This experimental troupe was recognized for producing unique and unconventional plays. Formed by a group of theater faculty and students from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1969, they first made waves with their production of The Measure’s Taken at the 1970 International Brecht Symposium. Their 1978 production of A Fierce Longing earned a prestigious Off-Broadway (Obie) Award for scene and lighting design. In the mid-1980s, they took on controversial subject matter with their exploration of French philosopher Michel Foucault’s The History of Sexuality. In addition to their Milwaukee performances, the group toured nationally and internationally. They disbanded in 2003, citing financial problems. Their most famous participants include actor Willem Dafoe and former Violent Femmes drummer Victor DeLorenzo.
- ^ “Theatre X Ends 35-Year History,” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, November 20, 2004.
- ^ “The Energizing Legacy of Theater X,” Third Coast Digest, November 11, 2009, (podcast), last accessed October 26, 2011.
- ^ “Theater X Gets Obie Award for Design in Drama,” The Milwaukee Journal, May 18, 1979.
- ^ Cindy Lutenbacher, “Theater X’s A History of Sexuality,” Theater 20 (2) (1989): 85-90.
- ^ “Theater X Ends 35-Year History,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 20, 2004.
- ^ Ibid.
For Further Reading
West, Jonathan. Milwaukee’s Live Theater. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2009.