There could be no more fitting way to honor the memory of Milwaukeean Sally Marks than with a festival of her greatest love – theater.
Uprooted Theatre, the brainchild and nurtured company of Marti Gobel – one of the very best and busiest actors in Milwaukee – is honoring Marks’ memory with a six-play fete, called "Stretch MARKS," to be held at Next Act Theatre. The series begins Thursday night at 7 p.m. with a performance of "Six Days of Grace," which I wrote. The show hits the stage again on Oct. 26.
Marks was a child actor in Hollywood, appearing in films with Dorothy Lamour and Spencer Tracy. She acted in Milwaukee late in life and was a generous supporter of the arts.
Uprooted is committed to helping diversify the theater world in Milwaukee and has chosen six plays – some by playwrights who have never had a work performed – with casts and subject matter that highlight that goal.
"We all know that theatre is much better when there are people in the audience to witness our work and the stories we have agreed to tell," Gobel said. "It is particularly important when one of the primary goals is to diversify, not only as it concerns patronage but on the stage as well. We, as a group, have accomplished gathering a great mix of artists. 'Stretch MARKS' is cast with young and mature, African American, Latino, Caucasian, Native American and biracial actors and actresses. All very talented and all local. The works being presented boast a wide range of topics and points of view."
The six-show fete will run Thursday through Sunday for the next three weekends, with one of the six selected plays performed each night.
"We must not forget, however, that the piece that receives the most audience votes will move forward to have their work presented (in similar format) locally, nationally and internationally," Gobel added. "I am pleased that the majority of the playwrights will be on hand to hear their words sprinkled with emotion and explored with professional talent."
For more information about "Stretch MARKS," check out Next Act Theatre's website.
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