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04.18.2012 | | Posted at 08:38 AM

A brief conversation with Ben Turk and Kate Pleuss of Insurgent Theatre

By Russ Bickerstaff
Inusrgent Theatre returns to Milwaukee this weekend for a pair of performances of In The Belly. The activist theatre company presents its exploration of the US prison system April 21st and 22nd. The April 21st performance is at Cream City Collectives on 732 East Clark Street.The April 22nd performance is at the Riverwest Public House on 815 East Locust. Both shows are at 7pm. For more information,...
03.09.2012 | | Posted at 11:48 AM

A critique of the prison system moves through town.

By Russ Bickerstaff
The US prison system is kind of a disturbing animal. I guess that’s why so many of us try not to think about it. The problem is that so many of us ARE behind bars. Somewhere around 1980, the US prison population exploded. And it’s been on the rise ever since . . . right now about 0.7% of the population is behind bars. Doesn’t necessarily sound like a lot, but that’s 2.26 billion people....
02.21.2011 | | Posted at 03:26 PM

Milwaukee-born theatre company exploring U.S. prison system in new touring show.

By Russ Bickerstaff
The man who was crying was old enough to be my father. He had just been sentenced to 1.5 years in prison and probation afterwards. I�d testified against him. Last August, he punched me in the face, causing a partial detachment of the retina in my right eye. I�d never met the man before. We hadn�t even made eye contact prior to the attack. I�ve since learned that he�s mentally ill. It seems unlik...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

DIY Theatre Hits River West for a Free Show

By Russ Bickerstaff
With respect to theatre openings, Halloween feels a bit peaceful next to the rest of the month. Aside from Acacia’s new show,which opens on Friday, there are a host of really good Halloween shows that I’ve already seen and another River West visitation of Insurgent Theatre. The Milwaukee-born theatre company returns to Milwaukee at 8pm on November 1st to stage a free performance of its traveling show Ulysses’ Crewmen at the Jackpot Gallery on 825 East Center Street.      Consisting of Ben Turk and Kate Pleuss, Insurgent Theatre has been traveling the country performing their political drama to various rooms of various sizes. Their road journal is located here. It's a really interesting read. The blog proudly lists the road show’s limited expenses and income. The contemporary DIY theatre scene may not have the kind of energetic mystique of the DIY punk scene of the ‘80’s, but this blog makes for an interesting display of the other side of the theatre

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09.24.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Unlike so many other forms of narrative art, theatre has a tendency to reappear. As temporary as live theatre can be, it’s interesting to hear the echoes over time . . . certain scripts get produced multiple times in quick succession in the area with no apparent connection. Three productions of Noises Off! Happen in roughly the same number of months as three distinctly different productions of R...
08.22.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
There’s always something going on . . . and though there are no theatre shows specifically opening up this weekend, there are a couple of things from opposite ends of the theatre scene going on tomorrow— First—Tickets go on sale for Marcus Center’s staging of Bunk Bed Brothers tomorrow. Pat Hazell, the man who brought the world The Wonder Bread Years and numerous jokes on Seinfeld and the ...
08.15.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
The weekend had fallen together for me in a very, very strange way . . . I was scheduled to see two shows last night. If I was really going to be able to make it to both of them, things would be tight . . . My first show of the evening was the big public premiere of Insurgent Theatre's Ulysses’ Crewmen. . . the drama by Ben Turk featuring himself and Kate Pleuss. A full review of the show runs i...
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009

Theater Preview

Ulysses' Crewmen completes an exhausting journey to the stage this week as Insurgent Theatre brings the two-person dramato the Cream City Collectives (732 E. Clarke St.). Playwright and Insurgent Theatre co-founder Ben Turk has been working on the script for years. The story concerns the kidnapping...
07.28.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Insurgent Theatre co-founders Ben Turk and Tracy Doyle announced earlier this morning that the theatre company will be moving out of Milwaukee in the next few months. After opening its tour of the traveling political drama Ulysses’ Crewmen, (on August 14th and 15th at the Cream City Collectives) the theatre company will go on the road to various places on the east coast. The final part of the to...