Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Master Class

by Terrence McNally Running Time: 2 hr, 15 min

August 7, 2014 to
August 24, 2014

Cabot Theatre
Directed by Jill Anna Ponasik & James Zager

Featuring Angela Iannone as Maria Callas, with Alicia Berneche, Melissa Cardamone, James Fletcher, Edson Melendez and Brian Myers

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play! As larger-than-life personality Maria Callas teaches a master class for opera singers, she gradually becomes drawn to reveling in and examining her own remarkable life.  Produced here at MCT in 1999, MASTER CLASS was one of our biggest hits! Whether you've seen it before or only heard about it, you'll want to join us for this singular event!

A collaboration with Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Carroll University

Sponsored by JOHN E. HOLLAND

Want to learn more about Maria Callas? Click HERE for "Insights on Maria Callas" by Corliss Phillabaum

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Terrence McNally
Alicia Berneche
Sophie Melissa Cardamone
James Fletcher
Maria Callas
Angela Iannone
Edson Melendez
Manny Brian Myers
Production Staff
Co- Directors Jill Anna Ponasik & James Zager
Scenic Consultant & Props Designer
Dana Fralick
Costume Designer Shima Orans
Lighting Designer Eric Appleton
Sound & Projections Designer Chris Guse
Stage Manager
Judy Martel

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T=Talkback: post-show Q&A with actors and director
*=Talk Theatre: pre-show interactive discussion beginning at noon
V=ViewPoints: pre-show presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Talk Theatre

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:00 PM

An opportunity to participate in informal pre-show discussions with MCT's Producing Artistic Director and other show-specific theatre artists.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 6:30 PM

Experience in-depth, pre-show presentations led by engaging guest experts who offer insights into show-related issues and field questions from knowledge-hungry patrons.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 7:30 PM

Thursday, August 21, 2014 7:30 PM

After select Thursday evening performances, you can meet the artists involved in a production, ask questions about the creative process and discuss your theatergoing experience.

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Master Class - ViewPoints

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 6:30 PM

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Master Class: LGBT Night Out

Thursday, August 14, 2014 6:30 PM

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Opera on Tap - Maria Callas Cabaret

Saturday, August 9, 2014 7:00 PM

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Master Class media release

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Media Coverage

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s MASTER CLASS Is A Lesson In What Theater Is All About

Monday, August 18, 2014

by Matthew Perta, Showbiz Chicago; To hear Maria Callas is to understand her. When the renowned opera diva walks on stage in the opening act of Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play Master Class, now being performed at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, she asks the audience if they can hear her. There are no microphones in the theater, she affirms, because we must learn to listen.

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Angela Iannone’s ‘Master Class’

Thursday, August 14, 2014

by David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express; Decades after her death, Maria Callas is still among the world’s best known opera stars. Every inch the diva, she was a temperamental force of nature and the power of her voice and her presence could never be ignored.

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Angela Ianonne delivers masterful performance at Chamber Theatre

Thursday, August 14, 2014

by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; Angela Ianonne is reprising her role as the talented, controversial opera star Maria Callas to the delight of audiences at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s opening production in its 40th season - Terrence McNally’s “Master Class.”

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BWW Reviews: Iannone and MCT Present MASTER CLASS on the Power of Art

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

by Peggy Sue Dunigan, Broadway World; In opening Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's 40th Anniversary season, Milwaukee actor Angela Iannone reprises the role of Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's Tony Award winning play Master Class this August.

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Iannone’s Own “Master Class”

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

by Dominique Paul Noth, Urban Milwaukee Dial; Watching a diva instruct advanced operatic voice students at Julliard in the 1970s inspired playwright Terrence McNally to create his own Broadway-bound 1990s version of Maria Callas in “Master Class,” a fascinating mesh of opera and dramatic psychology.

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The Divine Ms C

Monday, August 11, 2014

by Paul Kosidowsk, Milwaukee Magazine; For a play saturated with some of the most glorious and dramatic music ever written, it’s somehow fitting that one of the most memorable moments of Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Master Class is a deep and harrowing silence

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Those Who Exist Outside The Thunder in Milwaukee Chamber’s MASTER CLASS

Monday, August 11, 2014

by Russ Bickerstaff, Express Milwaukee; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s season-opening production of Master Class is a perfectly enjoyable drama. Angela Iannone will doubtlessly be praised quite a bit for her performance as opera legend Maria Callas teaching students at the end of her career.

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Angela Iannone conducts a thrilling 'Master Class'

Saturday, August 9, 2014

by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; ... From the minute this Callas stages her first dramatic entrance — having made us wait, along with her accompanist (a delightfully droll Brian Myers, doubling as music director) — it's all-out war on anyone or anything that isn't sufficiently reverent in what she'll tell us is a "holy place": the theater.

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Maria Callas: Compelling On and Off the Stage Yesterday and Today

Monday, August 18, 2014

WUWM's Bonnie North interviews Maria Callas expert Patrick C. Byrne. Critic for the Belgian Opera Guide, Byrne is co-author of "The Colors of Callas: Reflections of an Icon."

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Angela Iannone in a 'Master Class' all her own at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Friday, August 8, 2014

by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; After spending just a few days as master teacher of this year's Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program at Ten Chimneys, David Hyde Pierce already had a solid read on Angela Iannone. "Angela is a force of nature," Pierce said. "She is so full of energy and passion."

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WUWM - Tony Award Winning "Master Class" at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Thursday, August 7, 2014

WUWM's Bonnie North interviews MASTER CLASS actress Angela Iannone and co-directors Jill Anna Ponasik and James Zager

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Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s 40th Year

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

by John Schneider, Shepherd Express; “Don’t lose sight of the seeds but keep pushing forward,” says Artistic Director C. Michael Wright of his goals for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s 40th season. “If you celebrate the past and embrace the future, the present will take care of itself.”

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WISN Art Ave Master Class

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Co-directors Jill Anna Ponasik and James Zager talk about MASTER CLASS on WISN's Arts Avenue.

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‘Master Class’ is a master work about the ultimate opera legend

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

by Michael Muckian, Wisconsin Gazette; Terrence McNally’s Master Class imagines a lesson that three fictitious students might have received from 20th-century operatic legend Maria Callas at New York’s The Juilliard School in the 1970s. Although the play has some basis in fact, it uses the characters and the teaching concept to present lessons that McNally wants his audiences to learn...

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Inside the Process: OPERA VS. THEATRE

Monday, July 28, 2014

An Interview with Paula Suozzi; by Marcella Kearns ; Terrence McNally’s play MASTER CLASS takes us into the world and history of a renowned artist of the world of opera, but it’s also an exploration of the discipline, specificity, craft, and toil necessary to navigate the art. MCT spoke with Paula Suozzi, a Milwaukee-based director of both theatre and opera, about traversing the two art forms.

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Insights on Maria Callas

Sunday, July 27, 2014

"Insights on Maria Callas" by Corliss Phillabaum Want to know more about Maria Callas before coming to see MASTER CLASS? Listen to an audio presentation by local opera and theatre expert Corliss Phillabaum and learn more about Callas' remarkable life and career. Click 'more info'

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