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Quadracci Powerhouse
January 14 - February 9, 2020
From “The King” to an all-out Queen!
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Stackner Cabaret
January 17 - March 22, 2020
A Celebration of the Blues
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Stiemke Studio
January 28 - March 8, 2020
A Trailblazing Rock-Musical
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Quadracci Powerhouse
March 3 - March 29, 2020
A Chilling Portrait of War and Sisterhood
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Please Note: This page is an archive of the Power & Money Series programming from the 2018/19 Season.

Power & Money Series
Community Engagement / Community Conversations / Professional Training Institute / Enrichment Events / Community Partners / Mpact Council



Many of the plays in Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 2018/19 Season explore the relationship between Power & Money – how do power and money shape one another, and how do these forces shape individuals, communities, and society? Join us as we dive deeper into the relationship between Power & Money for a season-long conversation focusing on six of the plays in our season.

Check out the tabs on this page to find Power & Money Series events on that interest you, or click the show pages below to navigate our events according to the plays you are most interested in—simply visit the "Events" tab on the show pages.







Workshops and salons provide an opportunity to learn about and explore various subjects presented in our plays in an interactive, social setting. Workshops take place in different community locations, so you can get to know new and favorite spaces throughout the city while gaining new skills or discovering new ideas.

It’s not necessary to see the plays related to these workshops beforehand, but it can make for a richer experience if you do choose to buy a ticket to the show.

Power & Money &
Puerto Rico: People, Politics, and Progress

Tuesday, October 9 at 11:30am-1:00pm
United Community Center
$10 Admission. RSVP here.
Learn more about the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the politics, people, and progress in recovery efforts. Lunch is provided by the delicious Café El Sol, and you can stop in the Latino Arts, Inc. gallery to view their “Hombres de Arcilla” (Men of Clay) exhibit, featuring a collection of handmade masks honoring the memory of the disappeared students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.

Power & Money &

Monday, October 15 at 5:00-6:30pm
Mitchell Street Library
Free Admission
An open workshop for prospective first-generation college students. Receive tips for filling out your financial aid documents, hear from local first-generation college students and alumni, and make connections with financial aid officers at six area universities—including University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, Mount Mary University, Alverno College, Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Plus, munch on some yummy treats and catch a live preview performance from In the Heights.

Power & Money &
Wisconsin & Writers

Thursday, December 6, 5:30-7:30pm
Woodland Pattern Book Center
Grab a drink, meet new friends, listen to poetry, and discover local writers at this salon-style event in partnership with the nationally recognized Woodland Pattern Book Center.

Power & Money &
Dumplings & Dialogue

Monday, February 25, 5:30-7:30pm
Chinese Christian Church of Milwaukee
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Learn to cook Chinese dumplings, explore the history of Chinese food in the United States, and sit down to dinner for a Fortune Cookie-guided discussion about cultural appropriation and appreciation.



Following select performances, we will hold 30-minute discussions with local experts and community leaders on a subject presented in the play. Panel discussions provide you with an opportunity to deepen your comprehension of the play, and understand how it relates to the greater Milwaukee community.

The best way to experience a panel discussion is after viewing the performance that evening, but panel discussions are free and open to the public. If you are interested in the subject, but not ready to buy a ticket to the show, arrive to the theater 15 minutes before the approximate start time of the panel. We will seat you for the discussion once the performance has ended.

You can also tune in to our Community Conversations Podcast and listen to our panel discussions from the comfort of your own home, on the drive to work, or on a walk through our beautiful city. You can hear all of our Power & Money Series panel discussions on our SoundCloud or via Facebook Live.

Power & Money & Milwaukee & Architecture
Wednesday, October 10, approximately 9:00-9:30pm
Stiemke Studio / Facebook Live
Listen in as a panel of experts analyze architecture as a symbol of power and status in Milwaukee.

The Taj Mahal is an incredible architectural wonder and a symbol of the wealth and power of the 17th century shah that built it. Architecture shapes how we experience the world around us, especially in a historic city like Milwaukee. Join us as we reflect on the relationship between power and money as found in architectural details.

Panelists include:
• Dr. Arijit Sen, Associate Professor of Architecture at UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning
• John Eastberg, Executive Director of the Pabst Mansion
• Stacy Swadish, Executive Director of Historic Milwaukee, Inc.
• Randy Bryant, Executive Director of Ten Chimneys

Power & Money & Literacy & Women
Friday, November 30, approximately 10:00-10:30pm
Stiemke Studio / Facebook Live

"Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands." - Anne Elliot in Persuasion by Jane Austen

How has literacy shaped the power and resources available to women in different historical and geographic contexts? Hear our panel of scholars and educators consider the impact of literacy for women across the world in this moderated panel discussion.

Panelists include:
• Dr. Monique Liston, Joyful Militant at UBUNTU Research & Evaluation
• Michelle Morris Carter, Principal at Golda Meir School
• Holly McCoy, Executive Director of Literacy Services Wisconsin
• Dr. Desiree Pointer Mace, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Education at Alverno College

Power & Money & Sideshows
Friday, February 22, approximately 9:30-10:00pm
Stiemke Studio / Facebook Live

Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady centers on a woman whose culture and identity was put on display as a sideshow. The historic practice of exhibiting marginalized people as a spectacle has had deep impact on prevailing stereotypes and stigmas in American culture. Hear from a panel of local speakers as they explore the residual impacts of the sideshow on marginalized communities today.

Panelists include:
• Dr. Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece, Assistant Professor of Film Studies and English at UW-Milwaukee
• Dr. Simon Howard, Professor of Psychology at Marquette University
• Patty Chones, Recreation Therapist at Adaptive Community Approach Program
• Amanda Lojeski, The ACAP Playmakers

Power & Money & Orientalism
Tuesday, March 12 approximately 9:00-9:30pm
Stiemke Studio / Facebook Live

How can Western society appreciate another culture without moving to conquer, sensationalize, or profit from it? How can we have a respectful appreciation for other cultural identities? Hear from our panel of experts as they articulate the history of Orientalism in the West and its impacts both in the United States and abroad.

Panelists include:
• Dr. Sukanya Banerjee, Associate Professor of English at UW-Milwaukee
• Dr. Ying Wang, Associate Professor of Asian Art at UW-Milwaukee
• Dr. Chia Youyee Vang, Professor of History at UW-Milwaukee
Nirmal Raja, Visual Artist

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Roundtable discussions are in-depth conversations with local leaders on a topic raised in a play as it relates to the greater Milwaukee community. These conversations will give you an opportunity to engage with change-makers in our city and deeply enrich your experience of our performances.

All Roundtables are free and open to the public.

Power & Money & Response & Resistance
Monday, January 28, 5:30-7pm
Jewish Museum Milwaukee
Visit the Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s exhibit, “Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare” and listen in as a roundtable of local thought leaders discuss the impact of federal funding on their work. The discussion is moderated by Adam Carr.
Panelists include:
• Dr. Margaret Noodin, Director of the Electa Quinney Institute
• Chad Bauman, Executive Director of Milwaukee Repertory Theater
• Dr. Prasenjit Neel Guptasarma, Professor and Chair of Physics at UW-Milwaukee
• Katie Loughmiller, Arts Project Coordinator at the Milwaukee Public Library

Power & Money & Property & Development
Sunday, April 25 at 6:30pm
Moderator: Adam Carr, Milwaukee Enthusiast/Advocate
Panel Members:
• Reggie Jackson, Consultant at Nurturing Diversity Partners, a program of Jackson-Kaplan
• Consulting LLC and Head Griot of America’s Black Holocaust Museum
• Joaquin Altoro, Town Bank Vice-President of Commercial Banking
• Venice Williams, Executive Director and Visionary Leader of Alice’s Garden


We are excited to bring our audiences multi-disciplinary arts experiences each season at The Rep. Our lobby exhibits are specially curated visual art galleries designed to complement your viewing of the performance. They connect the work on our stages with the local community, and help support local artists and researchers.

In the Heights Community Mural
On display in the Quadracci Powerhouse Lobby October 7 to October 28
Community Events we will be at: Garfield Days, Chill on the Hill, Washington Park Wednesdays, Iron Board Café, Jazz in the Park, Granma’s Empanadas, Skyline Music Series, Mosaic Music Series, Hip Hop Week, Newaukee Night Market, UCC Family Fun Night.
Milwaukee Rep will be at various community events, inviting community members to contribute to an art project created by Erick Ledesma of Cosecha Creative-Space and Jacobo Lovo of Latino Arts. Everyone who contributes their creative talents to this community art project will be invited to an exclusive art reveal and pre-show dinner for In the Heights. Then, the final art piece will hang in the lobby from October 7 to October 28.

Milwaukee’s Stories of Redlining Lobby Display
April 16 – May 12 
Quadracci Powerhouse Lobby
An audio installation featuring short interviews with Milwaukee residents regarding their experiences with redlining in our city. Audience members will be able to take in one to six stories of local experiences before exploring the theme as it is found in Two Trains Running.


Most of our Community Engagement programming exists under the umbrella of the Power & Money Series, but not all of it! We have so many events throughout the season connected to other performances. Actor TalkBacks, pre-show Rep-in-Depth presentations, and Act II dialogues are Rep staples that you will not want to miss. Click the links below to learn more. And remember, stay engaged!

Enrichment Events

Act II