'Proud Theater: Crystal Queer' opens May 29 in MadisonRead more
Proud Theater is an award-winning, exciting and innovative youth theater program designed to foster self-expression and self-empowerment for Madison-area youthRead more
Cocaine and Ethel Merman
Proud Theater is pleased to welcome playwright L. Robert Westeen back to Wisconsin for 4 showings of his hit one-person show 'Cocaine and Ethel Merman: The New Homo Guide.'Read more
The Laramie Project
Proud Theater Wausau Presents The Laramie Project, Friday and Saturday February 7 and 8, 7PMRead more
We're excited to announce Proud Theater-Madison's end-of-the-year show for the 2013/2014 group. 'Proud Theater: Crystal Queer' tackles many of the issues affecting youth today and does so with humor, heart and honesty. Sometimes outrageous, sometimes profound, the youth share their voices with the community in a no-holds barred and uncensored way. This year the youth take a look at family, bullying, Community and the world at large.
Proud Theater is pleased to welcome playwright L. Robert Westeen back to Wisconsin for 4 showings of his hit one-person show 'Cocaine and Ethel Merman: The New Homo Guide', a humorous romp through the life of a man who spends an evening with a cocaine-addicted Ethel Merman female impersonator and ends up developing a new outlook on his own life, past and present. 'Cocaine and Ethel Merman: The New Homo Guide' was originally developed by Westeen - a Wausau, Wisconsin Native - as a performance piece about his own life in the hopes of inspiring a young friend in the process of coming out to find a place in the world.
'[It] takes you down a rabbit hole and on a few rabbit trails,' says Westeen of the show, "[and is] a study on living life to its fullest, never taking moments for granted, and being who you are no matter what others may think." The show was a finalist in the 2012 Houston Press 'Houston Theater Awards' for Best Playwright, and recently was presented at the 2013 Minnesota Fringe Festival to strong critical acclaim from audiences and critics alike.
"L. Robert Westeen's one-man show features defiantly traditional storytelling about coming out, with a tale strong enough at its center, told so well, that it's compelling for any audience, gay or straight."
–Phillip Andrew Bennett Low (MNArtists.org)
"One of the best shows I have seen... Heartwarming ... You see a very personal side of the actor that makes you honored to see his show and hear his story. You definitely have to see this show."
– Twin Cities Daily Planet
'Cocaine and Ethel Merman' is having FOUR shows to benefit Proud Theater. Tickets are $10 at the door. Click on the showing below to order tickets and for more showing information!
The mic is on and ready to go! Come join the youth of Proud Theater Madison for 'At the End of the Rainbow V: an Open Mic Fundraiser for Proud Theater' - an evening of fun and entertainment with members of the popular theater troupe welcoming the community at large to share music, poetry, spoken word and their voices in order to benefit Madison's own Proud Theater!
Done annually, this year’s open mic will be held at Cafe Zoma, 2326 Atwood Ave in Madison on March 15th, 2014 from 630-9PM. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged at the door. Everyone is welcome to attend, and those wishing to perform can sign-up for five minute slots to share their hearts, souls, and thoughts in an open forum - all for a good cause! Click the image above, or here to go to to RSVP to the event and also signup for the new Proud Theater newsletter!
Proud Theater Wausau presents 'The Laramie Project' by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project, presented at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wausau, 504 Grant St. in Wausau, WI Friday and Saturday February 7 and 8, 7PM. The show is being produced as a fundraiser for Proud Theater-Wausau. A silent auction and bake sale will accompany the event, and all proceeds will go toward supporting Wausau's chapter of Proud Theater. A suggested donation of $10 dollars will be collected at the door to help support the organization.
'The Laramie Project' explores one of the most seminal moments in the LGBTQI civil rights movement, and is widely considered one of the most important and influential works of our time. On October 7, 1998, a young gay man named Matthew Shepard was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming – savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality and hate that shocked the nation. While Matthew Shepard's death opened up a national dialogue about intolerance, for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal. Over 200 interviews were conducted, and the results can be heard loud and clear in this stunningly effective theatrical piece. Time Magazine calls The Laramie Project "A pioneering work and a powerful stage event" and the New York Times declares the show to be "Deeply moving....this play is OUR TOWN with a question mark, as in 'Could this be our town?'