DETAILS

Approximate Running Time: 2hrs and 20 minutes with one intermission
Recommended Age: 12 and Up

AMERICAN PREMIERE

Bob and Fran Price have loved each other for thirty years and have built a home and raised four strong children.

Set over the course of one year, this innovative and beautifully touching new play provides a unique perspective on the struggles the four adult Price children face to establish their identities and deal with personal crises. Written by critically acclaimed Australian playwright and screenwriter Andrew Bovell, Rep audiences will be the first in this country to experience this “warm play that will remind every audience member of their family.” (The UK Telegraph)

Media Sponsor
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

 
Re-writing Things I Know To Be True for the Midwest

ARTISTS


Jordan Baker*
Fran


Kelley Faulkner*
Pip


Zach Fifer*
Ben


Bill Geisslinger*
Bob


Aubyn Heglie*
Rosie


Kevin Kantor*
Mia

 


Andrew Bovell
Playwright


Mark Clements
Director

 

Julia Rhoads
Stage Movement Director

Scott Davis
Scenic Designer

Rachel Laritz
Costume Designer

Jesse Klug
Lighting Designer

Joe Cerqua
Original Music & Sound Design

Eva Breneman
Voice & Text Coach

Brent Hazelton
Dramaturg

Frank Honts
Casting Director

Dale Brown Casting (NY)
Casting

Ada Karamanyan
NY Casting Associate

Rebekah Heusel*
Stage Manager

Rebecca Lindsey*
Assistant Stage Manager

Kira Neighbors
Stage Management Resident

Jose Galvan
Assistant Director

 

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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EVENTS

PRE
SHOW

Rep-in-Depth
A pre-show conversation with a cast member. Rep-in-Depth occurs approximately 45 minutes before curtain for every performance.
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SUN
MAT
MAR 10

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

 

TUE
MAR 12
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.

 

FRI
MAR 15
6:30PM
Cost: $30

Pride Night
Things I Know to Be True explores, in part, LGBTQ themes within the context of a modern American family. Join us for Pride Night featuring a preshow reception with complimentary appetizers, wine and beer starting at 6:30, show at 8:00. Use code: PRIDE to get this special price. Call 414-224-9490 or purchase online.

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SUN
MAT
MAR 17

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

 

SUN
MAT
MAR 24

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

 

WED
MAR 27
11:45AM

Lunch Matinee for Things I Know To Be True
Before you attend the show join us from 11:45am to 1:15pm for lunch in the Stackner Cabaret. Lunch includes a presentation by member of the artistic team for the show. Cost is $21 per person, which includes lunch and the presentation – it does not include theater tickets. RSVP by Monday, March 18, to Jaime Lacy at 414-290-7076 or jlacy@milwaukeerep.com

 

THUR
MAR 28
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
MAR 31
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.

SUN
MAR 31
2PM

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

 

SPOTLIGHT

Milwaukee Repertory Theater explores contemporary family dynamics in the American premiere of Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know To Be True
By Paul Masterson

Kevin KantorKevin Kantor

Milwaukee Rep stages the American premiere of Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know To Be True. A family drama, it is of particular interest to the LGBTQ community because of its inclusion of a non-binary actor playing a trans character. But, perhaps more importantly, it integrates that role equally as just one of the half dozen that comprise the play’s cast. Kevin Kantor, who identifies as non-binary and prefers the pronoun choice (they, them, their), appears as Mia. Their performance history is a long and varied one as an actor, director, writer, and poet. They also appeared with Lady Gaga during the 2016 Oscars. As a queer activist, they describe their mission in the context of the historical delineation of gender that has been socialized along the binary. “It’s a box people feel they have to live in. I want to burn gender to the ground and fashion my face from the ashes,” Kantor said.

Bill Geisslinger and Kevin Kantor in rehearsal for Things I Know To Be True.  Photo by Austin Bean.Bill Geisslinger and Kevin Kantor in rehearsal. Photo by Austin Bean.

The role of Mia is a perfect conduit for Kantor. A first for Milwaukee Rep, the casting of a non-binary actor playing a non-binary character allows the audience, especially its non-LGBTQ members, insights that might allay misconceptions about trans individuals. It’s natural for an audience to identify with a play’s characters and find a connection with them. However, a gender non-conforming role can be more of a challenge. To that Kantor explained, “I exist very publicly. If I make you uncomfortable, I want you to sit in it and metabolize that and come to terms with why someone living their lives gives you discomfort. It takes a while to get to that place and to take the character on that journey I’ve been on myself. I want to change hearts. The minds will follow.”

Casting Kantor as Mia also reflects a positive shift in the consciousness of theater producers. In the past, LGBTQ roles would probably have been played by non-LGBTQ actors. Today, institutions like Milwaukee Repertory Theater have evolved their identity awareness. By inviting non-gender conforming actors to the stage, they are offering new opportunities not only for queer performers, but also new experiences for audience members.

(L-R) Aubyn Heglie, Zach Fifer, Bill Geissling, Kelley Faulkner, and Kevin Kantor in rehearsal for Things I Know To Be True.  Photo by Austin Bean.(L-R) Aubyn Heglie, Zach Fifer, Bill Geissling, Kelley Faulkner, and Kevin Kantor in rehearsal. Photo by Austin Bean.

The cast of characters include Mia’s sisters Rosie (Aubyn Heglie) and Pip (Kelley Faulkner), brother Ben (Zach Fifer), and parents Fran and Bob (Jordon Baker and Bill Geisslinger, respectively). Director Mark Clements explains the play’s message as familial love and how it manifests itself on the one hand as an inescapable bond yet, on the other, restrains each characters pursuit of their individual identity.

How the characters negotiate that dichotomy is the crux of Things I Know To Be True.

Things I Know To Be True runs March 5-31, 2019. On Fri. March 15 we will be hosting Pride Night for the LGBTQ Community and Allies. Tickets for this night are $30 and include a preshow reception with complimentary appetizers, wine and beer starting at 6:30, show at 8:00. Use code: PRIDE to get this special price (restrictions apply).

 

FEATURES & PRESS

PHOTOS

VIDEOS

 
 

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REVIEWS


"I think this the best new play I have seen this year: I saw it several days ago, have seen other work since then, but still it dances in my head."
– Chicago Tribune


"An emotional and moving take on family…powerful and captivating…extraordinary production"
– OnMilwaukee


"Beautiful and well worth the emotional effort. Just remember to pack some tissue"
– BroadwayWorld


"Some of my favorite moments of 'Things' are of five silent Prices moving around or paying coordinated attention to the sixth Price speaking"
– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


"The cast is uniformly excellent…Sublime…beautiful and truthful, poetic and starkly honest"
– Chicago Splash Magazine


"Takes ordinary lives to extraordinary height…the acting is remarkable, from start to finish"
– Dave Begel


"Audiences can’t help but identify with the struggles, fears, joys and secrets that unfold in a bit more than two hours on the Quadracci stage."
– Shepherd Express


"I’ve seen many memorable plays at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, but 'Things I Know To Be True' is in a class all by itself."
– Showbiz Chicago


 

March 5 – 31, 2019
Quadracci Powerhouse
by Andrew Bovell 
Directed by Mark Clements

A co-production with
Arizona Theatre Company

A JOHN (JACK) D. LEWIS NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM PRODUCTION

 

Executive Producers
Judy Hansen
Christine & Pat Keyes

Associate Producers
Suzy B. Ettinger Foundation
Phoebe Lewis
Catherine & Buddy Robinson