It was the early 50s. The Cold War was gaining in intensity. Writers and performers were blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee. But on Saturday nights, America tuned in to the phenomenally popular Your Show of Shows. America needed laughter, and on Saturday nights, we got what we needed.
[The Your Show of Shows writers] competed with and against each other for their sketch ideas, for Caesar’s favor, for status in the room; but mostly, they competed together to do the best show possible, week in and week out. Above the fray, they were one crazy, comedy family.
Next On Tap… returns for a third season, and we’re happy to welcome four new breweries this year. A free beer tasting is included with the ticket purchase for the second Saturday of each production. A representative from the brewery is on hand to sample three to four of their beers, ranging from their tried […]
Over the summer, Renaissance Theaterworks (RTW), announced they would be moving to a new artistic home at the Next Act Theatre building at the beginning of its 2020-21 production season. “We’ve grown beyond the capacity of the 99-seat Studio Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center,” shares Managing Director Lisa Rasmussen, “and we are excited to […]
I promised myself I was going to sleep through the month of July and then rest in August. But my alarm clock went off early when David called to say that Next Act was in need of a Development Director. For the past 21 years, along with my husband, Chris, I was co-founder and Producing […]
Charlotte Corday (Guillotined July 17, 1793) Gained access to the room where she killed radical revolutionary, Jean Paul Marat (who was in a medicinal bath due to a skin condition) by promising to give him names from the more moderate political party he opposed (which she supported) Given the nickname “The Angel of Assassination” by […]
I was introduced to the French Revolution at about 10 years old. I remember well our basement rec room on W. Courtland Avenue in Brookfield, Wisconsin, where our Sears Silvertone portable record player stood ready to aurally entertain. The album cover depicted the head of a funny-looking guy with black framed glasses smiling at me […]
There’s no doubt, I’m a Lauren Gunderson fan. We’ve produced four of her plays recently: THE TAMING in 2016 (remember when the beauty queen candidate won the White House?), SILENT SKY (Henrietta Leavitt measures the universe), I AND YOU (two teens bond for one lifetime), and now THE REVOLUTIONISTS (a dream-fugue take on an all-female […]