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Community Conversations: ACT II



Act II

Zeidler CenterSince 2016, The Rep’s Act II program has engaged over 7,000 audience members in in-depth small group discussions facilitated by the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion. Following every performance of one of the shows in our season, audiences get to hear a local community leader’s response to the issues raise in the play as they relate to Milwaukee. Then, you are invited to join small group discussions to talk more with your fellow audience members.

The Act II program started three seasons ago, during our world premiere of American Song, when The Rep partnered with the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion for the first time. After each of our 33 performances, we invited a broad range of community leaders to give a five-minute response to the show followed by small group facilitated discussions led by trained members of the Zeidler Center. More than 3,000 patrons took advantage of the opportunity to share, listen, and learn with a group of fellow audience members. This format created the space for mutual understanding and respect allowing for open and honest dialogue. Act II has been praised both locally and nationally, and was overwhelmingly successful at bringing diverse groups of people together for dialogue around community issues.

We continued Act II during Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced in the winter of 2017 with facilitated discussions after 70% of the performances with over 2,500 people participating. 

In 2018, Act II took place around The Rep’s production of Dael Orlandersmith’s Until The Flood. Each performance of Until The Flood featured a community responder followed by facilitated small group discussions once again lead by the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion. Over 1,500 audience members participated, and 77% of participants felt motivated to take action in their communities following the rich discussions.

For the 2018/19 Season, Every Brilliant Thing will be The Rep’s Act II production. Join us this season for a city-wide conversation on mental health through community responders and small group discussions.


Every season, we host a large conversation on a specific theme as related to one or more of the plays in our season. 

In the 2016/17 Season, #TalkIdentity encompassed daily conversations for an entire month about identity around Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced. #TalkIdentity events included Act II post-show dialogues, panel discussions, Intercultural Dinners, Intercultural Talkbacks, actor talkbacks, a lobby exhibit, and a video series. Over 5,000 community members and civic leaders joined the conversation in person for this city-wide dialogue. 

In 2017/18, The Rep produced The Neighbor Series around our productions of One House Over, Until the Flood, and Our Town. With over 80 events engagement events in three months, as well as the inaugural national Intersections Summit, we invited thousands of people to discuss what it means to be a good neighbor – interpersonally, within your community, and nationally. 

This season, join us for the Power & Money Series, spanning six plays across our entire season. With onsite and offsite panel discussions and roundtables, community dinners and workshops, and a public art project, we will be exploring the relationship between power & money in our community.



Until The Flood: ACT II Video Coverage

We invite you to view the talk from our guests responders as part of The Rep’s production of Until The Flood.

Week 1 — March 13-18


Week 2 — March 20-25


Week 3 — March 27-April 1


Week 4 — April 3-April 8


Week 5 — April 10-April 15


Week 6 — April 17-April 22



American Song: ACT II Video Coverage


Week 1 in Review

Week 2 in Review

Week 3 in Review

Week 4 in Review

Pastor Alexis Twito
Coordinator of Police Chaplaincy Program, Milwaukee

Danae Davis
Executive Director, Milwaukee Succeeds

Rahul Dubey
Information Security Analyst, Rockwell Automation

Dr. Darienne Driver
Superintendent, Milwaukee Public Schools

Nik Clark
Chairman & President, Wisconsin Carry Inc.

Sheriff David Mahoney
Dane County

Mayor Stephen Scaffidi
Oak Creek

Magda G. Peck, ScD
Founding Dean, Joseph J. Zilber SPH

Lonnae Hickman
Milwaukee Rep Teen Council Representative

Paula Penebaker
President & CEO, YWCA SE Wisconsin

Deanna Tillisch
President & CEO, United Performing Arts Fund

Jeri Bonavia
Executive Director & Founder,
Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort

Amardeep Kaleka
Filmmaker; son of former Oak Creek
Sikh Temple President Satwant Kaleka

Chris Larson
Wisconsin State Senator

Dr. Jon Berlin
Psychiatrist and Former Medical Director
of Milwaukee County’s Crisis Service

Stephen Hargarten, MD
Professor & Chair,
Medical College of Wisconsin

Susan Dreyfus
President and CEO,
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Marcus White
Vice President of Civic Engagement,
Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Justice Janine Geske
former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice

Deanna Singh
CEO, Burke Foundation;
Sikh American Legal Defense
and Education Fund Speakers Bureau Member

Hannah Rosenthal
President & CEO,
Milwaukee Jewish Federation

Attorney Patrick Dunphy
Chief attorney for the plaintiffs
in the Badger Guns negligence suit

James Causey
Editorial writer and columnist,
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Charles Kahn
Former Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge;
Founder, A Neutral View

Sergeant Al Groszczyk
Milwaukee Police Department

Jordan Lee
Program Director, 88.9

Eric Von
Radio Host, WNOV

Dan Bird
Psychotherapist, Alliance Counseling Center;
Board Member, Kubly Foundation

Charlie Sykes
Radio Host at WTMJ

Kalan Haywood
Founder and President, Vangard Group

Maxine A. White
Chief Judge, First Judicial District, WI

Mayor Tom Barrett
City of Milwaukee

* Milwaukee Rep has invited experts from a wide variety of fields which represent diverse viewpoints. The views and opinions expressed by the community responder do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Milwaukee Repertory Theater.