2017/2018 20th Anniversary Season Announcement



Melancholy Play
By Sarah Ruhl
August 6–19, 2017
A funny play about a serious illness: major depression. Tilly’s melancholy is of an exquisite quality. She turns her melancholy into a sexy thing, and every stranger she meets falls in love with her. One day, inexplicably, Tilly becomes happy and wreaks havoc on the lives of her paramours.

From Awkward Spaces:
The Story of the Bartell and the Journey to Permanence
By Suzan Kurry and Brendon Smith
August 13-19, 2017
An original play about the Bartell Theatre’s history. Six local theatre groups, who have been producing plays in whatever space they could 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 play is a fundraiser for the Bartell Theatre Foundation.


Titus Andronicus
By William Shakespeare
September 8-23, 2017
Shakespeare’s earliest tragedy, Titus was the most frequently performed of his plays during his lifetime. The noble Titus Andronicus triumphantly returns to Rome after having defeated the barbarous Goths only to learn that “Rome is a wilderness of tigers.”

A Delicate Balance
By Edward Albee
September 15-30, 2017
Edward Albee’s classic drama about two couples whose lives are upended by an encroaching, nameless “fear,” bring a firestorm of doubt, recrimination, and ultimately solace. This play won Albee the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama.

Book by James Lapine, Music by William Finn
September 29-October 14, 2017
When Marvin’s lover, Whizzer, is diagnosed with AIDS, the entire family — non-traditional as it may be — must put aside their issues and come together. Now is your chance to see this “hilariously neurosis-infused musical”. You will laugh, you will cry, and everything in between.


The Mineola Twins
By Paula Vogel
October 13–28, 2017
This award-winning satire examines the women’s movement in post-World War II America, as seen through the lives of identical twins, Myra and Myrna, from Mineola, New York. One twin is a rebellious leftist, while the other is an uptight conservative. The play takes place during the presidencies of Eisenhower, Nixon, and the first Bush. Historical and yet so relavant.

October 20–21, 2017
Madison Ballet
Madison Ballet’s Push takes ballet to the edge of the art form, pairing the drama and precision of ballet with contemporary choreography and music. Push shines the spotlight on the athleticism and allure of each dancer with an evening of shorter classical and current works. Think you know ballet? Push your own boundaries and you’ll be surprised and seduced by Madison Ballet’s Push.

Rats in the Wall
By Stephen Sondheim
October 24, 2017
Bartell Fundraiser
Legendary Broadway writer Stephen Sondheim wrote this adaption of the HP Lovecraft short story as a radio play early in his career. We present the World Premiere of the piece in a night of staged readings of classic horror shorts.


By Eugene Ionesco
November 3-18, 2017
A rhinoceros rampages through the streets of a small town, shattering the peace in this darkly comic absurdist play. As the large intruder leaves behind a whirl of chaos and debate, the survivors must question their place in nature as a new reality grows.

Wait Until Dark
By Frederick Knott, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher.
Suspense Thriller
November 3-18, 2017
A blind woman is tricked and terrorized in her own apartment by three criminals led by a ruthless and sadistic criminal. They are searching for a doll with a hidden secret they suspect she knows. But as night falls, her blindness could be the key to outwit them.


Twilight of the Golds
By Jonathan Tolins
December 1-16, 2017
The results show 10 fingers, 10 toes — but a 90% likelihood that your male baby will be gay. So would you have an abortion? One family must consider this, and the effects of it, on their entire family.

Harry Potter and the Pet Rock
By Nick Schweitzer
Comedy with music
December 15–30, 2017
Mercury Players
Harry Potter gets the Mercury Players “panto” parody treatment in this family-friendly adaption of the classic books. Loaded with slapstick humor, corny jokes, and silly songs, this original twist on the beloved tale of the boy wizard will delight kids and adults alike. Bring your costumes and wands to play along.

Ball Drop Blitz 4
December 31, 2017
Mercury Players & Know Better Productions
A group of writers, directors, and actors meet on December 30th to pick names and writing challenges out of a hat. Just 24 hours to write, rehearse and perform a show! Start off your New Year’s Eve celebrations with 2 hours of fun at the Bartell! And all proceeds will benefit the Bartell, too!


Cabaret: An Evening with Katie Cass & Friends
January 2018
Mercury Players & Know Better Productions
An evening of song in a cabaret setting. Join local performer Katie Cass for an evening of music, humor and friends. All proceeds will benefit the Bartell Theatre.

January 28, 2018 – February 3, 2018
Madison Ballet
Underneath the ethereal dancer lies an indomitable spirit driven by grit, wisdom, tenacity, and fearlessness. Madison Ballet’s She celebrates the work of female choreographers and the many faces of women in classical and contemporary ballet. She is an evening of shorter works that challenges us to redefine what is male and what is female.


By Jacob M. Appel
February 23 – March 9, 2018
A girl literally falls in love with a tree. Complicating matters, the girl with the tree crush has an older sister who’s a devout Democrat and plans a mixed marriage — to a Republican. Their mother, a liberal judge, has strong objections. Arboreal mayhem ensues in this satirical comedy.


Rock of Ages: The Broadway Musical Comedy
By Chris D’Arienzo
Musical Comedy
March 2-17, 2018
MTG & OUT!Cast Theatre
A musical comedy riff on 1980s rock bands with big egos, big guitar solos, and bigger hair. A small town boy and a city girl meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing Hollywood dreams. Featuring classic songs by Journey, Styx, Pet Benatar, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, Poison, Europe, and more.

Wrong for the Part 2018
March 11–17, 2018
Annual fundraiser for the women’s theater, a presentation of monologues and scenes performed by women and men of all ages and types. Nobody is cast correctly — and we like it that way.

Suddenly Last Summer
By Tennessee Williams
March 23-April 7, 2018
A young woman, at the insistence of her wealthy aunt, is being evaluated by a psychiatric doctor to receive a lobotomy after witnessing the death of her cousin. Written when Tennessee Williams began psychoanalysis, this melodrama is full of metaphorical, mystical, and sexual overtones.

Body Awareness
By Annie Baker
March 23, 2018 – April 7, 2018
With a backdrop of a campus Body Awareness Week, topics range from a dance troupe of refugee Palestinian children to an eating disorder seminar. The organizer, Phyllis, lives with her partner, Joyce, and Joyce’s 21-year-old son, Jared, who shows symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome. Frank, a male photographer, invited to present his artistic photos of nude women, exacerbates family tensions.


Working (2012 Updated Version)
By Nina Faso and Stephen Schwartz, with contributions by Gordon Greenberg, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Craig Carnelia and James Taylor
April 13—April 28, 2018
Working is a musical exploration of the hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American. A day in the life of 40 workers and their sacrifices and accomplishments for their careers. Featuring updated songs by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda.

A Place in the Woods
By Erik Gernand
April 13–28, 2018
Mercury Players
A dark family secret is pushed to the surface when a gay man is forced to return to his rural Indiana hometown to care for his ailing mother. With his teenage son in tow, he attempts to quickly bandage the situation and get out of this town he’d rather forget. But things are much worse than he expected. From the author of “The Beautiful Dark.”

Such A Pretty
By Betty Diamond
April 29, 2018 – May 19, 2018
An original play from the author of Lavinia. A serio-comic look at women and beauty. And cheesecake.


The Winter’s Tale
By William Shakespeare
May 4th –May 19, 2018
“A sad tale’s best for winter,” a child tells his mother, only moments before their world is darkened by a jealous king. Bitter sweetness intertwines tragedy and comedy into romance and redemption. A gorgeous, sweeping story in which loss is grieved, joy is celebrated, and faith brings forth miracles.

Murder at the Bartell
Interactive Mystery
May 2018
A one-night interactive murder mystery. Patrons will be given roles to play for an evening of fun at the Bartell. Until a murder happens. Who did? Why? How? Join in the fun to solve the mystery! All proceeds will benefit the Bartell Theatre.


Temp Slave: The Musical
By Catherine Capellaro & Andrew Rohn
Musical Comedy
June 8-23, 2018
Mercury Players
From the writers of Walmartopia… this brazen musical comedy sets up the conflict between greedy bosses & politicians and a group of temporary workers who unite to expose a nefarious plot to destroy labor unions.

Queer Shorts 13: Unity
Comedy Drama
June 8-23, 2018

StageQ’s 13th annual short play festival returns for a new series of funny, serious, heartwarming, and heartbreaking short plays all built around the idea of “Unity” when freedom and equality are threatened.

CapitalQ Theatre Festival 2024

Coming Soon

Fri, Jun 21st at 7:30pm

Broadway Bound: Newsies Jr.

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Sat, Jun 29th at 2:30pm

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience

Coming Soon

Fri, Aug 2nd at 7:30pm

Writer’s Block: August 2024

Coming Soon

Thu, Aug 8th at 7:00pm

Motown in the Living Room

Coming Soon

Fri, Aug 16th at 7:30pm