Goosetown: The Devil’s Milk, Part Two

A new musical

book, music, and lyrics by JT Buck

Goosetown: The Devil’s Milk, Part 2 premieres April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 8pm and April 23, 30 at 2pm at The Balch Street Theatre, 220 South Balch Street, Akron OH 44302. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 students and are available online at or 330-8673299. Each performance will be followed by an audience engagement session. NWPL’s The Devil’s Milk Trilogy is funded in part by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of the Knight Akron Arts Challenge.

Goosetown: The Devil’s Milk, Part 2 tells the story of a man drawn from the hills of West Virginia in 1913 by the promises of a booming Akron. He lands in a violent but exhilarating swirl of people and ambitions where the lines of race, class, and ideology are blurred as fortunes are easily gained and lost. Arriving at the train depot and walking the streets, he finds a place to sleep in the arms of a passionate and mysterious woman in the mostly German neighborhood of Goosetown. But Goosetown itself is a strange place, built defiantly atop a hidden river flowing with secrets that refuse to be buried. At the rubber factory, under the watchful eye of the new company clock tower looming over the city, he’s caught between the greed of a powerful industry tycoon and the righteous passion of a growing labor uprising. Add to all of it the disruptions of a chaotic freeze/thaw weather cycle and a priest with very worldly desires and a city on the brink of…something. But what will it be? A rapture? An apocalypse? Faced with such odds, how can a simple man rise from the dirt to live a good, honest life?

Directed by New World Performance Lab Co-Artistic Director James Slowiak, actors include NWPL company member Rosilyn Jentner, and guest artists Jay Sigler, John Dayo Aliya, Mark Seven, Alex Nine, Laura Stitt, and Jennifer Woda. Costume design is by Inda Blatch-Geib, lighting design by Chris Hariasz and scenic design and technical direction by Kirsten Williams.

The Devil’s Milk Trilogy

NWPL devised The Devil’s Milk Trilogy in intensive work sessions between March 2015 and December 2016. Each work session culminated in open rehearsals and talkback sessions with the public. The entire trilogy begins performances March 30-May 27, 2017 at the company’s home base, The Balch Street Theatre, 220 South Balch Street in Akron. Each part of the trilogy will stand on its own as a performance event and take on a very distinct theatrical form and style, providing a stimulus and forum for a frank discussion about the city and the rubber that shaped it. An Arts Challenge Grant from The Knight Foundation will help pay for artists’ stipends during the development process and allow CATAC/NWPL to offer ensemble members and local theatre artists the opportunity to refine their craft.

About NWPL

NWPL is an internationally acclaimed ensemble of theatre artists that has been active in Northeastern Ohio since 1992. Since taking up residence at The Balch Street Theatre in 2011, NWPL has produced a number of exceptional productions including “Virginia Woolf’s ORLANDO” and “Gilgamesh: He Who Saw Everything” as well as hosting various theatre companies such as Studium Teatralne from Poland, TAPIT Theatre Ensemble from Madison, WI, and Ma’Sue Productions. CATAC/NWPL spearheads numerous community projects, training sessions, educational programs, and performances throughout the region, nationally, and internationally.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes journalism excellence worldwide and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers. Knight Foundation supports ideas and projects that can lead to transformational change.


NWPL: James Slowiak,, 330-867-3299