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WIT and WISDOM-the monologues of Ruth Draper

February 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


TAPIT New Works presents this wonderful show.  Read this about it in the Wisconsin State Journal report on their Madison performance.

Picture an evening with your funniest and most interesting women friends, chock full of laughter, unexpected revelations, and sparkling commentary on the human condition.

Featuring a diverse cast of 10 female actors, aged 26-81, in an immersive, cabaret-style performance, Wit & Wisdom will introduce area audiences to the work of Ruth Draper, the most famous actress you’ve probably never heard of.

Ruth Draper (1884-1956) was a solo performer long before it was cool. She literally performed before the crowned heads of Europe (Queen Mary and King George V) and counted Laurence Olivier and George Bernard Shaw among her fans. Agatha Christie modeled two characters after her – and Lily Tomlin and Tom Waits both cite her as a major influence.

The monologues selected for Wit & Wisdom showcase Draper’s evergreen understanding of the human experience and her wicked sense of humor, administered with a kindly touch.

Audiences will visit a class in “Greek Poise,” track a married couple’s breakfasts through the years, follow the latest trends in doctors and diets, and, in general, learn more about Draper’s characters than they know about themselves. Musical interludes from Julia McConahay, “Madison’s rocking solo violinist,” weave throughout the monologues.

Director Catie O’Donnell is guiding the top-notch cast of leading area actors.

Please call 920-563-9391 to reserve seats.


February 16, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm