The Color Purple Comes to Town


Milwaukee Repertory Theater opens its 2014/15 Season in the Quadracci Powerhouse with the glorious musical saga The Color Purple. Color Purple

 

 

 

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THE COLOR PURPLE,

A GLORIOUS MUSICAL SAGA FEATURING A TERRIFIC, MULTI-TALENTED CAST, OPENS IN MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER’S QUADRACCI POWERHOUSE SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 

 

September 4, 2014 – [Milwaukee] – Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 2014/15 Quadracci Powerhouse Season kicks off in grand style with an uplifting production of The Color Purple. This hit musical, based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, will be directed by Artistic Director Mark Clements, who reunites with the same creative team behind last season’s wildly successful hit production of Ragtime. This will be the fifth musical that Clements has directed at The Rep.

Called “inspirational” by The New York Times and “soaring and joyful” by Time Magazine, The Color Purple is an unforgettable story, spanning four decades, about a woman who triumphs over adversity and discovers her own unique voice in the world. With a joyous Grammy-nominated score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues, The Color Purple captures the hearts of young and old, and reminds us that “it only takes a grain of love to make a mighty tree.” The Color Purple runs in the Quadracci Powerhouse from September 23 – November 2, 2014 and opens on Friday, September 26.

“We are thrilled to kick off our 2014/15 Season in the Quadracci Powerhouse with the award-winning musical The Color Purple and share it with Milwaukee audiences,” says Artistic Director Mark Clements. “The show has incredible music in it with a wonderful score performed by live musicians; and our production will feature a multi-talented cast of 27 actors. The Color Purple is an inspiring, epic story of a family, and a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life. The soul-stirring music, vivid characters, strong message of hope, women’s empowerment and the power of the human spirit, will make this what we believe will be an unforgettable experience at the theater.”

Clements added, “The Color Purple is a powerful story of redemption and we need to hear these stories, especially in these challenging times that we live in. My hope as a theater maker is that by offering this play to the Milwaukee community we can continue to have thought-provoking conversations with our audiences about the deeper themes explored in the play. We have many fascinating panel discussions scheduled around this production and we hope that our audiences will join us in these forums. I believe meaningful conversations around the work we do in the theater can be a first step in creating positive change in our community.”

The cast for The Color Purple includes: Broadway veterans Allyson Kaye Daniel, Zonya Love, and Nathaniel Stampley. Returning to The Rep are Melody Betts, Jonathan Butler-Duplessis, Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Jessie Hooker, Malkia Stampley, and Bethany Thomas. Making their Rep debuts are Gilbert L. Bailey II, Darryl Reuben Hall, Vanessa A. Jones-DuBose, Christina Acosta Robinson, Alexis J. Rogers, Leonard E.  Sullivan, and Stephanie Umoh. 2014/15 Artistic Intern Ensemble Members featured include: India Gurley, Taurean Hogan, Jennifer Latimore, and Vallea E. Woodbury. The children’s cast includes Izayah Briggs, Zuri McGowan, Chantae Miller, Nya, Esther O’Brien, Maya O’Day-Biddle, and Braylen Stevens.

For full cast bios, please visit www.MilwaukeeRep.com.

The Color Purple is presented by BMO Private Bank. The Executive Producers for this production are James E. and Mary K. Braza, Jackie Herd-Barber and Michael Barber. The production is also receiving additional support provided by City of Milwaukee Arts Board, Visit Milwaukee and Woo Connections. The Media Sponsor for this production is Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Media Partner is Shepherd Express.  The Quadracci Powerhouse Season is sponsored by H. Richard Quadracci Ewens and Emilio Cabrera in memory of Harry and Betty Quadracci.

The Color Purple Tickets

Tickets for The Color Purple begin at $30.00. Single Tickets for all of Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 2014/15 productions are now on sale and can be purchased online 24/7 at www.MilwaukeeRep.com, through The Rep’s Ticket Office by calling 414-224-9490 or in person at 108 E. Wells Street. Group tickets are also available for purchase by calling Group Sales Manager Joy Surber at 414-290-5340.

To learn more about The Rep or its productions, please visit www.MilwaukeeRep.com.

TALKS AND EVENTS

Rep In Depth – get an insider’s look at the production from cast member Carl Clemons-Hopkins with a discussion that begins 45 minutes prior to every performance.

Talkbacks – Friday, October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 – Join artistic staff and members of the cast in a post-show discussion.

Young Professionals Night – Thursday, September 25, 6pm – Quadracci Powerhouse Theater Lobby. Join us for a pre-show happy hour featuring live music and complimentary appetizers and beer. This event is free with ticket.

Panel Discussions following the 2pm performances – The Rep, in conjunction with The Color Purple Community Committee, presents a series of panel discussions around the themes of the show. Each panel will include local community experts moderated by a member of The Rep’s Artistic staff.

  • September 28 – Moving North: Stories of the South in Milwaukee
  • October 5 –  Hell No! Standing Up Against Domestic Violence
  • October 12 – Strong Black Women
  • October 19 – Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking in Milwaukee
  • October 26 – Family Stories
  • November 2 – Alice Walker’s Use of Language in The Color Purple

For more information about the panel discussions, please visit www.MilwaukeeRep.com.  

PERFORMANCES:

Tuesday, 9/23/14 – 7:30pm – Preview/Pay What You Can

Wednesday, 9/24/14 – 7:30pm – Preview/Pay What You Can

Thursday, 9/25/14 – 6:00pm – Young Professionals Night/7:30pm – Preview

Friday, 9/26/14 – 8:00pm – Opening

Saturday, 9/27/14 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­– 4:00pm/8:00pm

Sunday, 9/28/14 – 2:00pm/7:00pm

Following 2:00pm performance, Panel Discussion: Moving North: Stories of the South in Milwaukee

Tuesday, 9/30/14 – 6:30pm –Early Bird/Audio-Description

Wednesday, 10/1/14 – 7:30pm

Thursday, 10/2/14 – 7:30pm

Friday, 10/3/14 – 8:00pm – Talkback

Saturday, 10/4/14 – 4:00pm/8:00pm

Sunday, 10/5/14 – 2:00pm/7:00pm

Following 2:00pm performance, Panel Discussion: Hell No! Standing Up Against Domestic Violence

Wednesday, 10/8/14 – 1:30pm – Bus Matinee/7:30pm

Thursday, 10/9/14 – 7:30pm – American Sign Language

Friday, 10/10/14 – 8:00pm – Talkback

Saturday, 10/11/14 – 4:00pm/8:00pm

Sunday, 10/12/14 – 2:00pm/7:00pm

Following 2:00pm performance, Panel Discussion: Strong Black Women

 

Wednesday, 10/15/14 – 7:30pm

Thursday, 10/16/14 – 7:30pm

Friday, 10/17/14 – 8:00pm – Talkback

Saturday, 10/18/14 – 4:00pm/8:00pm

Sunday, 10/19/14 – 2:00pm – Captioned/7:00pm

Following 2:00pm performance, Panel Discussion: Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking in Milwaukee

Wednesday, 10/22/14 – 1:30pm – Lunch Matinee/7:30 p.m.

Thursday, 10/23/14 –  7:30pm

Friday, 10/24/14 – 8:00pm – Talkback

Saturday, 10/25/14 – 4:00pm/8:00pm

Sunday, 10/26/14 – 2:00pm/7:00pm

Following 2:00pm performance, Panel Discussion: Family Stories

Tuesday, 10/28/14 – 7:30pm

Wednesday, 10/29/14 – 7:30pm

Thursday, 10/30/14 – 7:30pm

Friday, 10/31/14 – 8:00pm – Talkback

Saturday, 11/1/14 – 4:00pm/8:00pm

Sunday, 11/2/14 – 2:00pm/7:00pm – Closing

Following 2:00pm performance, Panel Discussion: Alice Walker’s Use of Language in The Color Purple

TICKET PRICES: Prices begin at $30.00.

TICKETS/INFORMATION: 414-224-9490 or buy tickets online at www.MilwaukeeRep.com

TICKET OFFICE LOCATION: 108 E. Wells Street in Milwaukee’s Downtown Theater District

TICKET OFFICE HOURS: Monday – Sunday, Noon – 6 pm*

*On days with performances the Ticket Office will stay open until fifteen minutes after curtain.

Please note: The Rep’s Ticket Office will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

 

 

Why We Need Tracey Dent in the 16th State Assembly District


Tracey Dent

Why We Need Tracey Dent in the 16th State Assembly District

Are you happy with the way things are? Me either and there is a new brand of leadership brewing in Milwaukee, however it has been held back by the old guard and those looking to keep the status quo. On Tuesday August 12th we have the chance to be counted among those who want a new way of thinking and acting for us.

This is why I am voting for Tracey Dent and I am asking you to do the same. The powers that be are happy with the step’n’fetch it politics as usual. Those who are the “new” game in town are only bought and sold union hacks with the same brand of politics as usual in mind. Tracey is not beholden to anyone but us. He has shown us time after time that his only interest is in the community at large and the need to make our community a better place for the future. I know there are many trying to hold him back because they lost their own bids for a race or because they do not have the community’s best interest in mind. I ask you to think about those folks and what have they done for you lately? When they lost did they continue to help the community or did they surely fall into the background and disappear because they didn’t get their way? Of those that are running is it to keep their steady income? Have they held their promises to the community as they said? Have they been accountable to you or answered your phone calls? Have they even bothered to do anything they said or was it all for show and once elected did they go back to sitting in their offices in their nice suits and do absolutely nothing?

These are some of the things you will need to ask yourselves and then I hope you will vote along with me for change I think we all know we can count on. Leon Young has not been a state rep we have seen do anything in our community. I do not know the last time he has shown up to comfort a family or stand on an issue. He is just happy to stand in the crowd and be counted as one of the familiar do nothing Black Elected. I can point out photo ops and news articles that show favor to him. However that has not created jobs, safer neighborhoods, or made change for us. Don’t you think we need to let Leon go? I think it is time for a change Milwaukee. Please help me in welcoming in new leadership that will bear fruit for us and future generations. Proven, tested, and tried, Tracey Dent!!

Peace Family,

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MPS 3rd Annual Back to School Bash


There is new information for the Back to School Bash along with a code for people to use. If you need book bags filled with back to school items, your hair done, brand new clothes, and free immunizations along with giveaways like X boxes and PlayStations, you need to get your golden ticket which is already posted and get registered right away!!

Don’t let this opportunity get away from you. As parents we could all use a break from all the back-to-school expenses. Here is your chance. See the attachment below and go to the golden ticket post further down the website.

Peace Family,

WW

 

Back to School Bash

Mothers Against Gun Violence July Meetings


M.A.G.V

Mothers Against Gun Violence

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 MONTHLY MEETING ANNOUCEMENTS

 

July 12th& 26th, 2014

Washington Park Library

2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

Milwaukee, WI 53208

Time: 2:30 p.m.

M.A.G.V will be having our monthly meeting at Washington Park Library. All are invited to come. We will discuss our organization, violence, annual block party and join new members. We welcome your ideas and support

Mother’s Against Gun Violence

Marna Winbush 414 372-4358

Co-Founder

Glenda Campbell

Secretary

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com

The Act That Could’ve Saved the American Society H.R.2847


It is not an Executive Order nor Action signed by President Obama! It is an appropriation revision act amending the 1986 code “Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act.” The law passed in both the House and Senate back in Sept 2010…Touché’ for Democracy!

What is wrong with Democracy working in America these days? It appears to have lost favor in America since November 2008, when the majority of voting Americans elected its first non-white President.

I read H.R.2847 for myself. Every literate American should do so and for those who can not read have someone read it to you.

Of course, it turns out not the doom and gloom–American dollar deflator professed by TEAGOP misinformation fear rhetoric, and obstructionism; too many Americans swallow on a daily basis these past six years. Their political tactics are designed to exploit and manipulate the average Joe Americans learned prejudice against other fellow Americans not of their race, creed, and religion.

The average Joe (Black, White, or Brown) does not have a foreign bank account or trust set up in other countries to escape income taxes. We pay our fair share of taxes with each hard-earned payroll to raise healthy families. In addition, secure a sound future in a country the world people want to come and become citizens.

Yea its true and rightfully so, Joe feels over taxed because Joe knows for a certainty that Zillionaires hide their money off shore, so not to pay taxes on income generated mostly from Joe’s hard labor which Joe’s don’t mind because hard work in the past has rewarded in the American society. Nevertheless, Joe’s have felt the squeeze on their hard earn dollars. His hard-earned dollars have not kept pace with inflation the past 30 years or so. Joe’s problem is he is not sure whom to blame; self, the Govt, the rich, or maybe in Joe’s mind, it is the poor at fault for America’s woes today.

Here comes Obama in 2008. Somebody or something said blame America’s woes on Obama. Joe’s accepts the finger-pointing, hook line and sinker. He will do for now until “hopefully” America comes out of this great recession that is smothering the economy. However, somebody or something knows exactly what is at fault for America present economic woes. Good old fashion “BANKER’s GREED” is in full and pouring its abundant misery on the entire global society. However, here in America, politics has cast its first elected non-White President as responsible for the past 30 to 40 year catch-up economic crash.

Therefore, I have been seriously confused these past 6 years since Obama took office. The racism and hatred directed towards his administration, him and his family from TEAGOP members and supporters does not confuse me (I expected this type of hostile political and societal environment for Americas first Non-White President), but the average American Joe level of gullibility is easily sway by stupid misinformation designed to turn them against American democracy is astounding.

Over all American’s issues, we need to stop acting like children fighting over whose best at coloring with crayons, or whether to color the paper horse black or white.

If America is destined to fall, it will not be the powers and military force of a foreign country. It will self-destruct from within as it is doing. America’s enemies only have to be patient, and watch American citizens, rich and poor, turn on each other, and tear down the country they swear they love.

See # https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr2847/text

Why We Get Together?


How much of what ails us today as a society could be remedied by some old fashioned love and togetherness? The kind we share at the “get-together.”

Its a beautiful Spring day, Im sitting out on the front porch watching life on Center St. Milwaukee unfold; with some family members when one of my nieces says, ” Lets get together for some of Yo Mama-in-law’s to-die-for Salmon Croquettes?” “Cool,” I said. “Let me holler at her and make sure she’s up to it.” Well about a week passes and then I text and inbox everybody that next Sunday we were going to have a Salmon Croquette Bruch at my house around 11 a.m. and Mama going to do the cooking, but we have to buy erthing, you know, pot-luck style. Well, that Sunday all the family shows up. Salmon croquettes, bacon, eggs,sausage, grits, rice, onions and potatoes, and you know we had biscuits and Alaga syrup. If you under thirty, you don’t know nothing about Alaga. We ate, drank and commensurated like we do. When the smoke cleared, Salmon juice was all on the wall, in the flower pots everywhere. Im Just kidding, but you get my point, we ate our backs out. All while we were catching up, sharing stories and reminiscing folks kept asking, “what we getting together for?” The answer kept coming back “just because we love each other.” So After we ate and began to recover from the food-coma that Black folks go into when they eat good food. Folks made them some plates to go, I led in the reading of the African Pledge, My sister, Minister Michele, whose not a real minister, we just call her that because she prays and ministers everywhere she goes, led us in a beautiful prayer and my Mama-in-law chided us to stay free and be self-determining. The folks who were still at the house, on couches, in chairs in all positions and degrees of half sleep, began to reflect on the day. Everyone said they had a ball and that statement we always make “WE HAVE TO DO THIS MORE OFTEN”
The point is, this writer thinks, the family is the solution to a lot of the problems of the world today. Next time you chilling with family and friends think about and be grateful for each other and remember the only reason we need for coming together is the fact that if we don’t come together we will perish separately. Peace.