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2016/17 SEASON - EVENTS 

During the season, Milwaukee Rep participates in a variety of events in addition to the productions we produce. We’d love to have you join us at one or more. Check out this page throughout the season for additional events and activities. You never know what exciting event might come up!

Enrichment Events Around Rep Productions
Unless otherwise indicated events are free with the purchase of your show ticket.
Special Events  •  Rep-in-Depth  •  TalkBacks  •  Panel Discussions • Community Activities • Rep in the Community 

Social Events Around Rep Productions
Unless otherwise indicated events are free with the purchase of your show ticket.
Out-n-About LGBT Nights  •  Young Professionals Night 

Rep in Depth at Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Special Events

A CONVERSATION WITH PLAYWRIGHT AYAD AKHTAR
Wednesday January 18 prior to the 7:30pm performance (6:45pm)​
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar for this special pre-show conversation about his play Disgraced and beyond. Note this takes the place of Rep-in-Depth for this performance.

REPARTÉE
Monday, January 30, 2017 at 6:30pm
Join The Friends of The Rep for an evening that brings together all of our favorite things. Enjoy a night filled with entertainment and some of the best food and drink in Milwaukee and special performances from Rep favorites. Performers this year include Kelley Faulkner, Laura Gordon, Charles McClain and more! 

Tickets:
$60 Author Level – A Reserved seat at Repartée
$80 Playwright Level – A reserved seat at Repartée and name in the program
$100 Poet Laureate – all of the above, plus a free mystery box
$500 Event Sponsor – All of the above, plus two premium tickets
$1000 Diamond Sponsor – All of the above, plus four premium tickets and an exclusive memento 

For more information or to RSVP contact Meghan Roesner at mroesner@milwaukeerep.com

REP-IN-DEPTH

– Free with the purchase of a show ticket –
A pre-show conversation with Disgraced cast member Austene Van. Rep-in-Depth occurs 45 minutes before curtain for every performance. 

TALKBACKS – Post-Play Discussions

– Free with the purchase of a show ticket –
Immediately following select performances in the Quadracci Powerhouse and Stiemke Studio, join members of the cast and artistic team to discuss the production you just attended.

  • DISGRACED
    Actor TalkBacksWed. Jan 25 and Feb 8; Sun Jan 29 and Feb 5 after the 2pm show.
    Intercultural TalkBacks – Wed 2/1 after the 7:30pm show and Sat. 2/11 after the 4pm show. 
    Hear personal stories from community members as we celebrate the diversity of our city. Gain insight into the unique experience of attending an Intercultural Dinner with people from across the city and how the dinner dialogue influenced them.

    2/1 following the 7:30pm performance
    Panelists include:
    • Jacobo Lovo, Managing Artistic Director of Latino Arts, Inc.
    • Peter Holbrook, President & CEO of Cream City Foundation
    • May yer Thao, Executive Director of the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce

    2/11 following the 2pm performance
    Panelists include:
    • Onur Asan, Executive Director of the Niagara Foundation Wisconsin Branch
    • Muhammad Isa Sadlon, Executive Director Emeritus at Islamic Society Of Milwaukee  

  • GROUNDED – Thursdays: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • THE GLASS MENAGERIE – Thursdays: March 16, 23, 30, April 6
  • JANE EYRE – Wednesdays: May 3, 10, 17

 

TalkBack post-play discussion at Milwaukee Repertory Theater 

PANEL DISCUSSIONS – Post-Play

– Free Events –
Immediately following select performances in the Quadracci Powerhouse and Stiemke Studio, join members of our Community Engagement Team and the special guests to discuss themes from production you just attended.

Disgraced Panel Discussions

The Rep will host a variety of panels to further explore the themes of the play. Click to learn more.

IDENTITY POLITICS
Saturday, January 21 following the 4pm performance (approx. 5:30pm)
Any new administration brings a change in policies that affect a variety of identities throughout America. Join us on the first day of the new administration as we discuss what the future might hold for identity politics in Wisconsin.

Moderated by Nate Imig, Managing Producer & Community Partnerships Manager for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Panelists include:
• Andy Nunemaker, CEO of Dynamis Software Corporation
• Richard Esenberg, President of Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL)
• Paula Penebaker, President & CEO at the YWCA Southeast Wisconsin
• Othman Atta, Attorney and Muslim activist
• Kristin A. Hansen, Development Director at the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation  

NO POLITICS AT DINNER: HOW DO WE DISCUSS DIFFICULT TOPICS?
Sunday, January 22 following the 2pm performance (approx. 3:30pm)
At family functions, dinner parties, and public gatherings, we are typically warned against bringing up politics and religion. Why are these subjects so hard to talk about? What is the benefit of talking about them? Break the rules of polite conversation as experts in public discourse and journalists discuss conversations regarding disputed topics.

Moderated by Jim Higgins, Arts & Books Editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Panelists include:
• Dr. Katherine Wilson, Executive Director of the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion
• 
Dr. Irfan A. Omar, Associate Professor of Theology at Marquette and editor of Islam and Other Religions: Pathways to Dialogue (2006) and A Christian View of Islam: Essays on Dialogue by Thomas F. Michel, SJ (2010)
• 
Elana Kahn, Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council
• 
Bonnie North, Lake Effect Co-Host/Arts Producer at 89.7 WUWM 

BEING BROWN: THE COMPLEXITIES OF IDENTITY IN POST-9/11 AMERICA
Saturday, January 28 following the 4pm performance (approx. 5:30pm)
9/11 marks a turning point in the socio-politics of identity in our nation. "Post-9/11, folks who looked like me became very visible," says Ayad Akhtar, the writer of Disgraced. "Life changed. I and a lot of people like me felt differently after that. Like Amir [in the play], the fact of being Muslim, whether religious or cultural, became a significant fact that could not be avoided." Join us for a conversation about the effect 9/11 has had on how we navigate identity.

Moderated by Rahul Dubey, Information Security Analyst for Rockwell Automation

Panelists include:
• Dr. Louise Cainkar, President of the Arab American Studies Association, Marquette Associate Professor, and author of Homeland Security: The Arab American and Muslim American Experience after 9/11
• David Muhammad, Violence Prevention Manager at the City of Milwaukee Health Department
• Dr. Mohammad N. ElBsat, Principal Engineer at Johnson Controls

IDENTITY IN THE WORKPLACE
Saturday, February 4 following the 4pm performance (approx. 5:30pm)
Many of the characters in Disgraced see an element of their background as a barrier to their success in their careers and relationships. How much do we emphasize or downplay identities that seems to differentiate us from those that our society sees as successful? How does navigating identity affect a person’s everyday life? 

Moderated by Mark Kass, Editor-in-chief of the Milwaukee Business Journal

Panelists include:
• Vivian King, Vice President of Community Relations at Aurora Health Care 
• Raquel Filmanowicz, Director of U.S. Community Affairs at BMO Harris Bank
• Janan Najeeb, President of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition
• Leonel Marchan, IT Applications Consultant at We Energies

JOURNEYS OF SELF: EVOLVING IDENTITIES
Sunday, February 12 following the 2pm performance (approx. 3:30pm)
In Disgraced, a multicultural dinner turns into a heated debate on the societal forces that shape identity. This diverse dinner setting mirrors our melting pot nation whose unique multiculturalism urges us to face the complexities of our own identities through interactions with people of different backgrounds. What societal factors contribute to an individual’s personal navigation of their identity? Join community members of diverse backgrounds as they share their unique journeys of self.

Moderated by Nate Imig, Managing Producer & Community Partnerships Manager for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Panelists include:
• Pastor Marilyn Miller, Pastor of The Lutheran Church of the Reformation
• Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum, Rabbi at Congregation Shir Hadash
• Sarah DeGeorge, Executive Assistant at the UWM
• 
Jose Vasquez, Group Facilitator for the Life Changers Program at the United Community Center & Youth Outreach Coordinator at Gods Touch Milwaukee Ministries

 

 

Grounded Panel Discussions

Join us for a variety of discussions surrounding veterans and the themes of Grounded. Click to learn more.

WISCONSIN WOMEN IN THE MILITARY
Following the 2pm performance, Sunday March 12
Join us in a conversation with local female as they share their stories and discuss the needs of women in the military and how our community can provide support and recognition. 

Panelists include:
• Carissa Di Pietro, Army veteran
• Rae Anne Frey, Army Veteran, OIF(09-10)
• Leah Lockett, Director of Development at Dryhootch of America
• Lynda Deehr, USAF MSGT (Ret)
• Patti Winter-Schmidt, USAF CMSgt (Ret)

STIGMAS & STEREOTYPES
Following the 7:30pm performance, Wednesday March 15
Join us in a conversation on stereotypes about mental health which affect all people, including veterans.  These stereotypes lead to stigmas and can complicate the decision to seek mental health treatment or provide support for a veteran in need.

Panelists include:
• Erich Roush, Psychology Intern at the VA Medical Center
• Saul Newton, Executive Director of the WI Veterans Chamber of Commerce
• Otis Winstead, Employment Manager at Dryhootch of America

FAMILIES AT WAR: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A PARENT AND SOLDIER
Following the 7:30pm performance, Wednesday March 22
Join veteran parents as they discuss the positive and negative effects of service on their family members.

HEALING OUR SOLDIERS
Following the 2pm performance, Sunday March 26
Health professionals discuss the unique mental and physical health needs of the veteran community and how professionals in our community are healing our soldiers.
Panelists include:
Sheppard Crumrine, Music Therapist at the VA
Patricia Clason, Founder of Healing Warrior Hearts

THE CHAIR FORCE: DRONE WARFARE
Following the 7:30pm performance, Wednesday March 29
The increase in the use of drones in US warfare has sparked controversy throughout the world. Gain insight into the nuances of this issue and how it affects wartime civilians and soldiers at home and abroad.

 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

– Free Events – 

Intercultural DinnersMondays 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 at 6:30-8:30pm in the rehearsal halls at Milwaukee Rep  

Every Monday during the run of the show, join 90 other patrons from diverse backgrounds to have dinner and talk about who we are, where we come from, and why it is important to us and our community. Guests will share their own experiences in a safe space, with conversations led by moderators from the InterFaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. 

The Rep invites YOU to form deep connections that bridge racial, cultural, and socioeconomic divisions, all while enjoying a complimentary dinner from Aladdin’s restaurant.

For additional information, email Nabra Nelson at nnelson@milwaukeerep.com 
Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee Aladdin Taste of the East, Milwaukee 

 

 

Grounded – Pop-Up Performances & Art

Veterans in the arts and in performance. Click to learn more.

VETS LIGHT UP THE ARTS EVENT
March 2, 7-9pm 
Join us as we celebrate veterans in the arts at Milwaukee’s iconic War Memorial Center! See live performances by local veterans, short films that focus on military culture, as well as an art gallery featuring a variety of local artists. The event is free and open to the public, with a $10 suggested donation at the door. This event is a collaboration between Milwaukee Rep, The Veteran’s Chamber of Commerce, and Feast of Crispian.

FEAST OF CRISPIAN POP-UP PERFORMANCE
Following the 7:30pm performance, Tuesday March 14
Local veterans performance group Feast of Crispian will share a series of devised pieces from their upcoming performance, based on stories from the performers’ lives. This 15-minute performance will take place immediately following one of the performances in the Stiemke Lobby.

AFGHANISTAN/WISCONSIN POP-UP PERFORMANCE
Following the 6:30pm performance, Tuesday March 28 
A special shortened version of Carthage College’s Afghanistan/Wisconsin, written by Laurel McKenzie.

 

 

REP IN THE COMMUNITY

MILWAUKEE PRESS CLUB NEWSMAKER LUNCHEON WITH AYAD AKHTAR
Thursday, January 19 at 11:45am at the Newsroom Pub 137 E Wells St
Ayad Akhtar playwright of Disgraced, and Milwaukee native, will be in interviewed by a panel of Milwaukee Journalist and takes questions from the audience. For more information and to register visit the website.

BOSWELL BOOKS AYAD AKHTAR APPEARANCE
Saturday, January 21 at 11am at 2559 N Downer Ave
Ayad Akhtar will talk about his play Disgraced as well as growing up in Milwaukee.

 

NATIONAL ANTHEM AT MU vs. DEPAUL GAME
Saturday, January 14 at 1pm
Tony Award Winner and star of McGuire Anthony Crivello will sing the national anthem at the MU vs. DePaul

A CONVERSATION WITH DICK ENBERG
Tuesday, January 17 at 12:15pm
Milwaukee Press Club partnered with One the Issues with Mike Gousha present a conversation with Dick Enberg at Marquette Law School’s Eckstein Hall, 1215 W Michigan St. Admission is free but you must register in advance. Register here.

MILWAUKEE ATHLETIC CLUB LUNCHEON
Thursday, January 19 at 11:30am
Legendary Sportscaster Dick Enberg, and playwright of The Rep’s McGuire, will talk about working with Al McGuire and his time as a broadcaster.

 

 

OUT-N-ABOUT

Join us for Out-n-About LGBT Nights at Milwaukee Rep! For just $25, you receive a ticket to the performance and a preshow reception featuring appetizers and beer before the show. Use code PRIDE when ordering. Out-n-About will be held on the following dates. 

  • DISGRACED – Thursday,  January 19 – in combination with Young Professionals Night.
  • THE GLASS MENAGERIE – Wednesday, March 15

 

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NIGHT

Join us for The Rep’s Young Professionals Night! Enjoy a reception with refreshments and music before your performance. Pre-show reception is free with the purchase of your tickets. You can purchase a $25 ticket to these performances.

  • DISGRACED – Thursday,  January 19