Joel Gersmann, 62, artistic director of Broom Street Theater since 1969 and one of Madison's most prolific playwrights, died Friday in his home. He had been in poor health for some time.Anyone who's ever lived in Madison knows that the Broom Street Theater is one of those distinctive things that make Madison Madison. Goodbye, Joel!
The theater has a reputation for producing experimental, avant-garde plays, many of them controversial.
Currently, the theater is featuring "Oklahomo, a Gay Comedy About Curley, a Resident Drag Queen, a Transsexual Cow and Homophobia."...
Gersmann's own plays included subjects ranging from Nazis to Nancy Drew, and from abortion to pedophilia.
June 25, 2005
The Wisconsin State Journal reports: