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What on earth is a Propmaster?

By Alan Eisenberg, Editor

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What on earth is a Propmaster?  The most amazing propmaster in America works right here in Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.  I know because I personally interviewed Jim Guy for two hours recently.  He is a total genius, with an encyclopedic mind.  That’s just my opinion and I’m sticking to it.  One of Milwaukee’s best kept secrets is that the Rep houses and enormous warehouse that sinks deep into the bowels of the building on East Wells street and is a gazillion feet large.  I saw the following:  a replica Model T Ford (Guy designed and built it) for Ragtime, a copy of an ornate pillow from the studio at Ten Chimneys, or any of the picture frames, crutches, umbrellas and other effects (and I use the term generously) organized at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater; if you didn’t realize that this was a collection of masterpiece props, you might easily think you were in a salvage yard, but every single piece has a story and helps tell one.  Guy and the pieces often travel the country and are even rented out.  Anything someone needs, Jim Guy has it, can build it or can get it.  Guy will appear on the “Alan Eisenberg Show” this very next Sundaynight on WRJN.com (listen live link) or Monday at WRJN.com at the podcast link archive.

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