Brothers Return to Their Roots in Broken and Entered, a Milwaukee World Premiere Opening Sept. 28

By Kenneth Jones
September 28, 2012

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) opens the world-premiere production of Broken and Entered by Madison, Wisconsin-based playwright Kurt McGinnis Brown on Sept. 28. The play, which examines changing neighborhoods and perceptions, was first presented by MCT as a reading in 2010.



Performances continue to Oct. 14 in the Broadway Theatre Center's Studio Theatre in Milwaukee, WI.

"In Broken and Entered," according to MCT notes, "Wally and Vern have just moved back to their family home in a crumbling inner-city community. They soon realize that in order to survive they need to 'take what they can get,' literally. So each night they guiltlessly burglarize houses in nearby upscale neighborhoods. When Wally falls for a wealthy, attractive neighbor named Jamila, the two brothers are forced to reexamine their perceptions of race while facing demons from their childhood."

Suzan Fete directs a cast that includes three Milwaukee-based actors: Marti Gobel as Jamilla, Andrew Edwin Voss as Wally and Jonathan Leslie Wainwright as Vern.

MCT also previously presented a staged reading of Kurt McGinnis Brown's Not the Artist in 2008. That and Broken and Entered were finalists in the Wisconsin Wrights New Play Project. Currently a resident of Madison, Brown's plays have been performed in Akron, Chicago, Los Angeles, Madison, Milwaukee, New York, and Valdez, Alaska, and have won competitions sponsored by Chicago Dramatists, Eclectic Company Theatre, Mercury Players, Reverie Productions, University of Akron Theatre Guild and Wisconsin Wrights New Play Project.

The playwright said in production notes, "It became a play in which I wanted to explore unusual motivations for crime. It's about struggle, an attempt to get even. In which race is involved but it's really about class. It's about a logical madness involved in trying to get even with the world and to eradicate one's past."

The production team includes scenic designer J Branson, costume designer Holly Payne, lighting designer Kurt Schnabel, properties master Dana Fralick and sound designer Phil Wooding.

For more information, visit milwaukeechambertheatre.com.