Stiemke Season presented by John and Connie Kordsmeier

February 5 – March 16
Stiemke Studio

By Matthew Lopez
Directed by Brent Hazelton

A gripping, award winning, post-Civil War drama.

The Civil War has ended, but for some, the struggle has just begun. A Jewish Confederate soldier, wounded in war, has returned from the battlefield to find that his family has fled. The only remaining household members are two former slaves, who have been raised by his family as Jews. Over a celebratory feast, family history is uncovered and dark secrets are revealed, forcing the men to come to terms with the sordid legacies of slavery and war that threaten each of their future freedoms.

Filled with fine characterization and unexpected moments of humor.
The New York Times

Mark Clements

“My first experience with The Whipping Man was to be viscerally struck by the raw power of its theatricality. A harrowing story about the conclusion of the Civil War, it offers a uniquely dramatic and compelling take on the Jewish faith, the abolition of slavery, and a particularly important period in American history that still evokes passionate feelings today.”


» Learn more about The Whipping Man from Artistic Director Mark Clements


* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Ro Boddie

Ro Boddie (John) is thrilled to be making his debut at Milwaukee Rep this winter. Mr. Boddie was most recently seen this summer at American Players Theatre where he played Horatio in both Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead. His regional credits include the world premiere of Dirt by Bryony Lavery at Studio Theatre, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore and Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Caucasian Chalk Circle with Sonnet Repertory Theatre at Theatre Row and Angels in America (Helen Hayes nomination for Best Ensemble) with Forum Theatre. His television credits include The Good Wife, Unforgettable and Person of Interest. Mr. Boddie holds a B.F.A from North Carolina School of the Arts. He would like to give thanks to The Rep for giving him this opportunity, and to the lovely Aila Peck for her never ending support.  -Top-


James Craven

James Craven (Simon) is a company member for 30 years of Penumbra Theatre, is grateful to be making his first appearance on the Milwaukee Rep stage. Nationally he has performed at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, American Conservatory Theater- San Francisco, Los Angeles Theatre Center as well as many other venues, in all ten of August Wilson’s Decade Cycle plays. His singular Broadway credit is as Colonus in Godspell. He comes directly to us from Minneapolis where he portrayed Horse Power in The Road Weep, The Well Runs Dry at Pillsbury House Theater and as Hoke Coburn in Driving Miss Daisy at The Jungle Theater. James was the 2005 recipient of the Spencer-Cherashore Artistic Fellowship Grant, a 2008 recipient of the McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship Grant and the 2011 Lunt-Fountanne/Ten Chimneys Fellowship. He is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University.  -Top-


Josh Landay

Josh Landay (Caleb) made his Milwaukee Rep debut earlier this season as Tateh in Ragtime, and he's thrilled to be back in Milwaukee. Broadway: The Lion King. West End, Las Vegas and First National Tour: The Lion King. New York City and Regional credits include: Hartford Stage, Denver Center Theatre Company, Theatre Aspen, Prospect Theater Company, Cabaret Cucaracha and Creede Repertory Theatre. Recent NYC workshops: Her Lightness – Yale Repertory Theatre (King); Breaker Morant (Lt. George Witton) and Cole Porter’s Nymph Errant (Alexei). Television: All My Children. Film: Life of an Actress and The Letter with Winona Ryder and James Franco. MFA, National Theatre Conservatory (Denver); AB, Brown University. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. Thanks to Ashley, family, SKC and CKA.  -Top-

Matthew Lopez, Playwright
Matthew Lopez is the author of The Whipping Man, one of the most widely produced new American plays of the last several seasons. Since its world premiere at Luna Stage in 2006, it has played at over two dozen theatres across the country including The Old Globe, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, The Alliance Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Barrington Stage, Hartford Stage, and Baltimore CENTERSTAGE. The play premiered in New York in 2010 at Manhattan Theatre Club, directed by Doug Hughes and starring Andre Braugher. The sold-out production extended four times, ultimately running 101 performances off-Broadway and garnering Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards. Matthew was awarded the John Gassner New Play Award from the New York Outer Critics Circle for the play. His play Somewhere started at Summer Play Festival at the Public Theatre in 2008 (as Tio Pepe) and premiered at The Old Globe in San Diego in 2011, directed by Giovanna Sardelli and choreographed by Greg Graham. The play was subsequently presented at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto in the winter of 2013 and will receive its East Coast premiere at Hartford Stage in the spring of 2014. His newest play, The Legend of Georgia McBride, will premiere at the Denver Theatre Center in the winter of 2014. Other plays include Reverberation, Zoey’s Perfect Wedding and The Sentinels, which premiered in London at Headlong Theatre Company in 2011. Matthew currently holds new play commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club and Hartford Stage, where he is the 2012/13 AETNA New Voices Fellow. He is a staff writer on Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series The Newsroom.  -Top-

Brent Hazelton

Brent Hazelton, Director
A Wisconsin native and former Rep Acting Intern (1999/2000), the 2013/14 season is Brent’s fifteenth overall at The Rep, thirteenth as a member of the Artistic Staff, and third as Associate Artistic Director. Administratively at The Rep, Brent oversees The Rep’s New Project Development initiatives, spearheads the season planning process, collaborates on internal strategic planning and initiative development, and works with the rest of the Artistic Staff to program and support Rep productions. From 2003 to 2010, Brent also served as The Rep’s Artistic Internship Program Director, and strengthened and expanded the program into one of the premier internships for emerging professional artists in Regional Theater. Artistically at The Rep, Brent wrote and directed the 2010/11 Stackner Cabaret hit, Liberace! (published and licensed through Steele Spring Theatrical Licensing), conceived the premiere installment of Rep Lab, and directed Song Man Dance Man (Stackner Cabaret, 2011/12), and How the World Began (Stiemke Studio, 2012/13). He has also directed short plays for Rep Lab, staged readings for The Rep/Ten Chimneys Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, created full productions locally for Chamber Theatre’s Young Playwright’s Festival, Spiral Theatre, and Windfall Ensemble, and directed the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s production of Ellis Island: The Dream of America. Brent is also a former member of the adjunct faculties of Carthage College and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and has taught developmental workshops at colleges, conservatories, and universities across the country.  -Top-

Scott Davis, Scenic Designer
Scott previously designed Venus in Fur and How the World Began at Milwaukee Rep. Other credits include productions with: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Drury Lane Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, American Theater Company, Griffin Theatre, Rep Stage, Dallas Theater Center and Northwestern University. International credits include productions with: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre (London), The Market Theatre (Johannesburg), The Neuss (Germany) and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Mr. Davis serves as adjunct faculty at Columbia College having received degrees from the University of Maryland College Park and Northwestern University.  -Top-

Rachel Laritz, Costume Designer
Rachel is thrilled to be joining The Rep for the 22nd time, including this season's Venus in Fur. Off Broadway credits include: Pearl Theatre Company. Regional theater: The Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Writers Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre Louisville, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Next Act Theatre, Peninsula Players, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, TimeLine Theatre Company, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Skylight Music Theatre, Children's Theatre of Madison and University of Michigan. Other professional credits: NBC'S Law & Order, American Players Theatre, Chicago Opera Theatre and Garsington Opera (London, England). Rachel is a recipient of a 2011 Emerging Artist Award from the University of Michigan and a 2009 Joseph Jefferson Award recipient for Voysey Inheritance.  -Top-

Noele Stollmack, Lighting Designer
Recent lighting includes Redwood Curtain, as well as the world premiere of Jeff Daniel’s The Meaning of Almost Everything at the Purple Rose Theatre Company, Skylight Music Theatre’s production of Fidelio and El Cimarron, along with Molly Sweeney, Antony & Cleopatra and Dickens in America for American Players Theatre. Scenery and lighting design includes Albert Herring, Dido and Aeneas, Rio de Sangre, Macbeth, Tristan und Isolde and Magic Flute for the Florentine Opera Company, Rape of Lucretia for Toledo Opera, Mirandolina for Milwaukee Rep, Twelfth Night for Milwaukee Shakespeare, as well as lighting and scenic realization for Meredith Monk’s international tours of mercy & impermanence. Noele’s lighting has appeared in productions at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sydney Opera House, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Ontario, Opera Pacific, Portland Opera, Vancouver Opera, Madison Opera, Nashville Opera Association and First Stage Children’s Theater. As Lighting Director for Houston Grand Opera, she supervised the lighting for over 50 operas and designed notable productions including Andrei Serban’s Elektra, Dr. Jonathan Miller’s Der Rosenkavalier, Aida, and the world premieres of Harvey Milk, Desert of Roses, and Dracula Diary.  -Top-

Barry G. Funderburg, Sound Designer
Barry is excited to return to The Rep and to be working again with Brent Hazelton. Memorable Rep productions include How the World Began, Othello, The 39 Steps, The Cherry Orchard, Pride and Prejudice, Armadale, Mary Stuart, Work Song, and Angels in America. Off-Broadway, Barry designed the critically acclaimed New York premiere of Wittenberg at The Pearl Theatre Company. Regional theatre credits include Fake, Carter’s Way, and Mother Courage and Her Children at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, sixteen productions at Utah Shakespeare Festival, including the recent regional theatre premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher, and Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, City Theatre Company (Pittsburgh), CENTERSTAGE (Baltimore), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Peninsula Players, American Players Theatre, LA Theatre Works, and Indiana Repertory Theatre. Chicago credits include Next Theatre, Theatre at the Center, and Lookingglass Theatre Company. Barry has received four Chicago Equity Jeff Award nominations, the 1996 and 2008 Jeff Awards for Sound Design, and an MFA in sound design from Purdue University.  -Top-

Jill Walmsley Zager, Dialect Coach
Jill is very happy to be back at The Rep for the 2013/14 Season. Other Milwaukee Rep credits include: A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park, Sense and Sensibility, A Christmas Carol, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Mountaintop, Assassins, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lombardi, Yellowman, Ten Chimneys, The 39 Steps, My Name Is Asher Lev, Laurel and Hardy and Cabaret. Jill has recently returned to Milwaukee from three years as the Co-Head of Voice and Dialects and the Company Coach at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Regionally, she has worked at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Drury Lane Water Tower, Apple Tree Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Jill earned her Master’s Degrees at Central School of Speech & Drama (London) and Northwestern. She is married to James Zager, the Head of the Theatre Program at Carroll University.  -Top-

Frank Honts, Assistant Director
Frank Honts was Assistant Director for Woody Sez, Noises Off and Venus in Fur earlier this season, and prior to that, Frank worked as Artistic Associate at Forward Theater Company in Madison. Recent directing projects include 9 Circles (Midwest premiere) and Speech & Debate. In addition to his work as a director, dramaturg, and assistant director at Forward Theater, Frank has worked with American Players Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Madison Opera, and Children’s Theater of Madison. Education: AB, History, Brown University.  -Top-

Marcy Victoria Reed, Stage Manager
Marcy is thrilled to return to her hometown to work at Milwaukee Rep. Credits include: McCarter Theatre Center (Into The Woods, Are You There McPhee? , The Convert, Sleeping Beauty Wakes, A Christmas Carol, The How and the Why, An Iliad), New York Theatre Workshop (An Illiad, Belleville), San Jose Repertory Theatre (Crime and Punishment), La Jolla Playhouse (Sleeping Beauty Wakes, An Iliad), 24 Hour Musicals on Broadway 2010-2013, and Spiral Theatre (Two Rooms). She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and holds a BFA in Stage Management.  -Top-

Kaitlin Kitzmiller, Stage Management Apprentice
Kaitlin is so thrilled and beyond excited to be returning to The Rep for a second year. Last season she served as a Stage Management Intern and is so privileged to be returning this season as the Stage Management Apprentice. Kaitlin affectionately calls Omaha, NE home where she worked with Nebraska Shakespeare, Ballet Nebraska and BravO! National Dance and Talent Competition. She owes an unspeakable amount of gratitude to her teachers, friends and family.  -Top-

The Rep Experience

Each of our shows offers opportunities for our audience to engage in conversations and discussion with our staff, artists and guest speakers. Please join us!

Rep in Depth | Pre-Show
45 minutes prior to curtain | Stiemke Studio
Get an insider’s look at the production from cast member Ro Boddie with a discussion that begins 45 minutes prior to every performance.

TalkBack | Post-Show
Wednesday February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12
Join us for post-show discussion.

Panel Discussion - Jews, Blacks and the Legacy of Slavery
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Committee and the NAACP Wed. Feb. 19
This event will take place after the performance.

Film Screening: “Jewish Soldier in Blue and Gray”
Thurs. Feb 27, 7pm
Location: Milwaukee Jewish Community Center

Jewish Community Day
Sunday, March 2, 2pm
Special TalkBack after the matinee performance led by Jody Hirsch from the Jewish Community Center

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Running Time
Approx. 2hrs

Recommended Age
16 years and older

Content Advisory
Adult content

Performance Times
Tuesday: 6:30pm*
Tuesday - Thursday: 7:30pm
Sunday Evening: 7:00pm
Fri/Sat Evening: 8pm
Saturday Matinee: 4pm
Sunday Matinee: 2pm
Wednesday Matinee: 1:30pm
*Once per run otherwise 7:30pm

Access Dates
Audio Described
Thursday, Feb. 20, 7:30pm
ASL Interpreted
Thursday, March 6, 7:30pm

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