Milwaukee Rep Will Stage Othello, Ten Chimneys, In the Next Room, Yellowman in 2011-12

News   Milwaukee Rep Will Stage Othello, Ten Chimneys, In the Next Room, Yellowman in 2011-12
Artistic director Mark Clements announced Milwaukee Repertory Theater's 2011-12 season on March 21. Two of the eleven titles are yet to be announced, but the slate includes the Midwest premiere of the Wisconsin-set Ten Chimneys, about Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.

For the 2011-12 season, Milwaukee Repertory Theater in Wisconsin will once again present 11 shows on three stages as well as the annual Milwaukee tradition of A Christmas Carol in the adjacent Pabst Theater and "Rep Lab," a short-play festival featuring The Rep's Artistic Intern Company, in the Stiemke Studio.

In The Rep's Quadracci Powerhouse next season "there are two exciting play titles that The Rep has been granted the rights to produce but these titles are in such hot demand that The Rep is not permitted to announce the titles until mid-May."

For Clements' 2010-11 inaugural season, sales are more than 11,000 tickets ahead of last year's number.

Here's the Milwaukee Rep season at a glance:

Ten Chimneys
By Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Joseph Hanreddy
Aug. 30-Sept. 25, 2011
Quadracci Powerhouse

"A lush new comedy that peeks into the private lives of the most public of figures. Theater legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne welcomed the titans of Broadway and Hollywood, including Noël Coward, Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier to their secluded Genesee Depot retreat. When a young starlet arrives to rehearse the Lunts' latest production, she unwittingly ignites a romantic triangle that eclipses any on-stage drama. Rep favorite Jeffrey Hatcher (The Government Inspector, Work Song, The Turn of the Screw) has penned a sparkling, witty gem of a play that celebrates a Wisconsin treasure." From My Hometown
Conceived by Lee Summers
Written by Lee Summers, Ty Stephens & Herbert Rawlings, Jr.
Directed by Kevin Ramsey
Sept. 9-Oct. 30, 2011
Stackner Cabaret

"Three wide-eyed strangers, with empty pockets and big dreams, arrive in The Big Apple from Detroit, Memphis and Philly with one goal in mind — to sing at the world famous Apollo Theater. Teaming up and blending the musical sounds of their hometowns, they form a brotherhood spanning more than a decade. This rags to riches celebration of the American Dream, featuring Motown and R&B classics including 'Chain Gang,' 'Sitting on the Dock of the Bay' and 'Lonely Teardrop,' triumphantly returns to its own 'hometown' where it premiered 15 years ago in the Stackner Cabaret."

By Dael Orlandersmith
Sept. 28-Nov. 13, 2011
Stiemke Studio

"In this lyrical and bittersweet love story, Alma and Eugene grow from childhood playmates to teenage sweethearts to adult lovers. As they look to rise above generations of bitterness and struggle, will their love set them free? This Pulitzer Prize nominated play explores whether prejudices of the past are destined to become the legacies of the future."

To Be Announced
Oct. 11-Nov. 13, 2011
Quadracci Powerhouse

"A new American play sure to be the talk of the town."

To Be Announced
Directed by Artistic Director Mark Clements
Dec. 6, 2011-Jan. 15, 2012
Quadracci Powerhouse

"An acclaimed American musical full of emotion, substance and terrific performances."

Song Man Dance Man
Created and Performed by Jon Peterson
Directed by Artistic Associate Brent Hazelton
Nov. 4, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012
Stackner Cabaret

"Award-winning actor-dancer Jon Peterson created and stars in a joyous tribute to seven extraordinary Hollywood icons: George M. Cohan, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Sammy Davis, Jr., Bobby Darin and Anthony Newley. Peterson sings and dances his way through 25 memorable moments made famous by these legends of the silver screen."

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
By Jesse Borgeson, Adam Long and Daniel Singer
Jan. 13-March 11, 2012
Stackner Cabaret

"Three phenomenal actors, armed with an outrageous assortment of outerwear and props, cram the Bard's entire canon of plays (and sonnets!), into 90 minutes of high-speed, over-the-top hilarity! The whole family will love this endearingly irreverent and lightning-paced romp through the greatest plays of all time."

To Kill a Mockingbird
By Harper Lee
Adapted by Christopher Sergel
Directed by Aaron Posner
Jan. 31-March 4, 2012
Quadracci Powerhouse

"One of the most beloved and beautifully compassionate stories ever written comes to breathtaking life on stage. Set in small-town Alabama during the Depression, and seen with brilliant clarity through the eyes of a young tomboy, this Pulitzer Prize-winning tale is about innocence, tolerance, family and the courage to live what you believe."

In the Next Room or the vibrator play
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Resident Acting Company Member Laura Gordon
Co-Production with Actors Theatre of Louisville
March 7-April 22, 2012
Stiemke Studio

"Sarah Ruhl's latest play is a smart, classy and touching comedy about marriage, intimacy and how electricity came along to fuse them. In a prim Victorian home, a gentleman doctor innocently invents a most extraordinary device for treating 'hysteria.' As his wife listens in the next room, long dormant thoughts and feelings begin to stir deep within her. This beguiling play about love, longing, science and invention was a 2010 Tony nominee for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize finalist."

Always…Patsy Cline
By Ted Swindley
Directed by Associate Artistic Director Sandy Ernst
March 16-May 6, 2012
Stackner Cabaret

"Following in the footsteps of The Rep's sold-out smash hits Liberace! and Nobody Lonesome for Me, comes the true story of country music legend Patsy Cline's remarkable friendship with devoted fan Louise Seger. Filled with two dozen unforgettable hits — including 'Crazy,' 'I Fall to Pieces,' 'Sweet Dreams' and 'Walkin' After Midnight' — Always…Patsy Cline celebrates the life and music of one of the most acclaimed vocalists of the 20th century."

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Artistic Director Mark Clements
April 3-May 6, 2012
Quadracci Powerhouse

"Shakespeare's most tragic hero squares off against literature's greatest villain in a visceral, sexy and hard-driving story of intrigue, betrayal and vengeance. Iago leads Othello to the edge of jealous madness by whispering doubts about his wife's fidelity. Set in the ruthless world of a motorcycle gang, Mark Clements views Shakespeare's timeless tragedy in a stunning new light."

A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Joseph Hanreddy and Edward Morgan
Directed by Joseph Hanreddy
Dec. 1-24, 2011
Pabst Theater

Rep Lab
A Short-Play Festival
Featuring The Rep's Acting Intern Ensemble Jan. 12–16, 2012
Stiemke Studio

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