HOW THE WORLD BEGAN to Open Next in The Rep's Stiemke Studio, 1/18

Brent Hazelton (Director/Associate Artistic Director) is a Wisconsin native and former Rep Acting Intern, now in his 14th season with The Rep and second as an Associate Artistic Director, after serving for eight seasons as The Rep's Artistic Associate and Artistic Intern Company Director. Administratively, Brent oversees The Rep's new play development initiatives, spearheads the season planning process, participates in internal strategic planning and collaborates with the rest of the Artistic Staff to program and support Rep productions. He has also directed staged readings for The Rep/Ten Chimneys Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, created full productions locally for Chamber Theatre's Young Playwright's Festival, Spiral Theatre and Windfall Ensemble, and directed the Elgin Symphony Orchestra's production of Ellis Island: The Dream of America. Brent has also served as a member of the adjunct faculties of Carthage College and UW-Parkside, and has taught developmental workshops at colleges, conservatories and universities across the country.

Catherine Trieschmann (Playwright) is the author of The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock (Weissberger Award), crooked, The World of Others, Hot Georgia Sunday and Small and Selfish Creatures. Her work has been produced Off-Broadway at Women's Project Theater, Bush Theatre (London), New Theatre (Sydney), American Theatre Company (Chicago), Florida Stage, Summer Play Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Theatre in the Square, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and New York International Fringe Festival. Her work is published by Samuel French, Methuen and Smith & Kraus, as well as featured in The Best New Playwrights of 2009. She also wrote the screenplay for the film Angel's Crest, which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Originally from Athens, Georgia, she currently resides in a small town in western Kansas.

Tickets for How the World Began are from $25 - $40 (prices are subject to change). Half-price RUSH TICKETS are available 30 minutes before curtain time based on availability at The Rep's Ticket Office. Single Tickets for all of Milwaukee Repertory Theater's 2012/13 productions are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.MilwaukeeRep.com, through The Rep's Ticket Office by calling 414-224-9490 or in person at 108 E. Wells Street. Group tickets are also available for purchase by calling Patron Relations Manager Christine Yundem at 414-290-5340.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND EVENTS:

· Rep in Depth begins 45 minutes before every performance in the Stiemke Studio and gives an insider's look at the play from a member of the cast or artistic team with a pre-show discussion. The Rep in Depth will be led by Assistant Director Lenny Banovez.

· Audio-Description Performance - On Thursday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. there will be an Audio-Described Performance for patrons who are blind or have low vision.

· American Sign Language Interpreted Performance - On Thursday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. there will be an American Sign Language Interpreted Performance for patrons who are deaf or have low hearing.

· The Rep Talkbacks will be held after the 7:30 p.m. performance on the Thursday evening 7:30 p.m. performances on Thursday, January 24 and 31, February 7, 14 and 21.

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