Milwaukee Repertory Theater Resets Their 2020/21 Season part 2

This morning the Milwaukee Repertory Theater announced their 2020/21 Season Rest…essentially moving the plays originally scheduled for this coming season out to the 2021/22 Season…see our post on that announcement here.

But that doesn’t mean that there won’t be live theater at the Rep this season…it is just going to look a bit different than what we are used to. There will still be shows in the Quadracci Powerhouse and Stiemke Studio theaters…just to greatly reduced audiences…and yes there will still be a presentation of A Christmas Carol, but it will be a much different presentation…see below!

So first a bit of how this will work…AND then we’ll get to the plays being performed.

But we are determined to still have a 2020/21 Season. We’ve developed a creative way to bring you amazing theatrical experiences via our 2020/21 Season Reset. The Season Reset features five plays that provide entertaining and uplifting stories in theaters that are socially-distanced and revamped for the safety of everyone. We recognize that returning to the theater will be a personal decision. To aid you in this decision, we have developed a RISK-FREE Reset Pass:

Experience shows live in theaters with capacities limited to 35% OR via high-definition recordings delivered directly to your screens at home (your choice).

If COVID-19 causes cancellations, you will automatically receive a refund.

When you purchase a Reset Pass, you will be seated in socially-distanced locations with the best seats offered on a first come, first served basis. As a thank you, all Reset Pass options come with a free ticket to A Christmas Carol presented by Wells Fargo.

And now the PLAYS!

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol written by Tom Mula and directed by Mark Clements and presented in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater from December 1 through December 24, 2020. This one-person intimate tour-de-force adaptation, featuring Lee E. Ernst, embodies the very heart of this beloved holiday classic.

Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song Presented in the Quadracci Powerhouse from February 16 through March 14, 2021. Award-winning actress Alexis J Roston salutes America’s favorite jazz singer, Ella Fitzgerald. Classic tunes by Ellington, Gershwin, Porter and more include “Summertime,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing.”

McGuire Presented in the Quadracci Powerhouse from March 23 through April 18, 2021. McGuire is a touching portrait of the uncommonly funny and profound man behind the legend with the man himself played by Tony Award-winning actor Anthony Crivello.

Antonio’s Song/I Was Dreaming Of A Son Written by Dael Orlandersmith and Antonio Edwards Suarez and directed by Mark Clements. Presented in the Stiemke Studio from April 7 to May 2, 2021. World Premiere Event: A poetic journey of a dancer/artist/father questioning the balance of his passions – art, culture family. A story that, questions/challenges the legacy of stereotypes: of manhood/race/fatherhood. Antonio Edwards Suarez, a breathtaking performer, share the legacy with pain, promise and hope. 

Nina Simone: Four Women Written by Christina Ham and presented in the Quadracci Powerhouse from April 27 to May 23, 2021. Through storytelling and song, Nina Simone: Four Women reveals how this iconic artist found her true voice.

So Milwaukee still has opportunities to experience some very compelling live theater in the coming season. Hopefully these plays won’t be interrupted again. I am really looking forward to seeing actors on stage and to share the experience with other theater lovers.

So you are going to want to know how to secure tickets…follow this link to the 2020/21 Season Reset pass information.

And for those theater nerds like me who want to see the new Season Reset brochure, here’s the link!

I think I pretty much have it all covered!

Milwaukee Repertory Theater Resets Their 2020/21 Season part 1

This morning I received an email from the Milwaukee Repertory Theater about COVID-19 imposed changes to their already modified 2020/2021 season. Essentially the season has been reset to 2021/2022 with subscriber tickets being moved accordingly. This is incredibly disappointing but not unexpected news. But I was personally wondering if I would feel safe this season and was working out the logistics in my head. Sigh.

In the meantime, five plays will be presented during the season in the Quadracci Powerhouse and Stiemke Studio theaters…to much reduced capacities. The Stackner Cabaret will not have any performances this season. There will be a part 2 post to cover the new season program.

In the meantime, here is an excerpt of the Rep’s announcement and here is the link to the full announcement on their website.

We have important news to share about our 2020/21 Season. We’ve been working diligently to reopen in a way that is safe for both audiences and artists. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 constraints, we cannot present the season as scheduled and will move the entire season to the following year.

Our 2020/21 Season was designed to be experienced as a whole by our more than 200,000 patrons and when it became apparent that we couldn’t produce some shows fully due to safety protocols, and would have to significantly limit seating to socially distance, we concluded the entire lineup should move to the 2021/2022 Season.

For the convenience of current Subscribers, we have automatically shifted their 2020/21 Subscription forward to the 2021/22 Season.

But we are determined to still have a 2020/21 Season. We’ve developed a creative way to bring you amazing theatrical experiences via our 2020/21 Season Reset. The Season Reset features five plays that provide entertaining and uplifting stories in theaters that are socially-distanced and revamped for the safety of everyone. We recognize that returning to the theater will be a personal decision. To aid you in this decision, we have developed a RISK-FREE Reset Pass:

Experience shows live in theaters with capacities limited to 35% OR via high-definition recordings delivered directly to your screens at home (your choice).

If COVID-19 causes cancellations, you will automatically receive a refund.

When you purchase a Reset Pass, you will be seated in socially-distanced locations with the best seats offered on a first come, first served basis. As a thank you, all Reset Pass options come with a free ticket to A Christmas Carol presented by Wells Fargo.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Mark Clements : Artistic Director

Chad Bauman : Executive Director

More details on the 2020/21 Season Reset right here!

Updates On The Milwaukee Repertory Theater 2020/21 Schedule

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am certainly disappointed. But this makes sense to protect the actors and staff of the theater and of course the guests and audience. My email today produced this note about changes to MRT’s 2020/21 season.

We hope that this letter finds you healthy and weathering the current public health crisis well. While we cannot welcome you to our theaters, please know we miss you and that you are in our thoughts.

More than 10,000 Milwaukee Rep Subscribers have renewed their season tickets for 2020/21, which demonstrates an incredible devotion to our theater during uncertain times. With our stages dark, we are pouring all of our energy into roaring back in the fall including investing in paying more than 100 employees during the shutdown.

Due to the increasingly complex challenges of COVID-19, Milwaukee Rep will delay the start of the 2020/21 Season which will now begin October 30, 2020 and play through June 27, 2021 and will include three substitutions of previously announced plays, three cancelled off-subscription plays and a revised schedule. Milwaukee’s favorite Holiday tradition A Christmas Carol, celebrating its 45th anniversary in the Historic Pabst Theater, will continue as planned. 

Steel Magnolias, directed by May Adrales will replace John Proctor is the Villain in the Quadracci Powerhouse and will play June 1 – 27, 2021.

Antonio’s Song / I Was Dreaming of a Son, which was cancelled this past March due to COVID-19, will have its world premiere March 24 – May 2, 2021 replacing Tender Age in the Stiemke Studio.

The world premiere event Piano Men featuring Milwaukee’s favorite piano man himself Steve Watts will replace Blues in the Night in the Stackner Cabaret and will play May 14 – June 27, 2021. 

The off-subscription offerings of Rep Lab, Kathleen Turner: Finding My Voice and Lockdown are cancelled.

Once we announce a season, changes are rarely made, but we are living in highly unusual times. A delayed start is the only way we can increase the likelihood that we will be able to present an entire season of 11 shows in theaters that are well prepared to welcome you back safely. Additionally, given cancellations worldwide, artist availability shifted significantly so adjustments were needed to bring you the world-class work we are known for.

The safety of our patrons is our top priority and we will work with health officials to make any prudent changes to our operations. Social distancing may continue through the fall and if that occurs, we will reduce the capacities of our theaters to provide appropriate distancing.

To read about our entire 2020/21 Season click here.

For additional FAQ’s around our upcoming season please visit our COVID-19 page here.

Thank you for your support and keep an eye on our website, eNewsletters and social media for all the latest on your Milwaukee Rep – including the From Our Home To Your Home series. We look forward to seeing you in the fall. 

If you have any questions please contact our Ticket Office at 414-224-9490 weekdays Noon to 6pm or at tickets@milwaukeerep.com

Mark Clements, Artistic Director Chad Bauman, Executive Director

emphasis mine

If you would like to revisit our original announcement of the Rep’s 2020/21 season, click here!