Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens; Adapted by Gale Childs Daly Running Time: 2 hours; 15 min plus intermission

April 13, 2017 to
April 30, 2017

Cabot Theatre
Directed by Molly Rhode

Featuring Andrew Crowe, Jonathan Gillard Daly, Karen Estrada, Chike Johnson, Josh Krause, Deborah Staples and Zach Thomas Woods

In this literary gem, Pip, an orphan boy, has a life-altering encounter one day on the moors when he helps an escaped convict named Magwitch. From this singular act of kindness, Pip starts on a mysterious and disturbing journey to manhood that is full of twists and turns, miraculously allowing him to advance in society while all of his great expectations seem to be coming true. Packed with curious and fascinating characters, shadow and light, Gale Childs Daly's exceptional and bold reinvention of the classic Dickens novel is uncommonly tight and suspenseful - a fast-paced theatrical treat!

A collaboration with First Stage

Co-Sponsored by:
Donald A. Cress
The Gerlach Family
Marianne & Sheldon B. Lubar

Charles Dickens; Adapted by Gale Childs Daly
Musican Andrew Crowe
Magwitch & others Jonathan Gillard Daly
Estella & others Karen Estrada
Joe & others Chike Johnson
Pip Josh Krause
Miss Havisham & others Deborah Staples
Herbert & others Zach Thomas Woods


Production Staff
Director Molly Rhode
Scenic Designer Lisa Schlenker
Costume Designer Jason Orlenko
Lighting Designer Jason Fassl
Properties Master Maddy Yee
Dialect Coach Tyne Turner
Stage Manager Judy Martel
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162:00 PM1718191:00 PM (*)7:30 PM (V)207:30 PM (T)218:00 PM224:00 PM8:00 PM
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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, April 19, 2017 12:00 PM

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 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, April 19, 2017 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, April 20, 2017 7:30 PM

Thursday, April 27, 2017 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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Study Guide


Media Coverage

A Richly Imagined "Great Expectations" at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Gayle Childs Daly’s adaptation, written in 1993, cannily streamlines the tale in classic story-theater style, creating the world of Victorian London using simple benches and chairs as props and scenery.

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A Dickens of a Staging

Monday, April 17, 2017

If your expectations are not limited to what Charles Dickens did with words on paper, but open to what theater can create out of ensemble inventiveness, you’ll find both forms of imagination – novel and theatrics – are engagingly knit in the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Great Expectations.

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Milwaukee Chamber Theatre staging reinforces greatness of Dickens' 'Expectations'

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Gale Childs Daly's adaptation of the Dickens classic leads to an ingeniously staged production of GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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Chamber's masterful "Great Expectations" exceeds every single one

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The surprising and brilliant adaptation by Milwaukee's own Gale Childs Daly opened Friday night at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.

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