By Lisa Rowe
Directed by Allison Chicorel
llison Chicorel is thrilled to be making her directorial debut with The NEW Theatre on Main’s upcoming production of “Psych.” “I’m so excited to be directing at The NEW Theatre on Main and being able to work with such a talented cast and crew. It’s just been a fantastic experience and I can’t wait for everyone to see the show,” exclaimed Chicorel.
“Psych” is a hilarious comedy written by local playwright, Lisa Rowe and features James A. Skiba, one of the area’s most revered and well-known actors who has taken his career to Florida where he now resides. “I was here visiting family and suddenly found myself a member of the “Psych” cast and I couldn’t be happier. I thought, “Why not?” I had to tie up a few loose ends in Florida, but now I’m free until the show is over. It’s great to be back with my old friends at TOM, and I’m really glad this all fit into my schedule,” stated Skiba.
And there’s more exciting news! Patrons attending opening night on Friday, August 21 will have the distinct privilege of meeting the author of “Psych,” Lisa Rowe. Ms. Rowe will be in the audience and participating in a talkback after the show as well as being available for autographs. “This type of opportunity is very rare and we are honored to have Ms. Rowe as our guest,” commented Kimm Mann, managing director of the theatre.
Several years ago Ms. Rowe gave up a highly successful but soul-crushing career as a trial lawyer to pursue her passion in theatre, writing and the visual arts. Since then she has published and directed several incarnations of her first play, the comedy/farce “Psych,” and her monologue “Sixty Pounds” debuted in November 2012 at the University of Wisconsin’s Theatre on the Hill. Her play “Los Muertos,” a light drama exploring aspects of immigration, death and war, will debuted in spring of 2014. After many productions of her play “Psych,” Ms. Rowe’s work received the recognition it deserved and was picked up for professional licensing by Dramatic Publishing in December 2014.
“Psych” is set in the office of psychiatrist Dr. Robert Smith where, one by one, the cast of bizarre characters assemble. Edward Baxter was a successful psychiatrist, beloved by his many patients—until he was framed for murder. Now on the run with an assumed identity and a suspicious new wife, his luck is running out. Edward seeks help from Dr. Robert Smith, a fellow psychiatrist and a man with inner demons of his own. When Edward’s meeting with Dr. Smith goes wildly awry and leaves Edward clinging precariously to his last shred of sanity, Dr. Smith’s patient Lydia (a goodhearted psychic woman with clues to Edward’s past) arrives for her appointment to find Edward in big trouble. Despite the chaos created by unexpected visitors and quirks in Lydia’s psychic powers, Lydia does her best to gain Edward’s trust and help him find justice as his world rapidly approaches critical mass. Psych’s humor is broad in scope including slapstick, wordplay and a bit of dark humor.
“Psych” is running August 21-23, 28-30; 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, 4:00pm Sunday. General admission tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students/seniors and are available through the Box Office at (262) 560-0564, at the Fox Bros. Oconomowoc Piggly Wiggly, at Books & Co. and online at BrownPaperTickets.com. For VIP Signature seating and group rates, please call (262) 560-0564. General admission seating is not reserved. Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance.
Please note, not all GPS systems and online services have updated their maps to reflect the theater’s new location. The NEW Theatre on Main is located at W359 N5920 Brown Street (Hwy P north) in Oconomowoc inside of the Brown Street Market Place across from the Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly.
Produced by The NEW Theatre on Main at The NEW Theatre on Main, W359 N5920 Brown Street, Unit 101, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Performances: August 21-30, 2015
7:30 pm Friday & Saturday, 4:00 pm Sunday
Ticket Prices: General Admission: Adults $18, Students & Seniors $15 VIP Signature seating: Adults $30, Student & Seniors $27
Call 262-560-0564 for reservations or more information.