From Awkward Spaces: The Story of the Bartell & The Journey to Permanence

By Brendon Smith & Suzan Kurry

Directed by John Jajewski

An original play about the Bartell Theatre’s history. Six local theatre groups, who have been producing plays in whatever space they can find, unite to create a permanent home. Being led by a retiree who likes a challenge, they quickly learn there’s more drama in building a stage than performing on it.

This is a fundraiser to help celebrate the Bartell's 20th Anniversary season.

Produced by Madison Theatre Guild at Bartell Theater's Drury Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St. , Madison

Performances: August 17-19, 2017

Performance Times:
Only 4 performances, August 17, 18, & 19 (two shows on closing day). Times TBA

Ticket Prices: TBA

Call TBA for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


TOM HAIG – 60s - 70s
SARAH WHELAN – 50s (this part has been cast; the ageless Sarah Whelan will be playing herself)
CHORUS MEMBER #1 (also plays four other characters) - female; any age
CHORUS MEMBER #2 (also plays four other characters) - male; any age
CHORUS MEMBER #3 (also plays five other characters) - male; any age
CHORUS MEMBER #4 (also plays four other characters) - female; any age
STAGE MANAGER - female or male; any age

Auditions: Monday, June 19 & Wednesday, June 21-- 7:00 – 9:00 each night -- at the Madison Theatre Guild Firehouse, 2410 Monroe Street, Madison. If you can't attend either, contact the producer (
What to prepare: Nothing. You will be reading from the script.
Please bring a completed AUDITION FORM. The audition form is available at our website:

Casting Decisions: Casting decisions will be made as soon as possible. Please be patient. We will contact everyone by phone or e-mail. In addition, the cast list will be posted on the Madison Theatre Guild website shortly after people are notified.

Rehearsals will begin Sunday, July 16th, and will typically be Sunday, Noon to 4:00 or 5:00; Monday, 6:00 to 9:00; Friday, 6:00 to 9:00; and Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00 or 5:00. Not everyone will be called for each rehearsal. Tech week begins on August 13 & rehearsals will be evenings until we open.

Please contact the producer, Jim Chiolino, with any questions: