Milwaukee Rep Funds Creation of New Plays

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The theatre’s initiative makes a commitment to new work, including upcoming projects with a Pulitzer Prize winner.
Ayad Akhtar
Ayad Akhtar Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Milkwaukee Repertory Theater has founded the John D. (Jack) Lewis Play Development Program in honor of the late subscriber and board member. Lewis served as a board member from 1984-1990. The Rep received a $1 million endowment gift from Lewis’ family to support new work, and the theatre raised an additional $2 million over the past two years.

Under the artistic direction of Mark Clements, the theatre is set to welcome work from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced) in addition to Gordon Gano and Eric Simonson, KJ Sanchez, Catherine Trieschmann, Marie Kohler, David Lutken, Martin Zimmerman, associate artistic director Brent Hazelton and Clements himself.

The goal is for the theatre to produce 20 new plays over the next five years, including increased representation for female writers and writers of color.

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