Press Release: The Constructivists to Bring Back "Gruesome Playground Injuries"


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March 12, 2018 – (Milwaukee) Due to popular demand, The Constructivists will bring back "Gruesome Playground Injuries" by Rajiv Joseph for two weekends this spring, April 26th - May 5, 2018. All Actors and Production Team members will return.

Milwaukee Magazine: "We're digging this new local theatre company."

The Small Stage: "An excellent first outing for the group.”

Broadway World: "...this is a wonderfully well-written piece of theater, and one that's a worthy kick-off for Milwaukee's new Constructivists.”

"Gruesome Playground Injuries" features Solana Ramírez-García (First Stage, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks) as Kayleen, and Rob Schreiner (Company of Strangers, Bad Example Productions) as Doug.

The play is directed by Artistic Director Jaimelyn Gray (Utah Shakespeare Festival, TUTA Theatre Chicago, Bluebird Arts), with Set and Costume Design by Sarah Harris (Southern Methodist University, African American Repertory Theatre, Plano Repertory Theater), Sound Design by Robert Hornbostel (Porchlight Music Theater, Rivendell Theater Ensemble, Black Button Eyes), Lighting Design by Aaron Suggs (Voices Found Repertory), and Technical Direction and Set Construction by Les Zarzecki (TUTA Theatre Chicago, The Constructivists), and Stage Management by Dana Vetter.

In "Gruesome Playground Injuries", playwright Rajiv Joseph asks the question: Why do we hurt ourselves to gain someone else's love? Kayleen and Doug go through 30 years together as their lives intersect at the most bizarre moments, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical ailments that keep drawing them together. Oddly funny and heartbreaking, the play explores the trials of lost love, pain, and regret that all humans share.

"Gruesome Playground Injuries" will run April 29 - May 5, 2018 at The Underground Collaborative, 161. W. Wisconsin Ave, Lower Level of the Grand Ave (Below TJ Maxx). Performances are Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30pm, and a matinee performance Sunday, April 29th at 2pm. Along with the new performances, Artistic Director Jaimelyn Gray will announce the 2018-19 Season of The Constructivists on closing, Saturday, May 5, 2018. All Media Outlets and their Representatives are welcome to attend the Season Announcement Party at 9pm.

Kayleen | Solana Ramírez-García
Doug | Rob Schreiner

Production Team
Director | Jaimelyn Gray
Set/Costume Design | Sarah Harris
Sound Design | Robert Hornbostel
Lighting Design | Aaron Suggs
Technical Direction/Set Construction | Les Zarzecki
Stage Management | Dana Vetter
Acting/Movement Coach | Laura Sturm


Tickets can be purchased online through, or by calling The Constructivists Box Office at 414.858.6874. They are $15 online presale, and $18 at the door.

Jaimelyn Gray is also currently planning additional events to pair with these new performances, giving Milwaukeeans the opportunity to spend time with The Constructivists throughout April and May. An audition workshop with Artistic Associate Laura Sturm, auditions for the as-yet-unnamed Fall Production, and a reading of “Art & Class,” a new play inspired by true events by Salt Lake City-based playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett, are all in the works. Details will be released as soon as they are finalized.

About The Constructivists

Live theatre, and the human experience it provides, is needed now more than ever. The Constructivists are committed to creating viscerally driven live theatre, exposing and exploring the complexity of human nature and the perils it creates. This in an effort to challenge, enlighten, educate, and entertain a diverse mature audience. The Constructivists believe passionate theatre is the necessary catalyst for change.