The West Side Show Room Announces Next Show: MilkMilkLemonade

PRESS RELEASE 03/03/2014


The West Side Show Room Announces Next Show: MilkMilkLemonade

The West Side Show Room presents:


a play by Joshua Conkel


After a successful two month run of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The West Side Show Room presents its next play MilkMilkLemonade, written by Joshua Conkel and directed by Mike Werckle.  Developed in Chicago and performed Off Broadway in 2009, this new play continues The West Side Show Room’s commitment to producing exciting fringe theater in downtown Rockford, Illinois.


According to Conkel’s website,  MilkMilkLemomade is “about Emory, an 11-year-old boy who lives on a farm with his Nanna, and a depressed chicken named Linda, who is about to be processed. Nanna wishes Emory would get his head out of the clouds, stop choreographing ribbon stick dance numbers, and be more like Elliot, the boy down the road with a penchant for burning things. Emory and Elliot have a relationship — just not one Nanna would expect or approve of. With absurd, poignant dialog and brutal characterizations, MilkMilkLemonade is a bitterly funny exploration of gender, sexuality, life, death, and the human body.”


TimeOut New York says MilkMilkLemonade is “unafraid to go for the belly: They want you laughing, nauseated or both. It's proof of how desperately comedy needs audacity: Here, as on your average chicken farm, only the plucky survive."


The cast includes Carolyn Cadigan as the narrator “Lady in a Leotard.”  Carolyn is the former drama instructor at Keith Country Day School and co-founder of Rockford’s celebrated Artists’ Ensemble Theater.  Trained in theater at the University of Massachusetts, Carolyn brings a wealth of experience including a long residency at the renowned Lamb’s Players Theatre in San Diego.  Her most recent role was “Oatsie Carewe” in The West SIde Show Room’s recent production of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.


Mike Werckle appears again in ridiculous drag, this time as Linda, a 7 foot tall chicken who dreams of impersonating Andrew Dice Clay.  Werckle last appeared as La Condesa in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.


Rosemary Million, a veteran of many Pec Playhouse productions, plays Nanna, Emory’s chain smoking grandmother.  Rosemary has recently been seen as Sister Aloyisius in Doubt, and Gertie in Fuddy Meers, both at at Pec Playhouse.


The rest of the cast includes Rockford College alum Andrew Harth as Emory and Colton Thompson as Elliot.


The West Side Show Room was founded by a diverse group of theater artists who are committed to bringing exciting, locally produced theater back to downtown Rockford.  MilkMilkLemonade is their second show.


Mike Werckle (Artistic Director). Rockford native Mike Werckle completed the intensive Foundation Acting Program at California Institute of the Arts, and received his BFA in Character Animation in 1992.  After a long career in the video game industry, he went on to earn his MFA in Film Production from The University of Texas in 2006.  Using his mastery of both animation and film, Mike became a sought after Previsualization Animator and Visual Effects Artist, working alongside top directors to design thrilling sequences on films such as Superman Returns, Live Free or Die Hard, I Am Legend, Tropic Thunder, Machete, and Predators.  Mike recently helped design the dinosaur sequences for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival, 2011) and worked with The Wachowskis on their upcoming sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending.  Mike is currently the Owner and Creative Director of Animcorp, a full service animation and video production company which recently produced spots for Big Papa’s Barbecue, and Johnny Pamcakes.  


In 2013, Mike opened The West Side Show Room in Rockford with the goal of bringing exciting, locally produced theater back to downtown Rockford.  He directed and acted in The West Side Show Room’s first hit play Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.


Listing Information

Venue:  The West Side Show Room, 410 Mulberry Street, Rockford

Time:  8pm

Dates: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, March 6 - 15, 2014

Ticket prices:  $15 - General Seating

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