Milwaukee Repertory Theater opens its 2014/15 Season in the Quadracci Powerhouse with the glorious musical saga The Color Purple.
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.
For more information about the panel discussions, please visit www.MilwaukeeRep.com.
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.
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.
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