March 7 2012
What makes Milwaukee? Theater. Words. Photography. In fact, Milwaukee Chamber Theater's production of A Thousand Words, written by Gwendolyn Rice, is what is making Milwaukee right now. The story is based loosely around the photography of Walker Evans, who is known for his gritty, black and white photographs of Depression-era America. The play is a collaboration between Milwaukee Chamber Theater and Madison, WI's Forward Theater. I visited the MCT to talk with the playwright herself, as well as Education Director/Literary Manager Jacque Troy, Marketing Director Cara McMullen, and some very wisened young theater-goers about the impact of Evans' work, experiencing live theater, and what it takes to write.