Tragedy: A Tragedy

A play by Will Eno

Dark times. Night, in fact. You might be excused for wondering what the event means and what comes next. For worrying about it even, if that’s your inclination. But whatever the uneasy darkness portends, you can be sure that you won’t have to face it alone. Fellow witnesses are standing by.

Tragedy: A Tragedy is, as the hint of bombast in the title suggests, the ideal antidote for the lamentable Wisconsin winter—wry, affectionate, and ultimately hopeful. At the end of the day you’ll feel better about humanity, if not for the chances of its survival, at least for the nobility of its cosmic epitaph.

On Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 2pm (doors open at 1:30pm), Tragedy: A Tragedy will have its Madison premiere in the form of a staged reading at Arts + Literature Laboratory. This all-star production is directed by Suzan Kurry and will be performed by Autumn Shiley, Carl Cawthorne, Edric Johnson, Patrick O’Hara, and Sean Langenecker.

Admission is free. Please consider a donation for the performers.

Seating for this single performance is limited. Indicate your intention to attend on the Facebook event page or via

Brooklyn playwright Will Eno was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, won the 2012 Horton Foote Award, and was a co-recipient of the 2012 PEN award for an American Playwright in Mid-Career. Eno’s quirky and perceptive take on the human condition, on full display in Tragedy: A Tragedy, will certainly bring him further recognition in the future.

Carl Cawthorne

Carl Cawthorne (Frank in the Studio) has most recently performed with Strollers Theatre playing Tobias in "A Delicate Balance" and The Old Gentleman in "Rhinoceros". He has also taken part in staged readings for KRASS and Forward Theatres.

Edric Johnson

Edric Johnson (John in the Field) is a professor of creative drama and social studies education. He recently performed in Wait Until Dark, August: Osage County, and the Forward Theatre Monologue Festival.

Patrick O’Hara

Patrick O’Hara (Michael, Legal Advisor) received an MA in Theatre Research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His Madison theatre credits include A Behanding in Spokane, The Night of the Iguana, The Rabbit Hole, Cat’s Paw, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

Autumn Shiley

Autumn Shiley (Constance at the Home) was most recently seen in MTG's production of Time Stands Still. Prior credits include On the Corner of Clark and Vine, Twelfth Night and Oedipus. She received her MFA in Acting from the University of Virginia.

Sean Langenecker

Sean Langenecker (The Witness) will be performing in MTG's Rock of Ages opening March 2, 2018 at the Bartell Theater.

Suzan Kurry (Director) is delighted to be working on this staged reading of Tragedy: A Tragedy. She thanks you, the audience, for supporting the arts.

Philip Heckman (Occupant of Seat B-140) was most recently seen in the audience at the Overture Center’s Playhouse for a performance of Exit Strategy. (His fingerprints are all over the PR for this event, which explains any smudging.)

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Arts + Literature Laboratory is located in Madison’s Schenk-Atwood neighborhood at 2021 Winnebago Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-3pm during exhibitions or by appointment. Please check the exhibitions calendar before planning your visit, as the gallery is closed between exhibitions and other schedule changes are posted here.


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