First Stage Presents: TXT U L8R- a world premiere play by Eric Coble

First Stage Young Company presents
TXT U L8R a world premiere play by Eric Coble

March 10 – 19, 2017
Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

By Eric Coble

Directed by Matt Daniels

Suggested for families with Young People ages 12 – 17 and up


Milwaukee, WI – First Stage Young Company, the Theater Academy’s award-winning training program for advanced high school actors, presents TXT U L8R from March 10 – 19, 2017 at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center located at 325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee. Tickets are $14. Tickets are available online at or through the First Stage Box Office at (414) 267-2961.

Honored as part of the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices conference in Washington D.C. in 2016, this original work by Eric Coble was written specifically for the Young Company. Set in a high school, the story explores communication in the digital age and questions what happens when our reliance on texting and the ease of non face-to-face communication is put to the test. “It’s a mystery, and there are a lot of laughs,” said playwright Eric Coble. “I hope the characters we follow feel real, like people we know, even as they’re coming from backgrounds that may not be our own. It’s a roller-coaster ride. With cell phones.”

Matt Daniels (Director) Matt is a frequent collaborator at First Stage, as an actor (A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, THE SNOW, ELLA ENCHANTED, SHREK, A MIDNIGHT CRY, and A WRINKLE IN TIME, among many others), director and movement director (JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, OUR TOWN, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL, CYMBELINE, ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, and THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD), and Associate Director of the Young Company.

The Young Company cast for TXT U L8R includes: Grace Becker (as Taylor) from Hubertus; Hope Riesterer (as Cherisse) from Germantown; Chantae Miller (as Melissa) from Waukesha; Dean Sabatino (as Shawn) from Milwaukee; Zoe Powell (as Pels) from Menomonee Falls; Cole Winston (as Anthony) from Hartland; Sarah Niemann (as Cody) from Brookfield; and Abby Barbeau (as Zelda) from Wauwatosa.

The Artistic Staff for TXT U L8R includes: Kristen Ellert (Scenic and Video Designer); Jenny Thurnau (Costume Coordinator); Marisa Abbott (Lighting Designer); Matt Whitmore (Sound Designer) and Julia Xiong (Stage Manager).


What: TXT U L8R

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W Walnut Street, Milwaukee WI


Dates:  March 10 – 19, 2017


Description:  It starts on a Wednesday, Kids in high school getting the weirdest texts from fellow students they don’t know. What’s going on? And what if it’s not people connecting with people via their phones… but phones trying to connect with other phones via their people? A digital mystery for the mind and heart of the savvy texter. For families with Young People ages 12 – 17 and up.


  • Friday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. (OPENING NIGHT)
  • Saturday, March 11 at 3:30 & 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 12 at 3:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, March 18 at 3:30 & 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 19 at 3:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT

Tickets are $14.  Tickets may be purchased at or through the First Stage Box Office at (414) 267-2961.



About First Stage
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in the 2016-2017 season, First Stage is one of the nation’s leading theaters for young audiences and families. First Stage touches hearts, engages minds, and transforms lives by creating extraordinary theater experiences for young people and families through professional theater productions that inspire, enlighten, and entertain. Its Theater Academy, the nation’s largest high-impact theater training program for young people, fosters life skills through stage skills and serves over 2,100 students each year. As Wisconsin’s leader in arts-integrated education in schools, First Stage’s dynamic Theater in Education programs use theater to promote active learning throughout the curriculum, serving over 20,000 students throughout southeastern Wisconsin each year.  In 2012, First Stage was selected to participate in the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. First Stage is the recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Eureka Award in 2013 and 2015, recognizing creativity and innovation in business, education, and the arts. First Stage is a member of TYA/USA, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, the Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education, Theatre Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Arts Partners, and is a cornerstone member of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF).

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