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2 013 - 2 014 T H E AT E R S E A S O N Hello and welcome to our 37th year of bringing you great theater at Cardinal Stritch University. This season we have chosen to present shows that deal with new beginnings and overcoming obstacles. Whether it is unemployment, the loss of a child, or dealing with a broken relationship, the characters this season are all forging a new beginning in their lives; and we will examine their journey to a better place. This year our department is in the midst of dealing with our own journey to a new beginning. David Oswald, former Chair of Theater at Cardinal Stritch University retired last July after a 35 year career at Stritch. We dedicate this season to David, who was our friend, teacher, colleague and leader for so many years. He will be greatly missed. David came to Stritch in 1978 only a year after the theater department was started in the basement of Dun Scotus Hall. After several years, David became Chair of the Theater Department. Through his leadership the department grew and thrived, first moving to the newly built Schroeder Auditorium, then finally in 1997 coming to our new home, the beautiful Nancy Kendall Theater in the Joan Steele Stein Center. David taught and inspired countless students, many of whom are working in the professional theater in Milwaukee and across the country. David had a reputation for being tough, but necessarily so. Even if you didn’t always agree with him, you knew he had your best interests in mind. David has formed many lasting relationships with his students, many of whom continue to seek his advice long after graduation. David had a favorite quote about the theater he liked to read at special occasions and I think it sums up the philosophy of our department. No show is completely over The lights are dim The stage is empty The members of the audience have gone back to their daily life But the echoes of what once was will ring forever in the memories of all of us who helped make it happen Theater is magic It is being a part of something larger than yourself In a world so often dimmed by hard times and discontent theater is a heartening reminder that wonderful things can happen when we work together This season, as we face our own new beginning, we carry on the legacy David has left for us. The legacy of creating great theater focused on education and creating a caring community. The tradition continues. Enjoy the show! Robert J. Liebhauser Chair of Theater 2

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PLAY SHAKESPEARE’S WOMEN was first presented on October 11, 1984, by the CalArts Theatre Company at the California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, California). It was directed by Libby Appel; Michael Flachmann was dramaturge; music was composed and directed by Richard Babcock; and the stage manager was Lars Petersen. ACT ONE Frailty, Thy Name Is Woman ACT TWO Her Infinite Variety There will be one intermission.

CAST LIST Male Narrator............................................................................................................................... Alex Bouchard Female Narrator................................................................................................................................... Izetta Voss Male #1............................................................................................................................................ Austin Gomez Male #2.............................................................................................................................................Hugh Blewett Male #3........................................................................................................................................Philip Sletteland Male #4..............................................................................................................................................Sean Jackson Female #1............................................................................................................................. Rachel Zembrowski Female #2.....................................................................................................................................Roxanne Dobbs Female #3...................................................................................................................................Olivia Ludwiczak Female #4.............................................................................................................................................Anna Hecht Female #5.........................................................................................................................................Natasha Laws

P R O D U C T I O N S TA F F Director............................................................................................................................................Todd Denning Scenic Designer......................................................................................................................Christopher Kurtz Costume Designer............................................................................................................Robert J. Liebhauser Lighting Designer...........................................................................................................................Philip Warren Technical Director............................................................................................................................. Allyn Weber Stage Manager............................................................................................................................Steven Thomas Assistant Stage Manager............................................................................................................ Phillip Roeder Master Electrician................................................................................................................................Seth Hallet Wardrobe.....................................................................................................................................Roxanne Dobbs Program Layout...................................................................................................................... Karen Mihopulos Promotional Material............................................................................................................... Brianna Dorney Photographs...................................................................................................................................Cassie Goulais Set Construction Crew........................................................................................ Cassie Goulais, Seth Hallet, Natasha Laws, Hallie Morris, Phillip Roeder Run Crew..................................................................................................................................Megan Linzmeyer Property Assistants.................................................................................Megan Linzmeyer, Phillip Roeder Light Board Operator........................................................................................................................ Haleigh Gill House Manager............................................................................................................................Rebecca Crane Concessions....................................................................................................................................... Erin Schilder Shakespeare’s Women

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CAST BIOGR APHIES Hugh Blewett, Male #2. Senior Theater/Writing major. Hugh has performed in community/semiprofessional theater in Milwaukee and has worked on many films in the Milwaukee area including the feature horror film THE HOMECOMING QUEEN. This is his 14th performance on the Stritch stage. He has also worked as an actor and coordinator for Flash Theater at Stritch, as the head of Strimprov, and worked on several student directed shows in the studio space. A few of his past favorite shows include ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, INDIAN BLOOD (Lambert), RUMPELSTILTSKIN (Rumpelstiltskin), THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, CHARLOTTE’S WEB (Templeton), SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE (Professor Moriarty), IRENA’S VOW (Roman Haller), A NIGHT WITH NOEL COWARD, and RABBIT HOLE (Jason). Hugh has just started his own film company, Lost Star Films, LLC. He loves Shakespeare and is excited to act in some of the bard’s most beloved scenes. Alex Bouchard, Male Narrator. Junior Theater major. Past roles include Aunt Marsh in LITTLE WOMEN, Mrs. Rockett in AN EVENING WITH NOEL COWARD, and Granny in THE LITTLE MERMAID. She has also performed the roles of Martha Arable in CHARLOTTE’S WEB and Cinderella’s stepmother in INTO THE WOODS. She is honored to be a part of SHAKESPEARE’S WOMEN and wants to thank her friends, family, and fellow majors for their support. She also wants to thank you for coming, and hopes you enjoy the show!

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Roxanne Dobbs, Female #2. Sophomore Theater major. Roxanne is thrilled to be acting again, as she hadn’t acted at Stritch since AN EVENING WITH NOEL COWARD. She has stage

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managed the past couple of productions and has missed being on the stage. Past roles include Margaret, Gertrude, Helena (A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM), Countess, Queen Elizabeth, and Emilia. She would like to thank Todd for this amazing opportunity and the Cardinal Stritch Theater Department. She would also like to thank her family for being ever supporting in her decisions and for making the trip to come see the show. She would also like to thank Austin for always being there for her. Enjoy the show! Austin Gomez, Male #1. Senior Theater major. Austin has been lucky enough to be in several shows, including RABBIT HOLE as Howie, PIRATES OF PENZANCE, LITTLE WOMEN as John Brooke, AN EVENING WITH NOEL COWARD as Hubert Charteris/Henry Gow, THE LITTLE MERMAID as King Neptune, IRENA’S VOW as Schultz, SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE as Watson, CHARLOTTE’S WEB as Wilbur, QUIET IN THE LAND as Christy, INTO THE WOODS as Cinderella’s Father, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE as Gangster 2, RUMPELSTILTSKIN as Father, ALMOST, MAINE as Phil/Lendall, COMEDY OF ERRORS as Egeon, COYOTE ON A FENCE as Sam, and many others. A special thanks to his family and friends who have been fantastic throughout, and Roxanne for being an amazing, supportive, and caring girlfriend! Thou hast metamorphised me! Anna Hecht, Female #4. Freshman Theater/ Writing major. Anna comes to CSU from St. Louis, Missouri. This is her second production with CSU. Previously at CSU she played Becca in RABBIT HOLE. Some of her favorite roles in the past outside of Stritch include Renee in THE ODD COUPLE (female version), The Wizard in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, and Rosemary/Chief Elder in THE GIVER. Anna would like to thank her parents for their continued support as well as her friends and


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family from back home who took the long seven hour car ride to be here! She would also like to thank the Theater Department for this wonderful opportunity and for being so welcoming. Enjoy the show! Sean Jackson, Male #4. Senior Theater major. Sean Anthony Jackson is graduating in December. He is proud to have played many roles in this wonderful company such as Dromio in COMEDY OF ERRORS, the Gangster in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, the Wolf in INTO THE WOODS, Yock Bauman in QUIET IN THE LAND, and Lazar Haller in IRENA’S VOW. He has loved every moment on and off stage. Natasha Laws, Female #5. Sophomore Musical Theater major. This is Natasha’s fifth production at Cardinal Stritch University, having played Minnowmaid in THE LITTLE MERMAID, Lily Pepper in AN EVENING WITH NOEL COWARD, Amy March in LITTLE WOMEN, and Izzy in RABBIT HOLE. Other shows include SEUSSICAL (Cat in the Hat) and HAIRSPRAY (Penny Pingleton). Natasha would like to thank the Theater Department for giving her this wonderful opportunity, her parents for their support, the cast for being amazing people, and her friends for dealing with her busy schedule. She hopes that men, women, and women disguised as men all enjoy this show. Olivia Ludwiczak, Female #3. Senior Musical Theater major. Olivia is excited to participate in this year’s winter show, SHAKESPEARE’S WOMEN. She has played many roles in the past including the Little Gingerbread Boy in THE LITTLE GINGERBREAD BOY, Princess Gabrielle in RUMPELSTILTSKIN, and most recently, she

participated in Stritch’s RABBIT HOLE. She hopes you enjoy the show tonight, and would like to thank her parents and fiancé for all their love and support. Philip Sletteland, Male #3. Philip is excited to be joining such a wonderful cast. He was seen on the Stritch stage last fall as Rokita in IRENA’S VOW. An actual Stritch alumnus, Phil holds a special place for Stritch, and is always happy to return. After graduating from Stritch, he went on to receive his MFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, where he had the privilege of working with William Esper, Deborah Hedwall, and William Carden. Favorite roles include Uncle Peck (HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE), Dr. Rank (A DOLL’S HOUSE), Calisto/ Clindor/Theogenes (THE ILLUSION), Stanley (A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE), and Renfield (DRACULA). Phil has worked with Berkshire Theater Festival, Actors Theater of Louisville, NJ Rep, Theater for the New City (NYC), and Ensemble Theater (NYC). You can see him this winter playing the role of Jake in Renaissance Theaterwork’s production of THE UNDERSTUDY. Phil is grateful for this opportunity, and would like to thank the cast, Todd, and Robert for this opportunity. Izetta Voss, Female Narrator. Junior Musical Theater major/ Communications and Art double minor. Izetta was last seen as Jo in LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL and has played a handful of other roles including The Little Mermaid in THE LITTLE MERMAID, Louis Charteris in AN EVENING WITH NOEL COWARD: WE WERE DANCING, Ida Hallar in IRENA’S VOW, and many more. Izzy is glad to be an active member of theater both on stage and off. She would like to thank her amazing friends, family, and fiancé for their love and support. For the rest of you, enjoy this unique and “fancy-free” take on Shakespeare! Shakespeare’s Women

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Rachel Zembrowski, Female #1. Rachel is very excited to be involved in her last show at Cardinal Stritch! Her roles on the Stritch stage include Soupy Sue in URINETOWN, Glory/ Rhonda in ALMOST, MAINE, and the Witch in INTO THE WOODS. She has also performed in several other venues in some great plays with some wonderful people. It has been an adventure, but she is excited and ready for

her next adventure, which starts with her graduation in December! Always an avid Shakespeare lover, it is a privilege and a wonderful experience to be working with a Shakespeare expert like Todd Denning on some wonderful scenes from Shakespeare’s great plays. She is honored to be working with such a cast of characters, and loves each and every one in their own, special way. Thanks to everyone who helped her get this far, especially her wonderful family! All my love to all who have touched my life! Thank you and enjoy the show!

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Todd Denning, Director Todd is delighted to be directing his first show with Cardinal Stritch University. He is a theater artist who lives and works in Milwaukee as an actor, director, teacher, fight choreographer and sound designer/ engineer. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Cardinal Stritch and Marquette University. Todd received his B.A. in Theatre Arts (Acting/Directing) from Minnesota State University-Moorhead and his M.F.A. in Acting from the University of California-Irvine. Regional credits include Utah Shakespeare, South Coast Repertory, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Tennessee Rep, Georgia Shakespeare, Willamette Rep, PCPA Theaterfest, Artpart & Co., Optimist Theatre and First Stage Children’s Theater. Todd is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. For Michael Flachmann.

Robert J. Liebhauser, Chair/Costume Designer Robert is an Assistant Professor of Theater, has been on the theater faculty of Stritch since 1992, and has served as department costume designer since 1989. He is also an accomplished actor and director and currently is Director of Theater for Young Audiences at Stritch. Prior to Stritch, he received his B.A. in Theater Arts from Marquette University and his M.F.A. from the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also taught at Marquette University and has worked extensively throughout the Milwaukee area as a costume designer and as a stage and commercial actor. Credits include work with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Northern Stage Theatre, and the Bay View Players.

Christopher Kurtz, Scenic Designer Christopher is happy to be designing his second show with Cardinal Stritch University, as well as teaching the Stagecraft class. Chris has designed for Sunset Playhouse, Minnesota State University, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Greendale High School, the Hillberry Repertory Theatre at Wayne State University, and many others. He has worked as everything from a scenic carpenter to technical director from University of Southern California to the Guthrie Theatre. Chris is also a Journeyman member of I.A.T.S.E. Local #13.

Phil Cruise Warren, Lighting Designer Having worked in Connecticut, New York City, and Chicago, Phil Cruise Warren is happy to be settling back into his home town of Milwaukee. His recent lighting designs include LUSCIOUS LAYERS/FEVERED SLEEP for Wildspace Dance Co. and LUCKY STIFF for Sunset Playhouse. He has also designed for Foote School Summer Theater in Connecticut and Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, WI and has worked in various capacities for theater in and around Milwaukee. Phil enjoys traveling and is recently returned from his second tour as

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a crew member aboard the 18th century replica Brig, Lady Washington. He holds a BFA in Theatre Production & Design from MSU, Mankato in Minnesota. Allyn Weber, Technical Director This is Allyn’s first year as Technical Director for Cardinal Stritch University Theater. His recent work includes THE CRADLE WILL ROCK, I CAN’T GO ON, I’LL GO ON, THE MOUSETRAP, TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, TI JEAN AND HIS BROTHERS, and EURYDICE for University of Wisconsin-Madison, University Theatre, WERTHER for Washington National Opera (as Assistant Technical Director), and GREASE and THE MUSIC MAN for The Heartland Festival at the University of Wisconsin Platteville. Allyn would like to thank his loving wife Anne Marie, daughter Katelyn, and his family for their support. He would also like to thank his fearless Boston Terriers, Guinness Stout and Jude, for keeping his yard squirrel free.

fifth year doing theater at Stritch and he has held a multitude of positions in that time. He is currently enjoying being back in the swing of theater and would like thank his parents, and the cast and crew for putting up with his lack of sleep. Phillip Roeder, Assistant Stage Manager This is not Phillip’s first show at Stritch, helping out in SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE, IRENA’S VOW, THE LITTLE MERMAID, A NIGHT WITH NOEL COWARD, LITTLE WOMEN, and RABBIT HOLE. He has loved his time helping with plays because of the great people he has worked with and the great friends he has made. He hopes to help out for the rest of the time he is at Stritch.

Steven Thomas, Stage Manager Steve is happy to be back and stage managing another show at Cardinal Stritch University. This is his

AC K N OW L E D G E M E N T S Special thanks to Jay Sierszyn at Wisconsin Lutheran College C A R D I N A L S T R I TC H U N I V E R S I T Y 2 013 -14 T H E AT E R S E A S O N Rabbit Hole David Lindsay-Abaire...................................................................................................................October 4-13 Shakespeare’s Women Libby Appel and Michael Flachmann.............................................................................November 15-24 The Shoemaker and the Elves Karen Boettcher-Tate..................................................................................................................February 9-16 The Spitfire Grill James Valq and Fred Alley.................................................................................................................April 4-13

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2 013 - 2 014 C A R D I N A L S T R I TC H U N I V E R S I T Y M U S I C E V E N T S Piano Festival Saturday, November 23, 2013............................................................................................8:00 am-4:00 pm Musical Kaleidoscope Friday, December 6, 2013..................................................................................................................... 6:00 pm Faculty Chamber Recital Monday, February 24, 2014................................................................................................................. 7:00 pm New Music Concert Friday, April 25, 2014.............................................................................................................................. 7:00 pm WSMA State Festival Saturday, May 3, 2014...........................................................................................................8:00 am-4:00 pm Piano Showcase Wednesday, May 7, 2014...................................................................................................................... 7:00 pm For information on all Stritch music events contact Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak, Music Department Chair, (414) 410-4662, ekwak@stritch.edu

N O R T H W E S T E R N M U T UA L A R T G A L L E R Y E X H I B I T S New Histories and Old Futures: The Timeless Art of Story Backdrops and small works by Sue Lawton Pieces from three of Lawton’s bodies of work, each focused on the telling of a long-winded tale. In the first group, mysterious shadow boxes and collage bring to life scenes from Tibia, a surrealist opera. A second series of illustrations from storybook The Circus and the Cyclone unravel a fantastical yarn of historical fiction centered on the New Richmond tornado of 1899. Finally, an in-progress series of ink and watercolor images begin to illustrate an epic science-fiction fantasy that is set partially in Milwaukee and partially in Upper Michigan and follows two groups of cosmic, time-traveling refugees from a distant moon. Opening Saturday October 12, 5-8 pm. Show runs October 12 to November 10. Visual Art Department Open Studio An exhibition of completed and in-progress student work from the Visual Art Department. The exhibition will feature an open critique space that will be in use during the last weeks of the semester. Anyone is welcome to drop by and observe or participate! Opening cake-andpunch celebration on Saturday, November 23, 5-8 pm. Show runs November 23 to January 5. Food and Beverages Please remember that food and drink (except bottled water) are not allowed in the theater. Weather Policy Cardinal Stritch University does not cancel or reschedule performances due to inclement weather, nor do we offer refunds. Late Arrivals Out of courtesy to the actors and audience, patrons arriving after the performance has started will be seated at the discretion of House Management. Recording Equipment and Cameras The use of recording equipment and cameras in the theater is strictly forbidden. Cellular Phones/Electronic Paging Devices Please remember to turn off your cell phones and electronic paging devices. Also, as a courtesy to your fellow theatergoers and the actors, please refrain from text messaging during the performance. Thank you! 8

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