May 18 – June 4
Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings at 7:30
Sunday matinees at 2 pm
Special Pay-What-You-Can preview performance, Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30

VELVET GENTLEMAN is a colorful journey into the mind and music of the witty and eccentric composer Erik Satie whose music ranges from comically bizarre to hauntingly beautiful. Created and performed by TAP’s co-artistic director James Valcq, this multimedia theatre piece featuring Satie’s music, words, and drawings will transport audiences to fin de siécle Paris.

Although in his own time he was dismissed as a radical or a clown, Satie’s ideas were to have a profound influence on many musical developments over a broad time span, ranging from Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky all the way to John Cage and Philip Glass.

James Valcq is the co-artistic director of the Third Avenue Playhouse. This year saw the world premiere of his adaptation of the 1910 musical MADAME SHERRY for which he also directed, choreographed, and played a featured role. His production of I LOVE A PIANO was named by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel as one of the top ten productions in Wisconsin during 2015. He is the composer of THE SPITFIRE GRILL, VICTORY FARM, ZOMBIES FROM THE BEYOND and THE PASSAGE. Acting credits include the Milwaukee Rep, Boise Contemporary Theatre, First Stage, and Door Shakespeare.