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Regional Premiere

The Amateurs

March 19 - April 5, 2020

WRITTEN BY Jordan Harrison

DIRECTED BY Jennifer Uphoff Gray

“ A surprisingly humane and honest play that’s filled with as much laughter as it is drama…and reminds us that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. We learn that if given a tattered, grimy old volume of text and illustrations, and you take the time to examine it carefully, its value can exceed your imagination.”— CHICAGO THEATRE REVIEW

NOTE: Following the news of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our community in March 2020, and out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelling all public performances of The Amateurs.

Hollis is a performer in an itinerant troupe of actors attempting to outrun the Black Plague in this 14th century-set comedy by the author of Marjorie Prime. The Renaissance is still in the future, and so is the concept of self-determination. So when Hollis stops a performance to wonder why Mrs. Noah would get on that ark, she throws her castmates into chaos.

This thought-provoking and centuries-spanning play delights in the imaginations of theater-makers and theater-goers everywhere. And in a tale as inventive and hilarious as its characters, The Amateurs ponders the purpose of art in turbulent times.

Overture Center for the Arts

201 State St,
Madison, WI 53703

Sponsored By:


CUNA Mutual


About the show


Performance Dates:
March 19 – April 5, 2020

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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