Milwaukee Chamber Theatre



  • February 16, 2012read more

    WUWM's Bonnie North interviews A THOUSAND WORDS playwright Gwendolyn Rice!

  • February 15, 2012read more

    Watch John McGivern's "Footlights Minute" interview with actress Molly Rhode!

  • February 14, 2012read more

    by Jenna Kashou, Inside; Just as life can be unexpected, inspiration can also happen at serendipitous or seemingly irrelevant moments. Like reading a newspaper, for example. An article about a set of old photographs by a Depression-era photographer, propelled Madison-based playwright Gwen Rice into a research frenzy back in 2004.

  • February 9, 2012read more

    Check out this new preview video for A THOUSAND WORDS featuring footage from the Madison production and interviews with director Jennifer Uphoff Gray and actors Georgina McKee & Molly Rhode. (Click more info to watch)

  • February 8, 2012read more

    “There is no single work of art or literature that summarizes the deep concern with poverty in the 1930s. The work of documentary photographers like Walker Evans may come the closest, in part because the unvarnished humanity of their subjects seemed to transcend its historical moment.” ~Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression, by Morris Dickstein

  • February 8, 2012read more

    2004: Playwright Gwendolyn Rice stumbles upon “a newspaper account of when the photos were found amongst (Ernest) Hemingway’s possessions. I had never heard of Walker Evans, but the story really intrigued me.”

  • January 26, 2012read more

    by Lindsay Christians, 77 Square; For Madison writer Gwendolyn Rice, there’s always one character in each of her plays with whom she’s a little infatuated. In “A Thousand Words,” that character is Walker Evans.

  • January 19, 2012read more

    by Andrew Winistorfer, A.V. Club; In A Thousand Words, photographer Walker Evans accepts a government job documenting the lives of dustbowl farmers in 1930s Kansas. At the same time, he also accepts a partner: a reluctant writer named Shirley Hughes who will supply the narrative to accompany his images. Eighty years later, some of Evans's photos are discovered in the personal effects of another writer: Ernest Hemingway.

  • January 18, 2012read more

    by Kate Vaughn, Madison Magazine; Juxtaposing the present day with the 1930s, stories unfold to pose the question: How much is a photograph truly worth?

  • January 14, 2012read more

    Wisconsin State Journal; How "A Thousand Words" came about: The play was conceived after I read a small newspaper article about the owner of a bar in Key West, Fla. He stumbled upon a treasure trove of books, fishing gear, and personal effects from one of the bar's most famous patrons — Ernest Hemingway. Among these items were a collection of black and white photos taken by Walker Evans.