TAPIT/new works Receives Great Performance Fund Support

TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater will bring a compelling new play about caregivers and the Sandwich Generation to Promenade Hall in Madison’s Overture Center this spring, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Pleasant Rowland Great Performance Fund for Theater, a component fund of the Madison Community Foundation.

These funds, allocated to support professional theater in the Overture Center, will help support the Madison debut of the Company’s newest production, entitled Care: A Play For Our Times.

Six performances of Care are scheduled for May 3 – 6, 2012, in Promenade Hall in Madison’s Overture Center.

Employing drama, comedy, rhythm dance and an original score, Care will explore the underground entrepreneurial world of those who look after older adults who can’t quite live on their own.   The way this care-giving underground is structured – who participates and how, as well as who benefits and how – has worlds to say about how our society deals with aging, death, intimacy, race and class.

Based on outreach workshops and interviews with older adults, caregivers and family members in Dane County and Marathon County, Wisconsin, as well as in Georgia and Florida, Care will follow the evolving relationships between elderly individuals, their children and their caregivers, revealing key issues of our day and highlighting timeless questions of how people confront intimacy and death.  As opportunities for the most profound human connection are grasped, acknowledged or ignored, the play’s characters must confront their capacity for connection and redemption.

Workshop participants will be invited to attend special reduced-fee matinees.

The creative team for Care includes TAPIT/new works’ producing artistic directors, playwright Danielle Dresden and choreographer Donna Peckett, director Tammy Moschea, actors Sheri Williams Pannell and Kay Dixon, composer Jane Reynolds, scenic designer Christopher R. Dunham, lighting designer Patricia Micetic, costumer Sharon White.

In addition to the Pleasant Rowland Great Performance Fund for Theater, Care is also supported, in part, by the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Neil Allen Peckett Memorial Fund of TAPIT/new works, Inc.; and the UW-Marathon County, Center for Civic Engagement, Wausau, Wisconsin.

Visit the Company’s website at www.tapitnewworks.org, or like us on Facebook for updates on Care.


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