The Rep - 2018/19 Season

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Welcome! Sixty-five years ago, Milwaukee Repertory Theater was founded to create exceptional theater in Milwaukee for Milwaukee. From our humble beginnings on Oakland Avenue, The Rep has grown into the largest performing arts organization in the state in terms of audiences served and one of the largest theaters in the country. What better way to celebrate our 65th Anniversay than with an extraordinary season for our audiences. In my tenure as Artistic Director, I’ve never been more proud of a season than the one before us. It is our largest season in more than a decade, features new plays by exceptional playwrights, including Milwaukee’s own Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar, the unveiling of a $1.75 million renovation of our beloved Stackner Cabaret and kicks off with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights. Excitement around the new season led Chicago Tribune critic Chris Jones to declare it rivals anything in Chicago and beyond – and we hope that you’ll agree!

Mark Clements Artistic Director


Milwaukee Repertory Theater ignites positive change by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity.

CORE VALUES: · Quality: We pride ourselves on the superior quality of our work—artistically and administratively—as well as excellent staff and patron services that enable this work to be produced and received in the most positive way. · Inclusion: We explore and celebrate the broad diversity of our region and commit to developing a theater that is welcoming and inspirational to all. · Citizenship: We demonstrate how a theater company inextricably committed to the betterment of its locality can wield a nationally resonant voice in an ever-changing world. · Innovation: We expand boundaries and explore the full scope of theatrical storytelling through narrative, across art forms, new technologies, and inventive messaging strategies. · Sustainability: We pursue our mission in a responsible manner that equally respects artistic innovation and financial integrity. 3

2018/19 Season Join us for 11 Amazing Plays in our Subscription Series. The more you buy the more you save!

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All 11 Shows from $285

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See them all! Enjoy productions in all 3 of our main performance venues: Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio and Stackner Cabaret.

Choose a minimum of any 4 plays out of 11. Want to see more than 4? You can purchase a 5 Play CYOS or 6 Play CYOS.

9 Shows from $227 See 5 shows in the Quadracci Powerhouse and 4 shows in our newly renovated Stackner Cabaret.

7 Shows from $133 See 5 shows in the Quadracci Powerhouse and 2 shows in our most adventurous theater space the Stiemke Studio.

FlexPass Subscription $330 Mix-and-match your favorite shows. Get 6 ticket vouchers to use for the best available seats in any combination. Even better, you don’t have to pick your plays or dates now. You can choose them up to 48 hours in advance of the date you wish to attend - subject to availability.


5 Shows from $85 See all 5 shows in our flagship theater - the Quadracci Powerhouse.

4 Shows from $152 See 4 shows in our newly renovated Stackner Cabaret. From dinner to drinks to great theater, you can’t go wrong.

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Join Us for the Grand Reopening of the Stackner Cabaret! The Stackner Cabaret is one of Milwaukee’s most in-demand performance venues playing to near capacity crowds for an average of 300 performances a year. After 31 years, it will receive a $1.75 million renovation with a grand reopening in early September 2018. The renovation, will include a completely new designed space featuring:

All new comfortable seats and tables State of the art production capabilities Increased seating capacity by over 35% A new patio bar and seating for socializing A new kitchen and bar

The Stackner is not a dinner theater but we do offer full dinner service prior to performances as well as an “anytime” menu and desserts before or after performances. We also feature a full bar with drinks available during the show. When purchasing your tickets ask about our special “Prix Fixe” dinner and make your dinner reservations today.

A new look, a vibrant destination to enjoy great art - be among the first to discover what’s inside!

September 7 - November 4, 2018 By Joanna Murray-Smith | Directed by Laura Braza

STACKNER CABARET A John (Jack) D. Lewis New Play Development Program Production

American Premiere Coming to Milwaukee from sold-out tours in Australia and the UK be the first in the U.S. to see this amazing production. Opening our newly renovated Stackner Cabaret, this one-woman tour-de-force show reminds us that everybody has a story – and a song – worth hearing. Share in the life-changing encounters between legendary divas and the everyday women whose lives they touched, interspersed with the songs that made Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday, and Maria Callas icons of our age. Featuring such favorites as “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Amazing Grace,” “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien,” “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do,” and “Vissi d’arte,” Songs for Nobodies shows us the magical power of song. Part of the Camille & David Kundert Stackner Season

Joanna Murray-Smith Part of the 11 Play, 9 Play, 4 Play, CYOS and Flex Packages.


Presented By The Plunkett Family Foundation

September 18 – October 28, 2018 Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda | Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda | Directed by May Adrales


The Sizzling Musical from Hamilton’s Creator Winner of the Pulitzer, Emmy, 2 Grammy, and 3 Tony Awards, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is a global superstar, and his 4-time Tony Award-winning musical is the perfect way to kick off our 65th Anniversary Season. The vibrant New York community of Washington Heights is a place where the air is filled with the sounds of salsa, merengue, soul, hip-hop and R & B. It’s also a neighborhood on the brink of change, full of hopes and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights is a show sure to capture the heart of all ages with its universal themes of chasing your dreams and finding your true home. Corporate Sponsor Executive Producers: Gina & Eric Peter Melanie & Steve Booth A Co-Production with Seattle Repertory Theatre & Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Lin-Manuel Miranda Part of the 11 Play, 9 Play, 7 Play, 5 Play, CYOS and Flex Packages.

September 26 - November 4, 2018 By Rajiv Joseph | Directed by Brent Hazelton


Gripping Historical Dark Comedy Set in 1648 India this “ingenious piece of theater� (Washington Post), by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, explores the friendship of two imperial guards. At dawn a new edifice representing the soaring power of the empire will be unveiled, the glorious Taj Mahal. But for the two guards assigned to protect the palace, morning brings them an unspeakable task that will shake their faith in God, the empire and their lifelong friendship. This boldly funny and deeply moving play examines the true meaning of beauty and the cost of transcendence in a world that confuses the value of both.

Executive Producer: Robert Burrell The Stiemke Studio Season is presented by: Ed Seaberg & Patrick Smith Four-Four Foundation, Inc.

Rajiv Joseph Part of the 11 Play, 7 Play, CYOS and Flex Packages.

Brent Hazelton


November 9, 2018 – January 13, 2019 Conceived and Originally Directed & Choreographed by Fran Charnas Musical Arrangements by Tom Fitt, Gil Lieb & Dick Schermesser Additional Orchestrations by Corey Allen | Directed by JC Clementz


An Energy Filled Musical Revue! Featuring five triple threat actor/musician/dancers, The All Night Strut! takes you on a musical journey through hits from the 1930s and 1940s from some of the greats including Duke Ellington, Frank Loesser and the Gershwins. From the funky jive of Harlem, to the romance of the Stage Door Canteen, it’s filled with jazz, blues, bebop and American songbook standards such as “Minnie The Moocher,”“In The Mood,” “Fascinatin’ Rhythm,”“I’ll Be Seeing You,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing,” and “White Cliffs of Dover.” Executive Producers: Bob Balderson Beth & Pete Gottsacker

Part of the Camille & David Kundert Stackner Season

JC Clementz Part of the 11 Play, 9 Play, 4 Play, CYOS and Flex Packages.

Featuring Kelley Faulkner

November 13 – December 16, 2018 By Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon | Directed by Kimberly Senior


A Contemporary Hit Based On A Classic Spend the holiday season with your favorite Pride and Prejudice characters as they gather at Pemberley, the stately home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. In this clever and charming sequel to Jane Austen’s masterwork written by the most produced playwright in America in 2017, the bookish and oft-forgotten middle child of the Bennet family finally has her day. An unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence and the chance to be the heroine of her own story. Told with exceptional modern wit and dazzling period style, this romantic comedy will delight Austen aficionados and newcomers alike.

Corporate Sponsor

Executive Producers: Julia & Bladen Burns Associate Producers: Amy & Fred Croen

Kimberly Senior Part of the 11 Play, 9 Play, 7 Play, 5 Play, CYOS and Flex Packages.

Featuring Margaret Ivey


Presented by Christine Symchych & Jim McNulty

January 15 – February 17, 2019 By Ayad Akhtar | Directed by Mark Clements


Midwest Premiere Direct from Broadway Milwaukee’s own Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar returns to The Rep with his epic new play, Junk. Immediately following its acclaimed Broadway run at Lincoln Center and featuring one of the largest casts ever on the Quadracci Powerhouse stage, this riveting story is set in the financial world of the 1980s. Inspired by the real junk bond kings of the day, it’s a battleground of titanic egos, where magnates are pitted against workers, lawyers against journalists, and everyone against themselves. With Junk, debt is an asset, and we see from the inside how money became the only thing that mattered.

Corporate Sponsor

Executive Producers: Rhonda & Greg Oberland Caran & Joel Quadracci

Ayad Akhtar

Featuring Norman Moses

Part of the 11 Play, 9 Play, 7 Play, 5 Play, CYOS and Flex Packages.

Featuring Jonathan Wainwright

January 18 - March 17, 2019 By Randal Myler & Dan Wheetman | Directed by Randal Myler

STACKNER CABARET A John (Jack) D. Lewis New Play Development Program Production

World Premiere Event From the creators of The Rep’s hit production Back Home Again: On The Road With John Denver comes this exploration of the music and culture of America’s first superhighway, the Mississippi River. From the iron red water in Minnesota to the deep, dark Southern Delta, the river carries the stories and songs of the people. Come take a ride on the Mississippi— guided by the voices of the men and women who lived and worked on the river, tied together with the observations and insights of the Mississippi’s most famous traveler, Mark Twain. Performed by three world-class musicians, including David Lutken (Woody Sez, John Denver), it’s a journey through America’s Heartland and features traditional songs like “Dance Boatmen Dance,”“Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” and “Deep River Blues.” Executive Producers: Camille & David Kundert Adlon Partnership Kris & Wayne Lueders Part of the Camille & David Kundert Stackner Season

Featuring David Lutken Part of the 11 Play, 9 Play, 4 Play, CYOS and Flex Packages.


February 13 - March 24, 2019 By Lloyd Suh | Directed by May Adrales

STIEMKE STUDIO A John (Jack) D. Lewis New Play Development Program Production

New Play by a Leading Voice in American Drama In 1834, Afong Moy was brought from Beijing to America and put on display as the “Chinese Lady.” Over the next several decades, she performed in a side show that both defined and challenged her own view of herself as she witnessed stunning transformation in the US. Inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese immigrant, playwright Lloyd Suh unearths hidden history and questions the way we look at ourselves and others.

The Stiemke Studio Season is presented by: Ed Seaberg & Patrick Smith Four-Four Foundation, Inc.

Lloyd Suh Part of the 11 Play, 7 Play, CYOS and Flex Packages.

May Adrales

March 5 – March 31, 2019 By Andrew Bovell | Directed by Mark Clements

QUADRACCI POWERHOUSE A John (Jack) D. Lewis New Play Development Program Production

American Premiere Bob and Fran Price have loved each other for thirty years and have built a home and raised four strong children. Set over the course of one year, this innovative and beautifully touching new play provides a unique perspective on the struggles the four adult Price children face to establish their identities and deal with personal crises. Written by critically acclaimed Australian playwright and screenwriter Andrew Bovell, Rep audiences will be the first in this country to experience this “warm play that will remind every audience member of their family.” (The UK Telegraph)

Executive Producers: Judy Hansen Christine & Pat Keyes

Associate Producers: Phoebe Lewis Catherine & Buddy Robinson A Co-Production with Arizona Theatre Company

Andrew Bovell Part of the 11 Play, 9 Play, 7 Play, 5 Play, CYOS and Flex Packages.

Mark Clements


March 22 - May 26, 2019 Created by Richard Maltby, Jr. | Conceived by William Meade Adapted from the Broadway Production by Richard Maltby, Jr. & Jason Edwards | Orchestrations by Steven Bishop & Jeff Lisenby Additional arrangements by David Abbinanti | Directed by Dan Kazemi


Back By Popular Demand From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. Back by popular demand from our sold-out run in 2013, Ring of Fire features more than two dozen classic hits – including “I Walk The Line,”“A Boy Named Sue,”“Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Ring of Fire” – performed by a multi-talented cast, painting a musical portrait of The Man in Black that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd pleasin’ salute to a uniquely American legend! Corporate Sponsor

Executive Producers: John Halechko & Marc Colletti Part of the Camille & David Kundert Stackner Season Part of the 11 Play, 9 Play, 4 Play, CYOS and Flex Packages.

Dan Kazemi

April 16 - May 12, 2019 Directed by Timothy Douglas


A Classic From An American Master Playwright It’s 1969 and change is in the air. But for the owner of a rundown diner in a dying Pittsburgh neighborhood, the Civil Rights movement may just be an impractical dream. Torn between whether to gamble on an urban-renewal buyout or sell his building to a predatory businessman, he finds himself caught between idealism and brutal reality. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson comes this masterpiece about everyday lives in the shadow of great events, and of unsung citizens who are anything but ordinary, in the play The New York Times declared as “Mr. Wilson’s most adventurous and honest attempt to reveal the intimate heart of history.” Executive Producers: Jackie Herd-Barber & Michael Barber

August Wilson Part of the 11 Play, 9 Play, 7 Play, 5 Play, CYOS and Flex Packages.

Timothy Douglas

Featuring Chiké Johnson


Encore Plays Add these plays to your Subscription package. Only Subscribers have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to these additional productions at the BEST PRICES! Which means you also have the first chance at your choice of dates and seats. CHOOSE 1 OR ALL 3 PLAYS TODAY! 1

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Presented by: Jay Franke & David Herro

November 27 - December 24, 2018

By Charles Dickens Adapted by Mark Clements Directed by Leda Hoffmann based on original direction by Mark Clements

THE PABST THEATER The Rep’s hit new adaptation is a tale of love, hope and redemption with just the right blend of beautiful music, lively dancing, stunning sets and eye-popping special effects. It’s a dazzling Christmas feast with enough theatrical goodies to fill any sized stocking hung by the chimney with care. Join Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and Scrooge in this holiday classic the whole family will love. “It’s a crowd-pleaser from start to finish” — Shepherd Express


Executive Producer: Anthony Petullo Foundation Associate Producers: Tom & Molly Duffey

Featuring Scott Greer who was Lennie in The Rep’s Of Mice and Men

April 12 – 28, 2019

April 4 – 8, 2019

By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe Directed by Terrence J. Nolen

Featuring the Emerging Professional Resident Company



Limited Two Week Run!

9th Anniversary Production!

A young boy tries to ease his mother’s depression with a list of everything worth living for: “Ice Cream,” “Star Trek,” “Surprises,” “Rollercoasters.” As the list grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life over three decades. It is a testament to the power of storytelling and a reminder that hope is never truly lost.

Milwaukee Rep’s limited engagement short-play festival is back for its ninth year. See it all— drama, comedy, and everything in between—in this one-of-a-kind theatergoing experience featuring the talents of Milwaukee Rep’s Emerging Professional Residents.

“Nothing short of a celebration of the fact is full of brilliant things.” — DC Theater Scene

“Should stay open for years to come.” — Milwauke Journal Sentinel

The Stiemke Studio Season is presented by Ed Seaberg & Patrick Smith and Four-Four Foundation, Inc.

The Stiemke Studio Season is presented by Ed Seaberg & Patrick Smith and Four-Four Foundation, Inc.


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How We Pay For Our Productions: Ticket Sales - 50%

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Being a Rep Subscriber... Packages as low as $85. 2018/19 Season Subscription Prices SAME SEAT FIXED PACKAGES


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6 admissions to your choice of shows and dates in any combination.

$330 Mix-and-match your favorite shows. Get 6 ticket vouchers to use for the best available seats in any combination. Even better, you don’t have to pick your plays or dates now. You can choose them up to 48 hours in advance of the date you wish to attendsubject to availability.


Add one or all 3 of the plays listed below to your package. Subscribers get the best prices!

A Christmas Carol – Subscribers save 30% off regular prices if purchased by June 1. Every Brilliant Thing – Subscribers get $25 tickets if purchased by June 1. Rep Lab – Subscribers get to purchase before the general public saving $5 per ticket. Balcony seating in the Quadracci Powerhouse is not available for new Subscriptions. Subscription tickets will be charged Wisconsin State Sales Tax at 5.6% as well as a $2.00 per ticket Historic Building Restoration Fee. For A Christmas Carol, the Historic Building Restoration Fee is $3.50. All sales are final. No refunds. All plays/dates subject to change. Seating subject to availability.

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Call 414-224-9490 Performance Details Performance Times: Sat Mat 4pm Fri/Sat Eve 8pm Sun Mat 2pm Tues Eve 6:30pm or 7:30pm

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For All Performances: All performances take place at the Patty & Jay Baker Theater Complex, located at 108 E. Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53202.

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Prices in the Stackner Cabaret are based on the day of the week you attend. Prices are the same for all seating areas.



Seating in the Stiemke Studio is flexible and may be different for each play. Prices in the Stiemke Studio are based on the day of the week you attend. Prices are the same for both seating areas.

PHOTO CREDITS: Page 9 - The Atlantic Theater Company World Premiere production of Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Joseph, directed by Amy Morton. Photo of Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed by Doug Hamilton. Page 19- Rep Lab featuring Tanner Medding and Candace Thomas. Photo by Michael Brosilow. Page 20 – One House Over featuring Zoë Sophia Garcia, Mark Jacoby, Justin Huen and Elaine Rivkin. Photo by Michael Brosilow.