Gertrude Stein and a Companion

By Win Wells

Directed by Roseann Sheridan

A drama that tells the story of the incredible relationship between writer-mentor-wit Gertrude Stein and the woman-behind-the-woman, Alice B. Toklas.

This memory play presents snapshots of their strong relationship across time, spanning the early 1900s through the 1960s. Through reflective and intimate storytelling, incorporating some of Gertrude Stein's own writings, the play reveals the influence Gertrude and Alice had on well-known literary and artistic figures, such as Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso, and the fascinating journey of their remarkable life together.

Produced by StageQ in The Evjue at The Gerald Bartell Community Theatre, 113 East Mifflin, Madison, Wisconsin.

Performances: April 4-27, 2002

Thursdays through Saturdays (Thursdays, 7:30pm, Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm), with two Sunday performances, April 14 & 21, 4pm.

Tickets are $12 for all shows and may be purchased online at or reserved by calling StageQ reservations at (608) 204-0306.


The Director

Roseann Sheridan, well-known director in the Madison theatre community, makes her debut with StageQ with this production of Gertrude Stein and A Companion. She returns to the Evjue Stage, where she directed Stop Kiss during Mercury Players 2000-2001 season.

The Cast

Katy Conley, a veteran of StageQ productions, plays Gertrude Stein. Katy played Doctor Weiss in StageQ's premiere production, Stay, Carl, Stay, and then portrayed mother Phyllis Gold in StageQ's production of The Twilight of the Golds. She was most recently seen in UW-Madison's production of Vagina Monologues.

Lauri Roman makes her StageQ debut as Gertrude's companion, Alice B. Toklas. Lauri received professional theatre training in NY long, long ago but opted to become an attorney instead of an actor She played Anne Putnam in The Crucible for Strollers Theatre.