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.
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.”
February 13 – March 24, 2019, By Lloyd Suh, Directed by May Adrales. A 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.
Danceworks Performance Company presents…
Torch and Glamour: An Exploration of Love and Illusion
February 9-10 & 14-16, 2019
Love is in the air…and going up in flames! Guest artists Andréa Moser and Ryan Cappelman emcee a variety show of hilarious heartbreak that features Danceworks Performance Company as dancers, singers, rappers, pianists, lip sync artists and more! DPC will look to the audience for advice on love, romance and dance moves. Help us tackle the comedy and tragedy of love and loss in an evening of romance on the rocks! Photo: Jeff Zmania.
Featuring guest artists Andréa Moser and Ryan Cappelman. Torch and Glamour’s guests are sponsored by Jane Lewis and Mickey Maier.
Saturday, February 9, 7:30pm (Post show reception hosted by Jane & Mickey)
Sunday, February 10, 2:30pm
Thursday, February 14, 8:00pm
Friday, February 15, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 16, 5:30 & 8:00pm
at Danceworks Studio Theatre
Advance Purchase Tickets: Reserved Seating $27 | General Admission $22 | Military/Veterans, Student & Senior $16
Walk-Up Tickets: General Admission $25 | Military/Veterans, Student & Senior $18
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