Within These Walls:
Stories of Home

Monologue Festival
June 24-27, 2021 (rescheduled from May)

Presented in-person in Promenade Hall at Overture Center | Digital tickets also available

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFO: The festival will be presented at 75% capacity, with empty seats between all ticketed groups and single individuals. Masks are required at all times by all audience members.

DIGITAL TICKET INFO: There will be a digital viewing option that begins streaming on Sunday, 6/27. You must choose the digital viewing option during the ticket buying process on Overture.org. You'll receive a purchase confirmation from Overture, as well as a preshow email from Forward Theater once the show opens, with simple instructions on how to watch the production via your Overture account (the same account used to purchase tickets).

You can login to your Overture account and watch the show anytime from Sunday 6/27 - Wednesday 6/30. If you need assistance accessing your digital viewing, please email tickets@overture.org.


It can mean something different for everyone. For some it is a place, or people, or simply memories made over time. But “home” defines us all in one way or another, and this evocative word serves as the inspiration for FTC’s sixth monologue festival, featuring original pieces written just for us by playwrights from across our community and around the nation. A collection of stories in places borrowed and possessed, offering a thoughtful look at what it means to belong.

“I’ve had the incredible privilege of being part of Forward Theater’s monologue festivals as an actor, director, and writer. It’s always one of my favorite events, and deeply satisfying as a Wisconsin artist to have my work realized on stage. The festival embraces a large number of local artists and explores themes that make for exceptional theater."
- Jess Schuknecht, Theater Artist

Sponsored by: First Business Bank, Husch Blackwell, Steve Brown Apartments


Lucky, by Liz Duffy Adams, Northampton, MA
Karen Estrada, Director
Alicia Rice, Actor

Breaking Fourth, by Amanda Schumacher, Wauwatosa, WI
Dee King, Director
Trevin Gay, Actor

Ghost Tour, by Jamie Custer, Chicago, IL
Isabella Leigh, Director
Hannah Ripp-Dieter, Actor

Home of the BIPOC, by Opal Tomashevska*, Madison, WI
Dana Pellebon, Director
Opal Tomashevska, Actor

I Love a Place I’ve Never Been, by Amber Palmer*, Madison, WI
Maureen Janson Heintz, Director
Casem AbuLughod, Actor

Leaves Falling on a Brooklyn Girl, by Wendy Biller*, Los Angeles, CA
DiMonte Henning, Director
Tosha Freeman, Actor

Mariah Has an Imaginary Conversation with Dee Dee Ramone, by Maury Zeff*, San Francisco, CA
Karen Olivo, Director
Madison Uphoff, Actor

McDonald’s, by Devin Porter*, Bellport, NY
Nadja Simmonds, Director
Janine Gardner, Actor

Old Comiskey Park, by Peter Filichia*, New York NY
Marie Kohler, Director
Jim Pickering, Actor

Outreach, by Russell Weeks, Seattle, WA
Matt Korda, Director
Samuel D. White, Actor

The Escape, by Emily Glick*, Middleton, WI
Jennifer Vosters, Director
Susie Duecker, Actor

To the Young in Heart, by Eva Nimmer*, Milwaukee, WI
Susan Nanning-Sorenson, Director
William Bolz, Actor

*Indicates a playwright new to the festival.