Here is your one stop destination for all of the events that happen outside The Playhouse. Info on special appearances, lectures, Play Club, Library Monologues and other community outreach events can be found here.


Lecture with playwright Aaron Posner

Forward Theater and UW-Madison Division of the Arts are excited to offer a talk with Life Sucks playwright Aaron Posner, as he discusses his career in directing and playwriting, including his journey in creating modern adaptations of various Chekhov classics.

The talk is free and open to the public. It will be held on Saturday, March 30th at 1:00pm in the Playhouse at Overture Center.


For the third year in a row, the Dane County Public Libraries will host several play club meetings in conjunction with each Forward Theater show. It's fun and easy to take part: just sign up at a participating library to attend the meeting, check out a script and study guide at your library when they arrive, and then head to your library for the discussion. The conversation will be led by a Forward Theater Company artist, and scenes from the play will be read aloud by Forward Theater actors.

Also back by popular demand is the Library Monologue Series, which features performances from our previous monologue festivals by Forward Theater artists, followed by a talkback.

Dates and times for the Play Clubs and Monologue Series are listed below. And if you would like your branch of the public library to host one of these events, please let them (and us) know!

Artistic Associate Karen Moeller - From Page to Stage

Forward Theater Play Clubs in the Library are a part of the From Page to Stage program, which is possible thanks to Beyond the Page, Madison Community Foundation, Dane Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


2018-19 Season Play Clubs

Pre-registration is required for Play Clubs.
Please see the Registration Page for more information.

Fun Home Play Club
Thursday, Oct. 18th, 6:00pm, Middleton Library

Heisenberg Play Club
Monday, Jan. 14th, 6:30pm, Madison Library/Monroe Street Branch
Tuesday, Jan. 15th, 6:00pm, Middleton Library

Life Sucks Play Club
Thursday, Mar. 14th, 6:00pm, Middleton Library
Monday, Mar. 18th, 6:30pm, Madison Library/Monroe Street Branch


Each presentation consists of five monologues and a talkback

2018 Fall/Winter Performances

Someone's Gotta Do It Monologues
Monday, Sept. 17, 6:30pm, Mt. Horeb Library

Out of the Fire: The Banned Books Monologues
Saturday, Sept. 29, 3:00pm, Fitchburg Library

Someone's Gotta Do It Monologues
Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30pm, Belleville Public Library

2019 Winter/Spring Performances

Someone's Gotta Do It Monologues
Thursday, February 21st, 6:30pm, Middleton Public Library

Out of the Fire: The Banned Books Monologues
Monday, April 1st, 6:30pm, Madison Public Library, Monroe St. Branch