Dane County Libraries, Madison Community Foundation,
and Forward Theater Company
Partner to Bring Free Performances to Senior Centers
Last October, Forward Theater Company offered free programming at five Dane County libraries – performances of a series of original monologues called The Love That Changed My Life. These presentations were the first major programming to result from the Beyond the Page Campaign, a joint effort of the Dane County Library Service and the Madison Community Foundation to create a permanent endowment that will support expanded humanities programming in all 28 public libraries in Dane County.
This program was so popular that the presenting organizations decided to expand it into senior centers throughout Dane County during the month of February with financial support from Madison Community Foundation’s John A. Johnson Fund and the Enhancement for the Elderly Fund. Actors from Forward Theater will once again present free programs of 6-8 monologues from past festivals – pieces that explore our love of food and our relationships with one another from The Love That Changed My Life and Soul Food evenings. Forward Theater Company favorites Paul Milisch, Jessica Jane Witham, Karen Moeller, Georgina McKee, Kimberly Yarnall, Michael Herold, and Bill Bolz will participate in the month-long schedule of performances, presenting varied pieces, from one woman’s chaotic family dinner with her Italian relatives; to a rehearsal for a marriage proposal; to one man’s struggle to decide which he loves more: his vegan girlfriend, or bacon.
In addition to the performances, a Dane County library representative will be on hand to talk about related books in their holdings, and additional information will be available about the Beyond the Page Campaign.
“For Forward, this is another great opportunity to partner will outstanding community organizations that do so much for the Madison area. It’s also a wonderful way to reach new audiences,” said Jennifer Uphoff Gray, artistic director of Forward Theater Company. “We can help educate the public about important arts and humanities programs in libraries, engage in a dialogue with arts patrons outside of Overture Center, and support local theater professionals by employing them to be FTC’s ambassadors in the community. Best of all, we can also give a lot of people the chance to see these amazing monologues.”
“Bringing Forward Theater’s wonderful monologue festival to the senior centers is a great collaboration for the public libraries, residential centers, theater, PLATO and Madison Community Foundation,” said Tom Linfield, Madison Community Foundation Vice President, Grantmaking & Community Initiatives. “The Beyond the Page Campaign is designed to pilot just this sort of innovative outreach and partnership building – and all of it offered for free. This is just the beginning of what the community can expect from these community assets.”
Programs will be presented at the following dates, times, and locations. These performances are completely free to the public and no reservations are required; however space is limited at these facilities. Audiences are invited to stay for a few minutes after the performance to participate in a talkback with the artists.
Tuesday February 5, 2013 7:00 pm
Capitol Lakes Retirement Community
333 W. Main St., Madison
Thursday, February 7, 2013 7:00 pm
Oakwood Village: University Woods
6205 Mineral Points Rd., Madison
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 6:30 pm
St. Mary's Care Center
3401 Maple Grove Drive, Madison
Monday, February 25, 2013 7:00 pm
Independent Living – The Gardens
602 North Segoe Road Madison
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 10:00 am
Attic Angel Place
8301 Old Sauk Road, Middleton
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:00 pm
Oakwood Village East
5565 Tancho Drive, Madison