Staying Busy This Summer - July Blog 2015

While the lights are down on the Forward stage this summer, many members of our Advisory Company are busy working on other creative projects. Here's a small taste of what some of them are up to:

New AC member, Karen Olivo, will be going to New York for August to record her solo album and do a show at the Public Theater. Prior to that, she makes her directorial debut with Fugitive Songs at UW-Madison's University Theatre, opening July 16th. She is joined on Fugitive Songs by fellow AC member Maureen Janson, who supplies the movement direction and choreography for the project. Maureen also co-authored the second edition of Getting Started in Ballet- A Parents Guide to Dance Education, which she completed earlier this summer and should be published in early 2016 at the latest by Oxford University Press.

Michael Herold will be portraying Nathan Detroit in Four Seasons Theatre's production of Guys & Dolls, August 21-23 at the Wisconsin Union Theatre. His wife, Tracy, is also in the show, which will make it their first production together. With a daughter in a youth production of Oklahoma, the Herolds will be a busy theater family. Michael will share the Guys & Dolls spotlight with fellow AC member Sam White, who plays the role of Lt. Brannigan. When not on stage, Sam is working this summer on a rewrite of his play, Coyote Moon for a spring production by Mercury Players Theatre.
Last February, Jake Penner, who is new to the AC but not to our audiences (Sons of the Prophet), directed Rose Gold, by Zhalarina H. Sanders, in First Wave's Line Breaks spoken word festival. He continues his work on this piece by preparing it for a performance at the 18th annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in Atlanta on July 16th. Jake has also started workshopping Zhalarina's 2nd play, All For One, which they plan to debut in 2016.

And, of course, Sarah Day is delighting audiences at APT in Spring Green, appearing in their productions of Pride and Prejudice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Seascape.