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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...
11.06.2011 | | Posted at 09:06 AM

Uprooted Theatre presents a one-night-only staged reading of an intense Jim Crowe-era drama

By Russ Bickerstaff
Bayonne, Louisiana. 1948. After World War II. Before the civil rights movement. During the era of the Jim Crowe south. A schoolteacher is sent to counsel a man on death row—a man unjustly condemned. It’s been described as a heavily dramatic piece about a time when injustices weren’t buried underneath layers of glossy PR. It’s A Lesson Before Dying-- a drama written by Romulus Linney base...
10.26.2011 | | Posted at 12:13 AM

UPROOTED THEATRE hosts a clever fundraising event at Broadway Theatre Center

By Russ Bickerstaff
One non-profit fundraiser can pretty much bleed into the next for those with the means to attend them. The challenge for any non-profit is to put something together that is distinct and unique while still serving that basic role of a fundraiser event—to raise money. Uprooted Theatre’s October 30th fundraiser conceptually goes a few steps beyond memorable fundraising event to make kind of an...
05.23.2011 | | Posted at 04:01 PM

Neil Haven’s latest looks at cross-generational conflict

By Russ Bickerstaff
    Over the years, playwright Neil Haven has proved himself to be pretty versatile. From a comedy about a woman afraid to leave an elevator to a vaguely bizarre comedy about internet dating and even a short about anthropomorphized ducks in Las Vegas, Haven’s style has varied quite a bit.With his latest, he tackles a very complex family dynamic between five different characters. And though th...
01.17.2011 | | Posted at 06:37 AM

Uprooted/Renaissance's CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY

By Russ Bickerstaff
There simply are NOT enough decent� stage roles for African-Americans in Milwaukee theatre. With solidly impressive performances of a competent contemporary script, Uprooted/Renaissance Theaterworks’ production of Crumbs From The Table of Joy is a quietly dazzling illustration of this. Uprooted Theatre Managing Director/co-founder Marti Gobel is joined by a cast of regional actors in a story r...
12.26.2010 | | Posted at 07:18 PM

Renaissance Theaterworks and Uprooted collaborate on CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY

By Russ Bickerstaff
It’s a bit odd to see the increasing polarization of contemporary politics. If the past half century has taught society nothing else, it is that the world exists within infinite shades of grey between black and white. Roughly a decade and a half ago, playwright Lynn Nottage explored the dichotomy between simplicity and complexity in Crumbs from the Table of Joy—a drama set in 1950. Still grie...
03.14.2010 | | Posted at 01:59 PM

Theatre Company Returns to Beauty’s Daughter with Marti Gobel

By Russ Bickerstaff
In a year beset by a greater than usual number of adjustments and cancellations on the Milwaukee stage, Uprooted Theatre has had to cancel its production of The Colored Museum due to the difficulties of scrambling to replace a couple of actresses and other scheduling conflicts. As a result, the relatively new theatre company will be returning to the stage this coming week with a production of D...