Ten Days In A Madhouse

By Jennifer Hedstrom and Karen Saari

Directed by Meghan Randolph

In 1887, passionate and seemingly fearless journalist Nellie Bly is sent to infiltrate the notorious Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum to report on what she sees. Unsure of what she’s getting herself into, and unaware of when she’ll get out, Nellie enters the asylum and is shocked by the treatment and conditions. She also meets people of all walks of life; fascinating characters, most of whom are not at all insane…and a nurse who might be. Ten Days In A Madhouse tells the story of Nellie’s time in Blackwell’s as she becomes close to fellow inmates, secretly records what she has seen, and eventually shocks the world with her exposé.

This new musical has been in development since 2018, and features local writers and a local cast.

Produced by Music Theatre of Madison at U.W. Wisconsin Union Play Circle, 800 Langdon Street, Madison

Performances: August 19-27, 2022

Performance Times:
Fridays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $20-$30

Call 608-265-ARTS for reservations or more information. Tickets available by calling the Campus Arts Box Office at 608-265-ARTS or online at mtmadison.com beginning July 1, 2022.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Music Theatre of Madison, a professional musical theatre company entering its 16th year, is seeking several performers to complete the cast of their original musical Ten Days In A Madhouse by Karen Saari and Jennifer Hedstrom.

Auditions will take place on Saturday, February 19 from 2-4 p.m., and Sunday, February 20, from 4-6 p.m. If you are unable to attend, we will gladly accept a video emailed to auditions@mtmadison.com by 12:00 p.m. on February 19.

We are waiting to see what is happening with the pandemic before we decide whether to have in-person or Zoom auditions. We will decide in early February, but encourage you to sign up soon! If auditions are in person, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required. Auditioners will be asked to wear masks except for when they are auditioning. The waiting area will have hand sanitizer and allow for adequate distancing.

Seeking three or four teenaged actors, some of whom will serve as understudies, one female or nonbinary actor who speaks Spanish, and one male or nonbinary actor to play an inexperienced doctor. Get complete details at shorturl.at/biuRX. Email info@mtmadison.com if you have questions. Actors over 18 are paid a weekly stipend.