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Angela Iannone's new play at Soulstice Theatre explores her fascination with Edwin Booth, the lesser-known Booth brother, who was five years senior to John Wilkes.

“I’ve always been something of a theater nerd,” says Angela Iannone. And MKE fans have been reaping the benefits of her fixation for years. Most visible as an actor – she recently tackled the roles of Maria Callas (Master Class) and Amanda Wingfield (The Glass Menagerie) in a single season – she is also a director and playwright, filling both roles in Theater RED’s production of The Seeds of Banquo this month. The fourth play Iannone has written about the legendary 19th-century actor Edwin Booth, this one centers on his 1870 production of Macbeth. “Edwin Booth is naturalistic, truthful, American acting,” Iannone says, explaining her fascination with the lesser-known Booth brother, who was five years senior to John Wilkes. “[Edwin] is the innovator and the standard by which everyone else can be judged.”

The Seeds of Banquo (Aug. 12-23). Soulstice Theatre, theaterred.com.

‘To Edwin, with love’ appears in the August 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.
The August 2015 issue is on newsstands August 3.

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