Playwright Marie Kohler Rewrites Play with Parkside Theatre Students

Published: November 8, 2018

Parkside Theatre Arts Department presents the play Midnight and Moll Flanders from Friday, Nov 30 through Sunday, Dec 9. The play is performed in the Black Box Theater at the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities. The play is directed by theatre arts professor Brian Gill and was written by Wisconsin playwright Marie Kohler. 

This production gives theatre arts students the unique opportunity to work directly with Kohler, a Milwaukee-based playwright. They will perform the latest draft of the play that Kohler is updating during – and based on – the rehearsal process at Parkside. 

Moll Flanders is a larger-than-life character whose drive for love and survival leads to sexual adventures, multiple marriages and a career as an infamous thief. The show explores the influence of gender, class, free will and circumstance in an era as fiercely entrepreneurial as ours.

Kohler is a director, writer, actor, dramaturg, and award-winning playwright. She is a freelance writer for local and national publications, and serves on the board of the Wisconsin Humanities Council. A native of Wisconsin, Kohler earned a B.A. from Harvard University as well as an M.A. from UW-Milwaukee.

The theatre arts department at Parkside is a nationally recognized award-winning program. Recognized as an Outstanding Department by the 2009 University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, the professional theatre company approach continues to accrue accolades and honors, season after season. The high-quality productions in the Rita's state-of-the-art facilities inspire students and audiences alike. Over 90% of the department's recent grads find work in the theater or related fields.

Tickets are $18 general admission, $14 seniors/ Parkside faculty & staff, and $10 students. To purchase tickets, visit the Rita Box Office or purchase online.

Midnight and Moll Flanders
The Rita, Black Box Theare

Fri, Nov 30 |  7 pm
Sat, Dec 1 |  7 pm
Sun, Dec 2 | 2 pm
Fri, Dec 7 | 7 pm
Sat, Dec 8 | 7 pm
Sun, Dec 9 | 2 pm

For more information, contact Jennifer Sassaman at (215) 917-5351 or

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