The Niceties

September 25 — November 3, 2019
Stiemke Studio

Approximate Running Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes with one intermission
Recommended Age: 14 and up

The Stiemke Studio Season is Presented by:
Ed Seaberg & Patrick Smith


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

Artists
Headshot photo of
Kate Levy*
Janine Bosko
Headshot photo of
Kimber Sprawl*
Zoe Reed
Headshot photo of
Eleanor Burgess
Playwright
Headshot photo of
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
Rep-in-Depth

Rep-in-Depth A pre-show conversation with an Artistic Team member. Rep-in-Depth occurs approximately 45 minutes before curtain for every performance. Sponsored by:

Rep-in-Depth
TalkBack
Wed. Oct. 2

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

TalkBack
TalkBack
Wed. Oct. 9

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

TalkBack
Audio-Described Performance
Thur. Oct. 10 at 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.

Audio-Described Performance
ACT II Panel: Who Gets to Tell the Story of America?
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

ACT II Panel: Who Gets to Tell the Story of America?
TalkBack
Wed. Oct. 16

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

TalkBack
ASL Interpreted 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.

ASL Interpreted Performance
ACT II Panel: The Generational Divide
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. Youth Justice Milwaukee • Alea Cross, MIAD • Elio Garcia, MIAD

ACT II Panel: The Generational Divide
TalkBack
Wed. Oct. 23

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

TalkBack
ACT II Panel: At the Intersection: Race, Gender & Identities
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 Milwaukee • Dawn Matlak, Diverse & Resilient • Elle Hill, Public Allies Milwaukee • Naya Jones, PhD, Rootwork • Nanis Rodriguez, University of Milwaukee

ACT II Panel: At the Intersection: Race, Gender & Identities
TalkBack
Wed. Oct. 30

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

TalkBack
Reviews
"Blistering Argument about Slavery and Power" 
"A Searing and Unflinching Look at Race In America in “Niceties” At The Rep" 
"Taut Racial Drama at The Rep’s ‘The Niceties’" 
"‘The Niceties’ Turns Nasty" 
Photos
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents The Niceties in the Stiemke Studio September 25 – November 3, 2019. Pictured: Kimber Sprawl. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents The Niceties in the Stiemke Studio September 25 – November 3, 2019. Left to right: Kimber Sprawl and Kate Levy. Photo by Michael Brosilow. 
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents The Niceties in the Stiemke Studio September 25 – November 3, 2019. Pictured: Kimber Sprawl. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents The Niceties in the Stiemke Studio September 25 – November 3, 2019. Pictured: Kate Levy. Photo by Michael Brosilow
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents The Niceties in the Stiemke Studio September 25 – November 3, 2019. Left to right: Kate Levy and Kimber Sprawl.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents The Niceties in the Stiemke Studio September 25 – November 3, 2019. Left to right: Kimber Sprawl and Kate Levy. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents The Niceties in the Stiemke Studio September 25 – November 3, 2019. Left to Right: Kimber Sprawl and Kate Levy. Photo by Michael Brosilow
Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents The Niceties in the Stiemke Studio September 25 – November 3, 2019. Left to right: Kimber Sprawl and Kate Levy. Photo by Michael Brosilow.