Our good friends at Bunny Gumbo are cooking up another installment of their venerable tradition, “Combat Theatre”.  In an act of sheer cowardice, Optimist Theatre’s Artistic Director, Ron Scot Fry, will once again be directing.  Cowardice?  It was either direct or act and acting is far too intimidating.  The actors in “CT” all deserve purple hearts.

Anyhoo…  Here’s the blurb with all the info you need to know – straight from the Bunny Gumbo mouth, Mr. Jim Fletcher.

Hope to see you all there.

It’s the Year of the Bunny, baby!

2011 marks the Year of the Bunny and your favorite theatre company isn’t one to let something like that pass by lightly.  Bunny Gumbo starts the year off right by presenting not one, but two Combat Theatres. Our regular version of Combat takes place at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center on January 14th and 15th, but a week earlier, you can catch the high school version, Combat Boot Camp at the Waukesha Civic Theatre on January 8th

For the uninitiated, Combat Theatre challenges eight playwrights, eight directors and 30 actors to bring 16 original scripts from initial concept to performance before a live audience – in only 24 hours.  Topics, locations, directors and actors are all, literally, “pulled from a hat.”  There is no advanced preparation, no warning, no mercy – just instinct, ability and raw talent on display. The outcome of the process is a wide variety of 15-minute works that range from admirable to brilliant.  And while the Boot Campers get slightly longer to prepare, they are no slouches when it comes to entertainment.

Combat Theatre is Friday and Saturday, January 14th and 15th, at 8 pm at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut (on the corner of Walnut and MLK.)  Tickets are $18 each and are available at the door only.  Or buy the weekend package and see both nights for only $30.

Combat Boot Camp is Saturday, January 8th, at 7 pm at the Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 West Main Street, Waukesha.  Tickets are only $8.  Call their box office at 262-547-0708 or visit their web site: www.waukeshacivictheatre.org

Combat Theatre involves the best writers, directors, and actors Milwaukee has to offer.  Those wishing to attend are advised to arrive early as previous installments of Combat have sold out quickly.

The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center is a collaboration of First Stage Children’s Theatre and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.

For more information about Bunny Gumbo, write to bunnygumbo@wi.rr.com or visit our website: www.bunnygumbo.com