Encore Announces our 2016-2017 Season!!

June 13, 2016

Encore Announces our 2016-2017 Season!!

Encore Studio Announces its 17th Season

(MADISON, Wis.)—, Executive Director KelsyAnne Schoenhaar announced the 2016-2017 season for Encore Studio for the Performing Arts.  All performances to be held at the Mary Dupont Wahlers Theatre, 1480 Martin St. Madison, WI.

The season will be comprised of three full-length productions; Last Week In December, To Love or Not To Love 2017, and Draconia. 

Last Week In December (December 2-17, 2016)

The Last Week in December is based during one of the most difficult times of year for many people: the week ranging from December 24th and January 1st. Last Week focuses on a young man (Julian) whose Grandmother has died of cancer. As he was raised by her alone, and has lived with her his entire life, the transition is monumental but not for obvious reasons. He doesn’t seem to mourn for her and because of this, there is much consternation demonstrated by his friends and the people supporting him. With 2/3 comedy and 1/3 drama, The Last Week in December offers a unique perspective and pure entertainment based on lives of people with disabilities.

To Love or Not To Love – 2017 (Revised and Refreshed) (February 3-18, 2017)

With a bold directness, To Love or Not to Love (a play with music), explores issues of sexuality, power, abuse, desire, and relationships. Updated from its original iteration produced in 2001, the many dynamic voices of Encore’s repertory company will provide new twists and turns to this roller coaster of honest perspectives.  Original songs include, “Music Is Better Than Sex” and “Out There, There’s A Man Just For Me”. 

Draconia (May 5-20, 2017)

Nothing is safe or sacred in the land of Draconia.  Draconia is a series of short plays, editorial monologues and films that delve into politics, the human services industry, and even… murder!  Encore reflects on the inevitability of change in a short entitled, “Change” and a short film on the same subject featuring Encore actor Connie Alsum.  Natural Born Private Eyes (a murder mystery of strange and wonderful proportions by Dylan Schroud and KelsyAnne Schoenhaar) demonstrates genius, idiocy and the creative use of a plunger in dealing with the frustration of draconian cuts to the human service budget.  A new play by Wendy Prosise and other editorial perspectives top off this varied production. 

All three productions will be directed by Executive Director Schoenhaar and Artistic Associate Heather Renken.                       

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