Cez Says “See Ya!”
by A.J. Magoon
On Sunday, December 11, 2022, Next Act Theatre hosted The Retirement Roast of David Cecsarini. A full house of friends, artists, patrons and other guests joined us as David was given the lovingly-comedic send-off he deserved. Panelists included longtime friends and collaborators Mark Ulrich, Bo Johnson, Mary MacDonald Kerr, John Kishline, Norman Moses, Jonathan Smoots, James Pickering and Tami Workentin. David was also treated to video roasts from Doug Jarecki, Lisa Gatewood, Edward Morgan and Ryan Schabach and suprised with proclamations from the Milwaukee Common Council and Mayor Cavalier Johnson, as well as a roast from his own wife, Deborah Staples Cecsarini. David gave as good as he got and, all joking aside, expressed gratitude for all who have supported the work of Next Act. “I’ve really only amassed gifts,” he said, shortly before dancing off towards retirement (literally!) with Deborah.