If you'd earned $10 million, wouldn't you be jumping up and down telling everybody? Well, that's just what WI's Milwaukee Repertory Theatre is doing.
Eighteen months ago the company started a "Campaign to Create the Future," hoping to raise $10 million towards the theatre's future. June 12, the crusade ended successfully, with board president Judy Hansen saying, "the high quality of theatre experience is ensured through this endowment for future generations to enjoy."
As a "thank you" to the campaign's chief fundraisers, Milwaukee Rep will name its entire building the Patty & Jay Baker Theatre Complex, while the mainstage will be renamed the Quadracci Powerhouse Theatre. Said Betty Quadracci, "We have been a member of the Rep for 35 years, since the Fred Miller Theatre, and we feel very much a part of the Rep family."
MRT will open its 1998-99 mainstage season with Peter Shaffer's Mozart drama Amadeus. Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director Joseph Hanreddy will direct the production, set to run Sep. 9-Oct. 11.
Timothy Bond will then stage Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky (Oct. 21-Nov. 22), followed by Alfred Uhry's The Last Night of Ballyhoo, mounted by J.R. Sullivan (Dec. 2-Jan. 3), and Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile, directed by Edward Morgan (Jan. 13-Feb. 14). The season's fourth slot belongs to Italian director Paolo Landi, a longtime colleague of Hanreddy. Landi will make his Milwaukee debut with 18th-century Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni's Servant of Two Masters. The production will run Feb. 24-March 28.
The three-show Stiemke season will begin with Stuart Spencer's Resident Alien (Sept. 18-Oct. 11), which recently had its premiere at the Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival. Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie will come next (Oct. 30-Nov. 22), followed by Dietz' Rocket Man.
For information on Rep shows call (414) 224-9490.