Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Press Release

“Our Town” By Thornton Wilder Begins Performances at Milwaukee Repertory Theater April 10

Featuring Some of Wisconsin’s Most Distinguished Actors

By - Mar 15th, 2018 12:49 pm

March 15, 2018 – [Milwaukee] Milwaukee Repertory Theater  concludes the 2017/18 Season with the great American classic, Our Town, a powerful and moving drama, in the Quadracci Powerhouse, running April 10 through May 13.  Directed by Associate Artistic Director Brent Hazelton, this large ensemble brings together some of Wisconsin’s greatest theatre talent on one stage to create an Our Town for our town.

Our Town cast features Cher Desiree Alvarez (APT Acting Apprentice) as Emily Webb, James Craven (The Whipping Man) as Howie Newsome, Rep Associate Artist Laura Gordon (Good People) as Stage Manager, Di’Monte Henning (Guys and Dolls) as George Gibbs, Carrie Hitchcock (Skylight’s Annie) as Professor Willard, Chiké Johnson (Of Mice and Men) as Dr. Gibbs, Elizabeth Ledo (Death of a Salesman) as Mrs. Gibbs, Rep Associate Artist James Pickering (The Foreigner) as Constable Warren, 2012/13 Acting EPR Jamie Rezanour as Mrs. Soames, longtime APT Core Member James Ridge as Simon Stinson, Rána Roman (Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol) as Mrs. Webb, Jonathan Smoots (In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play) as Joe Stoddard, Jonathan Wainwright (Scrooge in A Christmas Carol) as Man in Auditorium/Farmer McCarty, and Matt Zambrano (The Foreigner) as Mr. Webb.

The 2017/18 Emerging Professional Residents round out the ensemble featuring Annelyse Ahmad, Anthony Baldasare, Brade Bradshaw, Kim Giddens, Trachel Yvette Green, Erin Logan, Alex Morales, Kelsey Rodriguez and Daniel Stock. The young performer cast includes Phinlee Clarkin (Milwaukee), Zachary Church (West Bend), Priyanka Guptasarma (Bayside), Bree Kazinski (Dousman), Zabdiel Pozos-Lopez (Milwaukee), Selma Rivera (Milwaukee), Gabe Smith (Fox Point) and Jack Trettin (Whitefish Bay).

The creative team for Our Town includes direction by Associate Artistic Director Brent Hazelton (McGuire, Liberace!), music direction by Rep Associate Artist Dan Kazemi (Guys and Dolls), scenic design by Scott Davis (Grounded), costume design by Rachel Lartiz (One House Over), lighting design by Noele Stollmack (Animal Farm), sound design by Barry G. Funderburg (A Christmas Carol) and stage manager Kimberly Carolus (One House Over).

Our Town illuminates the powerful bonds that hold communities together through everyday life and moments of crisis, as it follows the lives of the Gibbs, Webbs, and their friends and neighbors. With humor, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human and encourages us to live life to its fullest.

Our Town begins performances April 10 and runs through May 13 in the Quadracci Powerhouse.   Opening night is set for Friday, April 13 at 8:00 pm. Purchase tickets online at, by phone at 414-224-9490 or in person at the Ticket Office (108 E. Wells Street).

Our Town is presented by Associated Bank with Associate Producers Sue and Curt Culver, and sponsored in part by City of Milwaukee Arts Board.  The Rep is sponsored in part by The United Performing Arts Fund.

Our Town Public Performance Calendar

*Artists, dates and ticket prices are subject to change

Our Town Public Performance Calendar

Our Town Public Performance Calendar

::Fact Sheet::

Our Town

April 10 – May 13 (Opening Night Friday, April 13, 8:00 pm) in the Quadracci Powerhouse

Written by Thornton Wilder | Directed by Brent Hazelton

Talks and Events

Rep-in-Depth: a pre-show conversation with actress Elizabeth Ledo. Rep-in-Depth occurs approximately 45 minutes before curtain for every performance.

TalkBacks: a discussion with members of the cast and artistic team following the 7:30pm performance on the following Thursdays: April 19, April 26, May 3, and May 10,

Lunch Matinee: Before you attend Our Town on May 2, join us from 11:45am to 1:15pm at the InterContinental Hotel located in the Milwaukee Center. Lunch includes a presentation by our resident Prop Director, Jim Guy, as he talks about some of the production elements you will see on stage. Cost is $20 per person, which includes lunch and the presentation – it does not include theater tickets. RSVP by Mon., April 23, to Sara Laugavitz at 414-291-4790 or

For more information on these events please visit:–Events/Events/

The Neighbor Series

This spring, The Rep is launching a community engagement series around One House Over, Until The Flood and Our Town that invites the community into a conversation about what it means to bea neighbor. The Rep is responding with a concentrated engagement initiative to connect the stories on stage to the stories of Milwaukee. The Rep will host over 80 Neighbor Series engagement events, from March to May 2018, created from a variety of opportunities for our audiences—and our neighbors—to add their voices, tell their stories, and participate in Milwaukee Rep’s mission to ignite positive change in our community. You’re invited to join us this spring: to listen, to share, and to re-imagine the future of our neighborhoods and city. For more information on these events please visit:

Access Services

Audio-Described Performance: Tuesday, April 17, 6:30pm – the show will be described for patrons who are blind or have low vision.

Captioned Theater Performance: Sunday, May 6, 2pm – the show includes captions.

American Sign Language Interpreted Performance: Thursday, May 3, 7:30pm – the show will be signed for patrons who are deaf or have low hearing.


Tickets:, by phone at 414-224-9490, or at the Ticket Office at 108 E Wells Street, Milwaukee.

Hours: 12noon – 6pm; on performance days the Ticket Office remains open until 15 minutes past curtain.

Student Discounts: Students 18 and under can purchase $20 tickets for select seating areas.

35 & Under: Select tickets available for $20 for patrons 35 & Under. (Select 35 & Under price at checkout online)

Group Sales: Discounted tickets for parties of 10+. Call 414-290-5340.

About Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Milwaukee Rep is the largest performing arts organization in Wisconsin in terms of audiences served and one of the largest professional theaters in the country. Each year, The Rep welcomes up to 275,000 people at nearly 700 performances of 15 productions ranging from compelling dramas, powerful classics, new plays and full-scale musicals in its three unique performance venues – the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio and Stackner Cabaret. Over the course of six decades, The Rep has gained a national reputation as an incubator of new work, an agent of community change and a forward-thinking provider of vital arts education programs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Clements and Managing Director Chad Bauman, Milwaukee Repertory Theater ignites positive change in the cultural, social, and economic vitality of its community by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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