Join The Milwaukee Repertory Theater In Their Celebration of Black History Month!

From the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s website explaining their contribution to Milwaukee’s Celebration of Black History Month:

all photos courtesy of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater

We are excited to present four free virtual events this February as part of “We Rise: MKE’s Celebration of Black History Month.” The celebration will honor the tremendous contributions that African American artists, administrators, and audiences have made to Milwaukee Rep and the City of Milwaukee. Events will take place on Monday nights at 7pm CT via Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

To Be Young, Gifted and Black: A Celebration of Lorraine Hansberry
Monday, February 1, 7pm CT

The night will feature an original poem performed by Wisconsin’s poet laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton; interviews with icon in African American film, television and theater Phyllis Yvonne Stickney and Tony and Grammy Nominee Valisia LeKae who played Lorraine Hansberry in the Off-Broadway production of Sweet Lorraine; and a reunion of the artists from Milwaukee Rep’s 2012/13 Season production of A Raisin in the Sun including Mildred Marie Langford, Greta Oglesby and Director Ron OJ Parson.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Monday, February 8, 7pm CT

Hear from African American artists, past and present at Milwaukee Rep who are onstage and behind-the-scenes showcasing the many roles that create art in Milwaukee. The evening features Natrea Blake (Assistant Choreographer The Color Purple), Costume Designer Kara Harmon (Eclipsed and our upcoming production of Toni Stone), Stage Manager Tara Kelly (West Side Story), actor and hair/wig designer Nikiya Mathis (The Mountaintop) and Milwaukee Rep staff members including Chief Diversity Officer Tammy Belton-Davis, Associate Director of Engagement N’Jameh Camara, Associate Artistic Producer, Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj and Educator Hope Parow. This event will be emceed by 88Nine’s Tarik Moody

It Takes A Village
Monday, February 15, 7pm CT

Join us for a town hall with members of the Milwaukee Black Theater Community to showcase their work and discuss the plethora of contributions African American artists and administrators have made over the years in Milwaukee. Featuring La’Ketta Caldwell from LUMIN Schools; DiMonte Henning founder of Lights! Camera! Soul! and Milwaukee Rep EPR alum; Chiké Johnson actor and founder of Cheeks Films; Dr. Donte McFadden of Milwaukee Film Fest Black Lens, Sheri Williams Pannell Producing Artistic Director of Bronzeville Arts Ensemble and Malkia Stampley actor, director and co-founder of Milwaukee Black Theater Festival.

It Takes A Village event sponsored by: Sam’s Place

The Ground on Which I Stand
Monday, February 22, 7pm CT

The evening honors the prolific life and legacy of August Wilson in the American Theater. Keynote speaker Ebony Jo-Ann will kick things off detailing her personal and professional relationship in collaboration with Mr. Wilson over her 40+ year career in the entertainment industry.  Presentations from past and current August Wilson Monologue Competition participants will then take center stage followed by a discussion on the Women of August Wilson and the power of his characters with panelists including actors Sadé Ayodele, Ebony Jo-Ann, Greta Oglesby and Malkia Stampley

Hope that I’ll ‘see’ all of you there!

It’s Time To Make Your Christmas Carol Plans At The Milwaukee Repertory Theater…Virtually Of Course!

Hey, this may be a little repetitive, but it’s great news, and the reminder just hit my email inbox this morning! But here again, are all of the details you need to need join the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s presentations of a reprise of A Christmas Carol (and it’s free) and their 2020 presentation of Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (and it’s a bargain!).

photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Purchase to watch Dec 10 – 24 Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol featuring Lee E. Ernst

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the incomparable Lee E. Ernst playing more than a dozen characters in the Dickens’ classic with a unique soundscape developed by foley artist Dan Kazemi, under the direction of Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director Mark Clements. Our fully realized production will be taped and distributed to a limited number of people on a first come, first served basis. The production will be available to view for $20 per household December 10 – 24. Proceeds from streaming sales will be used to employ and compensate artists involved in the production.

Click here from more details on Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol at the Milwaukee Rep!

And purchase virtual TICKETS HERE!

And for those of you who want to enjoy the Milwaukee Rep’s A Christmas Carol, you can sign up for a live stream presentation, here are some details!

photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater

FREE from December 1 – 24 Mark Clements’ Classic Production of A Christmas Carol

Each year, nearly 40,000 people experience Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director Mark Clements’ epic adaptation at the beautiful historic Pabst Theater. We are opening our video vault to bring you a never-before-seen recording of the 2016 production filmed and produced by HMS Media. This production will be available for FREE to view December 1 – 24 as our gift to theater lovers worldwide.

And for more details on this presentation, click here!

AND, to receive the free link to this production please fill out the registration form via THIS LINK!

Merry Christmas!

Milwaukee Rep Cancels “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol”

This is sad news indeed. Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol was the first play scheduled for the renewed Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 2020/21 season. And this was a much anticipated return of Rep favorite Lee Ernst for the holiday season. And I was looking forward to a new telling and a new viewpoint on this classic tale. But I agree with the Rep’s decision. As Wisconsin continues to set records for daily positive cases of COVID-19, it would be foolish to put the audiences and staff of the theater at risk right now.

Here is a few details from the email that I received this morning…and the full story appears here.

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the incomparable Lee E. Ernst playing more than a dozen characters in the Dickens’ classic with a unique soundscape developed by foley artist Dan Kazemi, under the direction of Artistic Director Mark Clements. Our fully realized production will be taped and distributed to a limited number of people on a first come, first served basis. The production will be available to view for $20 during the month of December. Proceeds from ticket sales will be used to employ and compensate artists involved in the production. Look for more details on how you can purchase tickets later this month.

So please, make the most of this holiday season and purchase a ticket to Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. It will not only enlighten your holiday but help support the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. (something we talked about a bit ago)

And for those of you who have had a holiday tradition of seeing the Milwaukee Rep’s A Christmas Carol at the Pabst Theater…you don’t have to miss out on that this year either. The Rep will be streaming a complete multi-camera recording of their 2016 presentation. And these two events are not Zoom readings, but full streaming video stage presentations…so they should be a great way for all of us to celebrate the 2020 holiday season!

Mark Clements’ Classic Production of A Christmas Carol

Each year, nearly 40,000 people experience Artistic Director Mark Clements’ epic production at the beautiful, historic Pabst Theater. We are opening our video vault to bring a never-before-seen recording of the record-breaking 2016 production filmed and produced by HMS Media. The production will be available for FREE to view during the month of December on our website as our gift to theater lovers worldwide. Donations encouraged and welcomed.

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It seems that I have been sharing too much sad news around theater cancellations this year. But this time there is a silver lining and we have alternatives and we can still enjoy a unique and expressive A Christmas Carol in our homes.

Merry Christmas.

And again, the full details can be found here.