tell the truth, or does he do what he does so well—weave an elaborate tale? The question launches him into a memory, back to 2003. An outsider at age fourteen, Nick discovers the intoxicating pleasures of inventing fake personalities in the chat rooms of the World Wide Web. Adam’s online profile, and the words “I want to fall in love,” pique his curiosity. Nick invents Rachel, the girl of Adam’s dreams, and his curiosity becomes obsession. As Adam mounts the pressure to meet his Internet love in the real world, Nick creates ever more elaborate deceptions to fuel Adam’s desire. When the boys finally meet in the real world, the consequences are catastrophic. A tale of deception, fluid personality and sexual license in the Internet age, Dark Play examines what happens when the real world and virtual world collide.

Nick: An inquisitive, charismatic, and manipulative 14 year old anti-hero who desires to find out what love is but ends up making choices that send him down a very different path. A gifted storyteller. Possesses the duality of an obsessive neediness to be loved and a heartless desire to control. Always one step ahead.

Rachel/Molly: Rachel is Nick’s virtual invention. A young, sweet but conflicted avatar created to entice Adam. Hilary Duff, Avril Lavigne, and Natalie Portman rolled into one. Molly is Nick’s real life girlfriend in the present. She’s confused.

Adam: The All American 16 year old caught in Nick’s web of lies. Lonely, idealistic, easy to manipulate, and determined to fall in love with the girl of his dreams. Starts happy, well-adjusted, and naïve only to become broken, frightened, and increasingly unhinged.

Female Netizen: Plays multiple characters throughout including an over-the-top drama teacher, Nick’s concerned mother, and an assertive FBI agent.

Male Netizen: Plays multiple characters throughout including a chat room perv, a FF4M personal ad, and an abusive stepfather.

Contains mature content. All actors must be 18 years of age or older.

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One Acts: Game Night!

May302013

Pink Banana One Acts: Game Night
June 6th-15th, 2013

Game Night will present a series of original plays on the topic of “games” – in every sense of the word. One act plays presented include a variety of local and national playwrights: Checkmate by Liz Shipe, Chicken by Fly Steffens, Tears, or the Woman’s Defense by Angela Iannone, Game Over by Scott Heaton, Put Ice On It by Andrew Rosdail, The Ultimate Battle for Total Control of the Entire Universe by Rich Orloff, and Walk, Don’t Walk by Matthew Konkel. Onstage, the one-act play festival will include the talents of Randall T. Anderson, Michelle Lynn Brien, Cassius Cox, Brittany Curran, Ceri Hartnett, Peter Hiller, Melanie Liebetrau, Harry Loeffler-Bell, Rob Maass, Samantha Martinson, Tim Palecek, Christopher Patnaude, Ashley Retzlaff, Zoe Schwartz, and Kyle Sternad.

Thursday, June 6th (preview night, all seats $10)
Friday, June 7th
Saturday, June 8th
Monday, June 10th (pay what you can, no advance sales)
Thursday, June 13th
Friday, June 14th
Saturday, June 15th

All shows start at 7:30 PM. at the Next Act Theatre, 255 S Water St., Milwaukee, WI
$18 general admission, $15 in advance online here:

 

More about the plays…

CHECKMATE  By Liz Shipe
Directed by Charles Sommers
Parker……………………………………………………………………… Cassius Cox
Wilkes……………………………………………………………. Randall T. Anderson

CHICKEN  By Fly Steffens
Directed by Paul Matthew Madden
Flora……………………………………………………………………….. Ceri Hartnett
Polly…………………………………………………………………….. Brittany Curran

GAME OVER  By Scott Heaton
Directed by Chris Goode
Jared………………………………………………………………… Harry Loeffler-Bell
Kathy……………………………………………………………………. Ashley Retzlaff

PUT ICE ON IT  By Andrew Rosdail
Directed by Bryan Quinn
Lillian……………………………………………………………………… Zoe Schwartz
Derek………………………………………………………………………. Tim Palecek
Fight Choreographer…………………………………………………….. Tim Palecek

TEARS, OR THE WOMAN’S DEFENSE  Written and directed by Angela Iannone
Catherine…………………………………………………………. Michelle Lynn Brien
Jane…………………………………………………………………. Melanie Liebetrau
Captain……………………………………………………………………… Rob Maass
Assistant Director……………………………………………………… Grace DeWolff

THE ULTIMATE BATTLE FOR TOTAL CONTROL OF THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE  By Rich Orloff
Directed by Leda Hoffmann
Ashley…………………………………………………………… Samnatha Martinson
Jason………………………………………………………………………… Peter Hiller
Jason’s Mom…………………………………………………………….. Ceri Hartnett
Fight Choreographer………………………………………………… Christopher Elst
Sound Designer…………………………………………………………….. Erin Paige

WALK, DON’T WALK  By Matthew Konkol
Directed by Luke Erickson
John……………………………………………………………. Christopher Patnaude
Steve………………………………………………………………………. Kyle Sternad

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Join Us for a “Captivating” Reading Series

 
May102013

 

Pink Banana presents THE BALTIMORE WALTZ on Saturday, May 18, 7:30 PM at The Arcade Theatre at the Underground Collaborative.  There is a $10 suggested donation. 

THE BALTIMORE WALTZ
By Paula Vogel
Directed by Alan Piotrowicz
Featuring the talents of Kelly Coffey, Mark Neufang, and David Franz

 
When Anna, an unmarried teacher, is diagnosed with Acquired Toilet Disease (ATD), a fatal new malady with a high risk factor for elementary school teachers, she and her brother Carl take flight to Europe. Anna decides she wants to drown herself in the sensuality of food and sex, while Carl becomes involved in a wild Third Mannish espionage scheme to find a cure for his sister on the Continent. A winner of the Obie Award, Vogel’s play is a giddy, fleet fantasy based on the love and adventures of a brother and sister and “…a crazy-quilt patchwork of hyperventilating language, erotic jokes, movie kitsch and medical nightmare…that spins before the audience in Viennese waltz time, replete with a dizzying fall.” (New York Times)
 
A new series in a new space!
In 2011, Pink Banana partnered with Falls Patio Players to present a preview reading of our production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Following the amazing feedback from this event, we are excited to announce this new Reading Series. The offerings for fall 2012 and spring 2013, collectively entitled “Captivating,” feature intriguing characters battling their own confinement – be it death, society, or disease. Please join us for these exciting and truly “theatrical” evenings in our brand-new space in the Underground Collaborative and help support emerging artists in the Milwaukee theatre scene.
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Pink Banana Proudly Announces 2013 Season

Feb262013

Join Pink Banana Theatre Co. on Thursday, March 14 at 7:00pm, for our 2013 Season Announcement Party at the Underground Collaborative!

The party is free and open to the public with generous support from Brenner Brewing Company.  The evening will feature sneak peeks of Pink Banana’s upcoming performances and collaborations, including staged readings from the Annual One Acts Festival “GAME NIGHT” and unveiled 2013 full-length production.

Tickets are complimentary and guests are requested to register in advance online at Brown Paper Tickets.  Follow the event on Facebook for all of the latest updates!

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Sign-up for the One Act Auditions!

Jan132013
Pink Banana Theatre’s 2013 One Acts: Game Night needs actors!  Auditions will be held on February 23rd and 24th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Auditions will be 8 minutes each, and you must register for an audition time.  Auditions will be held at the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee.

These auditions are for all levels of talent and training – no prior experience necessary! Headshots, resumes, and monologues are welcome, but are by no means mandatory.  If you do have a monologue prepared, please keep it under two minutes, as we’d also like time for cold reads.  Performers receive a small stipend (partially based on how well the show sells).

First call for all casts will be on or around March 23rd, with show-specific rehearsal schedules set up by each director.  Performances are the first two weekends in June, specifically the 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 13th, 14th, and 15th, all at 7:30 pm.

 

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