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Collage by Natalie Ergas,

Native Essence Art

Music and Lyrics by Jennifer Hedstrom

Book and Lyrics by Karen Saari

Directed by Meghan Randolph

Music Direction by Mark Wurzelbacher

Choreography by Marin Johnson

August 19, 20, 26, and 27 at 7:30 p.m.

August 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Memorial Union, Play Circle Theatre (Second Floor), 800 Langdon St. 

Tickets on sale 2:00 p.m. July 18! 

Click here to learn about the 2020 developmental workshop and podcast! 

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In 1887, passionate and seemingly fearless journalist Nellie Bly is sent to infiltrate the notorious Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum to report on what she sees. Unsure of what she’s getting herself into, and unaware of when she’ll get out, Nellie enters the asylum and is shocked by the treatment and conditions. She also meets people of all walks of life; fascinating characters, most of whom are not at all insane…and a nurse who might be.  Ten Days In A Madhouse tells the story of Nellie’s time in Blackwell’s through the eyes of those she saves, and those she can't, as she records her findings and eventually shocks the world with her exposé.


Box office services are provided through the Campus Arts Box Office at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Click here to see their hours and policies. 

Ticket Prices: $35 general admission for Fridays and Saturdays, $30 general admission for Sunday.  Students with a valid ID can be admitted for $15 at all performances. 


Unless you elect to have your tickets mailed to you, there are no extra fees added to these prices. 

How to order: 

Tickets can be purchased in one of three ways: 

1. Order online. (Coming July 18) 

2. Call the Campus Arts Box Office at 608-265-ARTS. 

3. Visit the box office at the Union (800 Langdon St.) during business hours or starting one hour before performances. Enter through the doors at Park and Langdon Streets. Click here for a map. 


An important note about masks: UW-Madison currently does not check for vaccination status or require masks. This is a campus-wide ordinance and MTM must follow it. 


HOWEVER, Music Theatre of Madison would be extremely grateful if you wore a mask during the show, except to take sips of drinks. We will have extras in case you need one. We know it's not fun. But we care about your safety and that of our artists, and honestly, we don't want to be a production that has to shut down because of COVID cases. We are being diligent with masking, testing, understudies, and other safety precautions throughout rehearsal. Wearing a mask will mean you're doing your part to keep our actors and the people around you safe. We have been working on this piece for four years. We'd love to complete the run and not compromise the safety of our performers or audience. 

Do not remove markers! Do not remove tape from seats that are covered, and please adhere to signs that say "Reserved."​

Drinks: Beverages purchased in the Union, as well as water bottles, are allowed in the theatre during the performance. This includes beverages purchased at the Rathskeller. No food is allowed in the theatre. 

Accommodations: If you require ADA accommodations, please contact and CC so that we can make sure an accessible seat is reserved for you.


Parking/Transportation: There are over 2500 parking spots within a five-minute walk of the Union. The Union is also widely accessible via public transportation.  Click here for complete information. 

Location: The Play Circle is located on the second floor of the Memorial Union.  Enter through the doors at the corner of Park and Langdon Streets.  The box office is on your left, past the information desk.  The elevator to the second floor is on  your right.  The stairs just inside the door will take you to other parts of the building to enjoy dining and drinks before the performance.  Click here for additional location information. 


Pre-show dining: The Memorial Union is home to several casual dining restaurants including standard American fare, pizza, custom sandwiches, coffee, ice cream, and full-service bars.  Visit the Memorial Union website for details. You can even bring your drinks with you into the theatre! ​ The UW-Campus and State Street are within walking distance and have many options for dining and drinks. 



Ten Days In A Madhouse is set in an insane asylum in the 1880s. The conditions were abusive and terrible. Characters go through difficult emotional and mental trials that are shown onstage. There is also a scene of intense violence (no blood or gore). Additionally, domestic violence is described and abstractly portrayed. There are several moments of screaming and sudden noise. 


Photos by Beau Meyer. Trailer by Dave Alcorn. Click here for the trailer! 

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