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Director’s Notes

I’ve worked a lot with John McGivern, an Emmy-award winning storyteller/comedian based in Milwaukee. But our collaboration really took off when we put together A Midsummer Night McGivern and Winter Tales. For these, I served as John’s director, sound and set designer and helped shape the stories. Both have been successful, with productions in various venues, sometimes with different titles.


Productions

A Midsummer Night McGivern (or Summer Stories)

Winter Tales (or Home for the Holidays)

Fully Committed

Santaland Diaries (also included in A Very Merry McGivern)









Venues

Madison Rep

The Marcus Center

Next Act Theatre

Milwaukee Rep

Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan)

Cedarburg Performing Arts Center

Schauer Arts Center (Hartford)

Jefferson Performing Arts Center

Third Ave. Playhouse (Sturgeon Bay)

Performing Arts Center (Whitewater)

MIlwaukee Public TV

Reviews

On A Midsummer McGivern

“...the best of his best..."Midsummer" takes an unexpected dark turn in the second half the show. Chilling reality pays the McGivern family a visit. The audience barely breathes until that segment concludes.”   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


“Savvy collaborator/director Edward Morgan knows McGivern doesn't need many props to sell his anecdotes. McGivern has lived these stories himself, and he recalls his Our Town tales with winning wit.”   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


On Winter Tales

Working with director Edward Morgan, McGivern skillfully sculpts these monologues. Warm and fuzzy is the prevailing tone, but they have dramatic peaks and unexpected conflict. The entire package is wrapped in humor.”

 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


On Summer Stories

“Yet Summer Stories, in which he has the luxury of a director (Edward Morgan, a frequent collaborator) all to himself and a one-man tech crew, feels a little different for McGivern, who is used to working a room with just a microphone and an  outline in his head. “I usually don’t get so much help,” he laughs. “Here’s a stool and a kneeler and I’m done.”” – Backstage


On Santaland Diaries

“Based on audience response to McGivern's performance, "The Santaland Diaries" is also destined to become Madison's pre-season holiday adult favorite. On a stage littered with partially clad department store mannequins, a 6-foot-tall Christmas tree and other small set pieces, McGivern prances, sometimes literally, through Sedaris' tale of one special holiday season when the author learned the true meanings of Christmas: greed, avarice, humiliation and despair.” The Capital Times

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