Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
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Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents The Montgomery Davis Play Development Series staged reading of Christmas in Babylon by James DeVita

Monday, March 20, 2017 – 7:30 p.m. at the Skylight Bar & Bistro in the Broadway Theatre Center.

By - Feb 14th, 2017 09:23 am

Milwaukee, WI …True to its mission of nurturing local theatre artists, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) presents the Montgomery Davis Play Development Series staged reading of CHRISTMAS IN BABYLON by Wisconsin playwright James DeVita on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The reading will be directed by C. Michael Wright and features Mary MacDonald Kerr, Tom Klubertanz, Eva Nimmer, Deborah Staples and Sara Zientek.
CHRISTMAS IN BABYLON centers around the McShanes, a working-class family in Babylon, New York. When an unexpected acquaintance visits from husband and father Terry’s past – a past he hasn’t told his family about – chaos ensues: funny, awkward, and surprisingly moving.

James DeVita, a native of Long Island, NY, is an author and an actor. Along with his novels, THE SILENCED, BLUE, and A WINSOME MURDER, Jim has also worked extensively as a playwright. His adult plays include LEARNING TO STAY, IN ACTING SHAKESPEARE, GIFT OF THE MAGI, THE DESERT QUEEN, DICKENS IN AMERICA, AFTER OURS, RED-RIGHT-RETURN and WAITING FOR VERN. Jim has also written 17 plays and adaptations for family audiences, and has been awarded the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Award by the American Alliance of Theater and Education. Other awards include the NEA Literature Fellowship for Fiction, The AATE Distinguished Play Award and The Intellectual Freedom Award by the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts.

CHRISTMAS IN BABYLON will be performed on Monday, March 20, 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 or calling 414.291.3773.

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

Founded in 1975, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) produces intimate and accessible theatrical works that engage and challenge the audience, while employing and nurturing principally local theatre artists. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director C. Michael Wright and Managing Director Kirsten Mulvey, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre performs at the Broadway Theatre Center in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

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