Deanna Strasse is a Milwaukee-based playwright, actress, and director who enjoys mixing the heartfelt with the hilarious. Some of her most notable works include Dancing With Hamlet, Summers in Prague,The Way We Suffer, A Play About About Parker, ROXANNE, and more. Her works have been produced and work-shopped through companies such as Windfall Theatre, Macha Productions (in Seattle, Washington), Chameleon Theatre Circle, Sidecar Theatre (both in Minneapolis, Minnesota), St. Croix Festival Theatre, Wisconsin Lutheran College, and more. Deanna received her Bachelors of Arts with an emphasis in Theatre Performance at Wisconsin Lutheran College and currently lives in Milwaukee with her rats Elvira, Oscar, and Albee.
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News 4.10.2020 Holy fudge. A lot has changed since I last posted here. Back then, I was under the blissful assumption (hope, really) that Covid 19 still wasn't "that big of a deal" and that we'd be able to get away with a second weekend of "Before We Burn Out". Nope. Our Monday evening Pay-What-You-Can performance ended up being our closing night. Luckily, we did live stream that performance, but our final weekend simply wasn't meant to be. On top of that, the show I was slated to with Sunset's Bug In a Rug Children's Theatre was cancelled. (That one was particularly heartbreaking as had such fun with "The Koala Who Could" and looked forward to acting for kids once again.) I'm currently "off" of my day job and receiving catastrophe pay which means that I'm pretty much at home twenty-four seven. What started off as an introvert's dream has quickly become a strange almost comatose state where I'm sleeping constantly and time seems to mean absolutely nothing. It's ample ground for depression to run wild. I'm struggling. Little things help...like discovering Zoom, working hard on all my crochet projects (until I run out of yarn), and adopting two new rats (two boys named after Edward Albee and Oscar Wilde. I really like Oscar Wilde I guess.) I wish that I had some grandiose words of encouragement for everyone...including myself, but I don't. The entire world has seemingly shut down, and it's scary to even go outside. I don't have any wise things to say...I don't think I'm really the person that others turn to for wise words anyway. I'm more of a smart-ass remark kind of girl. Just take care of each other. And take care of yourself. I'll see you on the other side of this whole thing. D.