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Great preview article for Rumore di acque

John Schneider wrote a really great preview for our upcoming Rumore di acque, in the Shepherd Express.

Check it out by clicking here.

TERMINUS preview at Boswell Book Co.

Gigante at Boswell Books
Tomorrow, April 21 at 7:00pm*

Come hear about the Irish contemporary theater scene
and kick-ass playwright Mark O’Rowe from dramaturg and critic Paul Kosidowski

Hear about the play TERMINUS from Isabelle & Mark

Get a preview of the fabulous script
from the cast
Megan Kaminsky, Tom Reed, and Isabelle Kralj


May 1-16

Kenilworth 508 Theater

*copies of Terminus will be available for purchase at Boswell Books!

Boswell Book Company
2559 N. Downer Avenue
on Milwaukee’s Glamorous East Side

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or call

TERMINUS opening soon — Tickets available.

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2014-15 Season, part 2

Studio Series: In concert with Christine Zufferey
& Catherine Capozzi

Friday and Saturday
February 20 and 21, 2015, @ 7:30pm

Gigante Studio, 706 S. 5th Street

Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point

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Mainstage: TERMINUS by Mark O’Rowe

directed by Mark Anderson

with Isabelle Kralj, Megan Kaminsky, Tom Reed

Scenic Design by Rick Graham, Lighting Design by Alan Piotrowicz

TERMINUS is a supernatural fantasy of interlocking monologues sweeping the audience on a helter-skelter ride through the wildest parts of the imagination,
our greatest hopes, and our darkest fears.

Be warned – it’s not for the faint of heart!

May 1-16, 2015

Kenilworth Square Studio 508
1925 E Kenilworth Place
Milwaukee’s East Side

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Schomer Lichtner Art on stage

Schomer Lichtner’s Artwork once again graces the stage in Theatre Gigante’s MY DEAR OTHELLO!

written by Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson

directed by Isabelle Kralj

with new music by Seth Warren-Crow

scenic and lighting design by Rick Graham
costume design by Marion Clendenen-Acosta

October 23 – November 8
Kenilworth Studio 508 Theatre

 My Dear Othello tickets on sale now:
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Peter & the Wolf & the One-Man Band

Gigante just finished a week of school performances delighting first-graders with its PETER & THE WOLF & THE ONE-MAN BAND, as part of the Milwaukee Symphony ACE program.

One-Man Band: Aaron Gardner
Narrator: Leslie Fitzwater
Peter: Sarah Bromann
Bird: Joe Fransee
Wolf/Grandpa: Mark Anderson
Cat: Isabelle Kralj
Duck/Hunter: Bo Johnson



Theatre Gigante’s 2013 Holiday Newsletter


Dear Friends and Supporters!

We have just entered another holiday season, a time when we like to reflect on our escapades from the past year and, once again, share it with you. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to make art, to be in our 26th Season, to be able to look ahead to a future, and to have you by our side in all the exciting endeavors!

Looking back, we fondly remember last year – our 25th Anniversary Season – in which, upon returning from our five-city tour to Slovenia with THREE OTHER SISTERS, we embarked on a journey with the play DUST, by one of post-war Hungary’s most prominent literary figures, György Spiró. Directed by Mark and played by Isabelle and John Kishline, DUST was a two person dark comedy in which, as Paul Kosidowski of Milwaukee Magazine noted: The conversation—which takes place in real time around a kitchen table—takes many surprising turns along the way. Eventually, the voice of the playwright asserts itself with a radical proposal of sorts that will deepen the simple scenario. And the couple’s final act will keep you thinking about the hour you’ve spent with them long after you’ve left the theater.

Soon after closing DUST, Gigante hit the road, visiting schools with its PETER & THE WOLF & THE ONE MAN BAND, (presented through the Milwaukee Symphony ACE Program) to the delight of squealing and grinning first graders, who spent the latter half of the program dancing with each character to the delightful playing of Aaron Gardner.

In May, Gigante presented ELECTRA, adapted and created by Isabelle, based on the Hungarian movie Electra, My Love. ELECTRA received high critical acclaim. Third Coast Digest’s Matthew Reddin wrote: It works brilliantly. Theatre Gigante’s cast of 11 – nine actor/dancers accompanied by two offstage narrators – whirls about their Kenilworth studio space with fierce purpose, holding our attention for the intermissionless hour it takes to tell their tale and achieving the tricky task of performing this oft-told epic in an unorthodox yet fundamentally true way.

The beginning of June saw Mark perform ME, YOU, ART AND TROUT, at Grinnell College in Iowa. A perfect bookend since the 2012-2013 Season began with Mark’s monologue – his first in fifteen years, well worth the wait, as Mike Fischer pointed out in his Journal Sentinel review: … material this good and delivered this well is bound to sustain, long after the lights come down and we walk back out into the night, no longer alone. The solstice brought about packed houses during evenings of fun at Paddy’s Pub, featuring one of the world’s greatest accordionists Guy Klucevsek, artfully playing his own soulful, playful, exquisite music!

UWM’s Inova Contemporary Art Museum, as part of their Martha Wilson exhibition, commissioned Performance Artist Kim Miller and Isabelle to create a new piece, IN PUBLIC, which Isabelle and Kim performed in August to a full INOVA house!

Now we are in our 26th Season, Isabelle is performing in schools through the MSO ACE Program with four symphony musicians in their FOUNDATIONS IN MUSIC AND DANCE program, and we have just closed the highly successful BIG TOP production (Nov. 14–16), in which Selena Milewski of the Shepherd Express describes the performers and performance: Gaines unfurled an epic of love, lust, danger and good trumping evil set under the big top. The audience investment and co-imagination essential to this style of performance were happily given, to eerie and miraculous effect.
[In The Scottish…Play] Isabelle Kralj was brilliant as Lady M, Mark Anderson was both endearing and disturbing…becoming quite a convincing ghoul, and John Kishline rounded out the triad in the title role, paralleling the indecision and submissiveness of his Shakespearean forbear…It’s a real treat to see the classic tragedy, with its patent themes of insanity and greed, so precisely evoked through light-hearted clowning.

And, Russ Bickerstaff of the Shepherd Express wrote: …inventive imagination…a surreal fugue…It’s really a remarkable accomplishment.

Now, Gigante looks forward to the Spring in which the company will perform SPALDING GRAY: STORIES LEFT TO TELL in January at Grinnell College; Isabelle will work with Professor James Butchart at the University Of Wisconsin-Whitewater on their production of Into The Woods; Mark will perform a monologue in Chicago at Links Hall in February as part of a series of performances curated by Holly Hughes; the company will visit schools again with its Peter & Wolf; and we will present two new Kralj-Anderson creations, SCREWBALL LOVE (February 13-15) and MIDSUMMER IN MIDWINTER (May 9-17) at Kenilworth’s Studio 508.

Now, you’ve made it through this newsletter, and we’re ready to conclude, but not without thanking you for all your support and friendship.

We hope you will consider, at this gift giving time, a generous contribution to Theatre Gigante. Your donation will help sustain all the many successful, ongoing projects that Gigante contributes to this Community – making Milwaukee an arts-rich city with a uniquely Gigante niche of original, innovative and exciting hybrid theater.

May the Holidays and the New Year bring you much success, health, peace,
and, of course, more good Gigante theater!

Help make many more performances possible.
Join the fun and the celebration! Donate today, and watch your dollars turn into new art!

 May the Holidays and the New Year bring you much success, health, peace,
and, of course, more good Gigante theater!


Isabelle & Mark


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or mail a check to:
Theatre Gigante
P.O. Box 1999
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1999


Theatre Gigante opens its 26th Season

Gigante’s Big Top at Kenilworth Studio 508 November 14-16 at 7:30pm

Theatre Gigante opens its 26th Season with two rollicking and wacky theater pieces created by graduates of the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris: David Gaines, who Gigante audiences will remember for his fabulous one-man show 7 (x1) Samurai, which he performed for Gigante in 2009, and Gigante regular Malcolm Tulip, who has entertained Milwaukee audiences in quite a few Gigante shows.

created by Malcolm Tulip

created and performed by David Gaines
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It’s coming…Gigante’s rollicking season opener




November 14-16, 2013
UWM Kenilworth Studio 508


more exciting news!

Tickets can now be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets:
…or by calling 1.800.838.3006
…or at the door!

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assembling ELECTRA

We’re very excited about the great group of artists we’ve assembled for Theatre Gigante’s ELECTRA, opening next week.

Performers:  Craig Menteer, Joe Fransee, Edwin Olvera, Suzette Nelson, Molly Corkins, Megan Kaminsky, Jessie Mae Scibek, Katie Rhyme, Joelle Worm, and Isabelle Kralj & Mark Anderson

Composer/Musician: Seth Warren-Crow
Set and Lighting Design: Rick Graham
Costume Design and Construction: Marion Clendenen-Acosta

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