Exciting Times in 2015-16

We are simply thrilled about the goings on here at Theatre LILA lately. There is so much activity, it’s hard for us to keep up!

The highlights:

  • Our staged reading presentation of Tyler Marchant’s The Seagull: Rehearsed, a clever adaptation seen through the workings of a director and his cast rehearsing the classic Chekhov play, was well-received this month at Madison Opera Center.

    Theatre LILA reading of Tyler Marchant's The Seagull Rehearsed on April 24.

    Theatre LILA reading of Tyler Marchant’s The Seagull: Rehearsed on April 24.

  • We were recently granted 501(c)3 status by the IRS, which enables us to do so much more as an organization. We would like to thank Arts Wisconsin for all of their support as we worked towards our independence — it is a vital organization for the arts in our state.
  • We now have an enthusiastic and active board of directors, including Shana Lewis, Tyler Marchant, Karisa Johnson, Nathan Berken, Brad Kose, and Kelly Parks Snider. We are fortunate to have such a great team of experienced and passionate members of our community on the board.
  • In May we will again start up our Actors Lab 360°, where we invite actors, writers, designers, directors and other performing artists to our theatre artist’s gym where we workout once a week.  Theatre LILA is committed to running the LAB to keep us challenged and connected as active working artists.

    Actors from our Actors LAB 360 do an open Lab at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art last year.

    Actors from our Actors LAB 360 do an open Lab at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art last year.

  • We have received support from both Dane Arts and Madison Arts Commission for 2015-16 projects!
  • LILA is especially honored to receive 2015-16 season support from the Madison Community Foundation‘s Pleasant Rowland Great Performance Fund for Theater. MCF’s mission is to “use its local knowledge and assets to inspire giving, support meaningful initiatives, and connect people for the common good.” It’s great to be supported by such a sweepingly focussed and effective organization!
  • Finally, we are pleased to announce our 2015-16 season! In October, we will produce TRASH — a Theatre LILA invention. We received about forty submissions for the new work from across the country–ranging from monologues, and short scenes, to poetry and dance pieces–and are now gearing up to announce the finalists. In January 2016 we will present, in collaboration with Bronzeville Arts Ensemble, Aishah Rahman’s The Mojo and The Sayso at the Tenth Street Theatre in Milwaukee and then again in February in Madison at Overture Center for the Arts. It’s our first season of two fully LILA produced shows, and we’re excited to expand into Milwaukee and share the important story told in The Mojo in not one, but two Wisconsin communities.
The cast for The Mojo and The Sayso will feature Malkia Stampley, Di'Monte Henning, and Chike Johnson

The cast for The Mojo and The Sayso will feature Malkia Stampley, Di’Monte Henning, and Chike Johnson. (photo: Dan Myers)

In Tandem Theatre Company’s Tenth Street Theatre

Thank you to everyone–organizations and individuals–who have supported us along the road to establishing ourselves in Madison. Here’s to a great new season!