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Thursday, June 6, 2013
 A young man named Clay is involved in a crime. And so this young man is on the run from the law. He seeks refuge from the police in the home of an elderly woman named Tilly, and his life changes in a profound way
03.22.2012 | | Posted at 09:08 AM

Morning Star Productions’ A BRIGHT PARTICULAR STAR.

By Russ Bickerstaff
In the mid-to-late 1800’s writer George MacDonald would put on plays for the poor with his wife and family of 11 children. There were more than a few distinguished guests who made their way to the occasional show—Lewis Carroll and Mark Twain among them. One of MacDonald’s daughters had remarkable talent as an actress. At the time, actresses were seen as being . . . less than virtuous. . . ...
11.21.2011 | | Posted at 07:20 AM

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in Early December

By Russ Bickerstaff
The 1970'™s live on in yet another production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. The popular story of a group of very ill-behaved kids becoming a part of a church Christmas pageant had become kind of a big hit for author Barbara Robinson when the original children'™s book came out in '72. Years later it had kind of a strange resonance with grade school teachers as it continued to be very, very...
09.20.2011 | | Posted at 11:48 AM

Morning Star Productions opens its season with a new comedy

By Russ Bickerstaff
Being one of the single most common institutions in the modern world, marriage has been the subject of much comedy over the years. Outside the “real world,”  weddings have been produced on every kind of stage and screen imaginable. This week, Morning Star Productions adds one more wedding comedy to the tradition as it hosts Dearly Beloved a brand-new play by Lisa Buethe. Morning Star opens...
04.08.2011 | | Posted at 11:51 PM

The story of a politician and her brother

By Russ Bickerstaff
This week, Morning Star Productions presents a contemporary drama by Morningstar Artistic Director Alan Atwood. The company, which was founded as the Drama Ministry at Eastbrook church, has developed some interesting work in the past couple of years. It’s latest offering—My Brother’s Keeper involves a woman running for U.S. Senate who finds her life complicated by the sudden appearanc...
01.13.2011 | | Posted at 11:10 PM

Morningstar Productions' season continues with a new comedy based in rural Wisconsin.

By Russ Bickerstaff
Punch “Woodeye, Wisconsin,” into a search engine and the first thing that pops-up is a bar and grill in Winneconne. The town of Woodeye may not appear on any map, but rest assured it’s there somewhere . . . if it wasn’t, there wouldn’t’ve been a reason for playwright Tim Neve to write about it. His new play, Woodeye sounds like something of a Twin Peaks-style rural comedy set in back...
08.11.2010 | | Posted at 07:08 PM

Christian Theatre Company Announces An Entire Season of New Works

By Russ Bickerstaff
Christian theatre group Morning Star Productions recently announced a three-show season of completely new works. The company that opened last year with a visually stylish production of Eugene O'Neill's Days Without End brings three new shows to the stage of Eastbrook Church on Green Bay Avenue.  Morningstar's season includes two new dramas by Alan Atwood and a comedy Tim Neve. Running September...
09.19.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Being an agnostic and going to a performance by a Christian theatre company normally isn’t as weird as it might sound. Having grown-up entirely without religion I have no animosity towards it and I generally agree with the more selfless, human emotional side of Christianity that tends to be brought to the stage in theatrical productions. Eugene O’Neil’s Days Without End is a different kin...

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