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MCT presents staged reading of The Prisoner of Zenda

True to its mission of nurturing local theatre artists, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) presents the Montgomery Davis Play Development Series staged reading of THE PRISONER OF ZENDA

By - Sep 14th, 2017 05:56 pm

True to its mission of nurturing local theatre artists, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) presents the Montgomery Davis Play Development Series staged reading of THE PRISONER OF ZENDA, adapted by Wisconsin playwrights Ryan Schabach and Dan Klarer from the Anthony Hope novel, on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The reading will be directed by Matt Daniels and features Kay Allmand, Dan Klarer, Ryan Schabach and Michael Stebbins.

THE PRISONER OF ZENDA centers on the kidnapping of the King of Ruritania the night before his coronation. In a twist of fate, an unlikely hero has the chance to save both King and country. Will he navigate the web of espionage and win the favor of the princess? This version of THE PRISONER OF ZENDA sees four actors play more than 30 characters in a swashbuckling adventure.

Anthony Hope, also known as Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins, was an English playwright and novelist who wrote 32 works of fiction during his life. He is best known for The Prisoner of Zenda and its sequel, Rupert of Hentzau. Other novels by Hope include A Man Of Mark, Father Stafford, and Mr. Witt’s Widow. Hope’s famous adventure novel has been adapted many times over the years, most famously in the classic Hollywood film also titled The Prisoner of Zenda, in 1937.

Playwrights Ryan Schabach and Dan Klarer began work on ZENDA after meeting and discovering commonalities in their aesthetics and creative interests.

Schabach is a Marcia Légère One-Act Play Festival award recipient, whose production of the play JIM’S PLACE premiered at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Memorial Union while he was attending graduate school. He is a Milwaukee-based Equity actor, stage combat choreographer and director. Schabach has been seen on stage at MCT in THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE and BOEING BOEING, and choreographed stage combat for GREAT EXPECTATIONS.

Based in the Midwest, Klarer is taking his first step into the world of playwriting with ZENDA. He currently splits his time between Chicago and Door County, working as an actor and teaching combat for the stage. This summer, he appeared in EVERY BRILLIANT THING (Third Avenue Playhouse), LORD ARTHUR SAVILE’S CRIME, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY and PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Peninsula Players) in Door County.

THE PRISONER OF ZENDA will be performed on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Skylight Bar & Bistro, located on the second level of the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. Tickets for the reading are Pay-What-You-Can at the door. Seating is first-come, first-served.

The Skylight Bar & Bistro, operated by Indulge Wine Room, will be open for dinner and refreshments starting at 5:30 pm. Dinner reservations are welcomed in advance by emailing, calling 414.291.3773, or reserving via Yelp.

The Montgomery Davis Play Development Series is being sponsored by Konrad K. Kuchenbach.  For more information about the staged reading, contact Milwaukee Chamber Theatre at 414.276.8842 or visit

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