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“perhaps the closest thing the accordion has to an Eric Clapton.”

Guy Klucevsek is a fantastic accordionist. It’s not just that he plays the accordion…it’s that he’s been able to distinguish himself playing the accordion. Typically an instrument as distinctive as the accordion pretty much steals the spotlight from anyone playing it. Klucevsek isn’t just an accordion onstage. He isn’t just a guy playing an accordion onstage. He’s Guy playing an accordion onstage. 

Russ Bickerstaff

The accordion doesn’t always get the respect it deserves, but when it’s played well it can be a thing of real beauty.  Anybody who’s heard Guy Klucevsek can attest to that. He’s one of the instrument’s true greats, perhaps the closest thing the accordion has to an Eric Clapton.
Shepherd Express
with violinist ERIC SEGNITZ

JUNE 17 & 18, 2016
Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm

Kenilworth 508 Theatre
1925 East Kenilworth,  5th floor

Get your tickets online or at the door.
All seats $20
online at
or call 1.800.838.3006

Gigante’s WOYZECK in Swiss press

The Swiss newspaper Le Nouvelliste recently brought its attention to Parisian singer Christine Zufferey and Theatre Gigante’s upcoming production of WOYZECK, to be presented in Kenilworth 508 Theatre March 4-12, 2016.
Theatre Gigante’s acclaimed production of WOYZECK brings Christine back to the Gigante stage to perform the evocatively beautiful songs written by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan which, interlaced throughout the story, underscore the poetic nature of this WOYZECK, written by George Büchner and adapted for Gigante by James Butchart.
Here, Christine’s powerful voice lends itself well to the hypnotically charged music of Waits & Brennan, and she will perform it with Gigante regular Frank Pahl, a brilliantly innovative musician from Ann Arbor, who, as Music Director of the production, will display his talents on various instruments, including those self-devised and made.
Gigante audiences will remember Christine performing on Gigante’s Studio Series in February 2015, and Frank, who performed with his scintillating Little Bang Theory on the same Series in July.
Gigante is thrilled to welcome both back as part of WOYZECK!
Follow this link to more information about Gigante’s WOYZECK.

1950s Poet Frank O’Hara featured at Gigante Studio

In the upcoming BEAUTIFUL AND POINTLESS (Dec 4-6), Theatre Gigante stages five plays by poet Frank O’Hara: Try! Try!, Grace and George, Change Your Bedding!, Lexington Avenue, and Very Rainy Night.

FRANK O’HARA (1926-1966) was a poet, playwright, art critic, and curator in 1950s and 60s New York. In his life and work, he was a creative and social force connecting writers and artists, being close friends with writers John Ashbery, Joe LeSeuer, Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones) V. R. “Bunny” Lang, Kenneth Koch, and visual artists Grace Hartigan, Alfred Leslie, Alice Neel, Willem de Kooning, Larry Rivers, Jasper Johns, Joan Mitchell — and many many others.

O’Hara wrote his friends into his plays and poems, and his friends painted, drew, photographed and wrote about him. In Try! Try!, O’Hara’s fellow poets John Ashbery and Violet Lang played the leads; Grace and George were played by painters Grace Hartigan and George Montgomery.

This is Gigante’s third foray into the world of Frank O’Hara. In 2000, Ed Burgess took O’Hara’s Very Rainy Night and wrote a framework around it, adding another character, more dialogue, and including music and movement in his staging. Two years later, director Wes Savick directed three more O’Hara plays for the company, including Lexington Avenue and Change Your Bedding!  Gigante is excited to re-visit Ed and Wes’ work, and to add two new scripts, Grace & George, and Try! Try!

Dec 4 @ 7:30
Dec 5 @ 7:30
Dec 6 @ 3:00

call 414.961.6119 to reserve a seat

Gigante Studio
706 S Fifth Street
Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point Neighborhood

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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.

directed by

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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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Theatre Gigante + Christopher Moore

Gigante opens for Christopher Moore
at Boswell Books, Thursday May 1


Theatre Gigante, presently in rehearsal for Midsummer in Midwinter, is stepping off to the side for a minute to perform an excerpt from Christopher Moore’s new novel, The Serpent of Venice, at Boswell Books this Thursday, May 1, at 6:45pm.

Follow this link for more information on Christopher Moore’s appearance.

Equally inspired by Shakespeare, Gigante is a little over a week away from premiering Midsummer in Midwinter, May 9 – 17 at Kenilworth’s Studio 508 theater, at 7:30pm.

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!

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 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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Theatre Gigante
P.O. Box 1999
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1999