Next Act takes a glimpse into the Italian-American family

Milwaukee, WI – Next Act Theatre will welcome back Milwaukee native Anthony “Tony” Crivello this spring to direct a Next Act Special Presentation, HEAR WHAT’S IN THE HEART: An Italian Shoemaker’s Tale, written by Steve Scionti and James Shanta. Los Angeles actor Steve Scionti stars in this original, one-man show (with additional dialog by Anthony Crivello), which celebrates the life of Scionti’s grandfather, Angelo Morello. HEAR WHAT’S IN THE HEART will run May 2 – 6, 2018, at Next Act Theatre’s home, 255 South Water Street, in Walker’s Point.

HEAR WHAT’S IN THE HEART brings life all the passion, comedy and drama that’s part of most any Sicilian-American family. Against the backdrop of Angelo’s funeral, Scionti paints a loving family portrait by transforming himself into an array of relatives and friends – including his two shady uncles and the crazy pizza guy – telling the humorous and affecting story of his journey into adulthood.

“Family goes across all racial and ethnic lines. You don’t have to be Italian to enjoy this show,” states Scionti, and Alvin Klein of The New York Times agrees, adding, “… though Mr. Scionti makes you think you are.”

Opening night is Friday, May 4. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased by calling 414-278-0765 or visiting

Anthony Crivello directs the production and the one-man play features Los Angeles actor Steve Scionti. Crivello and Scionti have many successful productions of the play to their credit, from the New York Fringe Festival to Las Vegas to a standing weekly engagement, currently running at the Zephyr Theatre in West Los Angeles. The Next Act production team also includes Lighting Designer Mike Van Dreser (I AND YOU, UnSILENT NIGHT, BRAVO, CARUSO!) and resident Stage Manager Jessica Connelly.

The mission of Next Act Theatre is to engage the hearts and minds of audiences with compelling and intimate theatre productions to stimulate thought, foster the exchange of ideas and promote the development of new perspectives. Next Act Theatre celebrates 28 years of professional theatre.

HEAR WHAT’S IN THE HEART and Next Act Theatre’s 2017-18 season are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Next Act Theatre is a proud member group of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF).

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