So who are the Nowaks anyway? Let's find out! Take a look at our four featured actors, and their characters, who will be appearing on the stage at the Broadway Theatre Center's Studio Theatre. See you at the show!
RAELEEN MCMILLION - Clara
Raeleen is very happy to be spending the holidays working with one of her favorite theatre companies! MCT audiences may remember her as A Lady of Letters in TALKING HEADS, Mrs. Potts in PICNIC, and Martha in OCTOBER BEFORE I WAS BORN. She has also served as a dialect coach for several productions at MCT, most recently, FRANKIE & JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE. And she teaches the subjects Acting, Voice & Speech, and Dialects over at UW-Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts! Happy Holidays!
As Clara, the matriarch of the Nowak family, Raeleen will be playing a confident woman proud of her family's legend and instantly defensive should it be called into question. What could never be in question is her love for her three children, even when she thinks they're wrong. Maybe especially when she thinks they're wrong.
GRETA WOHLRABE - Beverly
Greta Wohlrabe feels incredibly blessed to be making her MCT debut. Locally she's appeared at the Milwaukee Rep in productions of VENUS IN FUR (co-pro with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), CLYBOURNE PARK (co-pro with Arizona Theatre Company), THE MOUSETRAP, CABARET and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. She's also appeared in Spring Green at American Players Theatre, in TWELFTH NIGHT, TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, THE CRITIC, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, THE TEMPEST and SKYLIGHT, in which she was named the Best Performance in a Play for 2012 by the Wall Street Journal. Greta has a MFA in Acting from Purdue University and a BA from Wheaton College in Massachusetts and is an alumna of the Eugene O'Neill National Theatre Institute.
As Beverly, the eldest child in the Nowak clan, Greta will be playing a confident, competitive woman with a passion for bowling. She is stubborn when it comes to the family legend, but she loves her family and is a fierce protector of its traditions.
KAT WODTHKE - Ruth
Kat is delighted to return to MCT, where audiences may recognize her from the 2013 Young Playwrights Festival. Kat hails from Milwaukee and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota. She is an aspiring Renaissance woman who acts, directs, builds, composes, sings, plays, teaches, writes, organizes, dreams, schemes, and creates. Kat is grateful to Michael and the rest of the MCT family for the opportunity to play alongside this wonderful cast.
As Ruth, the middle child, Kat will be playing a strong-willed, aspiring writer and actress seeking out the real truth behind the family legend. After all, she's writing a one-woman play about it, brought on by a deathbed confession that changes everything.
JOSH KRAUSE - Jimmy
Josh Krause is delighted to return to Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, where he was last seen as Pip in GREAT EXPECTATIONS. He recently completed the 2017 Apprentice Program at American Players Theatre, where he appeared in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, CYRANO DE BERGERAC and A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE. Josh received his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Indiana University and is a teaching artist for the Milwaukee Rep and Sunset Playhouse.
As Jimmy, the baby of the Nowak family, Josh will be playing the easy-going brother and son who is always ready with his toolbox when there are things that need fixing. But there's more to Jimmy than his toolbox and the family legend. He's a blue-collar worker with a secret of his own.