Deanna Strasse

Deanna Strasse

Deanna Strasse (she/her/hers) is a Milwaukee-based playwright who enjoys mixing the heartfelt with the hilarious. Her most notable works include "The Cafe' Mocha Murders", "Mayhem at Camp Marigold", and "Summers in Prague".

Ms. Strasse has seen her plays workshopped and produced through companies such as Waukesha Civic Theatre (Waukesha, WI), Windfall Theatre (...
Deanna Strasse (she/her/hers) is a Milwaukee-based playwright who enjoys mixing the heartfelt with the hilarious. Her most notable works include "The Cafe' Mocha Murders", "Mayhem at Camp Marigold", and "Summers in Prague".

Ms. Strasse has seen her plays workshopped and produced through companies such as Waukesha Civic Theatre (Waukesha, WI), Windfall Theatre (Milwaukee, WI), The Box Theatre Co (Oconomowoc, WI) Sidecar Theatre (Minneapolis, MN), Golden Chian Theatre (Oakhurst, CA), Chameleon Theatre Circle (Minneapolis, MN), Spark Creative Works (Long Island, NY), Lake Country Playhouse (Hartland, WI), St. Croix Festival Theatre (St. Croix Falls, WI), and more.

Ms. Strasse is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild.

Plays

  • The Café Mocha Murders
    Despite the raging storm outside, it seems like a perfectly normal night for an employee meeting at the local coffee shop, The Bean Shack. That is... until the lights go out, and someone winds up dead! In this over-the-top whodunit, it’s all about latte art, caffeine content, and the imminent threat of death.
  • Summers in Prague
    While visiting Prague, Mara decides to do something crazy and hire a male prostitute. Enter Valcav. Over the course of many years, Mara continues to visit Vaclav and an unorthodox friendship blossoms.
  • BOO
    Paranormal investigations have long been considered pseudoscience at best and outright hoaxes at worst. The Boo-lievers are attempting to change all that. The team behind this (marginally successful) internet ghost hunting show will use any means necessary to get the evidence and prove once and for all that we are not alone. While investigating The Omni Parker House Hotel, suspicions and friendships are...
    Paranormal investigations have long been considered pseudoscience at best and outright hoaxes at worst. The Boo-lievers are attempting to change all that. The team behind this (marginally successful) internet ghost hunting show will use any means necessary to get the evidence and prove once and for all that we are not alone. While investigating The Omni Parker House Hotel, suspicions and friendships are tested, ultimately examining the big question of, “What do you believe?”
  • Greetings From Green Lake
    Best friends and roommates Lynda and Melinda have spent their entire lives taking care of others, and, as they approach retirement age, they are ready to focus on themselves. For Melinda, that means finally writing that anthrozoology book she’s always wanted to pen. For Lynda, that means coming to terms with her supposed gift to reawaken the dead. Things get complicated when Melinda’s anxious and uptight niece...
    Best friends and roommates Lynda and Melinda have spent their entire lives taking care of others, and, as they approach retirement age, they are ready to focus on themselves. For Melinda, that means finally writing that anthrozoology book she’s always wanted to pen. For Lynda, that means coming to terms with her supposed gift to reawaken the dead. Things get complicated when Melinda’s anxious and uptight niece Beth comes to visit, throwing their idyllic though unorthodox life into a tailspin. As these women try to figure out the secret to life, the city of Green Lake, Wisconsin may never be the same.
  • Leannán Sidhe
    Mya is an artist and has a somewhat obsessive personality. Her latest muse is English actor Vincent Thane and dreaming of him is so much better than the real world. In Mya’s apartment, she dreams up extensive conversations with Vincent, attempting to write while dreaming of endless summers and Bavarian kings. But Mya is about to get her wakeup call if Vincent has anything to say about it.
  • Dancing With Hamlet
    When Rosie, the matriarch of the Flack family, decides to remarry following her divorce, her three grown children are not exactly thrilled with the idea. What's more, they are mortified when their father dies suddenly in a car crash a week before the big day and Rosie decides to move forward with the wedding. The family's only daughter Elvira begins to see the whole as a tragedy...on a Shakespearean...
    When Rosie, the matriarch of the Flack family, decides to remarry following her divorce, her three grown children are not exactly thrilled with the idea. What's more, they are mortified when their father dies suddenly in a car crash a week before the big day and Rosie decides to move forward with the wedding. The family's only daughter Elvira begins to see the whole as a tragedy...on a Shakespearean level. It's time for a little antic disposition.
  • Exit Stage Riley (Youth Edition available)
    The Tammy Awards. Every drama student dreams of attending. But to win a Tammy Award, is the ultimate goal. The coveted GOAT Acting Award comes with a full scholarship and eternal glory. All eyes are on the elusive and charismatic Riley Thane to win for her one-woman show Thane's the Thing. The less-than-impressive Durschnitt High School Drama Club is also taking a trip to Madison in order to attend the...
    The Tammy Awards. Every drama student dreams of attending. But to win a Tammy Award, is the ultimate goal. The coveted GOAT Acting Award comes with a full scholarship and eternal glory. All eyes are on the elusive and charismatic Riley Thane to win for her one-woman show Thane's the Thing. The less-than-impressive Durschnitt High School Drama Club is also taking a trip to Madison in order to attend the awards and the club's treasurer, the devastatingly shy Janet has a big secret: she is secretly Riley Thane. To accept the GOAT Award would mean her college career is set, but it also risks exposing her true identity. Add to the mix an aspiring playwright, desperate to meet Riley, a couple of senior divas, two drama coaches battling it out for domination, and more! Can Janet and her cohorts keep her secret safe? Find out in this over-the-top farcical romp.
  • Mayhem at Camp Marigold (Youth Edition available)
    Kat was led to believe that she was heading to space camp (which is totally cool), but when a snafu in registration occurs, she's off to craft camp instead (which is totally lame). Between pottery classes, crochet lessons, and overly perky counselors, Kat is sure that this is going to be the worst week ever. But when a storm blows in and campers go missing, Kat and her cohorts are going to need every...
    Kat was led to believe that she was heading to space camp (which is totally cool), but when a snafu in registration occurs, she's off to craft camp instead (which is totally lame). Between pottery classes, crochet lessons, and overly perky counselors, Kat is sure that this is going to be the worst week ever. But when a storm blows in and campers go missing, Kat and her cohorts are going to need every crafty skill they've got to survive the night.
  • Molly's (Mostly) Accurate Mythology Anthology
    Molly, Kevin, Gregory, Peaches and the rest of the crew are back! When a teacher is at her wits ends, trying to figure out how to get her class interested in Greek mythology, she calls upon a local theatre group to help spice things up. When the professionals cant make it, Molly's madcap theatre troupe is more than happy to step in.
  • Roberta's Skin
    Roberta decides to join a nudist colony...but first she has to get over her own insecurities.
  • Variations on the Return of the Lover
    Bill and Bridget have a history.
    And Bill has finally walked back into Bridget's life.
    She's imagined this moment a thousand different ways.