ONE WEEK ONLY!
May 22nd 7:30 Pay-What-You-Can Preview
May 23rd-26th at 7:30
May 27th (Memorial Day) at 5:00
Tenth Street Theatre
628 N 10th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233
General admission: $18
Tickets available NOW!
Tickets for Pay-what-you-can night available only at the door
Wednesday, May 22nd - Maggie Marks
Thursday, May 23rd - Ro Spice-Kopischke and Rick Bingen
Friday, May 24th - Joel Kopischke
- sponsored by John and Mary Kleinofen
Saturday, May 25th - Ashley Retzlaff
Sunday, May 26th - Grace DeWolff
Monday, May 27th - Rick Bingen and Madeline Wakley
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Director - Samantha Martinson (she/her/hers)
Samantha is a theater artist and educator in the city. Presently, she is the Education Associate at Milwaukee Chamber Theater, where she facilitates playwriting residencies in high schools across the greater Milwaukee area and biennially assistant produces the Young Playwrights Festival. At the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, Samantha is the Manager of Innovation and Engagement, focusing on fostering empathy in youth through science and social-emotional learning. Regionally, she has worked with Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, First Stage Children's Theater, Door Shakespeare, and Bard & Bourbon. Upcoming: Director for Br!nk New Play Festival and assistant director for The Roommate at RTW. For more information: samanthamartinson.com
Stage manager - Lauren is thrilled to be working with the Bard & Bourbon for the first time. Lauren earned her BA in History and Theatre from Wittenberg University. While there, she stage managed many productions, and also wrote and produced a play called Facing Intolerance in Springfield. Since graduating Lauren spent a year serving in Americorps at an arts non-profit in Los Angeles. Recent stage management credits include, The Young Playwright's Festival at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and Lombardi at the Racine Theatre guild. Lauren was recently accepted to Columbia University's Oral History Master's program where she will use her theater experience and other forms of storytelling to bring to light important stories from those who have never felt heard.
Music Designer -
Kaila is a violinist and choir teacher from West Bend. Highlights of her performance career include: acting in and composing/performing music for Carthage College's world premiere of "Day After Night;" playing in the orchestra for the Wisconsin premiere of "Dogfight" with All in Productions in Milwaukee; and playing violin in the band for a new musical, "Passing By," by Patrick Thompson, performed at the Chicago Musical Theater Festival and the New York Musical Theater Festival (off-Broadway). Kaila and her husband, Rick, are passionate about all aspects of theater and enjoy attending the annual Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada
Props Master -
This is Matt's 4th season in Milwaukee, and he is delighted to raise a glass to his first Bard and Bourbon production. Matt holds a BFA-Stage Management Emphasis from UW-Whitewater. Some of Matt’s favorite prop master credits include: Buried Child (Players de Noc, Escanaba), Tarzan (Theatre Gigante), Chapatti (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre). Other theatre companies include The Acacia Theatre Company and Milwaukee Youth Theatre. Matt would like to thank his wife, Veronica Zahn, for her understanding of his growing prop collection and for being his biggest cheerleader.
Movement and Fight Director -
Trevor is a professional actor, director, educator, fight choreographer, and motion capture actor/stunt performer. He received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Acting & Directing and his BA in both Theatre and Communications from Cardinal Stritch University. Trevor has worked professionally with Northern Sky Theater, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Children's Theater of Madison, Theatre LILA, Forward Theater Company, Renaissance Theaterworks, University Theatre, Jennifer's Talent, Capital City Theatre, Madison College, Cardinal Stritch University, Four Seasons Theatre, and Raven Software/Activision, to name a few. Big thanks and congrats to the Tempest team!
Puppet Master/Designer -
Keighley Sadler is an artist and illustrator living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Keighley has been involved with Bard & Bourbon in the past, most notably in the roles of Caius Cassius in “Julius Caesar” and Lady Macbeth in “Macbeth”. She is currently working with a mentor to pursue a career in children’s book illustration. Keighley was happy to lend a hand with the masks and puppets, and extends a warm thank you to Samantha for the creative opportunity.
Lighting Designer -
Colin Gawronski is a lighting designer and theatrical technician native to Milwaukee. Colin recently joined the Milwaukee Chamber Theater staff as Production manager/Company manager, and works extensively with Danceworks, Inc. He has worked with such local companies as Renaissance Theaterworks, Skylight, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, UWM Dance, Next Act, Kohl's Wild Theater, PrideFest Milwaukee, Bard and Bourbon, Gina Laurenzi Dance Project, Black Arts Milwaukee and the Bronzeville Arts Ensemble. Colin has also worked with the Sacramento Music Circus, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and with the Indianapolis and Chicago Fringe Festivals. Favorite productions include: Ignite: A Hip Hop Experience, Secrets From the Wide Sky, Russian Transport, Frankie and Johnny, Stories From a Life, The Glass Menagerie, Serendipity, Mauritius, Thrill Me, In A Black Mood, Gruesome Playground Injuries, My Fair Lady, Lamps for My Family, and Vagabondare. Give Love Always.
Joel Kopischke - Prospero
Joel is ecstatic to be back again with B&B after performing in Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and Merry Wives, but especially thrilled to get to perform with Ro. 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, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, First Stage, MSO, TAP, Musical Mainstage at Sunset Playhouse, & Melody Top. Joel has released humorous holiday CDs I Got Yule Babe & Ground Control To Santa Claus and his musical Dairy Heirs, co-written with Alissa Rhode & Eva Nimmer, debuted last summer at Northern Sky Theatre in Door County and is back this summer (original cast recording now available). Joel has upcoming performances in Tomfoolery at TAP, A Miracle on 34th Street with Forte Theatre, I Got Yule Babe at Waukesha Civic, and Lost In Boston at Oconomowoc Arts Center. We are such stuff as dreams are made on.
Grace DeWolff - Ariel
Grace was in Bard and Bourbon's inaugural production of Hamlet and since then has played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Feste in Twelfth Night, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and directed Henry V. Other actor credits include Blood at the Root at Next Act Theatre, Top Girls at Renaissance Theatreworks, and The Glass Menagerie at In Tandem Theatre. Grace is also the Education Manager at Next Ac Theatre. and stays very sober while teaching kids. Thanks to Katie, Lineve, and Samantha for this opportunity, the dream team cast and crew, and thanks to audiences who support small local theatre.
Ashley Retzlaff - Caliban/Gonzalo
Ashley is honored to be back with Bard and Bourbon and playing the juxtaposing roles of Caliban and Gonzalo. 10 years ago she played Gonzalo at Ripon College and she is pumped to revisit this character of an old and kind persuader. Recently, Ashley appeared in the Young Playwrights' Festival at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and played Officer Brophy in Milwaukee Entertainment Group's Arsenic and Old Lace. Some of her recent and favorite roles include Mary Tilford in Outskirts Theatre's The Children's Hour and Mary Jo Kincaid in Cooperative Performance Milwaukee's A Piece of My Heart. Offstage she works as an American Literature and Theatre teacher at Oak Creek High School where she directed Moon Over Buffalo this past fall. She would like to thank Samantha for entrusting her with these difficult roles, Lauren for being a kind and direct stage manager, and Trevor for his impeccable movement guidance. All her love goes to Ben, Miracle, and Gus as always.
Rayne Kleinofen* - Miranda
Rayne Kleinofen is thrilled to be working with Bard and Bourban for the first time. She most recently worked with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival in the staged reading IS IT NOW OR HAS IT EVER BEEN (Skylar). She has also been in ONE MAN TWO GUVNERS (Rachel) with the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and recently worked with Renaissance Theaterworks as a deck chief.
Rick Bingen - Ferdinand
Rick is overjoyed to be making a return to a Bard & Bourbon main stage show and as a prince no less! Previously you may have seen him playing the role of Slender in Merry Wives or reading as King Philip in King John. Beyond the drunken scope of Bard & Bourbon, Rick has also played the roles of Benedick, Silvius, Tom Snout the Tinker, Egeus, and Jacob Marley. Rick hopes you enjoy The Tempest and have a drink in his name.
Victoria Hudziak* - Alonso
Victoria is delighted to join the talented cast of The Tempest for her first performance with Bard and Bourbon. She received her training from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and through an apprenticeship with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Notable performances include Bliss: Or Emily Post is Dead with Renaissance Theaterworks (Clementine); Rabbit Hole (Izzy), Betrayal (Emma), and Boeing Boeing (Gretchen) with Sunset Playhouse; Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth), Tartuffe (Dorine), and Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice) with Summerstage of Delafield. Victoria would like to thank her family for their encouragement in all her theater endeavors and Jason for his support.
Maggie Marks - Antonio
Maggie has more recently returned to the stage after a long hiatus of just being mom. She most recently had the pleasure of being Lunatic 2 in “The Last Cyclist” at Cardinal Stitch. She is thrilled to be back working with Bard and Bourbon after having played Queen Elizabeth and Richmond in their spring production of “Richard III” last year. Previous roles and works include Lady Macbeth, Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing), Cymbeline (Imogene), Pulp, Venus, Fefu and Her Friends, and more. She has worked on and offstage with The Cleveland Public Theater, MIlwaukee Shakespeare, Renaissance Theaterworks, Waukesha Civic, and Bard and Bourbon to name a few. A big thanks to Samantha for including her with such a fun and extremely talented group of actors and crew! She looks forward to an exciting and AMAZING show! Thanks to all my friends and family. Special thanks to her husband Sean, and kids Isla and Calvin for their love and support.
Gabriella Ashlin* - Sebastian
Gabriella Ashlin is excited to be in her first Bard and Bourbon production! She received her degree in Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She was recently seen in DISENCHANTED! (Sleeping Beauty) at Outskirts Theatre Company, CORIOLANA (Coriolana) at Cooperative Performance, TOP GIRLS (U/S Dull Gret, Jeanine) at Renaissance Theatreworks, reading stage directions of THE SUREST POISON as part of the Renaissance Theatreworks Br!nk series, and performing with Kohl’s Wild Theatre at the Milwaukee County Zoo where you can see her this summer
Ro Spice-Kopischke* - Stephano
Ro Spice-Kopischke is a Milwaukee educator, director, playwright and actor who is delighted to be making their Bard and Bourbon premiere in their favorite Shakespeare play. Past directing projects include Monkey Cat (Cooperative Performance), Cyrano de Bergerac (GW Shakespeare) and The Tempest (GW Shakespeare). Some favorite roles are Louis the Dauphin (King John), Speed (Two Gentlemen Of Verona), Self (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged), Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray). Ro is also a teaching artist at First Stage Theatre Academy, as well as a middle school teacher who spends their days forcing their love of Shakespeare on their students.
Madeline Wakley - Trinculo & Text Coach/Dramaturge
Madeline Wakley is thrilled to be back with B&B! She has worked as an actor, teacher, and assistant director with companies such as The Framework, Forge Theater, The Constructivists, First Stage Children's Theater, Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Outskirts Theatre, All In Productions, and Renaissance Theaterworks. She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and a diploma in classical performance from LAMDA.
* Denotes Bard & Bourbon main stage debut