Life Sucks Play Club with Forward Theater

Middleton Public Library

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, Life Sucks, by Aaron Posner, 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.


LIFE SUCKS  by Aaron Posner

In this bold and funny reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies lurches between love and lust, laughter and longing, and the many ways in which life does, and doesn't… suck.

Both brash and warm-hearted, Madison native Aaron Posner's romp of a play reminds its seven hapless characters – and us – that to feel deeply is the price of a life well-lived.

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


Sponsoring Library
Sponsoring Partner(s)
Beyond the Page, Madison Community Foundation, Dane Arts