MARCH 6 - 22, 2014

WRITTEN BY Joshua Conkel
DIRECTED BY Mike Werckle

MilkMilkLemonade was the follow up to The West Side Show Room's highly successful debut production, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.  We wanted a show that had the same kind of wild burlesque humor and crazy drag costumes, but which also had a bit more depth and emotional punch. Joshua Conkel's play MilkMilkLemonade about an effeminate 11 year-old boy and his pet chicken Linda was a perfect fit.

MilkMilkLemonade tells the story of Emory who lives with his Nanna on a farm outside Mall Town. Emory dreams of performing his ribbon stick dance on "Reach For The Stars." Elliot, the bully from down the road who likes to burn things, has a special friendship with Emory. Linda dreams of running away before Nanna can send her to be processed into "boneless skinless" chicken.  MilkMilkLemonade is a hilarious and heartbreaking story about gender and what it's like to be stuck in the middle.

MilkMilkLemomnade was presented at The West Side Show Room's original theater space at 410 Mulberry Street in Rockford, Illinois.

“Vampire Lesbians was fun, but... beneath the chicken-drag, abundance of not-so subtle imagery, and sheer ridiculousness...[MilkMilkLemonade] has an undeniable touching aspect as well.”
— James Castree,


Carolyn Cadigan - Lady in a Leotard
Andrew Harth - Emory
Rosemary Million - Nanna
Colton Thompson - Elliot
Mike Werckle - Linda

Choreography by Amy Wright
Costumes by Genny Bonavia
Lighting Design by Colton Crain
Set Painting by Julie Seger
Directed by Mike Werckle

General Manager: Laurie Oliver
Prod. Stage Manager: Adriana Contreras
Rehearsal Stage Manager: Tori Mays
Assistant Stage Manager: Ryan Bailey
Production Assistance: Liz Newman


Milk­Milk­Lemonade was a part of our first season.
Learn more about Season 1...

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