Left of Left Center announces the cast for Beta Blockers / Reverse Gossip, featuring new comic shorts by Ned O’Reilly and monologues by Chicago playwright Barrie Cole. Six shows at Crucible in Madison from October 31st to November 16th. Jacob LangeAnnie JayJason ComptonLaura KochanowskiJason SummerlottCassie KohrsTommy RussellMax DuceyNiall Spooner-HarveyElena TabachnickSeth MulhallCaroline WhalenMolly Kempfer Reserve now for […]Read more "Beta Blockers/Reverse Gossip Cast Announced"
Beta Blockers is back, bringing a friend from out of town! Left of Left Center announces auditions for Beta Blockers/Reverse Gossip, featuring new comic shorts by Ned O’Reilly and comic monologues by Chicago playwright Barrie Cole. Most roles are open to anyone – all shapes, sizes, genders, and hairstyles – and we’re looking for a […]Read more "AUDITIONS FOR BETA BLOCKERS/REVERSE GOSSIP"
Isthmus writer Victoria Davis reviews Dog Collar, highlighting “spot-on performances” and “diabolical ringmasters” just in time for our return to the Brink Lounge stage on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 PM. Dog Collar gives audiences a chance to laugh in the face of their pain. Read the review, “Deranged, Disturbed, and Dead-On.” Reserve seats for the […]Read more "Isthmus Reviews Dog Collar"
Aaron Conklin of Madison Magazine takes a backstage tour of Dog Collar by talking about off-the-wall real-world job interviews with cast and crew: Luckily, she had the foresight to call ahead and let her potential employers know she was running late. She finally arrived, an hour late, disheveled and reeking of gasoline … to a […]Read more "Dog Collar in Madison Magazine"
Annie Jay and Jason Compton from Dog Collar join Anthony Busciglio on his Call Center BS Podcast and you’ll learn more in 40 minutes about the gritty realities of running a modern call center or renegade theater than ever thought you’d need to know. Subscribe, listen to the full episode below or on your favorite […]Read more "Dog Collar on the Call Center BS Podcast"
Writer/director Ned O’Reilly announces the cast of Dog Collar, with performances April 4, 5, 11, and 12 at The Brink Lounge in Madison:Read more "Dog Collar, April 4-12"
Actors wanted for a cathartic exploration of an absurd job market. Left of Left Center announces auditions for the world premiere of Dog Collar, a contemporary satire about job interviews by Ned O’Reilly. Performance dates are April 4, 5, 11, 12 at The Brink Lounge. Auditions will be at Lakeview Moravian Church, 3565 Tulane Ave. […]Read more "Auditions for DOG COLLAR"
It probably means we’ll be back before you’ve had time to miss us.Read more "THIS MEANS SOMETHING"
GOOD WORk. opens May 4 with performances through May 12 at Broom Street Theater. Tickets available now, and check out the trailer below. Shot by Jason Compton, cut by Benjamin Barlow.Read more "GOOD WORk. and a Good Trailer"
GOOD WORk. has the song of the summer and you can hear it now! This SMASH HIT SINGLE is Massive Crush by The Devil’s Toupée! See the play that inspired it May 4-12 at Broom Street Theater. https://goodwork.brownpapertickets.com for tickets. Music composed and performed by Britton Rea Melissa Minkoff and Britton on vocals Lyrics by Ned O’ReillyRead more "Massive Crush, the song of the summer, and GOOD WORk."
Ben Billand, Melissa Minkoff, and non-alliterative castmate Niall Spooner-Harvey from GOOD WORk. join host Jonathan Zarov for Eight O’clock Buzz on WORT-FM Friday morning at 8 AM. Tune in to 89.9 FM or listen live on wortfm.org.Read more "GOOD WORk. on WORT-FM April 27 at 8 AM"
Tight pants. GOOD WORk. Tickets available now for May 4-12 performances at Broom Street Theater.Read more "GOOD WORk., a workplace dramedy that has serious moves"
Writer/director Ned O’Reilly announces the cast of GOOD WORk., a new play about men and the women they work with. Owen: Patrick Roetzel Kelly: Annie Jay Ian: Niall Spooner-Harvey Trudy: Vanessa Vesperman Ollie: Ben Billand Chloe/Leah: Melissa Minkoff Rebecca/Arielle: Maggie Roemer Anna/Currie: Cassie Kohrs Caitlyn/Chrissy: Kerida O’Reilly Marie: Kathy Stamas Janet/Macia: Betsy Wood Andy: Jason Summerlott Opens […]Read more "GOOD WORk., a play about men and the women they work with"
It’s Summer 2017. Everything in the world is changing. Good luck. GOOD WORk. Left of Left Center will hold auditions for its new production GOOD WORk., a full-length play written and directed by Ned O’Reilly, March 2-5 at Lakeview Moravian Church, 3565 Tulane Ave, Madison. Enter through the door marked “OFFICE.” Friday March 2, 7-9 […]Read more "Auditions for GOOD WORk., a new play by Ned O’Reilly"
Left of Left Center’s first variety show, CRAVING, will satisfy with a rotating lineup of short plays and sketches, musical guests, dance, and comedy. It’s a look into the world of deeply inappropriate vampires, Lenny the Sleaze, and sexual politics after death. Performances from November 24-30 at Brink Lounge, Nomad World Pub, Art In Gallery, […]Read more "CRAVING, a Variety Show"
Left of Left Center is putting on our first variety show, a production called CRAVING. It’s an evening of short plays, music, and dance. Performances from November 24 through December 1. We’re looking for actors and dancers ready to take on fresh, funny, challenging original scenes written by Ned O’Reilly and Ben Seidensticker. Director Ned […]Read more "Auditions for Craving, a Variety Show"
By special arrangement, Jason Compton will reprise his performance of Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs at the classic computer VCF Midwest 12 / ECCC 2017 Chicago Commodore Expo events on Saturday September 9, at 9 PM. Performance at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village 1000 Busse Rd, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007 It’s the story of Steve […]Read more "TATESJ Remount #1: Saturday 9 PM in Chicagoland"
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (TATESJ) has now closed, but performer Jason Compton is still writing about it… “ALL STORIES ARE FICTION.” In her article about TATESJ, Lindsay Christians of The Capital Times called that statement on Mike Daisey’s website a “disclaimer.” But it’s not a disclaimer. It’s his personal brand, the […]Read more "TATESJ: Jake Penner Lies To a Lot of People"
Some intriguing stuff is being written in Madison about The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, including: A Play For Wisconn Valley, by Tone Madison’s Chali Pittman As Wisconsin eyes Foxconn, an actor revives Mike Daisey’s controversial tale, by The Capital Times’ Lindsay Christians Three performances remain: Friday at 7:30 PM Saturday at 3:00 […]Read more "Friday Reading List!"
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (TATESJ) has aggravate a rare genetic condition Jason Compton suffers from: that of Michael Keaton Overdrive. It took over twenty years, but working on The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs means that I’ve finally caught up with my brother, Keith. Not necessarily as an actor, mind […]Read more "TATESJ: Michael Keaton Overdrive"
LOLC’s production of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs is front-page news in today’s issue of the Wisconsin State Journal. Also available online at madison.com.Read more "TATESJ: Front Page News"
Benjamin “Frederick ‘Leland’” Barlow has come through for us once again with an in-theater preview video for The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, opening August 31.Read more "TATESJ: Preview video!"
Bedford Level Experiment has dropped the album for Left of Left Center’s production of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, which they claim is based on lost tapes from the Apple garage band. Listen for yourself. The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs: A Soundtrack by Bedford Level ExperimentRead more "TATESJ: A Soundtrack"
Jonathan Zarov of WORT 89.9 FM hosted The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs director Jake Penner and performer Jason Compton on this morning’s Friday Eight O’Clock Buzz. Full playback is below.Read more "TATESJ on WORT FM"
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (TATESJ) features a lot of Steves, as Jason Compton explains when he should be rehearsing… Of course I play Steve Jobs. And Steve Wozniak. And a power-mad Apple employee who is probably named Steve. And a couple of Apple board members who if you like can be named […]Read more "TATESJ: All the Steves"
Steve Jobs designed the world we live in. And Foxconn builds it. The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs premieres August 31. Tickets available now. Directed by Jake Penner Based on the monologue by Mike Daisey Performed by Jason Compton Music by Bedford Level Experiment Video by Benjamin BarlowRead more "Trailer for The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs"
Preparing to perform The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (TATESJ) has given Jason Compton a lot to think about. He shares his thoughts here, when he should be rehearsing… The Agony and the Ecstasy is a tale of unintended consequences. In one of the most moving sections of the performance, Mike speaks with Steve Wozniak […]Read more "TATESJ: Unintended Consequences"
Preparing to perform The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (TATESJ) has given Jason Compton a lot to think about. He shares his thoughts here, when he should be rehearsing… When we started working on The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs (TATESJ), I knew there were a lot of layers. I knew […]Read more "TATESJ: The Story of the Personal Computer Generation"
If Foxconn comes to Wisconsin, Jobs must as well. Mike Daisey had a love affair with technology and a deep admiration for Steve Jobs, one of the most important influencers of this or any age. Then he visited the plant in Shenzhen, China where the iPhone was made. And everything changed. It’s the story of […]Read more "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, August 31-September 2"
Left of Left Center kicks off opening weekend with an appearance on WORT-FM‘s Eight O’Clock Buzz with Jonathan Zarov, this Friday April 21. Choreographer Heidi Hakseth and performers Jordan Humpal and Jason Compton will join the show in the bottom half of the hour. Starting at 8 AM, tune in to 89.9 FM or listen online. […]Read more "Anger Dance on WORT-FM Friday Eight O’Clock Buzz, April 21"
Anger Dance choreographer Heidi Hakseth and performer Vanessa Vesperman spoke with WKOW-27’s Brandon Taylor this morning about the show, premiering April 21. WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and SportsRead more "See Anger Dance on WKOW-27 Wake Up Wisconsin"
Anger Dance’s Vanessa Vesperman (MacKenzie) and Heidi Hakseth (choreographer) will appear on the Monday April 17 edition of WKOW 27’s Wake Up Wisconsin to talk about the innovative play with dance written and directed by Ned O’Reilly. Vanessa and Heidi will be on at about 5:40 AM. Reserve now to see the show, opening April […]Read more "Anger Dance on WKOW 27 Wake Up Wisconsin, Monday April 17"
Anger Dance is about people deciding what parts of themselves they should keep, and what they should share–and with whom, and when. If that sounds complicated, well, that’s because life is complicated. See the dance in motion this April by reserving now. “When you wake up, I won’t be here.” Everybody knows Evan (Jordan Humpal) […]Read more "Anger Dance: Tough Choices"
Left Of Left Center is pleased to announce the cast and creative team for ANGER DANCE, a play with dance written and directed by Ned O’Reilly. The show will be performed at two locations: April 21-23 at Lakeview Moravian Church and April 28-30 at Express Yourself dance studio. Make your reservations now. CAST EVAN Jordan […]Read more "Anger Dance Cast Announced, Reservations Available Now"
Auditions for Anger Dance, a play with dance written by Ned O’Reilly Choreographers include Heidi Hakseth, Lyn Pilch, Marilyn Matusky, OD Kimani, Jose Vega, and Kerida O’Reilly Performances April 20-30, 2017 WHEN: Friday, February 10, 7-9 pm and Saturday, February 11, 1-3 pm WHERE: Lakeview Moravian Church, 3565 Tulane Ave on Madison’s east side CONTACT: […]Read more "Auditions for Anger Dance, a play with dance"
Beta Blockers: Generations has completed its run! Our many thanks to the terrific audiences that joined us at six different venues. It was in many ways the most ambitious Left of Left Center production yet, and we are grateful for the supportive response. Review the entire cast list and production run here, enjoy the gallery of […]Read more "Memories of Beta Blockers: Generations"
Reservations are available now for Beta Blockers: Generations, the third installment in writer/director Ned O’Reilly’s series of comedic short plays. Performances are scheduled all over the greater Madison metroplex from December 1st through December 10th. Ned’s cast is already assembling to entertain, enlighten, and delight, and consists of the following bright souls: Sarah Whelan Jason Compton […]Read more "Beta Blockers: Generation Cast Announced!"
Left of Left Center announces auditions for the next installment of comic shorts written and directed by Ned O’Reilly – BETA BLOCKERS: GENERATIONS. It’s not Star Trek-themed, it’s a wry look at coping with families, traditions, and inherited traits in contemporary culture. Think of it as making comedy out of things you don’t want to […]Read more "Auditions for Beta Blockers: Generations, September 28-29"
Left of Left Center presents its first promotional dramatic reading, The Columnist by David Auburn. Auburn is perhaps best known as the writer of Proof, a Pulitzer and Tony winner. The Columnist is his first full-length play in 12 years. Thursday, August 25 at 6:30 PM, at Barnes & Noble East Towne Mall. The play […]Read more "Staged Reading of The Columnist by David Auburn, August 25 6:30 PM"
What a run! The Old Apartment has packed up and moved out, but we’re left with some fantastic memories. Our thanks to the many who attended our six performances, and to collaborators old and new who made this show such a success. Left of Left Center will return with more doses of goodness. Have an […]Read more "What a run!"
Week 2 of The Old Apartment begins with our special Industry Night! Tuesday performances aren’t the usual, but they’re terrific options if you are yourself a theater participant, or work in service industries with heavy weekend workloads. Take in a performance with us tonight at 7:30 PM. Book your seat here. WORT-FM’s Jonathan Zarov hosted […]Read more "Week 2 of The Old Apartment! Radio interview and special Tuesday night show!"
We’re ready for opening night on Friday, and we’re ready to show you a preview of the show! Reserve now to see us before The Old Apartment moves on and moves out.Read more "Trailer for The Old Apartment!"
The Old Apartment is just about ready for an audience. We’re just two weeks from opening and everything’s taking shape. The lighting design by Ron Collins is already hanging in the MercLab, awaiting the actors. Reserve now to join us May 13-22 for an unforgettable evening of dubious houseguests, unlawful trespass, and questionable security measures. […]Read more "Two weeks to opening night!"
We got ’em. Left of Left Center’s upcoming production of The Old Apartment by Ned O’Reilly will perform May 13-22, 2016 at MercLab, and will be brought to you by this talented bunch:Read more "The Old Apartment: Cast and Crew Announcement"
Left of Left Center is very pleased to announce its next production. THE OLD APARTMENT, a full-length comedy by Ned O’Reilly will run at the Merc Lab in May.Read more "Production Announcement – The Old Apartment"
You probably know that when you book seats for BETA BLOCKERS: THE REFILL, Left of Left Center will provide a terrific 90 minutes of eyebrow-raising entertainment. What you might not know is that at most of the venues we’re playing, you can drink and eat before, during, or after the show. At Firefly Coffeehouse, you […]Read more "Take Our Prescription With Food and Drink"
Beta Blockers: The Refill is in rehearsal now. We’ve selected six seven scenes about relationships, chemicals, and chemistry, and assembled the following cast of fine, talented human beings. (A couple may actually be convincing replicants. We can’t be sure which.) Reserve now to see a show, October 23-November 2! SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE Directed by […]Read more "(Updated!) Beta Blockers: The Refill: The Cast List"
Auditions for 3 male, 3-8 female roles for a new collection of original comic shorts about chemistry, chemicals, and relationships. Three scenes are looking for performers. Two of the three have strong LGBT themes. Auditions will be held on Wednesday September 16 and Thursday September 17, 7 PM, at 4001 Hanover St, Madison WI. Auditions […]Read more "Audition notice for Beta Blockers: The Refill"
Beta Blockers: The Refill is coming soon, with performances at various venues in the Madison area from October 23-November 1. Left of Left Center is calling for directors interested in tackling one or more original scenes about chemicals and chemistry. Please contact writer/producer Ned O’Reilly at email@example.com for details. Auditions will be announced shortly.Read more "Seeking directors for Beta Blockers: The Refill"
The boys and girls in the Left of Left Center labs gathered on Saturday for Stage I clinical trials of a new batch of Beta Blockers. LOLC loyalists and newcomers performed stage readings of ten different scenes, all in the running for a future production. From transcendental meditation and meditations on gender identity, to sexual […]Read more "Clinical Trials for Beta Blockers: The Refill"