by Dominique Morisseau | Directed by Marti Gobel | January 31 – February 24, 2019
Louisiana: September, 2006 – An African American student sits under the school’s large oak tree, challenging its “whites only” status. The next morning, three nooses are discovered hanging from the tree; school administrators dismiss the incident as a prank. As racial tensions grow, six students wrestle with the causes and consequences of deeply-entrenched injustice. These young people speak openly about the prejudices and fears that stand in the way of their dreams, and find the courage to seek solutions for a better life for all.
A musical by Clarke Peters featuring Louis Jordan’s greatest hits
Originally produced at the Theatre Royal Stratford East
This joyful, jazzy tribute to Louis Jordan, the 1940s rhythm-and-blues singer, songwriter and band leader, is an unstoppable party of a show. After our hero’s girlfriend leaves him, he turns his life around by the megawatt singing and dancing energy of five guys named Moe performing favorites like Saturday Night Fish Fry and Choo Choo Ch’Boogie. Ages 11 and up.
January 15 – February 17, 2019, By Ayad Akhtar, Directed by Mark Clements, Presented by Christine Symchych and Jim McNulty. The 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.
January 18 – March 17, 2019, By Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman, Directed by Randal Myler. 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.”
London, 1953. Scientists are on the verge of
discovering what they call the secret of life:
the DNA double helix. At the center of the
scientific breakthrough is the work of a driven
young physicist named Rosalind Franklin. But
if the double helix was the achievement of
the 20th century, then what kept Franklin out
of the history books? A play about ambition,
isolation, and the race for greatness.
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