Milwaukee Repertory Theater 2019/20 Season

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2019/20 SEASON

World-Class Theater Made in Milwaukee... For Milwaukee SUBSCRIBE TODAY! BEST SEATS. BIG SAVINGS!


Welcome. The 2019/20 Season marks my 10 year anniversary! We’ve come a long way together. Musicals are now a mainstay in our theaters, our productions represent our region’s beautiful diverse communities, and we’ve launched a nationally recognized new play development program. Personally, the last decade has been the best of my life as well. I married my beautiful wife Kelley, welcomed our daughter Amelie into the world and became an American citizen. I’m proud to call Milwaukee home. Along the way, we’ve grown our Subscriber base to the highest in a decade on our way to becoming one of the largest theaters in the country. By Subscribing, you experience world-class theater in the best seats at the best prices, while supporting art that is made locally – a win/win situation. Unlike touring shows, which maximize profits for out-of-town producers, we reinvest your money back into our neighborhoods with programs that reach 21,000 students in 250 schools and support more than 100 artists that live and work locally. Buying Local Matters! As my way of honoring the incredible support our Subscribers have given me and the theater, we offer a special anniversary season of exceptional productions from Rep classics to ground-breaking musicals to plays by the hottest new writers. I hope the memories you build at Milwaukee Rep last a lifetime as my memories will.

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. · Relevance: 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 while being mindful of the impact on our human resources. 3

2019/20 Season Join us for 11 amazing plays in our Subscription Series. The more you buy the more you save!

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September 6 - November 3, 2019 By Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt Directed by Laura Braza


A Comedic Classical Music Duel For anyone who ever dreamed big—and then didn’t quite make it— comes the riotous story of two childhood friends who spent years chasing the same goal: concert pianist stardom. Two actors, two pianos, and dozens of characters grace the stage in this hilarious portrayal of pushy parents, eccentric teachers, and the triumphs and tortures of being extraordinarily good musicians. Featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, Billy Joel, Jerry Lee Lewis and more, this wildly popular show not only hits all the right notes, it tickles the ivories and your funny bone too.

Executive Producers: Bob Balderson Karen & Mark Bitzan Kris & Wayne Lueders Associate Producers: Wendy & Warren Blumenthal Part of the Camille & David Kundert Stackner Season

Laura Braza Part of the 11 Play, 9 Play, 4 Play, CYOS and Flex Packages.


Presented By The Plunkett Family Foundation

September 17 – October 27, 2019 Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins | Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Leonard Bernstein | Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Directed by Mark Clements


The Iconic American Musical One musical changed theater forever and it will be making its triumphant Rep debut in a rare professional production. Two rival gangs struggle for control of their New York City neighborhood. When Tony falls for Maria, the star-crossed lovers find themselves wrenched between their worlds. This passionate adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is filled with some of the most unforgettable songs including “Maria,” “Tonight,” “I Feel Pretty” and “America” telling the greatest love story ever told in this larger-than-life musical. Add dances that smolder and sizzle with energy and you have an experience you’ll never forget! Corporate Sponsor Executive Producers: Jo Ann & Richard Beightol Four-Four Foundation, Inc. Gina & Eric Peter Associate Producers: Suzy B. Ettinger Foundation Part of the 11 Play, 9 Play, 7 Play, 5 Play, CYOS and Flex Packages.

Mark Clements

James Pickering as Doc

September 25 - November 3, 2019 By Eleanor Burgess | Directed by Annika Boras

STIEMKE STUDIO An Intimate Drama About Who Tells the Story of America In this riveting two-person drama, an ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss their differing views on the college junior’s paper about slavery and the American Revolution. A polite clash of ideas soon landslides into an explosive discussion of race, history, and power. Riddled with smart dialogue, this dramatic confrontation forces us to empathize with two vibrant and complicated women. It’s an entertaining and thought-provoking nail-biter that will have everyone talking.

The Stiemke Studio Season is presented by Ed Seaberg & Patrick Smith

Eleanor Burgess Part of the 11 Play, 7 Play, CYOS and Flex Packages.

Annika Boras


November 8, 2019 – January 12, 2020 Book, Music and Lyrics by Dan Goggin Directed by Malkia Stampley


A Musical That Has Made Millions Laugh The Little Sisters of Hoboken are in dire need of emergency funds after a culinary disaster nearly wipes out the convent. The nuns pull out all the stops in a fundraising variety show featuring tap dancing, habit humor, an audience quiz and a special appearance by convent cook, Sister Julia, Child of God. The clever story has an unabashed desire to make you laugh. With songs and comic interludes paced at break-neck speed, it’s a must see musical adventure!

Executive Producers: Margaret Dethloff & Terri Zeh Beth & Pete Gottsacker Camille & David Kundert Associate Producers: Laura & Adam Peck Part of the Camille & David Kundert Stackner Season

Malkia Stampley Part of the 11 Play, 9 Play, 4 Play, CYOS and Flex Packages.

Featuring Kelley Faulkner

November 12 – December 15, 2019 By Larry Shue | Directed by JC Clementz


A Milwaukee Rep Classic Returns From the much-loved playwright of The Foreigner comes a new production of one of the funniest plays ever written. When Willum has an unexpected party guest, who turns into an unwanted houseguest, he executes an elaborate plan to rid himself of the wacky nuisance. Aided by a rag-tag team that includes friends, a would-be lover and an oblivious boss, creative acts of desperation quickly dissolve into utter mayhem. The twists and turns of this madcap comedy lead to an ending that leaves you feeling happily hoodwinked!

Corporate Sponsor

Executive Producers: Julia & Bladen Burns Caran & Joel Quadracci

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

Michael Doherty as Rick


January 14 - February 9, 2020 By Matthew Lopez | Directed by Meredith McDonough


From “The King” to an all-out Queen! Casey is a broke Elvis impersonator with a baby on the way. When the owner of the run down bar where he works brings in a drag show to attract more customers, Casey is out of a job. Or is he? Filled with music, humor, and plenty of sequins, this joyful, acclaimed new play is a reminder that the path to prosperity and fulfillment may sometimes take an unexpected turn. Don’t miss this hilarious and heartwarming show taking the nation by storm.

Corporate Sponsor

Associate Producer: Robert Burrell A Co-Production with Arizona Theatre Company

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

Matthew Lopez

Meredith McDonough

January 17 - March 22, 2020 Written & Directed by Kevin Ramsey


A Celebration of the Blues This revival of a Rep premiere (previously titled Grafton City Blues) explores the inspiring story of Grafton, Wisconsin’s Paramount Records. For a few brief, bright years at the height of the jazz and blues age, Paramount Records was the leading label for recording artists of color in the Midwest – and broke down small-town racial barriers along the way. Artists such as Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter and Ma Rainey all recorded there. This exuberant musical celebration of some of the greatest jazz and blues music features four sensational quadruple threat performers guiding the journey through story and song.

Corporate Sponsor Executive Producers: Amy & Fred Croen Stacy & Blair Williams Associate Producers: Jennifer & Mark Niedfeldt Part of the Camille & David Kundert Stackner Season Part of the 11 Play, 9 Play, 4 Play, CYOS and Flex Packages.

Kevin Ramsey


Presented by Mara and Craig Swan

January 28 - March 8, 2020 Text by John Cameron Mitchell | Music & Lyrics by Stephen Trask Directed by Mark Clements


A Trailblazing Rock-Musical Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, this musical sensation played to record-breaking sell-out crowds on Broadway telling the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. To walk away, you’ve got to leave something behind – and so Hansel Schmidt does, transforming into Hedwig. With her new identity, Hedwig escapes the iron curtain to begin life with her freshly-minted American husband. Everything seems perfect until her husband leaves. With nothing left, she returns to her first love — music. Don’t miss “the best rock musical ever!” (Rolling Stone)

The Stiemke Studio Season is presented by Ed Seaberg & Patrick Smith

John Cameron Mitchell Part of the 11 Play, 7 Play, CYOS and Flex Packages.

Stephen Trask

March 3 – March 29, 2020 By Danai Gurira | Directed by May Adrales


A Chilling Portrait of War and Sisterhood Written by actress-playwright Danai Gurira (Black Panther, The Walking Dead) comes a stunning tale of hope and resilience set in the midst of the Liberian Civil War. Five extraordinary women, who have formed an unlikely sisterhood, struggle to negotiate power, protection and peace as they try to survive. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, these defiant women ask: when the fog of battle lifts, could a different destiny emerge? Nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Play, Eclipsed has been called “rare and powerful” by The New York Times and “a must-see production” by New York Magazine.

Executive Producers: Jackie Herd-Barber & Michael Barber Judy Hansen

Associate Producers: Catherine & Buddy Robinson

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

May Adrales


March 27 - May 24, 2020 By David M. Lutken | Directed by Sherry Lutken

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

World Premiere Event Hootenanny: The Musicale is a fun and foot stomping evening featuring David Lutken and the Seat of the Pants Band. Inspired by David’s storied music career and his own personal ancestry, Hootenanny features songs like “Shenandoah,” “St. Louis Blues,” “The Wabash Cannonball” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” Audiences are invited to be a part of four interconnected American musical journeys, filled with beauty, virtuosity, joy, tragedy and the rough-and-tumble history of this country’s unique family tree.

Executive Producer: Adlon Partnership Part of the Camille & David Kundert Stackner Season

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

April 21 - May 17, 2020 Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith and Associates featuring Courtney Arango and Stephanie Gomérez.

By Karen Zacarías | Directed by José Luis Valenzuela


Telenovela of Passion and Deception with Lively Music and Dance On a stormy night in Mexico, two baby girls are born — one into a life of privilege and the other into poverty. When the newborns are swapped by a former beauty queen with an insatiable lust for power, the stage is set for outrageous misfortunes to grow into one remarkable destiny. With nods to Shakespeare and Brecht, this fast-paced comedy inspired by popular telenovelas is filled with forbidden love, revenge, glorious music and burning passion, making it the perfect guilty pleasure to end The Rep’s 2019/20 Season.

Corporate Sponsor

Executive Producers: Rhonda & Greg Oberland A Co-Production with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park & Guthrie Theater Part of the 11 Play, 9 Play, 7 Play, 5 Play, CYOS and Flex Packages.

Karen Zacarías

José Luis Valenzuela


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Presented by: Jay Franke & David Herro

November 26 - December 24, 2019

By Charles Dickens Adapted & Directed by Mark Clements

THE PABST THEATER The Rep’s hit 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 PRESENTED BY

Associate Producers: Molly & Tom Duffey

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

A Co-Production with Contemporary American Theater Festival

March 24 – April 12, 2020

April 16 – 20, 2020

By Dael Orlandersmith & Antonio Edwards Suarez Directed by Mark Clements

Featuring the Emerging Professional Resident Company



World Premiere! Limited Three Week Run!

10th Anniversary Production!

A poetic journey of a dancer/artist/ father questioning the balance of his passions — art, culture family. A story that, questions/challenges the legacy of stereotypes: of manhood/ race/fatherhood. This solo/movement drama explores the sins of our fathers and mothers — as well as the gifts that our parents bestow upon us. How do we own the responsibility — TO RECOGNIZE? TO BE AWARE? Antonio Edwards Suarez, a breathtaking performer shares the legacy with pain, promise, and hope.

Milwaukee Rep’s limited engagement short-play festival is back for its 10th 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.

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

The Stiemke Studio Season is presented by Ed Seaberg & Patrick Smith


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$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.


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A Christmas Carol – Save 30% if purchased by June 1. Antonio’s Song –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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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 all seating areas.

PHOTO CREDITS: Cover: Stephanie Gomeréz and Ryan Alvarado In the Heights. Page 2: Row 1: The Company in Ragtime; (L-R) Tom Coiner and Shalin Agarwal in The Invisible Hand; David St. Louis in The Royale. Row 2: Cedric Neal in Dreamgirls; The Company in Ain’t Misbehavin’; (L-R) Jonathan Wainwright and Olivia Vitrano in A Christmas Carol; Kit Kat Klub cast members and Emcee Lee E. Ernst in Cabaret. Row 3: (L-R) Brian Abraham and Nikita Tewani in The Who & The What. (Photo by Tony Duvall); Anthony Crivello in McGuire; (L-R) Chiké Johnson and Malkia Stampley in Two Trains Running. (Photo by Mikki Schaffner); Jack Forbes Wilson in Liberace! Row 4: Zoë Sophia Garcia in One House Over; (L-R) Josh Landay and Ro Boddie in The Whipping Man; Bethany Thomas in Songs for Nobodies; The Company in Next to Normal. Row 5: Nikiya Mathis in The Mountaintop; Sarah Litzsinger in Assassins; Christina Acosta Robinson and company in The Color Purple. Row 6: Bill Geisslinger, Kelley Faulkner, Aubyn Heglie and Keven Kantor in Things I Know To Be True; James DeVita in American Song; (L-R) DiMonte Henning, Jonathan Wainwright, Dominic Comperatore and company in Junk. Photos by Michael Brosilow unless otherwise noted. Page 19: Candace Thomas and Jesse Bhamrah. Photo by Michael Brosilow.


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