Next Up – Next Act Theatre

Ride Along with David – UPAF Virtual Ride for the Arts

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) Miller Lite Ride for the Arts was “virtual” this year, but that didn’t stop Next Act Theatre Producing Artistic Director David Cecsarini from putting in some serious miles on the Oak Leaf Trail and around Port Washington!

Here’s a “virtual” ride experience for you – your very own opportunity to ride along with David and check out the “best of” moments from his time out on the trail this year.

Thanks to all of our ride donors, who helped us raise $5,501.00, a new Next Act record for the Ride for the Arts! Donors include:

Thanks also to all of our team riders:

…and our honorary riders:

Thanks, as always, to the United Performing Arts Fund for their constant support.

Special thanks to:

And especially, thanks to all Next Act patrons who support us with their bucks and their belief.

Finally: No pneumatic tires were punctured or abused during the making of this motion picture.

Casey Hoekstra’s 21A Monologue

Casey had just begun rehearsals for 9 CIRCLES in March when the pandemic brought our production to a premature close. Casey had also appeared in last season’s BLOOD AT THE ROOT, by Dominique Morisseau. The play was directed by Marti Gobel, who will direct PRINCIPAL PRINCIPLE in our upcoming 2020-2021 season. 

See if you recognize any favorite moments from Casey (and the rest of our fantastic BLOOD AT THE ROOT cast) in the gallery below!

Ryan Schabach’s Audition

Ryan was first seen at Next Act in RED HERRING, also part of our 2020-2021 season. Since then, he has been seen on our stage in EARS ON A BEATLE, SYLVIA, WELCOME HOME JENNY SUTTER and TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES 1992.

Ryan has played some memorable roles on our stage! Look through the gallery below to see some – are there any you recognize? Could you replicate any of his costumes using only what you have in your house?

Dr. Faustus’s Zoom Lecture

Jonathan has appeared in many Next Act productions, including SIDE MAN, COYOTE ON A FENCE, THE EXONERATED, GRACE, BACK OF THE THROAT and HOW TO WRITE A NEW BOOK FOR THE BIBLE.

Dr. Fautsus’s Zoom lecture is based on a monologue from David Davalos’s play WITTENBERG.

Jonathan was set to play Dr. Faustus in WITTENBERG in Door Shakespeare’s 2020 season, which was recently cancelled due to health and safety concerns. To support our friends at Door Shakes, click here.

Interested in spicing up your own Zoom lectures, meetings or happy hours with a new background? Click an image in the gallery below to download a full-sized background from the theatre or your favorite show. (Photos: Ross Zentner and Timothy Moder.)

Zoom Background Gallery

Bree Beelow’s Farm Tour

Bree recently stole the show as Marie Antoinette in Lauren Gunderson’s THE REVOLUTIONISTS, part of our 2019-2020 season. Previously, audiences have seen her on our stage in THE TAMING.

Take a tour through Next Act history with a look at the roles Bree has played on our stages!

“To Morrow” – Molly Rhode and Chase Stoeger

Molly Rhode has been seen on our stages in FALLEN ANGELS, THE CLOCKMAKER and UnSILENT NIGHT, while Chase Stoeger appeared in the unforgettable GROUCHO: A LIFE IN REVUE.

Want to sing along with Molly and Chase to Bob Gibson’s “To Morrow”? Check out the lyrics below:

To Morrow

Bob Gibson

Well, I started on a journey about a year ago
To a little town called Morrow in the state of Ohio
I’d never been much of a traveler and I really didn’t know
That Morrow was the hardest place I’d ever try to go

So I went down to the station for my ticket and applied
For tips regarding Morrow, not expecting to be guyed
Said I, “My friend, I’d like to go to Morrow and return
No later than tomorrow, for I haven’t time to burn”

Said she to me, “Now let me see if I have heard you right
You’d like to go to Morrow and return tomorrow night
You should have gone to Morrow yesterday and back today
For the train that goes to Morrow is a mile upon its way”

“If you had gone to Morrow yesterday now don’t you see
You could’ve gone to Morrow and returned today at three
For the train today to Morrow, if the schedule is right
Today it goes to Morrow and returns tomorrow night”

Said I, “I’d like to go to Morrow, but can I go today
And get to Morrow by tonight if there is no delay”
“Well, well,” she said to me, “and I’ve got no more to say
For the train that goes to Morrow is a mile upon its way”

I was so disappointed I was mad enough to swear
The train had gone to Morrow and had left me standing there
The gal was right in telling me “you are a howling jay
You cannot go to Morrow,” so I guess in town I’ll stay

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Marti’s Magnificent Meal

Most recently, Marti Gobel directed BLOOD AT THE ROOT, and will direct PRINCIPAL PRINCIPLE in our 2020-21 season. Audiences may recognize her from  PERFECT MENDACITY, NO CHILD…, TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES 1992 and THE TAMING.

Want to try your hand at making a magnificent meal of your own? Follow along with Marti’s recipe!

Marti’s Magnificent Meal

Beef Short Ribs


Vegetable Pad Thai

Pad Thai Sauce

  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a large bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.
  2. Pepper the beef short ribs on all sides.
  3. Add beef short ribs to crock pot and pour marinade over top.
  4. Cook beef short ribs for six hours on low heat (it makes the house smell great).
  5. Near the end of the beef’s cook time, stir fry the pad thai noodles, cabbage and vegetables together in a wok or other large pan until done.
  6. Cover with pad thai sauce, mix until incorporated and top with peanuts, toasted tofu or green onions.
  7. Serve with preferred sides, like sesame rice or sauteed broccoli.