The Wanderers

by Anna Ziegler
September 8-25, 2022
Directed by Mikael Burke
Wisconsin Premiere

Tickets for the ASL interpreted performance on Saturday 9/24 at 2pm available HERE


Esther and Schmuli are young Orthodox Jews whose future is written in scripture. Abe and Sophie believe they can write their own destiny. On the surface, these two couples couldn’t seem more different. But when a Hollywood actress upends Abe’s world, the hidden connections between all of them start to appear. This funny and mysterious drama explores the question of whether happiness lies in what we have, or on the road not taken.

"As perfect a piece of theater as I’ve seen in many years. The script by Anna Ziegler is a revelation, touching on family truths, marriage, and personal histories...Go see this show. It’s magnificent."
- DC Theatre Scene


Featuring Cassandra Bissell, Elyse Edelman, Alanna Lovely, Paris Hunter Paul, Greg Pragel

Scenic Designer: Sarah Ross
Lighting Designer: Brad Toberman
Costume Designer: Karen Brown-Larimore
Sound Designer/Composer: Brian Grimm
Props Master: Pam Miles
Technical Director: Kevin Zimmer
Stage Manager: Kira Neighbors
Asst. Stage Manager: Abbi Hess


A behind the scenes look at The Wanderers, featuring interviews with the cast and director Mikael Burke.

Review: Forward Theater's 'The Wanderers' looks to the heart of things
- By Lindsay Christians | The Cap Times

Review: Settled worlds collide: 'The Wanderers' is a meditation on the idea of fear of missing out
- By Gwendolyn Rice | Isthmus


Artistic Associate Marcella Kearns explores the themes and inner-workings of this Wisconsin premiere, with an inside look at our production design and creative process.