The Foundry

Forging the next generation of new plays, new programs, new artists, and new audiences in this exciting First Stage initiative.
New Play Readings:
New play readings provide the unique opportunity to hear a new script in development for a future season, and to engage in conversation that provides vital feedbcak to our artistic team. Through a series new play readings each season, we will engage the community in conversations about the work and the process of creation while also providing additional training and performance opportunities for youth and adult actors, writers and directors. New play readings take place at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, and admission is free.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7pm, Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

A New Musical by Jason Tremblay
With Suzan Zeder
Music and Lyrics by Jenn Hartmann Luck
Additional Lyrics by Jason Tremblay/Suzan Zeder

Her mother is gone. Her father is absent. Her stepmother and stepsister bully her and gobble up all of the food. But with a gift from her mother and hope in her heart, Gretel heads into the wilderness to confront Baba Yaga – and discovers more than she could have imagined. With live folk rock music and a style that embraces the storytelling nature of theater – don’t miss this chance to give the playwright and composer feedback and help First Stage decide whether or not GRETEL! should be a part of the 2019-20 season.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 10am, United Community Center 

By Alvaro Saar Rios
Adapted from the book
Ghost Wings by Barbara Joosse
With music composed and arranged by Dinorah Marquez

Set in Mexico amidst the monarch butterflies' annual migration and during the Day of the Dead festivities, ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA is a touching story about a young girl who uses a scarf filled with her grandmother’s scent to relive memories she had with her abuelita - making corn tortillas, dueling the monsters under the bed and journeying to the butterfly filled forest known as the “Magic Circle.” One day, the scarf’s scent fades and along with it the young girl’s shared memories. With no one to protect her, the monsters under the bed soon reappear. Convinced she will lose her abuelita forever, the young girl, along with her friends, attempts to recreate the scarf’s scent. When unexpected results occur, mother reminds the young girl “when you love someone, they never really leave you.” As Day of the Dead nears, the young girl learns another way to reconnect with her grandmother. 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7pm, Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

Based on the true story of Alexandra Flynn Scott by James DeVita 

Meet Alex Scott. She has a story to tell. A story about her life and her legacy. Her humor and her heart. The story of a young girl fiercely determined to make a difference despite the challenges she faces. Alex’s true story reminds us all that a single person can change the world – one act, or even one cup, at a time.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7pm, Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

A world premiere play by Joe Foust and John Maclay

Her father has gone missing and 14-year-old Andromeda (she actually prefers Andy) is trying to find answers – to who she is, who she will become, how to take care of her grandmother, but mostly what happened to her Mythology professor father? Suddenly she finds herself embarking on the adventure of a lifetime where all things become clear. From the writing team that brought you the rollicking adventure Robin Hood comes another instant classic filled with mischief, mayhem, fighting, fury and just pure fun.

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FORGE Productions

New in the 2018-2019 season, FORGE Productions present thought-provoking, risk-taking and community-building new plays for famlies. Performances are held at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, allowing us to include workshop opportunities for families.

January 25 - February 24, 2019 
Performances at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center
Theater workshop details coming soon! 

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The Foundry is sponsored in part by:

The Metcalfe Family


United Performing Arts Fund