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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Clements, Artistic Director Chad Bauman, Executive Directoremphasis mine
If you would like to revisit our original announcement of the Rep’s 2020/21 season, click here!