The Amateurs

March 19 - April 5, 2020

Regional Premiere

Directed by Jennifer Uphoff Gray

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

Dear friends of Forward,

The health and safety of our patrons, performers, volunteers, and staff is our highest priority. We have followed closely the news of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our community, and out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelling all public performances of The Amateurs.

Cancelling a show is one of the hardest decisions we've made in our 11 seasons of producing plays. However, the health and well-being of our audience and community must come first. We feel incredible gratitude for our subscribers and The Amateurs single ticket buyers, and we sincerely appreciate your patience as we worked out a method to resolve this ticket issue.

Before we worked out a solution, we had some business to take care of first: paying our artists.
Every artist hired to work on The Amateurs will receive full payment for their contracted dates.

As a non-profit organization, a cancelled production is a major hardship, and one that Forward will feel for some time. But local artists are the ones hit the hardest. That's why it's vitally important for us to adhere to our mission of supporting those that choose Wisconsin as their artistic home. We ask for your support and that you consider this as you make your choice for unused tickets.

Here are your options:

1. Do nothing. There's a lot going on right now - if you don't want to worry about this bit of business, your unused tickets will automatically be donated back to Forward Theater, no action is necessary.

2. Make your tickets a tax deductible donation to Forward Theater (this benefits everyone!). Simply click on the button below and provide your contact information. You will receive an email confirmation that can be used for tax purposes. Click HERE to make your tickets a tax-deductible donation.

3. Request a refund. We're happy to provide your money back, and look forward to seeing you again in The Playhouse next season. Click HERE to request a refund.


Hollis is a performer in an itinerant troupe of actors attempting to outrun the Black Plague in this 14th century-set comedy by the author of Marjorie Prime. The Renaissance is still in the future, and so is the concept of self-determination. So when Hollis stops a performance to wonder why Mrs. Noah would get on that ark, she throws her castmates into chaos.

This thought-provoking and centuries-spanning play delights in the imaginations of theater-makers and theater-goers everywhere. And in a tale as inventive and hilarious as its characters, The Amateurs ponders the purpose of art in turbulent times.

“...a rollicking tragicomedy in which pratfalls and death throes are tumbled together...” - The New York Times

Sponsored by: DeWitt, CUNA Mutual, Isthmus


Terry Bell (The Physic), Matt Daniels (Larking), Adam Estes (Brom), Emily Glick (Rona), Josh Krause (Gregory), Kat Wodtke (Hollis)

Scenic Designer: Nate Stuber, Lighting Designer: Marisa Abbott, Costume Designer: Monica Kilkus, Composer/Sound Designer: Joe Cerqua, Props Master: Pamela Miles, Dramaturg: Mike Fischer, Stage Manager: Sarah Deming-Henes, Assistant Stage Manager: Enya Nett


The weekly preshow lecture series, scheduled for evening performances of The Amateurs, is also cancelled due to the closing of Overture Center during the COVID-19 situation.


Why did we choose The Amateurs? Check out this review in The New York Times:

‘The Amateurs’ Takes On God, Noah’s Ark and the Plague. For Laughs.

There's more to The Amateurs than meets the eye. A next level interview with playwright Jordan Harrison:

How To Write An “AIDS Play” Today—And Why We Should Still Care
With “The Amateurs,” Jordan Harrison swaps “Orange Is the New Black” for Black Death.

Interview with playwright Jordan Harrison and Oliver Butler, director of original Vineyard Theatre production:

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