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November 13 – December 16, 2018
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New Play Development

Every play in the world was once a new play.

We are proud to boast that since 1958, we have produced more than 150 world premiere productions on our stages. As such, the Rep has created the John (Jack) D. Lewis New Play Development Program, named in honor of past Milwaukee Rep Board member John D. Lewis for his passionate belief in the transformational power of the theater. Our goal is to produce new works – both commissioned by The Rep and works by emerging playwrights that have been commissioned by other theaters but not yet performed – that appeal to modern audiences and have the potential to transfer to cities across the nation, reinforcing The Rep as a leader in new play development. Learn more about New Play Development.

Some of the new works commissioned by The Rep include:

The Nerd, 1981

The Foreigner, 1983 

Hula Hoop Sha-Boop, 1991

Work Song, 2000

Grafton City Blues, 2008

Liberace!, 2010

Five Presidents, 2015

American Song, 2016

A Christmas Carol, 2016

One House Over, 2018

You can’t have a titanic classic, you can’t have a groundbreaking work that pushes society forward, and you certainly can’t have a well-loved favorite—unless you have a new play first.

See Your Impact

$10,000

 

 

Commission a new work in the Stiemke Studio.

$5,000

 

 

Support the full developmental workshop for a new work in the Stackner Cabaret.

$2,500

 

 

Provide travel and housing for a playwright during one week of rehearsal.

$1,000

 

 

Research and develop one new play for the Quadracci Powerhouse.

$500

 

 

Allow Rep staff to travel to national new work festivals to scout emerging playwrights.

$250

 

 

Provide a stipend and transportation for an actor during one week of a developmental workshop.

$100

 

 

Purchase enough paper to print 120 new play scripts for consideration.