Apr 142014

Join us in celebrating the launch of Pink Banana Theatre Co.’s 2014 season and enjoy a fun evening of bingo!

Witness the official unveiling of our upcoming projects, including the list of plays for the summer 2014 One Acts and our fall full-length production!

Starting at 8:00 pm, play bingo for a chance to win fabulous prizes! Check out our Facebook event for a full listing of prizes!

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It’s only a $10 suggested donation to play ALL evening, and each bingo card “sold” helps support our organization. Feel free to play more that one card! Also, be sure to buy a 50/50 raffle ticket for your chance to win – the more that play, the better the prize!

Enjoy great food and tasty drinks (available for purchase) from Hamburger Mary’s MKE. Check out their menu at http://hamburgermarys.com/mke/.

The event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome, though the show can occasionally be just a bit risqué. Visit http://hamburgermarys.com/mke/bingo/ for more details.

Call Hamburger Mary’s at 414-988-9324 for reservations (especially if you’d like to come early for dinner).

Mar 142014

We are thrilled to say that we received a record number of script submissions this year (over 370!) and selecting the final plays for this year’s festival was not an easy task.  We are proud to announce the following eight plays (and their directors) that have been selected for production…

UPDATE (4/14/14): We are also proud to announce the casts of each play. Look below to see who’ll be featured in the show this June!

by Joshua H. Cohen
directed by Paul Matthew Madden
featuring the talents of Clarence Aumend and Ashley Retzlaff

by Anne Maria Wynter
directed by Mary K. Ryan
featuring the talents of Dale Jackson and Venice Watson

by Daria Miyeko Marinelli
directed by Rebecca Segal
featuring the talents of Joshua Devitt, Philip Sletteland, Deanna Strasse, and Michelle White

by D.L. Siegel
directed by Bryan Quinn
featuring the talents of Maureen M. Chobanoff, Liz Leighton, Jake Mace, Heather Reynolds-Coonen, and Zay Turner

by Andrew Biss
directed by Grace DeWolff
featuring the talents of Amanda Eaton and Jonathon Weisse

by Andrew Black
directed by Tim Palecek
featuring the talents of Marcus Beyer, Sam Robinson, and Michelle White

by Steven Korbar
directed by Michael T. Black
featuring the talents of Mateo Genovesi and Kathryn Hausman

by Elizabeth Leighton
directed by Chris Goode
featuring the talents of Alexis Hamburg, Harry Loeffler-Bell, and Zoe Schwartz

SAVE THE DATES! These plays will be performed June 5th-14th, 2014 at the Next Act Theatre space, 255 S. Water St.

Check back soon for more information and tickets soon!

Feb 182014

Pink Banana Theatre Co. is excited to announce open auditions for their 2014 One Acts: “The Honeymoon Is Over.” Auditions will be held on March 15th and 16th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Auditions will be 8 minutes each, and you MUST REGISTER FOR A SLOT. Walk-ups will only be seen if time permits.

These auditions are for all levels of talent and training – no prior experience is necessary. Headshots, resumes, and monologues are welcome, but are by no means mandatory. If you do have a prepared monologue, please keep it to about one minute, as we’d like time for cold reading. If you do not have a headshot, we may take a picture for our reference.

Cast members will receive a small stipend (partially based on how well the show sells). First call for all casts will be on or around March 29th, with show-specific rehearsal schedules set up by each director. Performances are the first two weekends in June. (June 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 13th, and 14th, all @ 7:30 PM.)

Auditions will be held at the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee. The UC is located on the lower level of the Grand Avenue Plankinton Arcade. (Take the center spiral stairs down to the lower level.)

Feb 092014

Join us on Tuesday, February 25, 7:00pm at the Underground Collaborative for Pink Banana Theatre Co.’s “Connecting Filmmakers and Actors” panel discussion and open forum.  Not only with this event feature networking for local filmmakers and theatre players, but also answering questions such as:

- What do I put in an e-mail while I’m searching for actors?
- What does a film director expect of me at an audition?
- How do I know this movie will be a good experience before I sign a contract?
- Why can’t I seem to nail down a schedule with these people?
… and more!

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Planned panelists include:
- Grace DeWolff, PBTC Education Manager (moderator)
- John Glowacki, stage/film actor
- Sam Kozel, president of Film Freed
- Alan Piotrowicz, freelance director/designer/producer
- Liz Shipe, stage/film actor and creator of Reconstructing Grimm

There is a suggested donation of $5 for this event. Visit our Facebook event page for more information.

Feb 022014

Art Milwaukee’s InterACT is a unique, one-night event utilizing professional and independent theatre companies alike.  InterACT invites 7 theater companies into 7 unique spaces performing 6 one acts and 1 musical in 1 night. The demand to see each show is high, so get your tickets now, you don’t want to miss this event. Buy tickets today!

Date & Time: Feb 7th, 2014, 7-10pm
Location: Grand Ave Mall (Plankinton Building by the TJ Maxx)
Address: 161 W. Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 53203
Parking: Street parking is free or the Grand Ave Parking lot
Ticket Includes: $10  students, $15 now and $20 at the door

  • Access to all the performances from 7-10pm
  • Live music from Skylight Music Theater
  • Food available for purchase from Roll MKE and Potato Baby
  • Complimentary tequilla tastings from Demetrio
  • Cash Bar

Quasimondo: Many Deaths of Trotsky –  http://www.thequasimondo.com
The World’s Stage Theater Company: The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage - https://www.facebook.com/worldsstagetheatre
In Tandem Theatre: Universal Language - http://www.intandemtheatre.org/
Pink Banana Theatre Co.: Speed the Play - http://pinkbananatheater.com/
Renaissance Theaterworks:  Arabian Nights - http://www.r-t-w.com/
The Milwaukee Rep: The Other Woman - http://www.milwaukeerep.com/
Skylight Music Theater: A Musical Performance “A Revolutionary Revue” - http://www.skylightmusictheatre.org

Jan 012014

Pink Banana Theatre Co. is excited to announce the theme of its TENTH annual One Acts festival: “THE HONEYMOON IS OVER!” We are NOW ACCEPTING submissions for playwrights and directors! The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2014.

PLAYWRIGHTS: We invite playwrights – aspiring and established, local and beyond – to submit plays fitting this theme for consideration. Plays should be about 10 to 20 minutes in length, though we have included shorter and longer pieces in the past. Email them to us at pinkbananatheatre@gmail.com with the subject line PBOA14 scripts” no later than January 31, 2014.

DIRECTORS: Local directors will be selected to cast and rehearse these original works. If you would like to be considered, please email a resume and brief letter of interest to us at pinkbananatheatre@gmail.com with the subject line “PBOA14 directing” no later than January 31, 2014.

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Dec 092013

Join us at The Underground Collaborative, 161 W Wisconsin Ave (Lower Level) on January 4-6, 2014, for a workshop dedicated to you, the emerging artist! This workshop is a chance to perfect your monologue for upcoming auditions.  Led by actress/director/playwright Angela Iannone, you’ll receive practical and professional feedback on your piece, along with insights into the audition and casting process, from both sides of the table.  The weekend culminates in a public showcase on Monday evening.  This is a great opportunity for recent graduates and emerging professionals.  Space is extremely limited, so apply early!

Saturday, January 4: 12pm-5pm
Sunday, January 5: 12pm-5pm (10 hours total instruction)
Monday, January 6: 6pm call for a 7pm public showcase

Those who wish to attend the workshop should have at least two to four monologues already at least partially memorized and ready to work on.  To apply, email a copy of your headshot and resume to pinkbananatheatre@gmail.com with the subject line “PBTC audition workshop”.  SPACE IS LIMITED!  Only ten to fifteen spots are available for this workshop, and we must receive your materials by noon on December 24th, 2013.  Admission will be confirmed no later than December 28th, 2013.  The fee is $40, due on the first day of the workshop.  (If there is significant interest beyond the maximum class size, an additional “audit only” option will be offered to those who applied for a reduced fee.)

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Angela Iannone is a familiar face to Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago theatre patrons.  She was recently seen as Louise in ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE and Marie Lombardi in the Regional premiere of LOMBARDI at the Milwaukee Rep, where she is an Associate Artist.  Ms. Iannone’s play THE EDWIN BOOTH COMPANY PRESENTS, premiered at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, went on to Regional honors at the American College Theatre Festival, and was produced by TITAN Theatre Company and The Players in New York City at The Players Club, the home of Edwin Booth.  Her play, THIS PRISON WHERE I LIVE was given a workshop reading at Door Shakespeare Company in the summer of 2012 and will receive its world premiere with TITAN Theatre Co. in January 2014.  Ms. Iannone was a company member at Door Shakespeare in 2012 and returned as company member and head of the Intern Company for the 2013 season, where she played Lady MacBeth in MACBETH and Boyet in LOVES LABOR’S LOST.  She is a founding member of the Women Who Can’t Sing cabaret group. Ms. Iannone is a Joseph Jefferson Award winner (Chicago) and a three-time Best Actress winner of the Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee awards. Other theatres include Milwaukee, Kansas City and Madison Rep, Oak Park, Utah, Georgia and Milwaukee Shakespeare Festivals, In Tandem Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Next Act Theatre, Peninsula Players, Marriott Lincolnshire and Royal George Theatre.  Roles include Maria Callas in MASTER CLASS, Adelaide in GUYS & DOLLS, Medea in MEDEA, Roxie in CHICAGO, Fraulein Kost in CABARET, Blanche in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Diana Vreeland in FULL GALLOP, and Kate Hepburn in TEA AT FIVE.

Oct 242013

Pink Banana Theatre Co. Presents A Milwaukee Premier!Dark Play
Dark Play or stories for boys
 By Carlos Murillo

November 1-16th, 2013

at The Arcade Theatre in The Underground Collaborative
161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Lower Level below TJ Maxx. 

Buy Your Tickets Here!

An outsider at age fourteen, Nick discovers the intoxicating pleasures of inventing fake personalities in the chat rooms of the World Wide Web. Adam’s online profile, and the words “I want to fall in love,” pique his curiosity. Nick invents Rachel, the girl of Adam’s dreams, and his curiosity becomes obsession. A tale of deception, fluid personality and sexual license in the Internet age, Dark Play examines what happens when the real world and virtual world collide.

*For Mature Audiences. This play contains adult language, sexual situations, violence and adult situations.*

Directed by PB Production Manager Luke Erickson
Featuring: Nolen Borne, Brenna Kempf, Nate Press, Kelly Coffey, & Tim Palecek.

Oct 242013

Update 2/21/14 – This position has been filled.

Pink Banana Theatre seeks a new Managing Director!  Duties include oversee staff, operations and development of the company. This position of Managing Director is volunteer and currently open the public.  Qualified applicants should include resume and cover letter, and submit electronically to Artistic Producer Matt Kemple at matt@pinkbananatheatre.com. Applications for the Managing Director position will be accepted until December 1st, 2013 or until the position has been filled.  Additional information is available on Pink Banana Theatre’s website, www.pinkbananatheatre.com.

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Reports to: Board of Directors

Interacts with: Patrons, PBTC staff, Board of Directors, outside vendors, actors, and production staff.  Works closely with the Artistic Producer.

Job Summary: The Managing Director is one of the most visible faces of the company as a whole. The primary role of the Managing Director is to manage and oversee the business operations of PBTC.  It requires a flexible schedule and includes some night and weekend obligations. The time commitment for this position changes from week to week, depending primarily on the company’s event schedule.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Oversee all staff and operations
  • Oversee and manage budget
  • Attend board and committee meetings as needed
  • Be involved in and attend all company events
  • Pay bills, create and disburse checks
  • Oversee and manage financial and development operations
  • Manage company email
  • Oversee staff hiring and recruitment
  • Maintain insurance and non-profit compliance

Job requirements

  • College education required with an emphasis in theatre, administration, or a related field
  • At least 4 years of relevant experience strongly preferred
  • Excellent planning and project management skills
  • Knowledge of and interest in live theatre
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Results-oriented personality with ability to meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Proficiency in QuickBooks a plus
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well both independently and collaboratively
  • Strong ability to lead and manage people
Oct 142013

Saturday, October 19th, 2013 at 7:00pm
Milwaukee Public Market @ 400 N. Water St.

Silent Auction • Hors d’oeuvres • Entertainment • Cash Bar
…and Complimentary Parking!

Don’t miss the biggest Banana party of the year! Tickets still available. $25  advance tickets right here! $30 day of event and all proceeds directly support Pink Banana Theatre Co. and our fall production of DARK PLAY.
PB's Annual FUNdraiser!

  • Bid on our exciting silent auction!      Items like Brewers tickets and an autographed Packers football, trips to Las Vegas and Disney World, and plenty of Night on the Town options with local restaurants and theatre and other entertainment tickets! There is something for everyone and all proceeds support Pink Banana Theatre!
  • Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres!      Yummy food from Milwaukee Public Market vendors while you enjoy the evening. Grab a drink from the cash bar
  • Great music and entertainment!       Listen to live music from local band Filtharmonic and check out a special sneak preview of PB’s upcoming production of Carlos Murillo’s DARK PLAY OR STORIES FOR BOYS.
  • Don’t forget, Complimentary parking included in the Public Market Parking lot adjacent to the building.