Novelist Lives Again to Tell His Stories in Dickens in America, for Milwaukee Chamber Season

News   Novelist Lives Again to Tell His Stories in Dickens in America, for Milwaukee Chamber Season Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's 32nd season, under the leadership of artistic director C. Michael Wright, will include the new solo play Dickens in America, a re-imagining of novelist Charles Dickens' famed readings of his own works.

The 2006-2007 MCT season opens with the Milwaukee premiere of A.R. Gurney's comedy with music, The Fourth Wall, directed by Bill Theisen and featuring Angela Iannone, Norman Moses, Rick Pendzich and Kay Stiefel, Aug. 10–27; followed by Peter Nichols' British dark comedy Joe Egg, directed by C. Michael Wright and featuring Dylan Bolin, Mary MacDonald Kerr, Anya Kopischke, Ruth Schudson, Jacque Troy and Brian Vaughn, Oct. 19–Nov. 5.

For the holidays, the one-man Dickens in America by James DeVita and featuring James Ridge in the title role, plays Nov. 22–Dec. 17. The show's official "world premiere" will be a one night fundraiser performance on July 9 at American Players Theatre (Spring Green, WI). C. Michael Wright will direct the solo show.

"In late 1867," according to MCT, "Charles Dickens — renowned as a highly theatrical performer of his own work — toured America for the second time. After fatigue and illness set in, his tour was cut short, never making it to the Midwest as planned. Playwright James DeVita has decided to rectify that unfortunate turn of events. The Studio Theatre will be done up for a Victorian holiday, and in the person of the remarkably gifted chameleon James Ridge, Mr. Dickens will regale Wisconsinites with his words and wisdom... and some choice snippets from his favorite holiday story."

Athol Fugard's A Lesson from Aloes, directed by Montgomery Davis and featuring Chike Johnson and Brian Robert Mani, plays Feb. 15-March 11, 2007; and Lee Blessing's Cold War play, A Walk in the Woods, directed by C. Michael Wright and featuring Peter Reeves and Robert Spencer, runs April 12-29, 2007.

All productions will take place in the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward. Both the Cabot and Studio theatres are used for MCT productions. For more information, visit www.chamber-theatre.com or call (414) 276-8842. *

MCT is an Equity company operating under an SPT (Small Professional Theatre) contract.

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