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When Off the Wall Theatre shuttered mid-pandemic, ending a 20-year run, Amber Regan found herself wondering, “What’s going to happen to this space?”
The intimate art deco theater, right in the heart of Downtown (127 E. Wells St.), had a long history of supporting community-made productions, and Regan feared it was too big a loss for Milwaukee. So in 2021, when most performing arts organizations were still closed due to COVID-19, she opened Sunstone Studios in Off the Wall’s former space, dedicated to putting on local theater productions and providing a space to spotlight Milwaukee artists. “We opened at a time when there were no rules, and it was kind of the Wild West of getting together,” Regan says. “But I don’t think most people in the area know about us yet. That’s something we’re working toward.”
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Now, Sunstone is the smallest organization to be a part of Visit Milwaukee’s new Theater District initiative, which unites Downtown’s performing arts organizations. “To have an art ecosystem that is full and diverse and interesting is part of what makes our city interesting,” Regan says. This season Sunstone will perform The Crucible (March 2-28), a Playwright Showcase (April 21-30) and more.
Tickets and more info are available at sunstonestudiosmke.com.
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WITH THE LAUNCH of Milwaukee’s new Theater District, which encompasses nine local theaters, comes a new way to stay up to date on the hottest tickets in town. There are some discounts, too. Sign up for the free Theater District Pass at visitmilwaukee.org.