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MRT 2012/13 Season

Gutenberg! The Musical!  •  Assassins  •  The Mountaintop  •  Blues in the Night  •  The Diary of Anne Frank •  A Christmas Carol  •  Sense and Sensibility
Mind Over Milwaukee  •  How The World Began  •  Rep Lab  •  Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash  •  Clybourne Park  •  A Raisin In the Sun  •  One Night With Janis Joplin

Sense and Sensibility

“Dangerous and provocative, and pulverizingly funny!”

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By Bruce Norris
Directed by Mark Clements
January 29 – February 24
Quadracci Powerhouse

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and London’s Olivier Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a wickedly funny and fiercely provocative new play about the volatile combination of race and real estate. Act One opens in 1959, as a white couple sells their home to a black family (the Younger family in A Raisin In the Sun), causing uproar in their middle-class neighborhood; Act Two finds the same house, in 2009, changing hands again. And, while the stakes have changed over the years, the debate remains strikingly similar as neighbors wage a hilarious and horrifying pitched battle over territory and legacy that reveals just how far our ideas about race and gentrification have evolved—or, have they?

Executive Producers: Robert H. and Carol O. Manegold

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Mark Clements

MARK'S TAKE:
When I first read the truly extraordinary Clybourne Park, it knocked me off my feet. It confronts huge subjects: gentrification, race relations, and political correctness, among others. It’s hard for any play to tackle any one of those things, but to take on so many and to take them on so brilliantly and fluidly without lecturing the audience—while at the same time being hilariously funny—is an extraordinary feat. I can’t wait to direct this modern masterpiece!

 

» 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winner

» 2011 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play

» 2012 Tony Nomination for Best Play

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   from Artistic Director Mark Clements

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James T Alfred

James T. Alfred (Albert/Kevin) – Clybourne Park marks James T. Alfred’s Milwaukee Rep debut. Other regional credits include appearances at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, Denver Center Theatre Company, Penumbra Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Chicago’s Court Theatre, Congo Square, American Repertory Theater, Round House Theater and others. Mr. Alfred has appeared Off-Broadway at New York’s Public Theater. Television appearances include Kenya Taylor on the STARZ original award-winning series Boss, Prison Break and ATF. James has over a dozen film credits, including the critically-acclaimed, awardwinning independent film One Week. He is a graduate of the Institution for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University and a Cardinal Stritch University Alum.   -Top-

 
Lee E Ernst

Lee E. Ernst (Russ/Dan) – Lee celebrates his 20th season with The Rep, where he has designed makeup, choreographed violence and played over 100 roles, including title characters in Lombardi, Richard III, Cyrano De Bergerac, The Foreigner, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Tartuffe, Barrymore and Norman in the 1993/94 production of The Norman Conquests. He may also be remembered as Truffaldino in Servant of Two Masters, the Emcee in Cabaret, Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, John Proctor in The Crucible, Sharky in The Seafarer, George in Of Mice and Men, Rodrigues in Silence, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Levin in Anna Karenina, Frank Lloyd Wright in Work Song, and, most recently, Mr. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank and Samuel Byck in Assassins. He has also played leading roles with American Players Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre, Peninsula Players, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, New American Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theatre and D.A.R.T.S. in Tokyo, Japan. Lee is a recipient of The AriZoni-Best Actor, Minerva Laureate and Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee awards and is an inaugural Lunt-Fontanne Fellow. He received his MFA from the University of Delaware-PTTP. Stay tuned to PBS for The Reagan Presidency, produced by the Duncan Entertainment Group and narrated by Mr. Ernst.  -Top-

 

Marti Gobel (Francine/Lena) – Marti Gobel is overjoyed to return to Milwaukee Repertory Theater working on such a relevant and thought-provoking piece. Ms. Gobel was last seen in A Christmas Carol as Mrs. Cratchit, as well as Janet in the 2010 production of Yankee Tavern. Ms. Gobel has also had the honor of working with Milwaukee Shakespeare, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, First Stage Children’s Theater, Forward Theater, UPROOTED Theatre and Optimist Theatre. Ms. Gobel’s most challenging role has been as the Producing Artistic Director for UPROOTED Theater. She hopes you enjoy the show.  -Top-

 
Grant Goodman

Grant Goodman (Jim/Tom) – Grant Goodman is happy to return to Milwaukee Repertory Theater where he has appeared as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Alfred Lunt in Ten Chimneys, Dr. Givings in In the Next Room or the vibrator play and as Fred in A Christmas Carol. Off-Broadway credits: Antony & Cleopatra and The Merchant of Venice (Theatre for a New Audience); King Lear and The Iliad (Lincoln Center); Richard II (New York City Center/ The Pearl Theatre Company) and Pericles (Red Bull Theater). National tours include The Merchant of Venice starring F. Murray Abraham (TFANA). Regional credits include extensive work with Yale Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, D.C.), Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Old Globe, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Northlight Theatre, Court Theatre, PlayMaker’s Repertory Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, among many others. Film and television credits include As the World Turns and Sex and the City. Grant is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  -Top-

 
Jenny McKnight

Jenny McKnight (Bev/Kathy) – Jenny McKnight is thrilled to return to Milwaukee Repertory Theater, where she most recently appeared in In the Next Room or the vibrator play, as well as Ten Chimneys, Speaking in Tongues and All My Sons. Chicago credits include: Talking Pictures and The Actor at Goodman Theatre; Pride and Prejudice at Northlight Theatre; Old Times at Remy Bumppo Theatre; Frozen, The Laramie Project and The Incident at Next Theatre; Ariadne’s Thread at Victory Gardens Theater; Three Tall Women at Apple Tree Theatre; multiple shows with Eclipse Theatre where she was a company member, as well as work with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Redmoon Theater, Chicago Dramatists and several others. Regionally, Jenny has appeared in The House That Jack Built, Crime and Punishment, Pride and Prejudice, Painting Churches and The Turn of the Screw at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Liliom at Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Dusk Rings a Bell at Mosaic Theatre. Jenny is an MFA graduate of The University of Alabama..  -Top-

 

Gerard Neugent (Karl/Steve) – Gerard just completed his tenth season with The Rep, his sixth season as a member of the Resident Acting Company and, with the start of the 2012/13 Season, is now a Rep Associate Artist. He most recently appeared as Reverend Waghorn/ Marley/Old Joe/Mourner in The Rep’s annual production of A Christmas Carol and Doug in The Rep’s production of Gutenberg! The Musical. Other credits include: Iago in Othello, Gerry in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Michael McCormick in Lombardi, Happy in Death of a Salesman, Clown 2 in The 39 Steps, Stan Laurel in Laurel and Hardy, Lou Max in Seven Keys to Slaughter Peak, Jimmy/Lendall/ Randy/Phil/Dave in Almost, Maine Johnny in Happy Now?, Hlestakov in The Government Inspector, Simon Panteleyevich Yepikhodov in The Cherry Orchard, Charles Bingley in Pride and Prejudice, Fabrizio in Mirandolina, multiple roles in Greater Tuna, Rogers/Young Pedgift in the world premiere of Armadale, Antony Wilding in Enchanted April, Norman in The Norman Conquests, Rick Steadman in The Nerd, Edgar in King Lear, Ellard in The Foreigner, Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Steindorf in Bach at Leipzig and Camille in A Flea in Her Ear. Gerry is a proud Marquette grad who lives in Milwaukee with his wife, Kate, and their two sons, Gerry and Peter.  -Top-

 

Greta Wohlrabe (Betsy/Lindsey) – Greta feels incredibly blessed to be returning to this inspiring company of artists. She moved to Wisconsin in 2010 to be an Acting Intern here at Milwaukee Rep for their 2010/11 Season appearing as the clarinetist in Cabaret and in the ensemble in A Christmas Carol. She has since made Wisconsin her home. Greta has spent the past two seasons with American Players Theatre, performing in The Taming of the Shrew, The Critic, The Tempest, and this past season was seen as Maria in Twelfth Night, Cassandra in Troilus and Cressida and Kyra in Skylight. She was also seen last season in Renaissance Theaterwork’s production of Honour as Claudia. She received her MFA in Acting from Purdue in 2010 and her BA from Wheaton College, MA. Thank you to Mark and Sandy, The Rep, my family and, above all, God.  -Top-

J.R. Yancher (Kenneth) – J.R. Yancher, is a member of The Rep’s 2012/13 Artistic Intern Ensemble. He was just seen here in The Diary of Anne Frank performing the role of Nazi and as a member of the Ensemble as well as in Assassins as James Blaine and as a member of the chorus. A native of Davis, CA, J.R. graduated from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) in 2008. Upon graduating, he moved to L.A. where he worked in a number of commercials and short films. In 2011/12, J.R. returned to PCPA as one of four professional acting interns. Favorite roles include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, John Brooke in Little Women – The Musical, Brodie in The Real Thing and The Corporal in The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Other shows at PCPA include Cabaret, Othello, A Christmas Carol and The Sound of Music, among others. He is honored to be part of Milwaukee Rep’s 2012/13 Season. He thanks his friends and family for their love and support.  -Top-

 

The Creator

Bruce Norris

Bruce Norris (Playwright) is a 1982 graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in theater, Norris began his career as an actor, appearing in productions at Victory Gardens and the Goodman, as well as on Broadway in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues. He also appeared in film, playing the stuttering teacher in 1999's The Sixth Sense. In the late '90s, Norris committed himself to playwriting full time, moving from Chicago to New York. In addition to Clybourne Park, Norris has written The Infidel (2000), Purple Heart (2002), We All Went Down to Amsterdam (2003), The Pain and the Itch (2004), and The Unmentionables (2006) all of which had their premieres at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago. His newest play, titled A Parallelogram, premiered there in July of 2011. His work has also been seen at Playwrights Horizons (New York), Lookingglass Theatre (Chicago), Philadelphia Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre (Washington D.C.), Staatstheater Mainz (Germany) and The Galway Festival (Ireland), among others. He is the recipient of the Steinberg Playwright Award (2009), and The Whiting Foundation Prize for Drama (2006) as well as two Joseph Jefferson Awards (Chicago) for Best New Work. As an actor he can be seen in the films A Civil Action and The Sixth Sense, and the recent All Good Things.


Creative Team

Mark Clements, Artistic Director/Director – Mark Clements began his tenure as The Rep’s Artistic Director with the 2010/11 Season. He is an award-winning international theater director whose work has appeared in over 100 major theaters throughout Europe and the United States. Recent productions include: Assassins, Othello, Next to Normal, Death of a Salesman, Bombshells and Cabaret at The Rep; Oliver! , Born Yesterday, Great Expectations and Les Miserables (2008 Barrymore Award – Best Production of a Musical) and Of Mice and Men (2007 Barrymore Award – Best Director and Best Production of a Play), all for Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia; The Milliner (Off-Broadway, World Premiere), CSC, New York; My Fair Lady, Copenhagen; The Browning Version (Barclays/TMA Regional Theatre Award) at Derby Playhouse and Blunt Speaking (World Premiere), Chichester Festival Theatre U.K. and Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York both starring Corin Redgrave. Other productions include: Speaking in Tongues (U.S. Premiere) with Kevin Anderson and Karen Allen (SDC’s Joe Calloway Award, Best Director Nomination), Roundabout Theatre Company; Speaking in Tongues (European Premiere; Barclays/TMA Best Director Nomination), Hampstead Theatre, London; Creator/Director – Soul Train (Laurence Olivier Award Nomination), West End and three U.K. national tours; and the U.K. national tours of The Glass Menagerie, The Gingerbread Lady and Love & Marriage, all for Bath Theatre Royal productions. Mark served as an Associate Artistic Director for Moving Theatre Company, the production company founded by Vanessa and Corin Redgrave. He has also been Associate Director for New End Theatre and New Players Theatre, both in London, Royal Theatre in Northampton and Torch Theatre in Wales. Additionally, Mark served as Artistic Director of the award-winning Derby Playhouse in the U.K. from 1992 to 2002, where he produced over 100 productions, directed 47, including nine transfers to London’s West End and many U.K. national tours and international collaborations with leading companies in Europe and the U.S. He serves on the National Advisory Board for the Lunt- Fontanne Fellowship Program at Ten Chimneys.  -Top-

Todd Edward Ivins, Scenic & Projection Designer – Todd Edward Ivins tells stories through design. He is happy to return to The Rep where he designed the scenery for Assassins, Next to Normal, and both scenery and costumes for Cabaret and Othello. Regional theater favorites: Les Miserables (Walnut Street Theatre Company), Into the Woods (5th Avenue Theatre), Bright Lights, Big City (Prince Music Theatre), Camelot (Engeman Theatre), The Happy Time (Signature Theatre), Of Mice and Men, Godspell, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Oliver, Rent, Man of LaMancha, Hair, Tiny Dancer, Thing About Men, Present Laughter and Dreamgirls. Off-Broadway favorites: The Milliner, Fathers & Sons, Time of Your Life, Our God’s Brother, The Jeweler’s Shop, Linnea, House of Desires, Salvage Shop, The Last Starfighter: the Musical, A Majority of One, Squatters and Deathclaw 7. Todd designs scenery, projections and costumes. His work spans dance, opera, plays, musicals, corporate events and newsrooms, ranging from intimate events to arenas. Love and gratitude to my wife and muse, Abigail Trueblood. Todd’s online portfolio can be seen at www.ivinsart.com.  -Top-

Rachel Healy, Costume Designer – Rachel is honored to return to Milwaukee Repertory Theater where her previous works include: The Diary of Anne Frank, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ten Chimneys, Death of a Salesman, The Seafarer, The Cherry Orchard, State of the Union, Endgame, Translations and Inventing Van Gogh. Based in Chicago, Ms.Healy’s designs have been seen on various stages including Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Alliance Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, American Players Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater, Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, American Theater Company, Next Theatre and Timeline Theatre Company. Rachel’s designs can also be seen on her website: www.rahealy.com.  -Top-

Barry Funderburg
Sound Designer – Mr. Funderburg is excited to return to The Rep and to be working again with Mark Clements. Memorable Rep productions include A Christmas Carol, The Mountaintop, Blues in the Night, Othello, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, The 39 Steps, Pride and Prejudice, Armadale, Mary Stuart, Work Song, and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Off-Broadway, Barry designed the New York premiere of Wittenberg at The Pearl Theatre Company. Other regional theater credits include Fake, Carter’s Way, and Mother Courage and Her Children at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and productions at Utah Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, City Theatre (Pittsburgh), Center Stage (Baltimore), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Peninsula Players, American Players Theatre, L.A. 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-

Jesse Klug, Lighting Designer – Milwaukee Rep credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird and My Name is Asher Lev. National tour of The Screwtape Letters. Off-Broadway credits include: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Second Stage, Hewes Nomination); The Screwtape Letters (Westside Arts); Hunchback Variations (59E59); Romulus (Guggenheim Museum) and The Hourglass (New York Musical Theatre Festival). Regional: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Geffen Theatre, Asolo Rep, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Virginia Stage Company, Writers’ Theatre, Drury Lane, Marriott Theatre, Timeline Theatre Company, American Theatre Company, Fulton Theatre, Portland Center Stage and Chicago Dramatists. He is a Jeff Award and After Dark award winner. www.jessekluglightingdesign.com.  -Top-

Jill Walmsley Zager, Dialect Coach – Jill Walmsley Zager is very happy to be back at The Rep for the 2012/13 Season. Other Milwaukee Rep credits include: Clybourne Park, Sense and Sensibility, A Christmas Carol, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Mountaintop, Assassins, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Christmas Carol, Lombardi, Yellowman, Ten Chimneys, Cabaret, My Name Is Asher Lev, Laurel and Hardy and The 39 Steps. 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, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Drury Lane Water Tower, Apple Tree Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Jill earned her Master’s Degrees at CSSD (London) and Northwestern. She is married to James Zager, the Head of the Theatre Program at Carroll University.  -Top-

Learn more about the background of the show and/or the themes explored in this production.

» Official Website

» Frank Rich’s Provocative Essay

» New 'Clybourne Park' Picks Up On 1959 Race Issues

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 | Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
Get an insider’s look at the production from cast member Lee E. Ernst with a discussion that begins 45 minutes prior to every performance of Clybourne Park.

TalkBacks | Post-Show
Friday, Feb 8, 15 and 22 | Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
Take part in a lively post-play discussion with members of the cast and special guests.

Feb. 8
Margaret (Peggy) Rozga, Civil Rights Activist

Feb. 15
John Gurda, Milwaukee Historian

Feb. 22
John McGivern & Lois Maurer, Producer/Director of Around the Corner

‘Round Six Happy Hour
Thursday, Jan. 31 • 6pm | Quadracci Powerhouse Theater Lobby
Join us for a pre-show happy hour featuring live music from Pete and the Hot Mess and complimentary appetizers and beer from Rock Bottom. ‘Round 6 is free with your ticket.

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Lunch Matinee
Wednesday, February 20 • 11:45am | Salon A at the InterContinental Hotel
Join us for lunch and a discussion with a member of The Rep staff who will discuss all the elements you will see in Clybourne Park. Cost is $15 per person. Please RSVP by Monday, February 11 to Jennifer Bloomer at 414-291-4790 or jenniferbloomer@intercontinentalmilwaukee.com.



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Produced in Association with
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Running Time
Approx. 2 hrs.

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

Recommended Age
15 years and older

Content Advisory
Contains mature content and themes

Access Dates
Audio Described
Tues. Feb 5, 6:30pm
ASL Interpreted
Thurs. Feb 21, 7:30pm
Captioned
Sun. Feb. 24, 2pm

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