Acacia Theatre Company

2022-2023 Season Announcement



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2022-23 SEASON: A New Season

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:19, New International Version.

 At last! We have persisted through our longest season ever – three years in length – to this next era. In addition to presenting three plays in a new subscription season, we are beginning a new ticketing model with pay-what-you-can, incorporating two new staff members and doing our first entire season in a new performance space. We hope you will join us as we follow God in the way He has made!

Janet Peterson

Artistic Director


The Jeweler’s Shop
By Pope John Paul II
Translated into the English Language by Boleslaw Taborski
Adapted by Ted Davis
Directed by Elaine Rewolinski
October 28 – November 13, 2022
“The One we seek by chance has the face of the love which already entangles our existence. They are all in Him.” Andrew and Teresa’s encounter at a jeweler’s shop expands into a poetic and generational drama with entrancing atmosphere, meditating on the ways we look for God in one another. Written by Karol Wojtyla, who co-founded the cultural resistance movement Rhapsodic Theatre and later became Pope John Paul II, The Jeweler’s Shop is a play for anyone who seeks love – new, old and young.

Friday, October 28th at 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 29th at 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 30th at 3:00 PM

Thursday, November 3rd at 7:30 PM
Friday, November 4th at 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 5th at 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 6th at 3:00 PM

Friday, November 11th at 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 12th at 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 13th at 3:00 PM

We Will Not Be Silent
By David Meyers
March 10 – March 26, 2023

February 18th, 1943. 21-year-old Sophie Scholl is arrested for her involvement in the White Rose, a non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany. David Meyers’ play recreates the interrogation that tests all she believes. “There [is] nothing to do. Hitler cannot be stopped,” Scholl’s interrogator states. “Only because Germany is made of men like you,” she replies. We Will Not Be Silent is a stunning testimony of faith and a historical account with new urgency for this moment.

Friday, March 10th at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 11th at 4:00 PM
Sunday, March 12th at 6:30 PM

Thursday, March 16th at 7:30 PM
Friday, March 17th at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 18th at 4:00 PM
Sunday, March 19th at 3:00 PM

Friday, March 24th at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 25th at 4:00 PM
Sunday, March 26th at 3:00 PM

Holmes and Watson    
By Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Elaine Wyler
June 9 – June 25, 2023

If you think there aren’t any new stories about Sherlock Holmes, think again! The great detective did go over the falls at Reichenbach with his nemesis Professor Moriarty. But Holmes’ body was never retrieved, and so it is no surprise when a telegram arrives informing Watson that three men, each claiming to be the famous sleuth, have been committed to a remote asylum. Now Watson must discover if one of the mad men is the real Sherlock Holmes. “A truly smashing play full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.” –

Friday, June 9th at 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 10th at 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 11th at 3:00 PM

Thursday, June 15th at 7:30 PM
Friday, June 16th at 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 17th at 4:00 PM
Sunday, June 18th at 3:00 PM

Friday, June 23rd at 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 24th at 4:00 PM
Sunday, June 25th at 3:00 PM


As we rebuild from the chaotic events of the last few years, we see now, more than ever, the need to remove barriers to the performing arts. Since reopening in the fall of 2021, we have offered all of our tickets as Pay-What-You-Can.
As of this season, Acacia is thrilled to announce that we are the first theater company in Milwaukee to move to a completely Pay-What-You-Can model for all ticket sales!

What Does Pay-What-You-Can Mean? 
Just what it says. We don’t decide what our tickets cost; you do. You give us the amount of money you think is fair (either to you or to us), and we let you in. Simple, right?

“What Should I Pay?”
Well, whatever you can. But if you need guidelines, here’s what we ask you to consider:

“What Am I Accustomed To Paying?”
Most small Milwaukee-area companies charge between $15 and $30 a ticket. We’d appreciate if you can land in that range, with a suggested donation of $20 per ticket. If you typically get senior or student discounts, feel free to adjust accordingly.

“What Am I Willing To Pay?”
We understand that we are small, non-profit theatre company. If you want to take us out for a test drive, pay a modest amount for your ticket — you can always pay extra as you leave!

“What Am I Able To Pay?”
Maybe you’re a student on a tight budget, or a senior on a fixed income. Maybe you’re going through some tough times. We get it. Arts and culture are frequently the first items in the budget to be cut when facing tough economic choices, especially when tickets to larger productions can cost over $100. We want to make it possible for you to see live theatre regardless of your situation. If you have $20, that’s great, but if you have $5, that’s fine too; we will never turn you away.

Please Bear In Mind…
Although we try to keep our production costs as low as possible, between space rental, performance royalties, cast and crew stipends, prop/costume/set expenses, publicity material, etc., even small-scale theatre is an expensive venture. While we seek individual donations, grant support and corporate sponsorship to help underwrite our shows, we also ask that you do your part through your ticket purchase, to the extent of your ability.

“What About Season Subscriptions?”
Have no fear!
Season subscriptions will still be available for purchase with a suggested donation of $45 for all 3 shows ($42 for seniors), but remember, it is Pay-What-You-Can! For season subscription purchases, you can call the office at 414-744-5995, and we will get you the best seats for the season.
Subscription purchases will only be available by calling the office (not online yet) starting September 15th, and single ticket purchases for all productions will go live on October 1st at


Covid Safety Policy for Patrons
As we carefully move towards loosening our Covid restrictions, our goal is to continue moving forward while being responsible. We understand that our patrons and our performers come from diverse backgrounds, and have different values and belief systems. We love, celebrate, and encourage that diversity. But with that variety of opinions, we also understand that it is impossible to please everyone.

Acacia will be basing our masking policy on Covid transmission rates and trends in Milwaukee County (and surrounding counties) that are updated by the Wisconsin Department of Health (http://, scroll down the page for breakdown by county), and are categorized as High, Medium, and Low.

High transmission rates: masks required.
Medium transmission rates: masks recommended, but not required.
Low transmission rates: masks not required.

We will have bio-ionization fans running during the performances as an additional safety measure.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation as we do our best to help keep everyone safe and healthy!

All of our performances are now held at:
The Norvell Commons at St. Christopher’s Church
7845 North River Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217

We thank God for another year of live theater together!

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