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Talkback with Mindy Curtis

Playwright Mindy Curtis to participate in a special talkback following the opening night performance of her new play The Great Plan of Happiness at JPAC on June 21!

Stage One is thrilled to announce that Playwright Mindy Curtis will join the cast and crew of The Great Plan of Happiness to participate in a talkback after the opening night performance this Friday, June 21 at 7:30 PM. The talkback will take place approximately five minutes after the show in the Gallery.

June 21 at 7:30 PM

At the Janesville Performing Arts Center • 408 S Main St, Janesville, WI. •

Tickets: Adults $16 • Students $10

Additional Show Dates: June 21, 22, 28, & 29 at 7:30 PM • 23 & 30 at 2 PM

The Story: The Great Plan of Happiness focuses on Cassie, a Mormon woman, who visits her family in Highland, Utah after spending years living and working in Chicago. She discovers, while returning to her Mormon roots, the broad effects the religion places upon her family and the way they live their lives. Stage One’s June production will mark the world premiere of this original play written by Mindy Curtis.

About Mindy Curtis: Mindy Curtis has an extensive and varied theatrical background and is thrilled to add the role of playwright to that list. Mindy has taught, directed, choreographed, written, and produced theatre for various public schools, universities, and non-profit theatre companies throughout the country including the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Utah Children’s Theatre, Central Washington University, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Camp Waziyatah in Maine, The Janesville Performing Arts Center, University of Wisconsin-Rock County, and Madison Children’s Theatre. She holds her BFA in Theatre Education from Utah State University, MA in Theatre Production from Central Washington University, and PhD in Education from the University of Idaho. Mindy most recently has taught theatre at Brighton High School and is delighted be joining the Reasearch and Evaluation team in Granite School District this fall. She enjoys living in Utah with her talented husband, beautiful daughter and dashing little boy.

Cast & Crew:
Cassie Warren – Amanda Rodriguez
Marilee Warren – Pat Hall
Herber Warren – Shelton Tripp
Mckayee Warren – Alexyn Cervantes
Brandilee Warren – Julia Bloom
Daniel Warren – Jay Goodwin
Haylee Simons – Alexia Hollis
Anna Jolley – Jennae Fairman
Director – Ron Brown
Assistant Director – Paul Rubio
Rehearsal Stage Manager – Nicky Schwartz
Producer – Michael Stalsberg

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2017-2018 Season

Stage One, Inc. announces its 2017/2018 season!

Stage One will produce three shows during the 2017/2018 season at the Janesville Performing Arts Center, 408 S Main St • Janesville, WI • 608-758-0297 •

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
October 2017

In a plantation house, a family celebrates the sixty-fifth birthday of Big Daddy, as they sentimentally dub him. The mood is somber, despite the festivities, because a number of evils poison the gaiety: greed, sins of the past and desperate, clawing hopes for the future spar with one another as the knowledge that Big Daddy is dying slowly makes the rounds. Maggie, Big Daddy’s daughter-in-law, wants to give him the news that she’s finally become pregnant by Big Daddy’s favorite son, Brick, but Brick won’t cooperate in Maggie’s plans and prefers to stay in a mild alcoholic haze the entire length of his visit. Maggie has her own interests at heart in wanting to become pregnant, of course, but she also wants to make amends to Brick for an error in judgment that nearly cost her her marriage. Swarming around Maggie and Brick are their intrusive, conniving relatives, all eager to see Maggie put in her place and Brick tumbled from his position of most-beloved son. By evening’s end, Maggie’s ingenuity, fortitude and passion will set things right, and Brick’s love for his father, never before expressed, will retrieve him from his path of destruction and return him, helplessly, to Maggie’s loving arms.


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
December 2017

As miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge falls asleep in his dreary home on Christmas Eve, three ghosts appear, each revealing to Scrooge the wrong doings of his life and what will happen if he continues in his evil ways. He is racked with fear and remorse and sets out on Christmas Day to bless with his newfound generosity all those whom he has neglected and abused.

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1984 by George Orwell
April 2018

Orwell depicts with great power the horrors of man’s fate in a society where Big Brother is always watching—where everything that is not prohibited is compulsory. “I do not believe that the kind of society I describe necessarily will arrive, but I believe that something resembling it could arrive. The moral to be drawn from the dangerous nightmare situation is a simple one: Don’t let it happen. It depends on you.” – George Orwell

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2016-2017 Season

Stage One Theatre Company announces 2016/2017 season!

Stage One, Inc. will produce four shows during the 2016/2017 season at the Janesville Performing Arts Center, 408 S Main St • Janesville, WI • 608-758-0297 •

Glengarry Glen Ross
October 14, 15, 21, & 22 at 7:30 PM • 23 at 2 PM
Adults: $16 • Students: $10
Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet is the 1984 Pulitzer Prize winning play about small-time, cutthroat real estate salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their share of the American dream. Revived on Broadway in 2005 and 2012, this masterpiece of American drama also became a celebrated film, which starred Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin and Alan Arkin. *This play contains strong language.

The SantaLand Diaries
December 2 & 3 at 8 PM • 4 at 2 PM
Tickets: $16
The SantaLand Diaries is a brilliant evocation of what a slacker’s Christmas must feel like. Out of work, our slacker decides to become a Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa’s workshop, he becomes battle-weary and bitter. Finding consolation in the fact that some of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he grins and bears it, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and parents alike. The piece ends with yet another Santa being ushered into the workshop, but this one is different from the lecherous or drunken ones with whom he has had to work. This Santa actually seems to care about and love the children who come to see him, startling our hero into an uncharacteristic moment of goodwill, just before his employment runs out.

Miracle on 34th Street
December 8, 9, 10, 16, & 17 at 7:30 PM • 11 & 18 at 2 PM
Adults: $16 • Students: $10
By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris sent to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa. In a dramatic decision, the court confirms Kris as the true Santa, allowing Susan and countless other children to experience the joy of childhood fantasy.

Never Too Old
March 18 & 25 at 7:30 PM • 19 & 26 at 2 PM
Adults: $16 • Students: $10
Never Too Old, how Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Turned Into Vitamins, Viagra, and the Church Choir, an original play by Janesville’s Dan Fredricks will premiere on the main stage at the Janesville Performing Arts Center in March of 2017! This is an uplifting new play featuring original rock music performed by the cast! A popular ’60s garage band on the verge of success, recording a studio single and fielding record contracts breaks up and falls into obscurity. What happened to the hottest party band of the ’60s, and where are they now? Kim Hess, a young news reporter aims to find out as she learns about the lives of 5 guys who rediscover their love of music, each other, and the realization that you’re never too old to rock ‘n’ roll!

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Stage One Welcomes Theatre Unlimited to Production Team

Janesville’s Stage One, Inc. is excited to welcome Theatre Unlimited, Inc. to their production team for two large scale shows at the Janesville Performing Arts Center, this fall and winter.

Stage One Theatre Company’s 2015-2016 season includes The Rocky Horror Show (October), A Christmas Carol (December), and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (March, 2016). The limited collaboration between Stage One and Theatre Unlimited begins with The Rocky Horror Show, and will conclude with A Christmas Carol. Stage One will maintain the role of producer; Theatre Unlimited will provide production support, and rehearsal space.

This marks the first time Stage One and Theatre Unlimited have worked together on a project. Both companies look forward to this mutually beneficial venture, which not only brings companies together, it strengthens the Rock County theatre community.

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