In Milwaukee and missing Ex Fabula? Of course you are.

Well, we’ve got just the thing for you. Three nights of Ex Fabula fun at the beautiful John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, October. 11 – 13.  We hope that by now,  you’ve heard a bit about Ex Fabula’s six month residency with the wonderful folks at the JMKAC. We hope even more so, that you were able to make the short trip north and check out an event or two over the past six months.  Finally, we implore you to go to Sheboygan any one of these evenings and see the culmination of months of storytelling workshops, community events and story slams.

Not only is this special weekend the product of the hard work and passion that went into this incredible experience, it is also the kick-off the JMKAC’s 2012 – 2013 Footlights season.  Here’s what our friends there have to say about it:


From energetic urban hip-hop dance to captivating stories of Wisconsin to mystical Middle Eastern folk music and beyond, the Footlights performing arts series at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center brings the four corners of the world to Sheboygan.

The recently announced 2012/2013 Footlights season opens with Ex Fabula: Story. Stage. You., a captivating evening of storytelling and music by Count This Penny that includes performances by area residents. The season continues with the Latin-inspired dance of Luna Negra Dance Theater, Philadanco performing dance works created by African American choreographers, Yuval Ron Ensemble weaving together the music and dance of divergent Middle Eastern cultures, and Dance Exchange presenting an evening of dance theater.

Two series of performances are available. The Family Series offers programs that typically take place earlier in the evening and are shorter events designed for adults and children of all ages to encourage a lifelong love of performance. The Performance Series showcases the entire range of each ensemble’s artistry.

Following are details of the complete Footlights Series:

Storytelling Spectacular

Thursday–Saturday, October 11–13, 2012, 7:30 p.m.

Hear real people tell it like it is—or was. As the culmination of an Arts Center Connecting Communities collaboration, Milwaukee-based Ex Fabula presents an engaging program of storytelling with community participants featuring live music by Count This Penny, an Appalachian pop music band from Madison by way of Tennessee. A perfect musical complement to storytelling, Count This Penny has been featured on Prairie Home Companion and public radio and television.


You can get tickets to any or all of the three night run by clicking here.  Oh, and did we mention that this weekend is part of the Sheboygan Shindig, a celebration of arts, music, books, and dance.  You really cannot go wrong with this one.

There’s a whole lot more that promises to be fantastic during the footlights season and we recommend you make the trip to see Ex Fabula and then make a few return trips for the rest of the season.  You can find more information at the JMKAC’s website.