Help Support the Banana

Pink Banana Theatre’s Quest For $5,000

Jul. 6, 2010
Google plus Linkedin Pinterest

As the dust begins to clear on one of the slowest parts of the theatre season this side of December, the big finale of the August-July Theatre year is just around the corner. (Two shows open next week. The 2009-2010 theatre year ends as Boulevard Theatre opens its 2010-2011 season with Fourplay at the end of the month. This is a hazy point in the theatre year. One month after Boulevard opens its new season, the Off The Wall Theatre closes its 2009-2010 season by opening a production of Psycho Beach Party. There’s no universal accounting for the calendar with local theatre companies . . .)

There are already nearly 100 shows listed for the upcoming 2010-2011 Milwaukee theatre season. As I busy myself trying to work out how the Shepherd is going to cover things in the coming season, there are still a couple of companies who haven’t announced any shows for the 2010-2011 theatre season. Generally, these are smaller, newer companies that operate on an off-schedule—new ones like Youngblood and Bite. There is one smaller company that has announced plans for a show for the upcoming theatre year: Pink Banana. The group has announced its plans to stage a production of Stephen Belber’s Tape.

Set entirely in a motel room, the play has a really visceral quality to it that would really benefit from the kind of intimate production that Pink Banana has rendered in the past. The banana has yet to announce a venue or a date for its production.


Pink Banana has, however, announced a request for donations. A couple of weeks back, a mass email was sent out. Under the subject heading “Please read. The banana needs YOU,” the company announced its next season’s goal of raising $5,000. Raising money for small-scale theatre may seem a bit optimistic in the current economy, but local theatre celebrity Jonathan West recently managed to raise some $3,815 for a production of David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries slated to hit the Sunset Playhouse’s Studio theatre this December. West raised the money through selling tickets for the production. He only needed $2,000. Pink Banana’s $5,000 goal is a little bit more ambitious, but it’s be nice to see them have another couple of shows on the upcoming season.

Tax-deductible donations to Pink Banana can be sent to:PB Theatre, P.O. Box 1645, Milwaukee, WI 53201.

Visit Pink Banana online for more info about the company.



Given Donald Trump’s talk about lowering corporate taxes, at the end of the day would middle-class Americans end up paying more under a Republican tax reform plan?

Getting poll results. Please wait...