The Off-Book Players

The Off-Book Players are an intrepid group of thespians dedicated to theatrical excellence.

Shots from Canary Yellow.


Behind the scenes of Canary Yellow.

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Meet the cast of Canary Yellow.
Amanda Schumacher………………..Maggie Rellmers
Josh Scheibe……………………………George Marx
John Reilly………………………………..Ethan
Kadee Jankowski……………………..Lydia

Meet the cast of Canary Yellow.

Amanda Schumacher………………..Maggie Rellmers

Josh Scheibe……………………………George Marx

John Reilly………………………………..Ethan

Kadee Jankowski……………………..Lydia


Canary Yellow…coming in August 2014.


Update on Canary Yellow!

Update on Canary Yellow!


More on our director, Kristen Kraklow…

We sat down to have a chat with Canary Yellow’s director, Kristen Kraklow on the play and everything theatre.

What is your theatre background?

I studied theatre for 4 years at Wisconsin Lutheran College and dabbled in everything. I started out acting but then enjoyed the mechanics of lighting design. Moved to stage managing and then took a seat in the director’s chair for my senior project. After graduation, I filled a few technical positions at Waukesha Civic, Old World Wisconsin, and Sunset Playhouse, where I am currently employed as their Volunteer Coordinator. The last show I directed was Twelfth Night for OBP last year, which was very well received! While I didn’t grow up in the theatre, I was always drawn to acting out stories (as my stuffed animals can attest to) and watching people come alive onstage.

In your mind, what is “Canary Yellow” about?
It’s about living your life with your art, not through your art. Maggie is an artist who is afraid to live because her created world is more appealing than reality. Canary Yellow struggles with defining love, unfounded hope and the fact that sometimes you are your worst obstacle. Anyone who’s ever been frustrated with themselves or someone else will relate to this play.


What’s it like working on a new play?

 I’m excited to be this play’s debut director but also terrified! No one has done this before and future production will look back on this one. It’s great for character analysis though. I don’t have to wonder what the playwright was thinking, I can just ask her! 

Have you ever had a celebrity crush like Maggie?
Like Maggie, I never really was one of those girls who pined after celebrities. I admire a lot of actors and of course find many of them attractive. The only one I fantasized about, though, was Brian Littrell from the Backstreet Boys. He could sing, had a great smile, and he wasn’t ashamed of his faith. Just wore it on his sleeve and was grateful for the life he’d been given. That’s kind of been my take as well. I’m so thankful for all the people in my life and the opportunities I’ve been given.

 

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The Off-Book Players (OBP) are getting ready for their summer main stage show: Canary Yellow, a new play by Deanna Strasse.  We just need a little more help.  We are hoping to raise $300 in 30 Days! 

Up-and-coming writer Maggie Rellmers can’t seem to stop thinking. Six months ago, she saw B-list British actor, George Marx, in an “off-off-off-off” Broadway production of Macbeth and hasn’t been able to get him out of her head since. She can’t eat or sleep, and, instead chooses to long for a man she’s never met. She even sees him. He talks to her. Far from going insane, Maggie is simply choosing to live a life in dreams rather than reality. Friendships and connections fall to the wayside in favor of a life lived in the safety of fantasy. But as Henry David Thoreau once said, “How vain it is to sit and write when you have not stood to live,” Maggie is about to get her wake-up call and from George Marx himself. 
 
Show times are :
Friday, June 14th @ 6:30pm
Saturday, June 15th @ 2:00pm
Saturday, June 15th @ 6:30pm
at St. James Parish in Mukwonago, Wisconsin.  
We offer five levels of donors— all of which will get printed in our programs.  The five levels are:
#1: Rosencranzt, A gift of up to $20.00
#2: Ophelia, A gift of $20.01-$50.00
#3: Claudius, A gift of $50.01-$75.00
#4: The Ghost, A Gift of $75.01-$99.99
Top Level: Hamlet, A gift of $100 and up
OBP is an intrepid group of actors from the Mukwonago area, looking to bring educated and energized theatre to our hometown and surrounding areas.  Stay up-to-date on what we’re up to by liking us on Facebook and checking us out on line at offbookplayers.tumblr.com  

We are on day 9, and so far we have raised $120!  Please continue to give to this awesome cause.  


Meet the Cast of “Suddenly, Last Summer”

Violet Venable……………………….Mary Buchel

Catharine Holly………………………Renee Bartos

Dr. Cukrowicz…………………………Josh Scheibe 

Miss Fohill……………………………..Elizabeth Havican

Mrs. Holly……………………………….Kristen Kraklow

George Holly…………………………..Jon Bartos

Sister Felicity…………………………..Goo

Monday, March 18 at 7:00pm.  Black Box Theatre at Wisconsin Lutheran College (8815 Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee).  Get tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com