Merry Wives of Windsor (drunk)

Nov 24 - Dec 2 at 7:30

PWYC Preview Wed, Nov 22 at 7:30

at the Underground Collaborative

on the basement level of the Shops at Grand Avenue

161 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203

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Join us for the first of our

Studio Series shows

Photo by J. T. Backes
Photo by J. T. Backes


Schedule of Designated Drunks

11/22 (preview) - Keighley Sadler AND Rick Bingen

11/24 - LeAnn Vance

11/25 - Samantha Martinson

11/27 - Joel Kopischke

11/30 - Robin Christiansen

12/1 - Amber Regan

12/2 - Emmitt Morgans AND Brittany Curran


Creative team


Director  - Reva Fox

 

Reva Fox:  Is thrilled, and a little hung-over to be working with Bard and Bourbon again. 

 

Milwaukee directing credits: Working, Company Class Musical First Stage Summer Academy; Lion King Kids ,Summit View School; The Trial of FDR for the Holocaust Education Center; Top Secret, for Soul Food at Madison’s Forward Theatre;  Much Ado About Nothing (co director) for Bard and Bourbon; The Smell of the Kill: Renaissance Theatreworks; Combat Theatre: The Bunny Gumbo Theatre Company.

 

Recent acting credits include, Peter Quince inMidsummer’s Night’s Dream, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing, Polonius/Horation in Hamlet all for Bard and Bourbon, Magistress in Wayward Women for Theater Red,  Linda in Death of a Salesman for Imagination Theatre, Banquo in Macbeth at Soulstice, Risa in Any Given Monday for Pink Banana, Gladys in Parts of Speech for RTW’s Brink Series, Penelope in The Penelopiad for Luminous Theatre, Lane in Bullet Proof Heart at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts.  

 

Reva’s current favorite cocktail is a Caipirnha, because it comes with a rock candy stick in it.  Alcohol AND candy?  Yes Please!

Thanks always to Abigail and Nathaniel for their love and support and the glee they take in telling people, “our Mom works for the drunk company!”



Fight Director - Tawnie Thompson




Cast


Samantha Martinson - Mistress Ford

 

Samantha is grateful to be playing with Bard & Bourbon again, and this time drunk! She is the Education Associate with Milwaukee Chamber Theater, where she assistant produces the Young Playwrights Festival. Recently, Samantha spent her summer "Up North" as the Managing Producer of Door Shakespeare. Performance and production work in Milwaukee includes: Bard & Bourbon, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage, Windfall Theater, Splinter Group, Pink Banana, Cooperative Performance Milwaukee, World Stage, and Milwaukee Youth Theater. Much love to her family and Mary. samanthamartinson.com Most recent drink? Jalapeno Paloma. Highly recommended. How many shots can Samantha take? Well, we'll have to see.



Amber Regan - Mistress Page

 

Sipped in the basement of a church converted into a theater, Amber’s first cocktail at 15, balanced the excitement of her first adult cast party with the guilt and fear of breaking the rules. Tasting caviar, smells of sawdust, the feeling of relief after releasing her ace bandage chest binding and the knowledge she had found her home, will forever mingle with the complex flavors of a fuzzy navel. To the fuzzy navel, the unsung hero of young girls wishing to ease into the world of maturity and sophistication!



Joel Kopischke - Falstaff

 

Joel is bursting at the seams to be back again with B&B after performing in Macbeth and Twelfth Night. He has been performing professionally for over 40 years, singing loudly and having fun on stage, TV, radio, film, and more, including performing with Skylight Music Theatre (most recently as Alfred P Doolittle in My Fair Lady), Milwaukee Opera Theatre, First Stage, the Milwaukee Symphony, TAP, Musical Mainstage at Sunset Playhouse (including Elton John: Rocket Man in January 2018), Melody Top, & Off-Broadway in Waiting...A Song Cycle. Joel has released humorous holiday CDs I Got Yule Babe & Ground Control To Santa Claus (with live performances at Waukesha Civic Theatre December 5th & 7th). Joel’s musical Dairy Heirs, co-written with Alissa Rhode & Eva Nimmer, will debut at Northern Sky Theatre in Door County next summer. JoelVoice.com

Joel’s first drink was Wapatuli at a cast party and his most recent drink was the 10th shot of bourbon he did while performing in Twelfth Night



Emmitt Morgans - Ford

 

Emmitt was born in Green Bay, grew up in Lake Geneva, earned a Theatre Performance BFA at UW-Whitewater, did some other stuff, and now he's here. He is ecstatic to return to Bard & Bourbon after a 2-year-long hiatus since being a drunken Dogberry and a flushed Friar Francis in 'Much Ado About Nothing'. Emmitt has, in the meantime, performed with Optimist Theatre, Windfall Theatre, Lake Country Playhouse, and regularly performs with Kohl's Wild Theater at schools, libraries, and community events in the Milwaukee area. Thanks go out to the Underground Collaborative, the intoxicating 'Merry Wives' cast and crew, the 'Rents, and ma belle... "she is too bright to be looked against."



Rick Bingen - Slender

 

Rick Bingen is ecstatic to be a part of a Bard and Bourbon production, and he also couldn't be happier to be playing a profound character like Abraham Slender. Rick is no stranger to Shakespeare plays, in fact he has never been cast in anything else. He has performed the roles of Egeus, Tom Snout the Tinker, and Silvius while at Carthage College. When Rick isn't speaking the words of Shakespeare with drunken knaves, he helps run a theatre company of his own, the West Bend Theatre Company. His favorite drink is a "Big Ginger" which may speak to his fascination of Anne Page.



Logan Milway - Sir Hugh Evans

 

Logan is excited to be part of his first production with Bard and Bourbon. He is a graduate of Carthage College with a double major in Theatre (Directing) and Communication. He has worked with First Stage the past few years as a Lead Teacher in both Summer Academy and Education through Theater. Previous credits include SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN (First Stage), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM- Bottom (Arts@Large), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING- Balthazar/Watchman (Optimist Theatre), THE DARFSTELLAR- Piotr (KACM Theatrical Productions at the Milwaukee Fringe), THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD- Crisparkle and URINETOWN THE MUSICAL- Old Man Strong (Carthage College) in addition to directing A HISTORY OF FALLING THINGS at Carthage College. Logan had his first drink on August 8th, 2014 at 19 years old. It was a Stella Artois at The World's End pub in Edinburgh, Scotland, drunk to the music of John Denver in the company of his high school theater mentor, Tom Klubertanz.



LeAnn Vance - Page/Mistress Quickly

 

LeAnn Vance holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from UW-Whitewater, which is also where she had her very first sip of alcohol. Legally. This is her second time stumbling into the world of drunken Shakespeare with Bard & Bourbon, having been seen this past spring as Witch 1/Gentlewoman/Donalbain in Macbeth. Her very first drink was most likely some terribly mixed concoction containing a lot of cheap vodka. Her alcohol preferences have thankfully changed, and now her go to is a double Jameson soda with a lime. Don't forget her lime or she will drunkenly scat at you. 



Robin Christiansen - Fenton/Simple/Bardolph

 

Robin Christiansen (Fenton/Simple/Bardolf/Servant #2 - let's call him "Alphonso" even though I'm pretty sure it's something else) mixes bourbon with many things: bitters and sweet vermouth, chocolate cake, mentos and diet coke - an ever-expanding list that now includes William "Shake" Speare, inventor of the atlatl and avowed "Globe-alist". He (Robin, not William) appears here with Bard & Bourbon for the first time, grateful for the welcome. A graduate of Northwestern University, Robin most recently appeared as the titlular character in Sunset Playhouse's production of THE NERD; this only hurt Robin's feelings a little bit, and Sunset Playhouse has since apologized for the remark with a nice fruit bouquet and a perfumed letter that Robin believes was NOT written by Sir John Falstaff, though he can't be sure. Robin has been trained, both classically and house, for many years. He would like to thank all of his comrades, but especially Reva, Jess, and Katie for their tireless efforts. Slainte!



Keighley Sadler - Dr. Caius/Pistol

 

Keighley Sadler is ecstatic to once again play with Bard & Bourbon on the stage for this production of Merry Wives of Windsor. She has previously been seen as Lady Macbeth is Macbeth, and Helena/Flute/Mustardseed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Bard & Bourbon. A few notable roles include Popeye in The Miss Firecracker Contest, Audrey in Little Shop Of Horrors, and Ruby in Dali’s Liquid Ladies. Her favorite drink is a hot toddy, and she invites you to enjoy the show!



Brittany Curran - Anne Page/Host/Robin

 

Brittany Curran holds a BFA degree in Acting and a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she currently works as a TA for the Theatre Department. She is a company member at Kohl’s Wild Theater and works as a director, instructor, and Educational Outreach Coordinator with Milwaukee Youth Theatre. This is Brittany’s fifth show with Bard and Bourbon. You may have seen her earlier this season as Viola in TWELFTH NIGHT, or last season as Puck in MIDSUMMER. Brittany has worked with several other local theatre companies including Theater RED, Pink Banana, Renaissance Theaterworks, The World’s Stage, Milwaukee Metropolitan Voices, First Stage, Milwaukee Rep, Optimist Theatre, and Milwaukee Entertainment Group. Brittany would like to thank her parents for their unfaltering love and support, and her cats, Cici and Guapo, for being soft and snuggly. If you see Brittany at a bar, buy her a whiskey ginger.



Danielle Levings - Shallow/Rugby

 

Danielle is very merry because she is back with Bard and Bourbon! Previously, Danielle was Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dreamand served as the Assistant Director for Twelfth Night. Danielle holds a M.A. in Theatre from Kansas State University, and works as an Actor/Educator in Milwaukee. She has recently worked with Renaissance Theaterworks, bug in a rug Children's Theater, Kohl's Wild Theater and as a teaching artist for First Stage. Danielle's favorite alcoholic drink is a Rum and Coke, but really, her favorite drink is chocolate milk. Love to Mom and Dad.



About Us

Bard & Bourbon is dedicated to performing beautiful, fully staged productions of classical works with a touch of irreverence.  Each production features small non-traditional casts playing multiple parts while getting one actor very drunk over the course of the show.


Bard & Bourbon strongly encourages responsible drinking! Our actors get drunk on a rotating schedule to ensure time to recover, have the rest of the cast watching out for them, and NEVER drive afterwards.  If you are planning on drinking with us, please take similar steps to ensure a safe and fun night of indulgence.