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06.24.2014 | 85 days ago | Posted at 06:46 AM
By Russ Bickerstaff
Milwaukee takes a step in the right direction as it hosts the first Diversity General Auditions for stage and screen actors on Tuesday, June 24. Uprooted Theatre will host the event that is scheduled to run from 10:30 am - 3:30 p.m. at the Next Act Theatre space on 255 S. Water St.Actors of color are encouraged to audition for a number of upcoming projects. Those looking for talent include represe...
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

UPROOTED Theatre’s Marti Gobel and friends dramatize discrimination on two continents

“Incredible experience,” says Suzan Fete. “I saw monkey gland sauce on the menu!” Fete, of Renaissance Theaterworks, ran across the sauce in South Africa, while on tour with Renaissance’s Brandy Kline and Marti Gobel, the producing artistic director of UPROOTED Theatre
08.02.2012 | | Posted at 07:47 AM

The 2011-2012 Theatre Year in Milwaukee Remembered

By Russ Bickerstaff
Intro Being a theatre critic who attends 100+ annually, my year is defined a bit differently than a standard calendar will allow for. My year starts in August with the first shows of the new theatre season,  continues through May as regular season switches gears for the summer shows and finally ends in July as the new theatre season gets underway the following month . . . and so each year I l...
06.17.2012 | | Posted at 06:09 AM

Uprooted Theatre participates in US-wide simultaneous reading of James Baldwin's classic drama.

By Russ Bickerstaff
    One of the heavier stage dramas to come out of the '50s, James Baldwin's The Amen Corner concerns itself with family, religion and murky truths in a racially oppressed culture. First published in 1954, the three-act play follows an African-American family and the role of the church in its life. There's a kind of fearlessness in the premise . . . taking something of an unflinching look at th...
05.28.2012 | | Posted at 08:20 AM

Uprooted and the importance of human connection

By Russ Bickerstaff
  The big challenge of any stage drama is essentially the  same. The  characters need to connect up with the audience in a way that is strong enough to create a deep and powerful empathy with the story. From a certain point of view, everything else is secondary to that. Some dramas take a while to let that empathy sink-in. Caleen Sinnette Jennings' Hair, Nails & Dress finds a way to  make th...
03.28.2012 | | Posted at 04:54 PM

Staged Reading with UPROOTED THEATRE

By Russ Bickerstaff
Why? Why can't this be a fully staged show? I would absolutely LOVE to see former Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director Joseph Hanreddy and Uprooted co-founder Marti Gobel in a fully-staged production of David Mamet’s Oleanna. I’ve read the play a few times. Never saw it staged, though. And while the script, (a remarkably nuanced piece which relates drama between student and teacher,) could be ju...
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Country music legend Patsy Cline developed new range and depth for female vocals in one of the nation's most popular music genres. Her interesting life story, about a woman who achieved great critical and commercial success in the mid-20th century...
03.05.2012 | | Posted at 02:59 PM

Reginald Edmund’s drama continues the current season for UPROOTED

By Russ Bickerstaff
Acclaimed, young playwright Reginald Edmund has a production company in Houston, Texas. He has an agent in New York. And now he’s got a play opening in Miwaukee. South Bridge is part three of a growing series of dramas—his City of the Boyou series. It’s the story of a man who has been accused of assaulting a white widow in the late 19th century. The play, which has had readings all over t...
02.01.2012 | | Posted at 05:36 PM

UPROOTED stages a reading of Katori Hall’s 1930s Drama

By Russ Bickerstaff
Katori Hall’s Hoodoo Love sprung out of an assignment at Columbia University. The assignment was to write about a pair of people fighting over an object. She wrote about a couple of people fighting over a mojo bag in Memphis in the 1930s. The story revolves around Toulou—a woman who fled the cotton fields of Mississippi to pursue a dream of being a blues singer . . . this at a time when Robe...
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
To save his life, a man must uncover the truth about the death of a widow with whom he has been involved and whom he is accused of murdering. The man is black; the woman is...

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