DETAILS

An Intimate Drama About Who Tells the Story of America
In this riveting two-person drama, an ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss their differing views on the college junior’s paper about slavery and the American Revolution.

A polite clash of ideas soon landslides into an explosive discussion of race, history, and power. Riddled with smart dialogue, this dramatic confrontation forces us to empathize with two vibrant and complicated women. It’s an entertaining and thought-provoking nail-biter that will have everyone talking.

“Bristling and Provocative”The New York Times

 
The Niceties

ARTISTS


Kate Levy*
Janine Bosko


Kimber Sprawl*
Zoe Reed

 

Eleanor Burgess
Eleanor Burgess
Playwright


Annika Boras
Director

 

Courtney O’Neill
Scenic Designer

Christine Pascual
Costume Designer

Noele Stollmack
Lighting Designer

Pornchanok (Nok) Kanchanabanca
Sound Designer

Frank Honts
Casting Director

Christopher Elst
Fight Director

Martinique M. Barthel*
Stage Manager

Josh Hart
Stage Management Fellow

Kelsey Robins
Assistant Director

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

 

EVENTS

PRE
SHOW

Rep-in-Depth
A pre-show conversation with an Artistic Team member. Rep-in-Depth occurs approximately 45 minutes before curtain for every performance.
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WED
OCT 2

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

 

WED
OCT 9

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

 

THUR
OCT 10
7:30PM

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.

 

OCT 11
POST
SHOW

ACT II Panel: Who Gets to Tell the Story of America?
Join us for a special panel discussion, "Who Gets to Tell the Story of America?". Panelists include:
• Taylor Barnes, Professional Training Institute ensemble member
• Amanda Seligman,  University of Milwaukee
• Emilio De Torre, ACLU Wisconsin
• Dr. James Marten Marquette University

 

WED
OCT 16

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

 

THUR
OCT 17
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.

 

OCT 18
POST
SHOW

ACT II Panel: The Generational Divide
Join us for a special panel discussion, "The Generational Divide". Panelists include:
• David Emmanuelle Castillo, Black and Latino Male Achievement, Milwaukee Public Schools
• Dynasty Caesar, YWCA Southeastern Wisconsin
• Darrin B. Madison Jr. Urban Ecology Center/Youth Justice Milwaukee
• Alea Cross, MIAD

 

WED
OCT 23

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

 

OCT 25
POST
SHOW

ACT II Panel: At the Intersection: Race, Gender & Identities
Join us for a special panel discussion, "At the Intersection: Race, Gender & Identities". Panelists include:
• Elizabeth Hjelle, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
• Dawn Matlak, Public Allies Milwaukee
• Elle Hill, Public Allies Milwaukee
• Naya Jones, PhD, Rootwork
• Nanis Rodriguez, University of Milwaukee

 

WED
OCT 30

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

 
 

FEATURES & PRESS

Features


VIDEO: Arts Avenue: Milwaukee Rep presents 'The Niceties'
– WISN 12


 

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VIDEOS

 

Preview

The Niceties
 

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ACT II

Zeidler Center Most performances of The Niceties will be followed by ACT II which includes, post show panels, TalksBacks and facilitated group discussions lead by the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion.

Each week of the production the post-performance activcities will focus on a different theme from the production.
Week of Oct 31 – Racism & Academia
Week of Oct 7 – Who Tells The Story of America
Week of Oct 14 – The Generation Divide
Week of Oct 21 – At The Intersection: Race, Gender & Identities
Week of Oct 28 – Access to Education & University Elitism

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ACT II Panels

October 11, Post-Show
ACT II Panel: Who Gets to Tell the Story of America?

Join us for a special panel discussion, "Who Gets to Tell the Story of America?". Panelists include:
• Taylor Barnes, Professional Training Institute ensemble member
• Amanda Seligman,  University of Milwaukee
• Emilio De Torre, ACLU Wisconsin
• Dr. James Marten Marquette University

 

October 18, Post-Show
ACT II Panel: The Generational Divide

Join us for a special panel discussion, "The Generational Divide". Panelists include:
• David Emmanuelle Castillo, Black and Latino Male Achievement, Milwaukee Public Schools
• Dynasty Caesar, YWCA Southeastern Wisconsin
• Darrin B. Madison Jr. Urban Ecology Center/Youth Justice Milwaukee
• Alea Cross, MIAD

 

October 25, Post-Show
ACT II Panel: At the Intersection: Race, Gender & Identities

Join us for a special panel discussion, "At the Intersection: Race, Gender & Identities". Panelists include:
• Elizabeth Hjelle, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
• Dawn Matlak, Public Allies Milwaukee
• Elle Hill, Public Allies Milwaukee
• Naya Jones, PhD, Rootwork
• Nanis Rodriguez, University of Milwaukee

 
 

The Niceties
September 25 -November 3, 2019
Stiemke Studio
by Eleanor Burgess
Directed by Annika Boras

 
 

THE STIEMKE STUDIO SEASON IS PRESENTED BY ED SEABERG & PATRICK SMITH

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