DETAILS

Approximate Running Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission
Recommended Age: 10 and Up

‘Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others’

Among the most famous political novels of all time, Animal Farm is a timeless and devastating allegory of idealism betrayed by the desire for personal power. When the animals of Manor Farm drive out their abusive farmer, they take over running the farm for themselves. Their experiment in collective leadership succeeds—until the pigs step into the vacuum of power created by the farmer’s expulsion, and betray the ideals of freedom and equality for all animals. This vibrant and moving production will breathe fresh life into a literary classic as resonant today as when it was first published.

“Dare I say it – as good as the book." — The Guardian

“Ian Wooldridge’s adaptation makes the text as engagingly relevant as ever.” — London Evening Standard

 
"Animal Farm" Audiences React

ARTISTS


Melvin Abston*
Napoleon


Brade Bradshaw
Ensemble


Jonathan Gillard Daly*±
Benjamin, Pilkington


Kelsey Rodriguez
Ensemble


Deborah Staples*±
Clover


Tiffany Rachelle Stewart*
Squealer, Mollie


Brendan Titley*
Snowball, Minimus


Stephanie Weeks*
Major, Boxer


May Adrales
Director

 

Andrew Boyce
Scenic Designer

Izumi Inaba
Costume Designer

Noele Stollmack
Lighting Designer

Charles Coes & Nathan Roberts
Sound Design & Original Composition

Nancy Lemenager
Movement Director

Frank Honts
Casting Director

McCorkle Casting
NY Casting

Jacqueline Singleton*
Stage Manager

Carrie Taylor*
Assistant Stage Manager

Kira Neighbors
Stage Management Resident

Simon Evans
Assistant Director

 

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
± Milwaukee Repertory Theater Associate Artists.

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EVENTS

PRE
SHOW

Rep-in-Depth
A pre-show conversation with a member of the cast or artistic team for productions in the Stiemke Studio and Quadracci Powerhouse. Rep-in-Depth occurs approximately 45 minutes before curtain for every performance.

 

TUE
JAN 16
6:30PM

Audio-Described Performance
Patrons of this performance may receive an earpiece, providing live description of the action on stage. Check in at the Concierge Desk pre-show to pick up your earpiece.

 

WED
JAN 17

TalkBacks
Join members of the cast and artistic team to discuss the production immediately following the performance.

 

SUN
JAN 21
AFTER
2PM PERF.

Panel: “The Co-opting of Social Movements”
Throughout history, social movements been co-opted by personal, financial, or political interests. In Animal Farm, the goal to create a more equal society for animals takes a slow but concerning turn. How does this happen in the social movements today? Can social organizing stay true to its original purpose while effectively advancing its cause?
Panelists include:
• Anne Golden, President of the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County
• Cacy Kemp, Associate Director of Safe & Sound
• Emilio De Torre, Director of Community Engagement at the ACLU of Wisconsin
• Rayhainio Boynes, Founder/Creative Director of Flye

 

WED
JAN 24
11:45AM
COST: $20

Lunch Matinee for Animal Farm
Before you attend the show join us from 11:45am to 1:15pm at the InterContinental Hotel located in the Milwaukee Center. Lunch includes a presentation by Director May Adrales as she talks the performance elements you will see on stage. Cost is $20 per person, which includes lunch and the presentation – it does not include theater tickets. RSVP by Mon., Jan. 15, to Sara Laugavitz at 414-291-4790 or SaraLaugavitz@intercontinentalmilwaukee.com

 

WED
JAN 24

TalkBacks
Join members of the cast and artistic team to discuss the production immediately following the performance.

 

WED
JAN 31

TalkBacks
Join members of the cast and artistic team to discuss the production immediately following the performance.

 

THUR
FEB 1
7:30PM

ASL Interpreted Performance
This performance interpreted in American Sign Language. For more information about designated seating call the Ticket Office at 414-224-9490.

 

SUN
FEB 4
2PM

Captioned Theater Performance
This performance features a screen to the side of the stage that displays the actors' lines as they are spoken. For more information about designated seating call the Ticket Office at 414-224-9490.

 

WED
FEB 7

TalkBacks
Join members of the cast and artistic team to discuss the production immediately following the performance.

 

FEATURES & PRESS

Features


VIDEO: "'Timeless and devastating:' In the Milwaukee Rep’s latest production a group of animals rise up, revolt"
– Fox 6 Now


"An Interview with Melvin Abston (Napoleon) from 'Animal Farm'"
– WFAW Morning Magazine


"The relevance of the Rep’s ‘Animal Farm’"
– Michael Muckian, Wisconsin Gazette


"Adapting an Iconic Piece of Literature: 'Animal Farm' at the Milwaukee Rep"
– Bonnie North, WUWM


"'Animal Farm' faces beastly power plays past and present"
– Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


"'The Milwaukee Rep's 'Animal Farm'"
– David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express


Press


MEDIA RELEASE: GEORGE ORWELL'S ANIMAL FARM BEGINS PERFORMANCES AT MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER JANUARY 9


MEDIA RELEASE: MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER ANNOUNCES CAST FOR UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS • JONATHAN GILLARD DALY AND DEBORAH STAPLES FEATURED IN ANIMAL FARM


PHOTOS

VIDEOS

 

Video Preview

Video Preview

Audiences React

Audiences React
 
 
 
 

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REVIEWS


"'Animal Farm' isn’t a fatalistic fable describing what must be every time there’s a revolution. It’s a fire bell ringing in the night, urging us to wake up and fight for a better world before it’s too late"
– Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


"'Animal Farm' is not subtle. Fittingly, the Milwaukee Rep's version of the classic George Orwell tale … is stark, pointed and brutal. But it is also beautifully conceived and performed by a tight ensemble of eight actors, who use music, stylized movement, puppets and masks to show how revolutions go wrong and how those in power will sadistically abuse it."
– Gwen Rice, OnMilwaukee


"The performance ensemble couldn’t be more varied and fascinating. Their casting and performance style likewise serve the goal of making Orwell’s Soviet allegory universal and accessible."
– Selena Milewski, Shepherd Express


"Highly Recommended... Powerful…provocative…innovative…imaginative...This tale is still very relevant today."
– Matthew Perta, ShowBiz Chicago


"The production really shines in the actors’ warm-hearted performances."
– Jeff Grygny, Play On Milwaukee


"The costumes are truly the jewel of 'Animal Farm.' Costume Designer Izumi Inaba's creations buoy the imagination."
– Kelsey Lawler, Broadway World


"Ian Wooldridge’s adaptation is a masterful work that smartly takes the book’s themes from page to stage."
– Anne Siegel, Total Theater


"Woolridge’s translation, so artfully directed by May Adrales, is creatively enacted by eight actors who play all the roles."
– Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman


 

January 9 – February 11, 2018
Quadracci Powerhouse
Adapted by Ian Wooldridge
Directed by May Adrales
A Co-Production with Baltimore Center Stage

 

Associate Producers
James E. and Mary K. Braza

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