Whew! The summer just flew by. While we still had some rental shows in our space, the lack of any Next Act productions gave the staff some free time – here’s how we stayed busy during the dog days of summer.
Jane Flieller, Development Director: Jane started her summer with Bravo, Next Act’s annual fundraiser, back in person after a two-year pause. She then spent a whirlwind weekend in New York City to celebrate a milestone birthday followed by wiling away many hours catching up on an ever-growing queue of books.
Libby Amato, Administrative Coordinator: This summer Libby bought a new house! And then spent all her free time on house and yard projects – and loved every minute of it.
A.J. Magoon, Marketing Director: When he wasn’t at Next Act, A.J. spent his summer overseeing Summit Players Theatre’s tour of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING performances and workshops in the Wisconsin state parks. A new homeowner, he also tried his hand at gardening and took lots of walks with his dog, Boomer.
Jessica Connelly, Stage Manager: In between puttering in her garden and snuggling her puppies, Jessica was able to squeeze a few live concerts and some great road trips with her husband and her Mother. But after her very busy 21-22 season, she also just relaxed.
Tom Darrow, Administrative Volunteer: This summer Tom relaxed on the new deck and spent more time with his cat Belle. After his grandchildren came for a week’s visit in July, he joined his fellow Quakers in raising money for an asylum family by selling reusable “paper” towels. He and Michael managed to travel to western Wisconsin to spend time with friends after enjoying one of their favorite events—Irish Fest.
Malaina Moore, Community Liaison: Malaina kicked off this summer with an amazing birthday weekend with some of her closest friends. Another highlight was seeing T-Pain at the Rave and 2 Chainz at Summerfest. She was also able to visit Washington D.C for the first time ever as she sent her very best friend off to Howard University School of Law! She also produced two pieces for the Milwaukee Black Theatre Festival, curating a program for Youth and Family Night and directing a remount of her first-ever produced show, THIS JUST IN.
David Cecsarini, Producing Artistic Director: David has been pretty much camped out at good ol’ Next Act on a very regular basis, with two notable exceptions: he and his wife Deborah took a quick driving sprint out east to celebrate his mom’s 98th birthday in late July. The miles allowed them time to appreciate (and frankly, for him to learn about) two brash and bold comedians: Dave Chappelle and Hannah Gadsby. Outlandishly, furiously funny. His other outing was spent around the house one weekend tending to a cluster of projects which brought satisfaction. His high bar for success is expressed in this pithy phrase, “Well, it’s better than it was.”