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  • TNW Ensemble Theater

Step Right Up, Ma'am - Stories of Resilience

Updated: Jun 20

A multi-disciplinary production from TNW Ensemble Theater

Step Right Up, Ma’am takes audiences into the hearts and minds of remarkably strong women, both real and mythic, with works by Fabu, Dale M. Kushner, and Danielle Dresden. 

In Fabu’s writings, Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud, Nedra Bobo-Boyles brings to life the stories of notable black women in history and their connections to Wisconsin. 

Dale M. Kushner’s poems, from her recently published book of poems, M, dive into the transformative experiences of women in myth and history, from desire through loss and grief to awakening. Performed by Liz Light.

Dresden’s work, Henny & the Strawberries, is based on the real-life experiences of her cousins as hidden Jewish children during World War II in the Netherlands. Performed by Eileen Koteles. 

Cut paper collage banners, by upstate New York visual artist Milly Charles, literally shape the stage environment.


Overture Center – Promenade Hall

Friday & Saturday, June 21 & 22, 7:30 PM

Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23, 3 PM 

Tickets are $30, plus the Overture Center surcharge. 

You can also buy tickets by phone at

(608) 258-4141, by email,

or in person at 201 State Street.


Step Right Up Ma’am is made possible, in part, by support from the Great Performance Fund for Theater at Overture, a Field of Interest Fund at the Madison Community Foundation; Dane Arts, with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company, the Evjue Foundation, charitable arm of the Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation; the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin, and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Neil Allen Peckett Memorial Fund; and RoseDot.


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