Theatre Department presents Marvin's Room

Production addresses themes of death, love, duty, and self-sacrifice

Marvin's Room

Date posted: October 27, 2011

MILWAUKEE – Marvin's Room, presented by the Wisconsin Lutheran College Theatre Department, opens Friday, November 4 at 8 p.m.

Marvin's Room, which premiered Off-Broadway in 1991, centers on Bessie (played by senior theatre major MaryFran Stefanich), who has spent most of her life caring for her ailing father and elderly aunt. When personal tragedy strikes, she is forced to reach out to her estranged sister, Lee (played by senior theatre major Deanna Strasse). Themes of death, love, duty, and self-sacrifice are intertwined like a bowl of fish hooks that are hard to separate. Amid this serious subject matter, McPherson has infused the play with ample humor that teeters between biting and benevolent. (Visit the theatre web page for a complete cast list.)

Marvin's Room is directed by Jan Gompper, professor of theatre. Performances on November 4-5 and 10-12 will be at 8 p.m. The show on Sunday, November 6 will be at 3 p.m.

All performances take place in the Center for Arts and Performance Raabe Theatre, 8815 West Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $6 for students. To order tickets, call the Box Office at 414.443.8802 or visit

Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent Christian college in Milwaukee that is recognized for its academic excellence and Christian leadership tenets.