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Dudley Birder Hall
400 Grant St., De Pere, WI 54115

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About Z-FEST: A Play Reading Series

Theatre Z presents readings of five plays within one week cluminating in a marathon of all five plays in one day on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

Z-Fest brings together various members of the Fox Valley theatre community. The directors include community members Teresa Aportela Sergott and Lee Kerwin, both of whom have directed plays with Evergreen Productions. Additionally, Z-Fest is joined by Merlaine Angwall, Chair of the theatre department at University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh; Laura Riddle, Chair of the theatre department University of Wisconsin, Green Bay; Stephen Rupsch, Director of Theatre Studies at St. Norbert College.

Please Be Advised: These plays contain mature content!


Monday, June 9th - Cloud 9
Written by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Larua Riddle

This Drama Desk and Obie Award winning time shifting comedy explores the sexual mores in British occupied Africa during Victorian England, and then switches up to 1970s London.


Tuesday, June 10th - In the Next Room, or the vibrator play
Written by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Merlaine Angwall

Winner of the Glickman Prize, Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony nominee for Best Play, the play is set in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity. Based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat 'hysterical' women (and some men), the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their entire household.


Wednesday, June 11th - Take Me Out
Written by Richard Greenberg
Directed by Lee Kerwin

Winner of the 2003 Tony Award, "Take Me Out" looks at a star professional baseball player who comes out as gay. He assumes that everyone will accept the news, but he wrong, and the reverberations move through his entire team.


Thursday, June 12th - The International Stud
Written by Harvey Fierstein
Directed by Teresa Aportela Sergott

In part one of Fierstein's ground-breaking "Torch Song Trilogy" (Best Play Tony Award as well as Drama Desk, Obie, and Dramatist Guild awards) we follow the hero Arnold Beckoff after a fight with his boyfriend into a hilarious romp in a sex club.


Friday, June 13th - Blackbird's Garden
Written by Merlaine Angwall
Directed by Stephen Rupsch

Theatre Z is proud to announce the first public concert reading of a new play by Merlaine Angwall. "Blackbirds' Garden" focuses on the life of antebellum author, prison reformer, and feminist, Eliza Farnham, during her tenure as matron for Mount Pleasant Female Prison. The play investigates Eliza's reforms and the opposition to her "treatments" during this seminal time in the American prison system. The Friday evening reading will also be followed by a discussion with the author.


Saturday, June 14th - See them all! Marathon Style!

Z-Fest will conclude with an all day marathon of readings of all the above plays in the same order as they appeared throughout the week.


Please Be Advised: These plays contain mature content!

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