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Renaissance Theaterworks combines Tolstoy and Beethoven in thrilling one-man performance

Renaissance Theaterworks is pleased to bring to the stage The Kreutzer Sonata by Nancy Harris.

By - Dec 1st, 2014 02:13 pm
Marie Kohler

Marie Kohler

Milwaukee, WI (December 1, 2014) – Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee’s only professional theater company dedicated to improving gender parity in the arts, is pleased to bring to the stage The Kreutzer Sonata by Nancy Harris, a thrilling one-man performance featuring jealousy, murder, and Beethoven.

Adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s classic novella, The Kreutzer Sonata is a twisted tale of love, lust, jealousy, and murder. Acclaimed Irish playwright Nancy Harris has transformed the novella into a gripping 90-minute theatrical experience, complete with live musicians performing Beethoven’s magnificent Violin Sonata No. 9.

Renaissance Theaterworks founder and Playwright-in-Residence Marie Kohler will direct the show, featuring Jim Pickering. A veteran of the Milwaukee stage, Pickering has been an Associate Artist at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre for 40 years, and will be appearing on the Renaissance stage for the first time. They are joined by Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s Artistic Producing Director Jill Anna Ponasik as the Musical Director, and Milwaukee musicians Colleen Schmitt and Joe Ketchum.

Jim Pickering


Pozdnyshev, Tolstoy’s tormented narrator, is passionately and possessively in love with his beautiful young wife… but can he trust her? Text and music intertwine as this intense examination of the human psyche draws to its chilling conclusion.

“Nancy Harris’ magnificent adaptation is a marvel of economy and of subtle rewrites… This is an evening in the theatre that you won’t soon forget.”
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The Kreutzer Sonata previews on January 23rd and runs through February 15th, 2015 at the Broadway Theatre Center. Tickets are $36 and are available through the Broadway Theatre Center box office by calling (414) 291-7800 or online at  All performances are in the Studio Theatre, at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway in the Historic Third Ward.

About Renaissance Theaterworks

For twenty-two years, Renaissance Theaterworks has been Milwaukee’s only professional theater company dedicated to improving gender parity in the arts. Our mission is to create moving theater – from classics to world premieres – with attention to women’s roles both onstage and off. Renaissance Theaterworks is a member of Theater Wisconsin and the Third Ward Arts District.
Renaissance Theaterworks receives support from United Performing Arts Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, Wisconsin Arts Board, Milwaukee Arts Board, CAMPAC, The Herzfeld Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Steigleder Charitable Trust, and private donors and foundations.

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