From Page to Stage: Series Overview

Forward Theater brings the written word of plays to audiences through performances of locally-produced Monologues and Play Clubs.

Play Clubs:

Play Club is part book club, part performance experience.  This program presents the opportunity to explore a play in depth through guided discussion, performance of scenes by actors, and discussion with director and actors. Participants will gain a new perspective on what makes a play work and how it is brought to life on stage.

Participants will sign up at the library for Play Club and will receive a copy of the play to read prior to Play Club.  

At the Play Club event, a representative from Forward Theater will lead the discussion, and two actors will read scenes from the play. The discussion includes not just the themes and issues contained in the script, but also, how the play will make the leap from the page to the stage. Play Club discussions are lively and far ranging, and attendees are given a special discount code for tickets to the play discussed.

Program lasts approximately 90 minutes.
Due to the limited number of scripts, registration is required.

Play Clubs:

      I And You, by Lauren Gundersonan intimate story of two teenagers wrestling with some serious life issues and wondering what the future holds for them in their individual lives.

      Stoughton Public Library-  Thursday, October 26, 2017 6pm

       Monroe Street Public Library- Monday, October 30, 2017 7pm


     Exit Strategy, by Ike Holter: a timely (and often funny) play about a closing school in a crumbling neighborhood and "what's next" for the surrounding community.

       Middleton Public Library- Tuesday, January 16, 2018 6pm

       Oregon Public Library  - Tuesday, January 9, 2018  6:30pm


      Marjorie Prime, by Jordan Harrison:  It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.

       Monroe Street Library- Monday, March 5, 2018, 7pm

       Waunakee Public Library- Thursday, March 8, 2018 7pm

       E.D. Locke Public Library, McFarland- Wednesday, March 21, 2018 6pm

       Sun Prairie Public Library- Wednesday, March 28, 2018 6pm


These plays are part of Forward Theater’s 2017-2018 What’s Next? Season at the Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin. 



Forward Theater Company has been performing monologues in the libraries since 2010, and audiences continue to ask for more! Every other year, Forward puts out a call for original monologues based on a common theme. The best twelve are chosen and performed by professional actors in a weekend of shows at Overture Center. And those same actors (and monologues) are available to perform at your library.

SOMEONE'S GOTTA DO IT: Forward's most recent monologue collection, about jobs and working.

Goodman South Public Library- Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 6:30pm

Sun Prairie Public Library - Wednesday, March 8, 2018 6pm


OUT OF THE FIRE: BANNED BOOKS: Each monologue is inspired by a banned book -- perfect for Banned Books month!

Deerfield Public Library- Thursday, November 30, 2017 6:30pm


SOUL FOOD: Monologues about food!

Monona Public Library- Wednesday, December 13, 2017 6:30pm


     THE LOVE THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: Whether it's romantic love, or the love of yoga, love can, indeed, change your life.

     Waunakee Public Library - Thursday, March 8, 2018 7pm




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A big thank you to our sponsors: Madison Community Foundation and Dane Arts, and National Endowment for the Humanities.