Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents JEEVES AT SEA

Milwaukee, Wis. (October 22, 2019) – Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s 45th anniversary season continues with JEEVES AT SEA by Margaret Raether. This is Raether’s fourth adaptation of the classic P.G. Wodehouse stories. Over the past nine years, MCT has been proud to bring all of her JEEVES plays to the Milwaukee community. JEEVES AT SEA will appear in the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre from November 22 – December 22, 2019.

 

The happy (and wealthy) bachelor, Bertie Wooster, and his valet, Jeeves, return to MCT for a new adventure on the high seas – or, at least, off the coast of Monte Carlo. Bertie and his chum Sir Percival Everard Crumpworth (aka Crumpet) are reveling in life aboard the fetching Lady Stella Vanderley’s yacht. That is, until Crumpet discloses that he may or may not have murdered a prince. In the blink of an eye, Bertie is masquerading as a romance novelist, Crumpet is posing as his own long-lost twin, and a foreign count is challenging Bertie to a duel.

 

Matt Daniels and Chris Klopatek will reprise their roles as Jeeves and Bertie in Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of JEEVES AT SEA. This is Daniels’ fourth time appearing as Jeeves with MCT, having been a part of JEEVES INTERVENES (2010), JEEVES IN BLOOM (2013), and JEEVES TAKES A BOW (2015). Klopatek performed the role of Bertie at MCT in JEEVES INTERVENES and JEEVES TAKES A BOW. Also joining the JEEVES AT SEA cast is Kathryn Hausman (MCT debut), Diane Lane (MCT debut), Josh Krause, and Michael Stebbins. The production will be directed by C. Michael Wright, MCT’s Producing Artistic Director.

 

Wright says, “JEEVES AT SEA takes us on a playful journey back to the 1920s, allowing us a little escape from any current woes! It’s a celebratory toast – with a bubbly holiday cocktail – to the incomparable wit of P.G. Wodehouse!”

 

In honor of the holiday season, MCT will host a donation drive to benefit Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative (MHVI) throughout the run of JEEVES AT SEA. Founded and run by veterans, MHVI’s mission is to help homeless and at-risk veterans reach and maintain their highest levels of independence. A list of needed items can be found on the MCT website, and donations can be dropped off at the theatre during any JEEVES AT SEA performances.

 

JEEVES AT SEA runs November 22 – December 22, 2019 (Opening Night: Saturday, November 23), in the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre, 158 N. Broadway. Tickets are available to purchase Monday through Saturday from noon-6:00 p.m. at the Broadway Theatre Center Box Office, 158 N. Broadway, or by phone at (414) 291-7800. Tickets can be purchased online 24 hours a day at milwaukeechambertheatre.com. Group, student, and senior discounts are also available. For more information, visit milwaukeechambertheatre.com. JEEVES AT SEA is co-sponsored by Patrick & Julia Fennelly and Jan Serr & John Shannon.

 

[ CAST ]

Jeeves…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Matt Daniels*

Lady Stella Vanderley…………………………………………………………………………….. Kathryn Hausman

Bertram Wilberforce Wooster (Bertie)…………………………………………………………… Chris Klopatek*

Sir Percival Everard Crumpworth, a.k.a. “Crumpet”……………………………………………. Josh Krause

Miss Minerva Pilbeam………………………………………………………………………………………. Diane Lane

Count Otto von Dietrichstein………………………………………………………………….. Michael Stebbins*

 

[ PRODUCTION STAFF ]

Director…………………………………………………………………………………………… C. Michael Wright***

Stage Manager………………………………………………………………………………………………. Judy Martel*

Scenic Designer…………………………………………………………………………….. Stephen Hudson-Mairet

Costume Designer…………………………………………………………………………………………. Kim Instenes

Lighting Designer……………………………………………………………………………………. Colin Gawronski

Sound Designer………………………………………………………………………………………… Kristian Wiborg

Propmaster…………………………………………………………………………………………………… Madelyn Yee

Dialect Coaches…………………………………………………………… Raeleen McMillion & Tessa Larson

Fight Choreographer………………………………………………………………………………………. Matt Daniels

*AEA  **USA ***SDC

 

[ PERFORMANCE INFORMATION ]

November 22 – December 22, 2019
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[ SPECIAL EVENTS ]

–Pre-performance Talk Theatre: MCT Producing Artistic Director C. Michael Wright will lead this informative chat with Scenic Designer Stephen Hudson-Mairet. Talk Theatre will take place on Wednesday, November 27 beginning at 12:00 noon in the Skylight Bar & Bistro. It is free and open to the general public.

 

–Pre-performance ViewPoints: Booking Passage with Wodehouse

JEEVES AT SEA is MCT’s fourth production in the past nine years featuring P.G. Wodehouse’s most famous character. Having reviewed the first three, former Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel theater critic Mike Fischer will join MCT Associate Artistic Director Marcella Kearns for a conversation about what that voyage has been like and what’s been most memorable along the way. How does such a full immersion in Wodehouse’s world shape the way we see his characters? Considered together, what do those characters tell us about Wodehouse and his view of the world? Take a trip with us down memory lane before setting sail with Jeeves! ViewPoints will take place on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. This presentation and Q&A is free and open to the public; you do not need a ticket to that evening’s performance to attend.

 

–Post-performance Talkbacks: Post-show discussions with the artists will take place following performances on Thursday, December 5, 12 and 19.

 

 

[ BIOGRAPHIES ]

 

MATT DANIELS (Jeeves/Fight Choreographer)

Matt is delighted to return to MCT for his fourth appearance as Jeeves. Other MCT productions include SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY, A THOUSAND CLOWNS, and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. He has also been seen at Milwaukee Rep, First Stage, Forward Theater, Renaissance Theaterworks, Door Shakespeare, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, In Tandem Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Lake Geneva Theatre, Seven Angels, Kentucky Rep, and the Michigan, Illinois, North Carolina, and Notre Dame Shakespeare Festivals. Matt’s directing and movement directing work has been seen at Door Shakespeare, MCT’s New Play Development series, Sunset Playhouse, and First Stage, where he serves as the Director of the award-winning Young Company. When at home, he enjoys making music with Il Bazzone’s Jumping Flea Circus. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School Drama Division. www.mattydee.xyz

 

KATHRYN HAUSMAN (Lady Stella Vanderley)

Kathryn Hausman is elated to be making her Milwaukee Chamber Theatre debut. She returns to Milwaukee after a year of working as a resident actor for English Musicals Korea. Kathryn has also worked with Skylight Music Theatre, First Stage, Florentine Opera Company, In Tandem, All In Productions, and Milwaukee Irish Arts. Recent Milwaukee credits include PIPPIN (Fastrada), ZOMBIES FROM THE BEYOND (Mary Malone), I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE (Woman 2), and HOLIDAY HELL (Darla). Kathryn will be returning to Korea after the closing to continue her work in ESL children’s theatre. Much love and many thanks to her supportive friends and family. For more information, please go to www.kathrynhausman.com

 

CHRIS KLOPATEK (Bertie Wooster)
Chris is excited to return to the world of P.G. Wodehouse and reprise the role of Bertie Wooster here at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. He previously was seen in JEEVES INTERVENES and JEEVES TAKES A BOW. Most recently, Chris played Orlando in AS YOU LIKE IT at American Players Theater, as well as Smee in TINKERBELL and The Duke in BIG RIVER at First Stage. This past summer, he taught Acting Theory at First Stage’s Summer Academy. Chris has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California – Irvine, but is a proud, born and raised Wisconsinite.

 

JOSH KRAUSE (Crumpet)

Josh Krause is very happy to be working with Michael and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre again. MCT credits include MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET (Jimmy) and GREAT EXPECTATIONS (Pip). Regional Theater credits include: SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER (Tony Lumpkin), MAN OF DESTINY (Lieutenant), BOOK OF WILL (Boy Hamlet), BORN YESTERDAY (Eddie), THE RECRUITING OFFICER (Bullock), and OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD (Ross/Ketch) with American Player’s Theater; SOMEONE WHO’LL WATCH OVER ME (Adam) with Two Crows Theater; EQUIVOCATION (Sharpe/Wintour/James) with Next Act; A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Mr. C/Narrator) with Children’s Theater of Madison; and VISITING MR. GREEN (Ross) and JEEVES AT SEA (Crumpet) with Artists’ Ensemble. Josh lives in Menomonee Falls, WI with his wife, Rachel, and their two cats, Butters and Tweak.

 

DIANE LANE (Miss Minerva Pilbeam)
Diane Lane has performed, mostly with opera companies, for over thirty years. Locally, she’s been a part of about a dozen Milwaukee Opera Theatre shows and a couple dozen Skylight Music Theatre productions. Favorite roles with SMT/MOT include Isabella in THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS, Mrs. Malaprop in Mechem’s THE RIVALS, Katisha in THE MIKADO, Grace in ANNIE, and Nicklausse in THE TALES OF HOFFMANN. This season she’ll return to Skylight playing Mad Margaret in RUDDIGORE and Old Lady in CANDIDE. Diane also teaches singing at Concordia University Wisconsin and her private studio.

 

MICHAEL STEBBINS (Count Otto von Dietrichstein)

Michael Stebbins has appeared on regional stages across the country, from NYC (off-Broadway’s Mint Theatre Company and The Public Theater) to California (Berkeley Repertory Theatre) and many states in-between. Wisconsin credits include Milwaukee Chamber Theatre; Theatre Gigante’s MY DEAR OTHELLO, I AM MY OWN WIFE, and WOYZECK; Optimist Theatre’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING; and Skylight Music Theatre’s production of URINETOWN. Michael received his BFA/MFA from UWM’s Professional Theatre Training Program. He is the recipient of a Helen Hayes Tribute Award for his work in the DC/Maryland/Virginia region, and he is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

MICHAEL WRIGHT (Director, MCT Producing Artistic Director)
Currently celebrating his 15th anniversary at MCT, Michael has directed quite a number of productions here over the years. The list includes FIRES IN THE MIRROR (co-director), STRANGE SNOW, DOUBT, MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET, THE FEW, LOBBY HERO, and FALLEN ANGELS, as well as four original works: CHRISTMAS IN BABYLON, OCTOBER, BEFORE I WAS BORN, THE DALY NEWS, and DICKENS IN AMERICA (which he also directed at American Players Theatre). Before MCT, he served as Associate Artistic Director of Next Act Theatre for eight years. Since moving to Wisconsin in 1988, Michael has directed well over 100 productions. Some favorites have been THE STORY OF MY LIFE for Milwaukee Opera Theatre; ROUGH CROSSING for Next Act; THE SYRINGA TREE for American Players Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, and Delaware Theatre Company; and A NIGHT IN NOVEMBER for Next Act, Madison Rep, and Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida. Michael has been acting professionally for over forty years, having appeared in regional theatres all across the country, as well as in Athol Fugard’s “MASTER HAROLD”…and the boys on Broadway, in Israel, and in the national tour. His most recent performances include Vanya in VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE here at MCT. In 2009, Michael was honored with an “Artist of the Year” award by the City of Milwaukee Arts Board.

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