By Paul Rudnick

Directed by Tara Ayres

The first show of the new season is VALHALLA by prizewinning playwright Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey, In & Out, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told). VALHALLA intertwines two stories: the life of Ludwig of Bavaria, the 1880s Mad King responsible for building a series of storybook castles inspired by Wagnerian operas, and the fictional adventures of James Avery, a wild Texas teenager of the 1940s. The play explores questions of beauty and madness, as both Ludwig and James pursue lives of operatic passion, bringing them in contact with such diverse figures as a high-school quarterback, the prettiest girl in Dainsville, Texas, most of the characters of Lohengrin and princess Sophie, who declares herself "the loneliest humpback in Europe." VALHALLA is a comic epic, confronting the price to be paid for wanting, and getting, everything you dream of. VALHALLA opens October 5 and runs through October 20, 2007 on the Evjue Stage of the Bartell.

Produced by StageQ, Inc. at Bartell Theater, 113 E Mifflin Street, Madison

Performances: October 5-20, 2007

Performance Times: Friday, October 5, 8:00 pm Saturday, October 6, 8:00 pm Thursday, October 11, 7:30 pm Friday, October 12, 8:00 pm Saturday, October 13, 8:00 pm Sunday, October 14, 2:00 pm Thursday, October 18, 7:30 pm Friday, October 19, 8:00 pm Saturday, October 20, 8:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $10, Thursday and Sunday, $15 Friday and Saturday

Call 608-661-9696, ext 3 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


StageQ is holding auditions for its fall production of the comedic drama, VALLHALLA, by Paul Rudnick. The play will be directed by Tara Ayres. Auditions will be held on Monday and Tuesday, August 6 and 7, with callbacks on Tuesday, August 14

Auditions are at 7:00 pm. They will take place at 148 E Wilson Street, first floor. Appointments may be arranged for a different date.

Actors will read from the script, and will be asked to work together in small and large groups, so wear clothes to move in. Copies of the script are available via email upon request to

Roles are available for 4 men, ages 18 ? 65 and 2 women, ages 18 ? 65.

Performance dates for VALHALLA are October 5 - 20, 2007. Rehearsals will begin in late August.

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