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Cast Members From Milwaukee Rep’s Current Production of the Color Purple to Make Special Community Appearances

Special Community Appearances with Cast Members of the Color Purple

By - Oct 7th, 2014 11:11 am

October 7, 2014 – [Milwaukee] – The Color Purple opened Friday, September 26. Critics have called the show, “A spectacular production . . . an evening of some of the best, warmest music you will see on stage all year,” OnMilwaukee.com. MilwaukeeMag.com called it “A superb production . . . impressive cast.” Chicago Theatre Review said, “The entire ensemble is first-rate.” [The Color Purple has an] “Electrifying cast . . . Soul-stirring, toe-tapping, musical score . . . superlative performances,” commented Showbiz Chicago. Around the Town Chicago called it, “One of the best productions of this amazing love story,” and Broadway World described it as . . . Beautiful, Bold and Brilliant.” The Color Purple runs now through November 2 in The Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse. Cast members from The Rep’s production of The Color Purple will be making two upcoming special community appearances.

SPECIAL COMMUNITY APPEARANCES WITH CAST MEMBERS OF THE COLOR PURPLE

Boswell Books – Friday, October 10 – 2:00 to 3:00pm

2559 N. Downer Avenue – Milwaukee

(414) 332-1181

Cast members from Milwaukee Rep’s current production of The Color Purple will talk a little bit about the play and then perform a selection of songs from the show. Cast members include: Carl Clemons-Hopkins (Preacher/Guard/Buster) and Church Ladies Melody Betts (Darlene), Vanessa A. Jones-Dubose (Jarene), and Vallea E. Woodbury (Doris).

Colectivo Prospect – Friday, October 17 – 4:00pm

2211 N. Prospect Avenue – Milwaukee

(414) 273-3735

Cast members from Milwaukee Rep’s current production of The Color Purple will talk a little bit about the play and then perform a selection of songs from the show. Cast members include: Carl Clemons-Hopkins (Preacher/Guard/Buster) and Church Ladies Melody Betts (Darlene), Vanessa A. Jones-Dubose (Jarene), and Vallea E. Woodbury (Doris).

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Milwaukee Repertory Theater is also holding special panel discussions in conjunction with their current production of The Color Purple running now – November 2, 2014 in the Quadracci Powerhouse theater. This special series of panel discussions features guest experts and explores many of the themes found in the play. They will be held immediately following the 2:00pm Sunday matinee performances in the Quadracci Powerhouse. All panel discussions are free and open to the general public as well as regular Rep theater patrons.

THE COLOR PURPLE SPECIAL PANEL DISCUSSION SCHEDULE

Strong Black Women

Sunday, October 12 – following the 2:00pm matinee performance

Featuring panelists:

  • Cheryl Hill, Senior Vice President Total Rewards, Aurora Health Care
  • Kathyn Jackson, Protect Your Pumps & Essentially Mint

Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking in Milwaukee

Sunday, October 19 – following the 2:00pm matinee performance

Featuring panelists:

  • Dana World Patterson, Chair of the Human Trafficking Task Force of Greater Milwaukee
  • Martha Love, Founding member of the Human Trafficking Task Force, and community activist.
  • Natalie Cooper,Director of Adolescent & Holistic Health Initiatives Boys & Girls Club

Family Stories

Sunday, October 26 – following the 2:00pm matinee performance

Featuring panelists:

  • Brenda Hoskins, Associate Director of My Home Your Home
  • Amy Linder, President & CEO of Metahouse
  • George Hinton, CEO of Social Development Commission

Alice Walker’s Use of Language in The Color Purple

Sunday, Nov 2 – following the 2:00pm matinee performance

Featuring panelists:

  • Dasha Kelly, Founder and Director, Still Waters Collective
  • Willie Abney, Artistic Director Hansberry-Sands Theatre Company
  • Sheri Williams Pannell, Founding member of the Bronzeville Arts Ensemble, co-director of the drama ministry at Calvary Baptist Church

For more information about The Rep’s production of The Color Purple or to purchase tickets, please visit www.MilwaukeeRep.com or call The Rep’s Ticket Office at 414-224-9490.

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