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News Release: 5/22/2019

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May 22, 2019

Media Release – for immediate release.
Date: 5/20/2019



Janesville, WI— This August the Janesville Performing Arts Center (JPAC) will be producing an original play inspired by mental health and suicide prevention in Rock County.  Local playwright, Jim Lyke, who wrote last year’s piece about homelessness has met with representatives from the community and NAMI to pen his latest play.  Although the play is fiction it is inspired by real stories and real events conveyed during hours of interviews with local leaders who provide mental health and suicide prevention services in the area.
The play will be directed by JPAC Executive Director, Nathan Burkart.  Burkart, a native from Janesville, was a professional actor and director in Los Angeles, CA for over eight years.  He holds a BFA in musical theatre from Webster Conservatory in St. Louis and has worked as a theatre professional in Wisconsin, Illinois, St. Louis, New York and Los Angeles. He has worked with a large array of artists ranging from Adam Sandler to Edward Albee.  “Jim did an outstanding job last year with his play THERE’S NO PLACE.  We are thrilled to bring back a second installment to this series that hopefully brings awareness and light to a very relevant and serious topic to the Janesville/Rock County community.  It is through this type of work that JPAC demonstrates its ability to use theatre as a vehicle for deeper conversations that benefit people from both inside and outside the local theatre community.” Says Burkart.
Auditions for WHEN I GO will be held at the Janesville Performing Arts Center on Wednesday June 12th with possible callbacks occurring on Friday June 14th.  Please email Executive Director, Nathan Burkart, at to schedule an audition time between 5pm-9pm.  There are male and female roles available for ages 16-60.  Actors will read scenes from the script. 
WHEN I GO will run Thursday August 22nd- August 25th.  Shows will be at 7:30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:00pm on Sunday.  Tickets will be $15 for adults and $12 for students.  They are available for purchase online at or by calling the JPAC box office at 608-758-0297.
JPAC thanks the Janesville Foundation for its support and investment in helping grow this new program that will benefit many members of the Rock County Community.
The Janesville Performing Arts Center serves the greater Rock County area through performances and events produced by local non-profit arts groups.  JPAC also provides classes, workshops, choirs, concerts and theatrical events with the intention of providing affordable arts opportunities for all members of the Janesville Community.   The center’s 637 seat theatre, lobby, art gallery, box office, and administrative office are located in the historic Janesville High School/Marshall Junior High School building in downtown Janesville.  Visit our website at