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Sarah’s Salon: VOICES FREED! 2018 Summer Reading Series

September 10, 2018 | 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Join the Friends of the Charles Allis on the second Monday of the month — from June through September — for a fun and stimulating way to hear new or under-appreciated works by women playwrights such as Zona Gale, a Wisconsin native, and the first Woman to win the Pulitzer Prize.

6:30 p.m. Doors open and cash bar mixer
7:15 p.m. Curtain
9:00 p.m. Talk back and cash bar

And as added intrigue, attendees who identify each month's corresponding artwork (see image above) from the museum's collection will be entered to win a special prize. That's right. You have four opportunities to win!

Free Admission | $10 Suggested Donation


Monday, September 10 — Nubian Stories

Our final play of the season will be Nubian Stories, which is a new piece by Milwaukee playwright Nabra Nelson. This reading, directed by Suzan Fete, will be presented in partnership with Renaissance Threatre Works.

Monday, August 13 — Town Hall

By Caridad Svich, recipient of a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre.

Monday, July 9 — The Dutch Lover

You'll enjoy the ride through this rollicking romantic comedy — full of cross-dressing, mistaken identities, gender confusion, courageous sword-wielding women, and cowardly tearful men — from renowned Restoration playwright Aphra Behn, one of the first successful women authors of the British stage.

Monday, June 11 — Miss Lulu Bett

In 1921, Wisconsin-born playwright Zona Gale became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play about a 30-something, self-proclaimed spinster, the eponymous Lulu Bett, who lives as a practical servant to her sister and brother-in-law. An unexpected encounter with a charming and handsome suitor sets Lulu on a journey of love, heartache, self-discovery, and resilience, through which she finally finds her own path to personal freedom and independence.


Our Sarah’s Salon events are founded upon the Italian renaissance concept of the “salon,” a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation.

As a friends group, in partnership with the museum, we offer these experiences for all Milwaukeeans to gather, be enriched, meet likeminded people, enjoy deep discussions — or simply appreciate art.