First stage continues its commitment to new play development with THE FOUNDRY

This year First Stage launches a new play development initiative The Foundry, designed to launch new plays, and create new audiences. This initiative creates outlets and opportunities for young and emerging artists to share their collective voices, stories and unique perspectives. The focus of the program is to lay the foundation for young people to be part of the theater community, nurturing the talents of local playwrights and artists to help build awareness and understanding, and hopefully – through the power of theater and it’s collaborative process – foster empathy.
A reading from Welcome to Bronzeville

You're invited to attend, and participate! 
Through a series of new play readings each season, THE FOUNDRY seeks to engage the community in discussion about the work and the process of creating a new play. It's your chance to tell us what you think, and get an inside look at some of the plays being developed and considered for First Stage's future seasons.

Readings will take place at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center. Admission is free, but registration is recommended.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7 p.m.
A play adapted from the books by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Play written by John Olive
Eight sisters. One big mystery. Let the fun begin!
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7 p.m.
By Alan Ayckbourn
Musical Adaptation and Lyrics by Paul James
Music by Cathy Shostack and Eric Angus
Ten-year-old Kevin Carter falls into his book and meets his fictional hero, tough and hard-bitten Private Investigator, RockfistSlim - 220 pounds of solid muscle and now only too real. Together the gallant, incongruous pair, pursued by arch-enemy Monique, set out on the most exciting journey of their lives on a quest to save the world!
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 7 p.m.
An Original Play by Finegan Kruckemeyer
Young Lenny sees things other people can't. Traveling around his beloved city, he is troubled by some of the things he sees, so he decides to make a difference by sharing his unique insights with his community - and magical things start to happen.  Inspired by conversations with young people and families of Milwaukee, internationally renowned playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer (THE SNOW) explores the challenges of growing up in a world that is increasingly difficult through which to navigate.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Adapted by Marie Kohler
From the novel by Gene Stratton-Porter
Growing up at the edge of the wetlands, young Lenora endures turn of the century hardships, but finds comfort in the beauty of nature.
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Step into The Foundry and help us forge the future of theater!

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