Theatre Arts 2023-2024 Season


Our 2023-24 season is in honor of our anniversary. The Helfaer Theatre turns 50 in 2024, and we will also be celebrating 100 years of theatre at Marquette University! 

We begin with our Second Stage Series, putting audiences onstage, close to the action. Our celebration culminates with our musical, Sweeney Todd! We hope you will come celebrate with us!

2023-2024 Season 

Season subscriptions* are on sale now

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For questions about performances*, please contact the Helfaer Box Office.

*Please note that tickets must be purchased using a credit card.

25th annual putnam spelling bee

A Piece of My Heart

by Shirley Lauro

Sept. 29, Oct. 5, 7 @ 7:30 pm; Sept. 30, Oct. 8 @ 2:30 pm

The story of Vietnam, told by the women who served.  The true stories of six courageous women and their struggles to make sense of a war that irrevocably changed them and a nation that shunned them.  (Includes some strong language, gunshots, and alcohol/drug use.)

Our Second Stage Series offers two alternating, stripped-down shows with intimate seating, putting the acting in the spotlight!

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The Servant of Two Masters

by Carlo Goldoni

Sept. 30, Oct. 4, 6 @ 7:30 pm; Oct. 1, 7 @2:30 pm

When a hungry servant realizes that working for two masters could ensure him double the food, he tries to do the job of two men while working desperately to conceal his plot from both employers. Carlo Goldoni’s comedy classic features lost love, mistaken identity, ravenous servants, and lots of mix-ups. The original “One Man, Two Guv’nors”. 

Our Second Stage Series offers two alternating, stripped-down shows with intimate seating, putting the acting in the spotlight!

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From White Plains

All in the Timing

by David Ives
Nov. 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 @ 7:30 pm; Nov. 12, 19 @ 2:30 pm

A hilarious combination of vignettes. Winner of the John Gassner Playwriting Award. This critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedies combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun.  This production showcases the work of multiple guest artists and students!



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Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler

April 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 @ 7:30 pm; April 7, 14 @ 2:30 pm

This excitingly dark musical by Stephen Sondheim tells the tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after 15 years of wrongful imprisonment to seek revenge against the judge who ruined his life. Assuming the pseudonym of Sweeney Todd, he forms a sinister partnership with his neighbor, Mrs. Lovett selling “locally sourced” meat pies. (Includes violence, dark humor.)

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Box Office Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Helfaer Theatre
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

Street Address:
Helfaer Theatre
525 N. 13th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

*All tickets must be purchased online using a credit card.

(414) 288-7504

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