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Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents The Montgomery Davis Play Development Series staged reading of No Wake by Erica Berman

Monday, April 30th – 7:30 PM. Skylight Bar & Bistro – Broadway Theatre Center

By - Mar 29th, 2018 10:10 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 NO WAKE, written by Wisconsin playwright Erica Berman, on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. The reading will be directed by Kayleigh Kitzman and features James Pickering and Rachael Zientek.

In NO WAKE, a determined, elderly Peter Michaels is on a mission to save the loons of Lake Winnipesaukee, who are dying in record numbers. His summer expectations are thwarted by Sarah, a townie teenager hired to clean the house next door. An intergenerational bond sprung out of loneliness and loss forces this unlikely pair to confront their fears and learn how to move on.

Erica Berman is thrilled to be selected for the Montgomery Davis Play Development Series at MCT. Most recently, Erica was awarded residency to the 2018 National Winter Playwrights Retreat in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. NO WAKE was developed as part of the Wisconsin Wrights Festival and her monologue “The Power” was chosen for Forward Theater Company’s OUT OF THE FIRE – BANNED BOOKS MONOLOGUES.

As the Director of Education & Community Engagement at Children’s Theater of Madison, Erica supervises and produces the Young Playwrights program, which culminates in a festival of one acts by high school students. Erica received a BA in Theatre Arts from Mount Holyoke College and a MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Her theses at both institutions focused on playwriting and both pieces won awards.

NO WAKE is offered in partnership with Wisconsin Wrights, a Forward Theater Company program. It received its first reading in September 2017 at Forward through Wisconsin Wrights. Associate Artistic Director Marcella Kearns says, “We’re delighted to offer Erica the opportunity to continue to develop this excellent play with a second reading.”

NO WAKE will be performed on Monday, April 30, 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 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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