University of Wisconsin Oshkosh theatre professor Richard Kalinoski’s award-winning play about two young survivors of the Armenian genocide try to reboot their lives in southeastern Wisconsin in the 1920s is being staged by the In Tandem theatre company of Milwaukee.
It is Kalinoski’s hometown and a fitting stage for the play, which has been produced around the globe from Los Angeles to Venice, Italy. “Beast on the Moon” has been produced in 17 different countries and translated into 12 languages.
“The play is set in Milwaukee, not accidentally,” Kalinoski said. “The actress (Mary McDonald Kerr) who played the lead in the play in the mid-1990s at Chamber Theatre is returning and now directing. Coincidentally, ‘Beast on the Moon’ is part of the ongoing repertory of Tallinn City Theatre in Estonia, and representatives from that historic theatre will be in Milwaukee at the end of March to see it at In Tandem Theatre.”
Kalinoski said the play’s reach in Europe continues to grow. It was most recently produced in Siberia and in the Czech Republic.
“Its longevity probably has to do with the fact that it tells an unusual love story — the re-fashioning of a family,” he said.
- In Tandem Theater brings Kalinoski’s ‘Beast on the Moon’ full circle (Tap Milwaukee, jsonline.com, Feb. 22).