Violence of the Education

By Christopher William Wolter

Directed by Christopher William Wolter

Violence of the Education is a lyrically political fable loosely based on Shakespeare's Cymbeline. The play draws on elements of Shakespearian romance & tragedy to tell the story of a princess who falls in love with a revolutionary. Set in an anachronistic time and set in “the second world”, the play is a satirical, poetic, and darkly comedic exploration of our present political predicament. The play combines ludicrous absurdity, biting criticism and tragic poetry in order to execute an exploration of political violence – both in the form of state oppression and imperialism but also in the form of violent resistances to the state. It is a play about war, education, shopping, history, and love.

Produced by the University Theatre’s Second Stage program at UW Madison - Hemsley Theatre,

Performances: April 27 - May 1, 2016

Performance Times:
April 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th at 7:30pm; May 1st at 2:00pm

Ticket Prices: $7 for UW Madison students, faculty and seniors. $10 general admission.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Violence of the Education is being presented as part of University Theatre’s Second Stage program and will run April 24th through May 1st in the Hemsley Theatre. The play is a new work written and directed by Christopher William Wolter – UW Madison Graduate Student.

We are placing a call for actors and an invitation to audition:
Sunday, February 28th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, in the basement of Vilas Hall – Room 1090. Callbacks will be held the proceeding night.

The play has a very large cast of characters and there are a large number of diverse roles available. Please come and audition!

Actors interested in auditioning are asked to prepare a 1-2 minute comedic OR dramatic monologue. Actors without monologues will be provided with material from the script, though monologues are strongly preferred. Please provide an acting resume and/or headshot if available.

Please sign up for a five minute time slot on our online timesheet here:
Please arrive early for your slotted time.

If you cannot make any of the above times, but would still like to be considered, please contact Christopher Wolter ASAP at either of the following:

Phone: (303) 877 4328
or Email:

If you have any technical problems, no times are available, or if you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact Christopher Wolter, above.