Coming Home

Forward Theater Company's 2016-2017 Season

Forward Theater has planned another exciting season, and we're thrilled to present our lineup
for 2016-2017. These three incredible plays explore the messy, funny (and sometimes painful) process
of coming home. We are excited to offer a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Wisconsin premiere and a world premiere, which is also the first play commissioned by Forward Theater.

Tickets for the 2016-17 season can be purchased HERE




4000 Miles

by Amy Herzog
November 3rd - 20th, 2016

Finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize

Directed by Jennifer Uphoff Gray

Free-spirited 21-year-old Leo sets off from the West Coast on an epic cross-country bike adventure. By the time he shows up at his grandmother Vera’s New York City apartment, his journey has taken some unexpected turns. Leo hopes for a short-term escape from the chain of events that has left him estranged from his family and friends. But as days turn into weeks, he and Vera bond over love, loss, and the difficulties of growing up and growing old. With both humor and heartbreak, 4000 Miles takes an intimate look at the road to self-acceptance we all must travel — and the unexpected connections we make along the way.

Sponsored by: MG&E, Catherine Bloomer, Boardman & Clark LLP, Custer Financial Services, and Isthmus




Outside Mullingar

by John Patrick Shanley
JANUARY 26th - FEBRUARY 12th, 2017

2014 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play

Directed by Tyler Marchant

Anthony and Rosemary are facing down middle age from neighboring farms in rural Ireland. Only a strip of land separates these eccentric souls, but with a feud simmering between their families, these introverted misfits will need to overcome a childhood grudge and years of stubborn pride to find happiness. Flinty humor and poetic passion highlight this charming and poignant play about how it’s never too late to take a chance on love.

Sponsored by: Sybil & Maurice Better, Brava Magazine and Our Lives Magazine





Learning to Stay

by James DeVita
MARCH 23rd - APRIL 9th, 2017

The World Premiere of a Play Commissioned by Forward Theater

Directed by Jennifer Uphoff Gray

Elise Sabato is thrilled when her husband Brad returns from his deployment in Iraq, and their plans for a life and family together can finally be realized. But it soon becomes clear that for Brad, coming home is only the beginning of a long journey. It is up to Elise to find help for a man she no longer recognizes, who suffers from injuries that neither of them can see or understand.
With a story set in Madison, and written and adapted by Wisconsin authors, Learning to Stay asks what you would do when the person you’re married to is no longer the person you married.

Sponsored by: ATC, CUNA Mutual Group, DeWitt Ross & Stevens, Don Tubesing and Nancy Loving Tubesing - The Pfeifer-Hamilton Legacy Fund, UW Health, WPS Health Solutions, The Cap Times




Someone's Gotta Do It

The FTC Monologue Festival
September 22-24, 2016

One Week Only!

Chances are, you’ve had one – more than one. They can be inspiring, terrifying, tedious, nauseating, and profound. Jobs. Jobs put food on our tables, roofs over our heads,
and (sometimes) anxiety in our hearts. FTC’s fourth monologue festival, Someone’s Gotta Do It, features a dozen original pieces written just for us by playwrights from across our community and around the nation, with characters sharing their work stories: the exhilarating, the necessary, and the outlandishly absurd.

Sponsored by: First Business Bank, Madison Magazine, Promega, The QTI Group, Steve Brown Apartments, and Wegner CPAs