PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, Two World Premieres and More Set for Milwaukee Rep's 2014-15 Season
Yesterday Artistic Director Mark Clements announced Milwaukee Repertory Theater's 2014/15 Season. "Next season will offer strong stories that are substantive pieces of theater that are both enlightening and entertaining," said Clements. "The season includes two exciting world premieres, after all the terrible things I do and Five Presidents. We will also continue the tradition that I started upon my arrival by including a musical on our main stage - the first production in the Quadracci Powerhouse will be the award-winning musical, The Color Purple. Audiences responded so enthusiastically to last year's production of Ragtime, I believe they are in for another treat with The Color Purple."
Managing Director Chad Bauman added, "This was my first time to go through season planning process with Mark Clements. We are very proud of the productions that we have selected for the 2014/15 Season and are confident that Rep audiences will find these choices as exciting, challenging and intriguing as we do. The productions we are offering for next year offer us the opportunity to continue to engage with our community in meaningful ways and to continue the important conversations that emerge from the work on our stages."
The Quadracci Powerhouse will open in grand style with The Color Purple, hailed by Time Magazine as "soaring and joyful." Adapted from Alice Walker's Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, this inspiring Broadway musical will be directed by Artistic Director Mark Clements and produced by the same creative team behind The Rep's 2013/14 hit production of Ragtime. During the holiday season, audiences will enjoy the beloved classic comedy Harvey. The production will be directed by KJ Sanchez, who returns to The Rep after directing this season's hilarious production of Noises Off and the beautifully-realized production of The Diary of Anne Frank last season. Next up on the Quadracci Powerhouse will be Good People, a recent Broadway smash hit about class and culture. Director Kate Buckley will direct this production; she returns to The Rep after previously directing Glengarry Glen Ross (2007/08) and Frozen (2006/07). The Quadracci Powerhouse Season will conclude with the World Premiere of Five Presidents written by Emmy Award-winner Rick Cleveland (from TV's The West Wing) and directed by Mark Clements and the multiple Tony Award-winning play, Peter and the Starcatcher, the grownup's prequel to Peter Pan.
The Stiemke Studio opens with the World Premiere production of after all the terrible things I do about two people with a shared past who struggle to offer each other a second chance. This production will be directed by Associate Artist May Adrales who returns to The Rep after directing the riveting Stiemke Studio productions of The Mountaintop (2012/13) and Yellowman (2011/12). In the spring will be The Amish Project, a beautiful new play inspired by events surrounding the shooting at the West Nickel Mines School in 2006. Literary Coordinator Leda Hoffmann will direct this production.
The Stackner Cabaret season kicks off with the country music send-up The Doyle & Debbie Show, called "hilarious, drop-dead funny" by the Chicago Tribune. Rep Artistic Associate JC Clementz, who directed last year's heartwarming production of Forever Plaid, will direct this show. Immediately following will be the return of the wildly popular 2010/11 Stacker production of Liberace!, written and directed by Associate Artistic Director Brent Hazelton, and featuring the amazing talents of Jack Forbes Wilson. Rounding out the Stackner season will be a tribute to folk music and its roots performed by the multi-talented Grammy nominee, Stephen Wade, and the blues musical Low Down Dirty Blues.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater's 2014/15 Season
The Doyle & Debbie Show
by Bruce Arntson
September 5 - November 2, 2014
Directed by Artistic Associate JC Clementz
Called "hilarious, brilliant and drop-dead funny" by the Chicago Tribune, The Doyle & Debbie Show finds a washed-up country star and his newest singing partner dusting off their microphones and resurrecting a familiar signature sound. Singing 16 original hits, including "Stock Car Love" and "Blue Stretch Pants," this hilarious send-up of country music duos will have you doubled-over with laughter and roaring for an encore.