2016 – 2017 Season of Work

TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater

We dedicate this season to the memory and the spirit of a stellar human being, Amelia Howe Kritzer, theater artist, teacher, writer, activist, gardener, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and lover of life.

Ben Franklin & Baron Von Steuben vs. the Paine County School Board A high school instructor teaches that Baron von Steuben, the Revolutionary War hero, was gay… Conservative School Board members plot changes in district policies… And conflict erupts. Ben Franklin and Baron von Steuben are compelled to step in to set the record straight, so to speak, in this new play about what happens when history speaks up for itself. Showcase performance at the Arts Midwest Conference, Milwaukee, September 14.

The Creative Link Loneliness is as much of a health hazard for older adults as smoking. Featuring residents of St. Mary’s Care Center and the Verona High School Functional Vocational Program, this collaborative traveling performance uses the arts to tackle social isolation for individuals of all ages and abilities. Fall workshops and Spring performances.

Real Grit – Continuing our five-year tradition of arts residency work with the Drama Club of Whitehorse Middle School Madison, Wisconsin, students will develop their own play about resiliency. November 2016 – April 2017.

Youth Arts Performers Showcase – A showcase of some of the dynamic performances of area artists at TAPIT/new works Studio Theater, March 2017.

The Food Connection: A BB Broccoli & Sweet Potato Adventure – Can you imagine children cheering for vegetables? They do during this 45-minute musical adventure for young audiences. It all takes place in Iconland, where symbols live, and where the evil Dr. Smush and his sidekick, Additive, are plotting to take over the world. Our two valiant vegetables save the day, with help from friends like the Liberated Lunch Lady, songs like “Vegetables Can Save the World” and their own fiber content. April 25, 2017, Spring Grove, Illinois.

The 21st Century Table – How did Dimitri Mendeleev, the scientist credited with developing the periodic table of elements, not only manage to line up the elements in order of their atomic weight in 1869, but leave gaps for elements that would one day be discovered or synthesized in a lab? Our upcoming project, The 21st Century Table, uses the history of the periodic table as the springboard for a multi-disciplinary theatrical exploration of the substances and gaps that shape contemporary experience. May 2017.

Kaleidoscope – This Summer Arts and Nature Adventure provides children, ages 6 – 10, with morning music, visual arts, and movement workshops, followed by afternoon nature studies and creative drama. Kaleidoscope offers two weeks of enriching summer activities in a respectful, exciting, and creative environment.

Tap Dance Classes and Workshops – Year-round group and individual lessons in the art of rhythm tap, with additional workshops and master classes by outstanding tap artists.


In addition to our work in nearby communities, TAPIT/new works is touring the following productions:

Work The Act What do you get when you cross performance art with a Catskills sensibility? The answer is Work the Act, a comedy about the misadventures of a struggling theater company. When the Rolling Bag Players try to re-invent themselves as “serious artists,” the result is avant-garde theater with a punch line – and unlikely success. But what matters most to these misfit comics is even more surprising! 

Now What: The Zombie Apocalypse This comedy about going over the edge sets the Zombie Apocalypse in a coffee shop. A successful businesswoman, battling identity theft, a barista facing a break-up and college graduation, a gender-ambiguous prepper, and a mysterious but not well-wrapped woman who claims she works for the NSA find themselves thrown together as the world lurches to an end. As this motley crew struggles for survival, they gain new insights into themselves, community and the surprising survival uses for stir sticks.

Garden Party: A Comedy for Gardeners both Casual & Crazed – Combining comedy, music, tap dance, and garden slides, this show celebrates gardeners both casual and crazed. In linked vignettes showcasing wagering garden gnomes, battling plants, mustard researchers and a meeting of Gardener’s Anonymous, this cabaret-style production explores the comic possibilities of America’s favorite hobby.

For more information please contact TAPIT/new works, info@tapitnewworks.org; 608.244.2938.