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The Butcher of Baraboo

Marisa Wegrzyn
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Skewed family values and the deep and dark secrets they create become a life force for Valerie, the infamous butcher of Baraboo, Wisconsin. Once her husband has gone missing everyone suspects she played a hand, especially her nosy sister-in-law who just happens to be the town sheriff. Enter the drug-pushing pharmacist daughter who just might hold the key to the ultimate unanswered questions.

Production Info

Cast: 5 total (4 female, 1 male)
Full Length Dark Comedy (about 110 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Both violence and wackiness continually threaten to erupt in Marisa Wegrzyn’s macabre comedy. Dowdy Wisconsin housewife Valerie may have butchered her husband in hopes of canoodling with his brother. Her lesbian pharmacist daughter, Midge, sells meth to middle schoolers with the tacit approval of Aunt Gail, the bumbling sheriff who gets high to research her antidrug lectures. And so on. It’s all smarter, funnier, and truer than it sounds, thanks to Wegrzyn’s extraordinary ability to imbue goofiness with menace.” —Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader

“Despite seemingly serious subject matter — family secrets are brought to light on the anniversary of Valerie’s husband’s disappearance — Wegrzyn’s script is rife with humor.” —Time Out Chicago

“Playwright Marisa Wegrzyn [has] penned an absurd mystery. Her ordinary Wisconsin folk take on dark personas in this clever farce. Wegrzyn gathers a flock of red herrings and slits their throats one by one. It’s clever and zany.” —Chicago Now

About the Author


  • Marisa Wegrzyn

    Marisa Wegrzyn has had plays produced in Chicago at Steppenwolf Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, Theatre Seven of Chicago, Rivendell, and Chicago Dramatists; in New York Off-Broadway at Second Stage and Kef Theatre; regionally at CenterStage Baltimore, Moxie Theatre San Diego, Victory Theatre Center Los Angeles, and Hot City Theatre St Louis. She has been commissioned by Steppenwolf (twice), Yale Repertory Theatre, and Theatre Seven. She is a founding member of Theatre Seven in Chicago and is currently writing for TV (Goliath, Amazon) while continuing her work in theater around the country.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 1/26/2016
Pages 78
ISBN 9780881456219

Special Notes

Special Notes

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The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
The Butcher of Baraboo is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC

Production Video and Stills

Production Video and Stills

THE BUTCHER OF BARABOO in The Road Theatre production in Los Angeles


The Red Orchid Theatre production in Chicago. Photo by Michael Brosilow.


The Red Orchid Theatre production in Chicago. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Upcoming and Recent Productions


10/15/2021 – 10/30/2021
None Too Fragile Theatre
Akron, OH

12/6/2019 – 12/21/2019
Street Corner Arts
Austin, TX