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Love Stories

April 12 - 29, 2012

DIRECTED BY Paula Suozzi

“The whole production is thoroughly enjoyable. It’s enough to restore one’s faith in the power of theater, if not in the power of lifelong matrimony.”
— Lindsay Christians, 77 Square

Three one act plays

Village Wooing by George Bernard Shaw
The Jewish Wife by Bertolt Brecht
Here We Are by Dorothy Parker

Forward Theater presents an evening dedicated to love and relationships – stories of courtship, marriage, and the inevitable evolution of relationships over time. Follow one pair of actors as they embark on an unforgettable journey, through giddy infatuation, nervous beginnings, passionate longing, and tumultuous endings. Penned by three of the most celebrated writers of all time, these plays were conceived in different eras, but their themes are universal. Join us as FTC takes a fresh look at these classic works.

The cast will feature American Players Theatre actors James Ridge and Colleen Madden. Love Stories is directed by Paula Suozzi, formerly of Milwaukee Shakespeare.

Overture Center for the Arts

201 State St,
Madison, WI 53703

Sponsored By:

UW Health
Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin

About the show


Performance Dates:
April 12 – 29, 2012

Age Recommendations:


We strive to make our performances available to the entire community. This guiding principle captures the theater we aim to be.

We’re proud to be a resident company at Overture Center, which provides practical accessibility for a variety of needs.

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James Ridge
Colleen Madden
Creative Team
Frank Schneeberger
Set Designer
Jen Trieloff
John Frautschy
Lighting Designer
Joe Cerqua
Sound Designer
Holly Payne
Costume Design
Jacqueline Singleton
Stage Manager
Kim Patch
Frank Honts
Colleen Madden and James Ridge talk about how their own relationship informs their work in Love Stories.

“I wish I could tell you that the outstanding production on stage at Madison’s Forward Theater was coming to Milwaukee some time soon. But it won’t and I can’t, so here’s the scoop: Gas up the car and head west, because you have just one chance to see two of Wisconsin’s finest actors performing three short plays about how we fall in love and what it takes to stay there.”
~ Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Read full article here

“Colleen Madden and James Ridge, American Players Theatre core company actors who are married in real life, deliver exceptional performances” Read More.
~ Jennifer A. Smith, The Isthmus
Read full article here

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The Farnsworth Invention
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A Thousand Words
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Wisconsin Wrights 2012
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