Letter to Our Patrons

To our valued patrons,

The Village Playhouse is pleased to have been able to provide you with quality theater at an affordable price for over 40 years. Since our first production in 1978 we have strived to present high quality theater that everyone can enjoy. We can only do that with your continued support.

Everyone has been hit hard during recent events, with the Village Playhouse being no exception. For our company to stay operational, we rely on producing shows. Each of the six productions we mount each season must cover two months of our rent and general operating expenses. Without that income, we must rely on the generosity of our patrons to make up the difference.

At this point in time, we have had to cancel our April 2020 production of A Good Farmer and our June 2020 production of the 35th Annual Original One Act Festival.    Both productions have been put on hold indefinitely.   They are shows that we look forward to producing in the future, once we are able to open again safely.

As we are unsure when we will be able to return to producing full shows, we are planning a reduced season of small fundraising events.   Please watch our website for details on these events as they occur.   The first event will be a monologue competition held in early July. 

For month we are dark, our goal is to raise $1200 to cover our rent and general expenses (such as our insurance).  Even though we are not producing shows we are still using the space we rent at Inspiration Studios for storage and (socially distanced) meetings and rehearsals.

The Village Playhouse is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization, therefore all donations are tax deductible.  Donations can be made through our website (villageplayhouse.org/donations) or by mailing a check to

Village Playhouse

1500 S 73rd St

West Allis Wi, 53214

Thank you for your support. This goes out to all our patrons, volunteers, actors, and everyone who has put a piece of themselves into the shows and other ventures that we have done. Our aim is to continue to provide quality entertainment, in a form that is appropriate during these trying times.

Auditions for A Good Farmer

All auditions, rehearsals & performances are at Inspiration Studios.

A Good Farmer by Sharyn Rothstein
Performances April 17 – May 3, 2020 | Auditions January 20 & 21, 2020
Drama – A farmer and her illegal immigrant best friend fight to survive in a town divided.  Seeking a diverse cast of 4 – 8 people. This production will be directed by Edson Melendez.

Auditions will be held from 6 – 9 PM on January 20 & 21.   To audition, sign up for which day you plan to attend here.

A Good Farmer

CHARACTERS:

BONNIE JOHNSON, 25 – 40, a farmer who owns her own cabbage and dairy farm. 

CARLA GUTIERREZ, 20 – 35, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, a farmer.   She is 5 months pregnant at the start of Act 2.

ROSEMARY DELVIN, 30’s, PTA mom

GABE DuBEY, 30’s, a single father

LU, 30 – 50, a nurse, a Christian.

DAVID JOHNSON, late 30’s, Bonnie’s husband, sick with terminal stomach cancer.

OFFICE SHIRLEY SENDER, 30 – 60, an Immigration Control Enforcement Officer.

RICH PARKS, 30 – 60, a state-appointed defense lawyer.

Note — The play was written to be played by 4 actors, with the actress playing Rosemary also playing Lu and Shirley,  and the actor playing Gabe also playing David & Rich.     Casting for our production has not been set – we will cast the show in the best way possible based on who auditions.   There is the possibility that some actors may be asked to play multiple roles. 

The play takes place over a 7 year time span. 

Auditions will consist of reading from the script.   Email GoodFarmer@villageplayhouse.org with any questions.

Announcing the cast of Beyond Therapy

The Village Playhouse is excited to announce the cast of its February 2020 production of Beyond Therapy.

Tom Forshee as Bruce
Bailey Haag as Prudence
Maggie Wirth as Charlotte
Derek Jacobs as Stuart
Jeff McMahon as Bob
Randy Tranowski as Andrew

This talented cast will be working with the fantastic production crew of

Elizabeth M. Havican – director
Rita Bates – stage manager
Jennifer Lautz – lighting & sound designer
Sandra Wyss – costumes & set decorator
Joe Ferrie – head of set construction

Tickets are on sale now for this dark comedy.