Part of the Wisconsin New Musicals Cycle 

Music by Jennifer Hedstrom

Book by Karen Saari

Lyrics by Jennifer Hedstrom and Karen Saari

Directed by Meghan Randolph
Music Direction by Jennifer Hedstrom

Part of the Wisconsin New Musicals Cycle 

Date Note: Due to the unexpected status of COVID-19 and current CDC guidelines, we have postponed the original June dates for this workshop. We plan to reschedule as a live event, online event, or some combination of both. Once we have more information, we will be able to make a decision on how best to move forward. Once we have a decision, we'll announce it here, via social media, and in our e-newsletter.

Our number one priority is the safety and health of our artists and audiences. Thanks for being patient during this confusing time! 

"Fix your eyes on me. This is a day that we'll remember." 

After a successful reading in December of 2019, TEN DAYS IN A MADHOUSE returns with improvements for another look! Enjoy food and drinks, see renderings of sets and costumes, hear early demos, learn about Nellie Bly, see the show in a staged reading, and offer your feedback! 

In 1887, the ambitious and brave Nellie Bly, 23 years old, marched into Joseph Pulitzer's office and offered to get herself committed to the insane asylum at Blackwell's Island so she could report on the atrocities inside.  Less than two days after she feigned insanity at women's boarding house, a judge sent her to the dreaded reclusive institution, where she met women who were tired, abused, poor, neglected, lonely, depressed...but none who were crazy. 

In this new musical, the story of Nellie's time at Blackwell's Island is dramatized by local writers Karen Saari and Jennifer Hedstrom with haunting and beautiful music complementing a hard-hitting script faithful to Nellie's eventual book-length exposé. 


Nellie Bly (National Women's History Museum)

...Now Nellie Bly is getting her due (Washington Post)

Undercover in an insane asylum (short animated film by The Atlantic) 

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