Foundry Stage Series

Forging the future of theater through emerging plays, artists, and engaging experiences beyond the stage. 

First Stage’s Foundry Stage Series of new play readings and professionally produced productions with associated workshops, extended talkbacks, and more – promises to spark conversations and deepen the shared theater experience.

The Foundry Stage Series is held at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, providing an intimate performance venue and workshop space, with free street and surface lot parking.

  Foundry Stage Series – 2019/20 Season

New Play Readings 
Free Admission 

Professional Production 
Workshops & other experiences included in ticket price 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 7PM

February 21 – March 22, 2020
Family Theater Workshops in conjunction with Saturday matinee performances, 2:30-3:15PM (included with ticket price)

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7PM

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7PM

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 7PM

(please note: this date has recently been updated from prior printed materials)

Stay tuned to this page for updated information on our new play readings, workshops, audience engagement opportunities, and much more.

New Play Readings

Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 pm, Milwaukee Youth Arts Center 

Adapted by Francis Limoncelli
Based on the book series by Jon Scieska, illustrated by Lane Smith

Print book originally published by Puffin Books
Directed by J.T. Backes

When Joe receives a magical book for his birthday, he and his pals are unexpectedly hurled across time and space. They first arrive in Camelot, a land menaced by an evil knight, a terrible giant, and a fire-breathing dragon. With quick thinking and a dash of courage the newly formed “Time Warp Trio” manages to survive, but the mysterious book soon thrusts them into further adventures – each more challenging than the last! Save the day with wit and bravery in this adaptation of stories from Jon Scieska and Lane Smith’s TIME WARP TRIO series.

Admission is free, but space is limited. RSVP for this reading

Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 pm, Milwaukee Youth Arts Center 

By Finegan Kruckemeyer
Directed by Jeff Frank

"Some kids, they can only read so many stories... before they decide they wanna make their own.”

An homage to the great noir detective stories, 'The Great Ignored' sees child-sized protagonists left to clean up an adult-sized town. 

In a Gothamesque city, where the shadows are long and the deals are shady, four kids face off against something a whole lot bigger than four kids. Bianca 'The Anchor' Carter runs the plays, Jimmy 'Knuckles' Green is the muscle, Louie 'The Twin' Kanaski can pull a con like no other, and Tilly Whaites... is too shy for a nickname but too smart for the rest.  

Calling themselves The Great Ignored, they use the fact kids are overlooked to run surveillance, and always stay one step ahead of the crooks. But when The Anchor is kidnapped from her treehouse stronghold by the worst of the worst, the task of saving her - and in turn the city - falls to the remaining three...

Admission is free, but space is limited. RSVP for this reading.

Tuesday, January 14, 7:00 pm, Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

By Carlos Murillo

In Augusta and Noble, we meet Gabi, a 12-year-old girl who has lived her whole life amid a vibrant Latino community in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. Gabi is starting high school across the city at Northside College Prep, where she is quickly exposed to new people and possibilities. As Gabi begins asking questions about her heritage, including the truth about her parents' harrowing journey across the border to the United States, she struggles to discover exactly where in this world she belongs. Told in English peppered with Spanish, this play for young audiences celebrates the rich history and resilience of the many immigrants who call Chicago home.

Admission is free, but space is limited. RSVP for this reading.


Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 pm, Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

A world premiere play by Joe Foust and John Maclay

Andromeda’s father has gone missing and the 14-year-old is trying to find answers – to who they are, who they will become, but mostly what happened to their Mythology professor father? Suddenly Andy is swept away on the adventure of a lifetime where all things become clear. Okay – to be honest, things get really confusing for a while, I mean there’s the Underworld, different gods appearing, a cyclops, but ultimately Andy finds the path forward. From the writing team that brought you the rollicking adventure Robin Hood comes another instant classic filled with mischief, mayhem, fighting, fury and just pure fun.
Admission is free, but space is limited. RSVP for this reading.

Sponsored in part by:

The Metcalfe Family


United Performing Arts Fund