Work the Act

By Danielle Dresden

Directed by Francisco Torres

Catskill humor meets performance art in this new comedy by Danielle Dresden for TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater's 30th anniversary season. After a series of comic mishaps get them fired from a gig at the Holiday Inn in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, the Rolling Bag Players try to pass themselves off as an avant-garde theater troupe. Their new show -- "Take the Spanish Civil War... Please!" -- is a raging success, but the players are dissatisfied. They jump at the chance to return to their honest, baggy pants roots and perform as themselves once again.

Produced by TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater at TAPIT/new works Studio Theater, 1957 Winnebago Street, Madison

Performances: May 28 - June 7, 2015

Performance Times:
Thursday, May 28, Friday, May 29, Saturday, May 30, 7:30 PM
Friday, June 5, Saturday, June 6 (both at 7:30 PM)
Sunday, June 7, 3:00 PM, Performance and Gala Reception following with food.

Ticket Prices: $20 General, $17 Students. June 7th Gala, $30 General.

Call 608-244-2938 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater seeks one male lead actor and one female supporting actor/musician for its upcoming 30th anniversary production, Work the Act. The play follows the misadventures of the Rolling Bag Players, a struggling theater company. After a series of comic mishaps, they decide to re-invent themselves as an avant-garde performance group. The unlikely success of their transformation provokes even more surprising reactions from these misfit comics.

Performances will take place at the TAPIT/new works Studio Theater, 1957 Winnebago Street, Thursday – Saturday, May 28 – 30, and Friday – Saturday, June 5 – 6, at 7:30 PM, with a special 30th anniversary performance and reception at 3:00 PM, Sunday, June 7.

The male lead character is an ambitious, hyper performer. The female supporting actor/musician will portray a vaguely satanic agent and provide musical accompaniment. Preferred musical instruments include the ukulele, accordion or keyboard.

Auditions will be held Sunday, April 12, at 7:30 pm at TAPIT/new works Studio Theater, 1957 Winnebago Street in Madison

Actors will receive a fee for their work. Please contact Donna Peckett at or 608-244-2038 with questions.