Special Events at Heartland

Heartland Theatre presents A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath

A Staged Reading by Pipeline Collectives

produced by Heartland Theatre Company



Sunday, November 18, 2:00 pm

No Reservations, No Charge:  First Come – First Served

The play begins with a knock on the door — the same door that was slammed shut, fifteen years earlier when Nora exited at the end of Ibsen’s play. Nora has returned, and it is she who is knocking. After leaving her husband, children, and the nursemaid, Nora became a successful feminist novelist. The reason for her return is to finalize a divorce from Torvald; she needs him to sign the legal papers. Nora is questioned about what she has been doing — the family thought she might have been dead — and the family and the nursemaid express their recriminations of her.

Connie de Veer as ANNE MARIE

Karen Sternberg as NORA

Rhys Lovell as TORVALD

Deanna Stewart as EMMY



David Ian Lee – DIRECTOR


“BOSWELL” by Milwaukee Playwright Marie Kohler

Directed by Rhys Lovell.

Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 pm

The focus is the play itself in development.  Actors will read the script on stools on stage. Three credentialed responders will be in attendance December 8

$5 Donation at the door.  Reservations: 309.452.8709 or email boxoffice@heartlandtheatre.org

All proceeds are donated to Heartland Theatre Company

About the play:

Celebrating the power of travel, friendship and the written word, BOSWELL shines a light on a colorful literary figure from Scotland’s past:  James Boswell (1740-1795).

Grounded in the friendship between James Boswell and his more famous friend, Samuel Johnson, BOSWELL reimagines the pair’s “Tour to the Hebrides” in 1773, interweaving it with scenes as Boswell’s journals are uncovered by Joan, an American graduate student, doing research in the 1950’s at Boswell’s Scottish estate (now presided over by a female descendant).  Speaking through his somewhat bawdy journals and bittersweet life experiences, Boswell’s voice challenges Joan to move towards greater authenticity — and fun!

In August, 2018, BOSWELL will be presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

About the playwright, Marie Kohler:

Named “Artist of the Year” by the Milwaukee Arts Board, Marie Kohler has written five plays, all of which have been produced and received significant recognition. COUNTING DAYS earned a nomination for the American Association of Theater Critics’ “Best New Regional Play.” MIDNIGHT AND MOLL FLANDERS earned “Best New Play of 2000” from Milwaukee Magazine. BOSWELL’S DREAMS was named “Best of the Year” by Milwaukee Magazine in 2005. THE DIG, 2009, was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (along with BOSWELL’S DREAMS and COUNTING DAYS). THE WITCHHOUSE is her current work-in-progress.

A co-founder of Renaissance Theaterworks, Kohler served as its Co-Artistic Director for a 20 year tenure, and its Resident Playwright for 25 years.  She has been a member of the professional Milwaukee theater community for over two decades as an actor, producer, director and dramaturg as well as a freelance writer for local and national publications. She has served twice as a respondent at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. A member of The Dramatists Guild, Chicago Dramatists Workshop, The Playwrights’ Center, Actors’ Equity Association, Kohler also serves on the board of the Wisconsin Humanities Council. Marie was Heartland’s Guest Playwright for our 2018 New Plays from the Heartland.

Raised in Wisconsin, Kohler holds a BA from Harvard University (magna cum laude) and an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her long-held passion for theater and language have inspired her body of work. She lives in Milwaukee and Spring Green, Wisconsin with her actor husband, Brian Mani.