Meet the cast of SOME MEN!

JIM LAUTENBACH

What characters do you play in SOME MEN?

Xerxes, Alex, Carl, Gary and Kurt.

Briefly tell us a little bit about yourself...

During the day, I work as a graphic designer. I run a volleyball league. I get political from time to time (and think most people should). I love my family and I don’t get to see them often enough. I like art — consuming it and creating it. I struggle with a blank page, work my way through and usually like what I turn up. I believe all the world’s a stage — and the stage is a world in itself.

Have you worked with Theatrical Tendencies before?

I appeared in THE TEMPERAMENTALS and SANTALAND DIARIES in 2014 and CORPUS CHRISTI in 2011.

Tell us about your favorite character that you play in SOME MEN.

I love portraying Joel, one of the patrons at the piano bar across the street from the Stonewall Inn during the time the riots started in 1969. Even though he can dish it out as good as the rest of them and feels “at home” belting out a show tune in front of a catty crowd, he’s not quite ready to join the people outside fighting for their rights. But something tells you he will find the courage to join the fight soon enough.

What is something that you didn't know about “gay life” in the last century that you've learned from SOME MEN?

It’s so easy to intellectualize the idea that people had to fight for their civil rights. It’s easy to forget this wasn’t merely a political exercise. People fought for their rights to be — to be who they are authentically, to be treated with the dignity and respect everyone should receive, to be self-actualized and pursue happiness. Intellectually, I’ve known about this journey, but this show has really helped me see this struggle wasn’t just an option — it was the only option.

Additionally, I learned some show tunes I never knew before. Go figure….

Why should audiences come and see SOME MEN?

Writer Jeff Goins says: “Story is where we came from. Story is where we’re going. Story is what connects us and binds us to each other. It is in the story of humanity, amongst love and fear and failure, that we make meaning of our lives. Story is what defines us and sets us apart. It’s what allows us to connect with each another, to truly know and be known.”

There is power in stories — and the collection of these men’s experiences reveals a trove of what makes life poignant at times and extraordinary at others.

They might be just “some men” — but, in essence, they are all of us.

Meet the cast of SOME MEN!

KEITH R. SMITH

What characters do you play in SOME MEN?

Piano Player, Funeral Director, Downtown 11, Nick, Mary, Darren and Mr. Keys.

Briefly tell us a little bit about yourself...

I manage a Dairy Queen full time, and in my free time I’ve been playing piano for over 20 years, I kick box, I love to bake, and I perform in drag as Kiki Karcrashian. 

Have you worked with Theatrical Tendencies before?

Yes! This is my second show with Theatrical Tendencies after playing Andrew in Corpus Christi.

Tell us about your favorite character that you play in SOME MEN.

My favorite character is the piano player, because he gets a nice, human moment in the waiting room

What is something that you didn't know about “gay life” in the last century that you've learned from SOME MEN?

I’ve honestly tried to stay very well educated on LGBT history, and can’t say I learned anything that surprised me or that I didn’t already know.  I do feel that this show highlights some of the most important moments in LGBT history.

Why should audiences come and see SOME MEN?

People should come see this show for one of two reasons: either they want to know about LGBT history, or they lived through LGBT history.

 

Meet the cast of SOME MEN!

OLIVER WOLF

 

What characters do you play in SOME MEN?

Perry, Padraic, Boytoy, BJ, Mendy, Spencer and Pat.

Briefly tell us a little bit about yourself...

I am a recent graduate of Marquette University, a server at Bar Louie on Water street, and an avid music lover. I love going to concerts on a weekly basis, and various theatre productions that have gone up around town. I went to high school in England and miss it every day.

Have you worked with Theatrical Tendencies before?

This is my first show with Theatrical Tendencies, and I hope that it won't be my last! 

Tell us about your favorite character that you play in SOME MEN.

My favorite character would be Padraic, because I love the challenge of using an Irish accent! More importantly, the conflict that comes with being gay in the 1920s and the inner struggles that arise because of it are quite fun to play with, but you'll have to come see the show to find out what I mean! 

What is something that you didn't know about “gay life” in the last century that you've learned from SOME MEN?

Because I am straight, I was unaware of many of the limitations that were placed on the rights of gay people, and this show has helped me understand more about gay culture and life. 

Why should audiences come and see SOME MEN?

Everyone needs to come see this show because, putting aside the wonderful performances that all the performers give, it helps detail significant moments in gay history. Also, it's hilarious!

 

Meet the cast of SOME MEN!

CHUCK MORREA

What characters do you play in SOME MEN?

Bernie and Martin.

Briefly tell us a little bit about yourself...

I'm an avid softball player, small business owner, craftsman, and engineer by day. I enjoy spending time with family and friends; along with traveling abroad to Rome, Venice, Florence, Prague, Brussels, Amsterdam, and domestically to Chicago, San Francisco and New York to absorb the creative energies each city provides. Other creative interests include design work, carpentry, upholstery and leather craft.

Have you worked with Theatrical Tendencies before?

This is my first appearance with Theatrical Tendencies and I've been warmly welcomed to the company. I appreciate the patience and assistance everyone involved in the production has provided as my rusty acting gears get oiled and ‘hopefully’ improve with each rehearsal and encouraging word.

Tell us about a favorite character that you play in SOME MEN.

I have to admit that the character, Bernie, who I get the privilege to play, has grown to be my favorite. I have explored his experiences and motivations; and then compared them to my own life experiences. Being an ‘older’ member of the cast, I have lived through much of the timeframe of the play. I didn’t exactly fall in love with Bernie right away, but as I explored his experiences without my own personal lens. I found Bernie to be an introspective, independent, strong, loving, authentic and steadfast man; that is very human. I don’t always agree with his approach or choices, but I appreciate his point of view. It is my greatest hope that my interpretation of Bernie is positively received and understood by those experiencing SOME MEN.

What is something that you didn't know about "gay life" in the past century that you've learned from SOME MEN.

My first memories of ‘gay life’ are rooted in the New Wave music era of Depeche Mode, Annie Lennox, Erasure, The Cure, etc. I lived through the early years of AIDS and the fear that consumed the community and participated in the grassroots volunteerism that ensued. I learned about the Stonewall riots from friends and avidly listened to stories they told and did a lot of reading to learn as much as I could. I watched “Boys in the Band” and I have to admit I probably learned most about the 1970’s from Armistad Maupin’s “Tales of the City” books. I also received first hand stories of experiences from a man I loved and lost who spent those years in Russian River just outside of San Francisco. One thing I didn’t know was the early days of gay club life in Harlem and the mingling of all classes of people in that setting. I can visualize what it must have been like from what I learned in SOME MEN.

Why should audiences come and see SOME MEN?

SOME MEN is a semi chronological telling of several generations of gay men. The interesting piece is that many of the characters are actually related – grandfather, father, uncle and son. This is something not always presented. We often see gay men ‘choosing’ their families as many are ostracized and evicted from their blood relations. Terrance McNally has added this new dimension to the story of our gay past as he also introduces legalized same-sex marriage in its early years. Along with the familial aspect, these characters span events occurring over some 90 years. SOME MEN is not a history lesson, but it presents a story of gay life’s evolution. I hope those who see the production walk away with a curiosity into our rich history and a desire to learn more.

Meet the cast of SOME MEN!

JIM SANTELLE

What characters do you play in SOME MEN?

Aaron, Tommy's Dad, Buffed in Chelsea, Trey and Joseph.

Briefly tell us a little bit about yourself...

My most recent accomplishments include finishing 33rd in a local mini-triathlon (okay, all of the entrants together totaled 56) and commemorating with friends the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (I have leftover “Bard” lapel buttons—useful as wardrobe accessories for many occasions; okay, really only a very few).

Have you worked with Theatrical Tendencies before?

Yes!  In Geoffrey Nauffts’ Next Fall, I played a seemingly unredeemable but ultimately redeemed father named “Butch.”

Tell us about your favorite character that you play in SOME MEN:

One of the two characters that I play not expressly identified by an individual name, “Tommy’s Dad” is one who (in only a few brief lines) combines profound loss, superficial denial, intellectual revelation, and unresolved relationship with a son who he never really knew—or perhaps knew all too well. Those are the kinds of things that, in intriguing combinations, animate the lives of many Americans.

What is something that you didn’t know about gay life in the past century that you’ve learned from SOME MEN:

I can now recite the titles of the first three musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize (eat your heart out, “Hamilton” creators!) and can identify the borough of New York City in which Walt Whitman lived. A bit more seriously (but much related to these), I’ve acquired an enhanced appreciation for the role that some of the script-identified authors and their works both imitated life and made new art in the lives of all of us. (E.M. Forster, anyone?)

Why should audiences come and see SOME MEN:

Two motivations, surely among many, compelling others: First, the challenging opportunity to witness (and keep track of!) some 43 engaging and instructive characters played by only nine—count ‘em, nine—live human beings. Second, a thoughtful, humorous, didactic, provoking, and ultimately renewing theater experience that relies on the stories of our past and our present to give us some direction on what our future—nationally and in our worldwide community of women and men—should be.

Meet the cast of SOME MEN!

JESSE KAPLAN

What characters do you play in SOME MEN?

Marcus, Snake, Alex, Angel Eyes, Brad, Seb and Gordon.

Briefly tell us a little bit about yourself...

Some of my hobbies include, running, biking, health and fitness, plants and theater.

Have you worked with Theatrical Tendencies before?

This is my first time working with Theatrical Tendencies!

Tell us about your favorite character that you play in SOME MEN.

I think my favorite character is Angel Eyes, the torch singer in a 1930's nightclub in Harlem.

What is something that you didn't know about "gay life" in the past century that you've learned from SOME MEN.

I realized how we should appreciate the road that was paved for us to have the rights we have today and to be able to live a little bit more comfortably as gay people.

Why should audiences come and see SOME MEN?

The show is both fun and serious at the same time. It takes you back in time and shows you how we have gotten to where we are now.

Meet the cast of SOME MEN!

BILL MORRIS

What characters do you play in SOME MEN?

Paul, Michael, Will, Cliff, Lester, Richard and Dick

Briefly tell us a little bit about yourself...

I love to cook and food is something that is constantly on my mind (seriously, I may have a problem).  I'm always wanting to try new things that I haven't before.  Luckily I work all day with great people who also love talking about (and eating!) food.  

 Have you worked with Theatrical Tendencies before?

No.  It's been a lot of fun working and performing with everyone!  

Tell us about a favorite character that you play in SOME MEN.

My favorite is Paul.  I enjoy that his story shows so many different parts of his relationship with someone named Tommy.   Not only of the love and happiness they shared but also the loss and acceptance of their relationship.  

What is something that you didn't know about "gay life" in the past century that you've learned from SOME MEN?

This show has made me look more closely at the history of HIV/AIDS in the gay community.  I quickly realized that while I had learned about the subject, I didn't have any perspective or idea of what it actually meant to be living through something that difficult.  

Why should audiences come and see SOME MEN?

I'd say because I think this show really does a great job of presenting different aspects of "gay life" in heartfelt stories that people can relate to. 

Meet the cast of SOME MEN!

Clarence 'Sammy' Aumend

What characters do you play in SOME MEN?

Marty, Camus, Archie (Roxie) and Scoop.

Briefly tell us a little bit about yourself...

I work as an Information Technology Specialist (a geek). I love to go Karaoke with friends and I am an Ordained Minister and a Wedding DJ (yes you can hire me to do both at the same time!).

Have you worked with Theatrical Tendencies before?

This is the first time that I have worked with Theatrical Tendencies and I'm having a blast working with them and all the awesome actors!

Tell us about a favorite character that you play in SOME MEN.

There are a couple of characters that are my favorites because they are so different, but Camus has to be a favorite because I remember internet chatting for hours on end! It was so long ago… well… OK… last night!! LOL!

What is something that you didn't know about "gay life" in the past century that you've learned from SOME MEN?

I am a very open person and have a lot of gay friends and also a gay son. There is still a lot to learn about ‘gay life’.  I think it’s more than the ten-thousand-foot view most people see but more about the one foot we don’t see. Viewing everyone the same and loving them no matter what.

Why should audiences come and see SOME MEN?

Well besides me being in it?! (that was a joke… or maybe…) I would say that this is a play that will make people laugh, cry and think about the men whose stories affected a lot of people.

Meet the cast of SOME MEN!

KEVIN J. GADZALINSKI

What characters do you play in SOME MEN?

Fritz, Zach, David, Jackson, Nurse Jack and Louis.

Briefly tell us a little bit about yourself...

I give wonderful customer service. I am prone to spontaneous singing and awkward dancing. I speak in movie quotes and song lyrics. I workout to Japanese metal music. I arrange dramatic scenes with action figures. I'm a bisexual boy and I love alliteration.

Have you worked with Theatrical Tendencies before?

Yes! This is my fourth Tt show on stage. I've also run tech in the booth and have done crew work for a few other Tt shows.

Tell us about your favorite character that you play in SOME MEN.

I probably like Zach the best. He's smart and masculine and confident. He's sure of his sex appeal and passionate about his cause. I admire that because there are times when I am very self conscious and wish I had something more to fight for.

What is something that you didn't know about "gay life" in the past century that you've learned from SOME MEN.

It will forever be my first introduction to the bathhouse experience, and I'm not sure how I feel about it.

Why should audiences come to see SOME MEN?

I think there's enough variety that gay people will find some situation to identify with. It also allows people to develop an appreciation for the lives of "some men" throughout history. Plus people get to see me in next to no clothing, if you're into that sort of thing.

Meet the Cast of STOP KISS!

AMANDA CARSON

YOUR ROLE IN STOP KISS:

Callie

BRIEFLY TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF (JOB, HOBBIES, PASSIONS, UNIQUE TALENTS, ETC).

I am currently a Visual Merchandiser for H&M, so I spend a lot of time playing dress up with mannequins. As well as a passion for theatre and music, I love reading, writing, exercising, and relaxing.  My favorite shows are The Office, Friends, and Law & Order: SVU - Olivia Benson is my spirit animal.   

HAVE YOU WORKED WITH TT BEFORE?         

Yes!  I worked with Tt on [TITLE OF SHOW] (Heidi) and NEXT FALL (Holly).

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IN STOP KISS. 

Callie is a little difficult to figure out, but that's what I like about her.  We are all a little difficult to figure out, especially, at times, within our own minds.  At one moment we are sure about who we are, the next moment we have no idea - and sometimes we learn more about ourselves when we finally open up to someone else.  

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT STOP KISS? 

I like plays that seem to just watch people for awhile.  Yes there is a dramatic overlay, but it's simply humans interacting with other humans, moving through life, navigating complication, celebration, and exploration.

WHY SHOULD AUDIENCES COME SEE STOP KISS? 

Come learn about these people!  I don't have anything super enticing, I just think you should come to watch these lives for a little bit.

Meet the Cast of STOP KISS!

AMBER SMITH

YOUR ROLE IN STOP KISS:

Sara

BRIEFLY TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF (JOB, HOBBIES, PASSIONS, UNIQUE TALENTS, ETC).

I work as a dietitian for my "big girl job", I love to cook, run, travel, and act!

HAVE YOU WORKED WITH TT BEFORE?         

First time with TT!  :)

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IN STOP KISS. 

Sara's a small-town girl coming into her own.  You'd think she'd be naive growing up in a small place, but she has direction, ambition, and really sees people for who they are.  

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT STOP KISS? 

All of the connections.  The characters are inter-connected in all different ways and I appreciate being able to see the different facets of their relationships.  It's reflective of real life - we all have different people in our lives for different reasons.

WHY SHOULD AUDIENCES COME SEE STOP KISS? 

Audiences should come see STOP KISS because it's true to life, the characters are endearing, and the messages are impactful.

Meet the Cast of STOP KISS!

RAYMOND SARTLER

YOUR ROLE IN STOP KISS:

George

BRIEFLY TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF (JOB, HOBBIES, PASSIONS, UNIQUE TALENTS, ETC).

I work in sales.  My passions and hobbies revolve around the arts--whether it be illustrating, design, acting, or singing.  And I have the unique talent of being self-deprecating.  I'm pretty awful.  Come see the show. 

HAVE YOU WORKED WITH TT BEFORE?         

Surprisingly, this is the second time Theatrical Tendencies has risked casting me.  I once fumbled around on stage as Luke in Milwaukee's premier of NEXT FALL.  I have loved working alongside the talented people of this organization and look forward to pestering them some more.  

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IN STOP KISS. 

George is that guy in your life that you feel most comfortable around.  The one you have the easiest bond with; who understands you more than you understand yourself; who you can count on to be there through the good, the bad, the ugly.  He's your best friend.  He's--sure--the guy you might also sleep with here-and-there (because you're so close to him and...well, he's good at it, y'know?). But not the guy you date, because that's weird somehow and...he doesn't really have his shit together.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT STOP KISS? 

There's a hesitance in STOP KISS that is so familiar.  A hesitance to love.  A hesitance to share.  A hesitance to be yourself.  The journey to lay comfortability aside and go for what you truly want is shown in honest, daily existences. 

WHY SHOULD AUDIENCES COME SEE STOP KISS? 

Besides the indomitable talent of the cast and crew?  Or the fact that you'd be supporting both local theatre and the LGBTQ community?  The show is beautifully coordinated, both in writing by Diana Son and in directing by Mark Neufang.  It's funny, sad, comfortable, and appropriately awkward.  Feel it!  See it!  Then, tell all your friends!

Meet the Cast of STOP KISS!

JOEL MARINAN

YOUR ROLE IN STOP KISS:

Peter

BRIEFLY TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF (JOB, HOBBIES, PASSIONS, UNIQUE TALENTS, ETC).

I am currently in my 17th year of teaching Kindergarten for the Wauwatosa School District. I was recently named a recipient of the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship for excellence in teaching. I have been a volunteer for the Miss Wisconsin Organization since 1998 and I have served on judges’ panels for Miss America local pageants in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Virginia. I am getting married to my fiancé, James Nathan, in August. 

HAVE YOU WORKED WITH TT BEFORE?         

This is my third production with Tt. My previous roles with Tt include: CORPUS CHRISTI (James) and THE NORMAL HEART (Mickey Marcus).

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IN STOP KISS. 

Peter is Sara’s ex-boyfriend from St. Louis. He’s a well-meaning guy who sees himself as Sara’s protector– despite the fact that she’s uprooted herself to move to New York and ended their relationship. Even though Peter now finds himself without Sara, he still has deep feelings for her. The two biggest challenges Peter faces are his need to bring Sara back to St. Louis and Callie, the one person who stands in his way. 

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT STOP KISS? 

I really appreciate (the playwright) Diana Son’s honesty and humor. She tells the story of two women who happen to find one another at just the right time in their lives. The story isn’t told chronologically– it jumps back and forth in time– filling in the gaps with some wonderfully humorous and heartfelt moments. While STOP KISS does wander through some difficult subjects, it isn’t a play about coming out or hate crimes. It’s a story about how the choices we make and the people we love shape who we are and how we see the world around us. 

WHY SHOULD AUDIENCES COME SEE STOP KISS? 

When audiences come to see STOP KISS, they should expect to see a story about a mosaic of individuals whose lives are brought together by acts of love and violence. It’s a story about new love, trauma, shattered dreams and finding the strength within ourselves to keep moving forward. 

Meet the Cast of STOP KISS!

JOAN END

YOUR ROLE IN STOP KISS:

Mrs. Winsley

BRIEFLY TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF (JOB, HOBBIES, PASSIONS, UNIQUE TALENTS, ETC).

I'm from New Jersey and came to Milwaukee to attend Marquette. I've got four great kids and seven (almost eight) of the cutest, smartest grandchildren ever! My husband and I love to travel and are enthusiastic Marquette basketball fans.  When I am not in a play, I am at a play. Milwaukee has amazing theatre!

HAVE YOU WORKED WITH TT BEFORE?         

This is my first show with TT, but I have enjoyed being in their audience numerous times. Loved THE NORMAL HEART!

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IN STOP KISS. 

Mrs. Winsley is probably the lady who knows everything that is going on in the building. She has a few challenges in her own life, but she comes to the girls' rescue and continues to care about them. Without knowing it, some of her words make quite an impact on Callie.

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT STOP KISS? 

The characters seem very real to me and I like the way the play progresses from past to present!  It's serious, but funny.  We can all identify with its broader themes.

WHY SHOULD AUDIENCES COME SEE STOP KISS? 

It is a love story!

Meet the Cast of STOP KISS!

TOM NASTACHOWSKI

YOUR ROLE IN STOP KISS:

Detective Cole 

BRIEFLY TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF (JOB, HOBBIES, PASSIONS, UNIQUE TALENTS, ETC).

I'm a volunteer conductor for the East Troy Electric Railroad Museum. 

HAVE YOU WORKED WITH TT BEFORE?      

This is my first show with Theatrical Tendencies and... well, ever! 

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IN STOP KISS. 

Detective Cole is a job driven cop. He just wants all the answers, even if it means being harsh to the wrong people. 

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT STOP KISS? 

STOP KISS shows how relationships with people are ever-changing, and that love hits us in the most unpredictable ways.

WHY SHOULD AUDIENCES COME SEE STOP KISS? 

You need to come see STOP KISS because it has everything: drama, tragedy, humor, and most importantly - a well dressed cop. 

Meet the Cast of STOP KISS!

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AMIE LOSI

YOUR ROLE IN STOP KISS:

Nurse

BRIEFLY TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF (JOB, HOBBIES, PASSIONS, UNIQUE TALENTS, ETC).

I'm the mom of 3 incredible children: Hannah, 23, Jack, 20, and Alex, 18.

HAVE YOU WORKED WITH TT BEFORE?         

This is my first and proudest time working with Tt!

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER IN STOP KISS. 

I love this role. I picture this nurse as totally accepting of every one of her patients, no matter who they are. I see her as I would see myself in this situation - her patients are people first and foremost and need to be loved and cared for no matter why or how they ended up in her care. 

WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT STOP KISS? 

I love the straightforwardness and honesty of the show.

WHY SHOULD AUDIENCES COME SEE STOP KISS? 

Audiences should be exposed to all lifestyles, all stories, all people - and support LOCAL theater! 

ANNOUNCING OUR CAST FOR STOP KISS!

Theatrical Tendencies held auditions for our March 2015 production of STOP KISS, by Diana Son, on Monday and Tuesday, December 8th and 9th, and the turn-out was incredible - making our casting decisions very difficult!  We thank everyone who came to audition and hope to see you at future auditions.

Our cast for STOP KISS is as follows:

Callie - Amanda Carson
Sara - Amber Smith
George - Raymond Sartler
Peter - Joel Marinan
Mrs. Winsley - Joan End
Detective Cole - Thomas Nastachowski
Nurse - Amie Losi

STOP KISS will be directed by Mark R. Neufang.  Stage manager is Teresa Alioto, set design by Mark E. Schuster. 

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, March 13 - 28, 2015 at Soulstice Theater, 3770 S Pennsylvania Avenue, St. Francis, WI.  Stay tuned for further details and ticket sales!

Meet the Cast of THE SANTALAND DIARIES and SEASON'S GREETINGS!

JIM LAUTENBACH

Role

David in THE SANTALAND DIARIES

Favorite holiday song?

"Early Christmas Morning" by Cyndi Lauper (YouTube it!)

Favorite holiday movie? 

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Favorite holiday tradition? 

I've done different things on Christmas Day, but I've spent every Christmas Eve of my life with my parents and brothers and sisters at one of their homes, chowing down and exchanging gifts. I think just simply gathering together with my favorite people in the whole world like this is my favorite tradition.

How are you spending the holidays this year? 

We'll do Christmas Eve in the country with my family, then we'll hit the road and get to my partner's family's celebration as early as possible on Christmas Day. It's a good amount of travel — but not as much as Santa!

Why should audiences come see THE SANTALAND DIARIES and SEASON’S GREETINGS? 

A lot of Christmas presentations put a tinselly gloss on holiday fare, and I guess that's something to strive toward. But if you're like me, someone who takes delight and sees something "real" in the authentic hustle and bustle and pomp and circumstance of the season (even when they tend toward the crazy or wacky), you'll appreciate these stories for what they are: Genuine stories about the holidays bringing out the worst in us while they bring out the best in us.

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DONNA L. LOBACZ

Role

Jocelyn Dunbar in SEASON'S GREETINGS

Favorite holiday song?

"Skating" from Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas

Favorite holiday movie?

White Christmas

Favorite holiday tradition?

Decorating the tree while listening to A Charlie Brown Christmas CD

How are you spending the holidays this year?

At home with friends and family

Why should audiences come see THE SANTALAND DIARIES and SEASON’S GREETINGS?

Some of us aren’t really into Miracle on 34th Street or The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. This show is for THOSE people! (You know who you are!)

Meet the Cast of NEXT FALL!

RaymondSartler

Raymond Sartler

Your role in NEXT FALL:

Luke 

Briefly tell us a little about yourself (job, hobbies, passions, unique talents, etc).

I'm a Milwaukeean humbled by small town roots. In such a way that I know how to parallel park but am still amazed I don't have to drive two towns over to catch a movie. I grew up investing time into all kinds of art: music, theatre, writing, drawing, and more. It all stuck with me, and I'm happiest when I'm practicing my creativity.  The most important thing I want people to know is I loathe decorum. I'm unapologetic about it. And I'm on Twitter. @rjsartler #nextfall

Have you worked with Tt before?         

I'm new!  The talented people of Theatrical Tendencies have so warmly welcomed me and it has been a wonderful privilege working with them.  I think they brought me on because I'll make these already talented people look even better in comparison.

Tell us a little bit about your character in NEXT FALL. 

There's a simplicity and generosity in Luke, an aspiring actor, that made him so fun for me to connect to.  Luke is a gay Christian (even though I've seen plenty of bumper stickers that say it's impossible to be both).  He fully understands the flak one gets for being gay and a Christian; nonetheless, Luke loves Adam (Mark Neufang) wholly and is devoted to his faith eternally. Two things that, turn out, aren't shared so easily.  

What do you appreciate most about NEXT FALL? 

NEXT FALL goes far beyond a typical love story.  It brings to light that Life is big and People are small; this play wittily shows us how these two assumptions meet.  And I'm really loving that I get to eat and be in my underwear onstage.

Why should audiences come see NEXT FALL? 

Heavy topics like religion, love, and acceptance are scripted honestly in NEXT FALL. Each sometimes, as we know, just as ridiculous, and messy, and inexplicable as the other.  

Plus... Men in underwear. Gay drama. Laughs. Let's be honest, it's better than what you were going to do anyhow. 

Meet the Cast of NEXT FALL!

JimSantelle

Jim Santelle

Your role in NEXT FALL:

Butch 

Briefly tell us a little about yourself (job, hobbies, passions, unique talents, etc).

When I am not in the employ of a western government, I find myself reading and writing—but not doing arithmetic.  Away from papers and pencils, I also swim and run—always toward things.

Have you worked with Tt before?        

I am delighted to be working with Tt for the first time, in this special production about revelation, ruin, and restoration.

Tell us a little bit about your character in NEXT FALL. 

Butch, Luke’s father and the former spouse of Arlene (about whom he cares a whole lot more than he lets on) appears at first viewing as a singularly one-dimensional person whose life is defined in bright lines and animated by simple trusts.  In tragedy, he begins—perhaps too late—to understand the gray areas and appreciate the unsettled places that we actually inhabit.

What do you appreciate most about NEXT FALL? 

A spectacular cast of fellow actors, an inspiring directorial and production team, and a prize-winning story—simple and compelling—that will have audiences talking well into the evening and over breakfast the following day. 

Why should audiences come see NEXT FALL? 

In her 1996 writing, “Necessary Losses,” Judith Viorst confirms that none of us can be genuinely human without some measures of losing and leaving and letting go.  Geoffrey Nauffts plays expertly with that theme and others about the nature and the boundaries of relationship while also telling a supremely engaging—and, yes, downright funny—story.