The Lion @ Milwaukee Rep - Stiemke Studio

  • November 04, 2015
  • Milwaukee
  • 18



Independent Study - 19 Seats Available

Independent Study registration is now available, which provides the option to explore other Milwaukee non-theater cultural and educational opportunities.

IS Registration Deadline: Nov 2
(Please note that if you cancel after the registration deadline, there is no refund.)

Members must register their own guests. One guest per member. If you have more than one guest, check with trip organizer near registration deadline.
Registration is closed

THE LION is SOLD OUT (see The Lion information below)

Independent Study registration is now available, which provides the option to explore other Milwaukee  non-theater cultural and educational opportunities.

We have 19 seats available.

Registration fee: $34 Members & $44 Guests.

Registration Deadline: November 2

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Special Independent Study Offer

Drop Off and Pick up Service to the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) for its new photography exhibition:

Larry Sultan: Here and Home

Woman in Curlers from the series, The Valley

Larry Sultan: Here and Home is the first retrospective of celebrated California photographer Larry Sultan (1946–2009). The exhibition explores Sultan's thirty-five-year career, from his early conceptual and collaborative projects of the 1970s to his solo, documentary-style photographs. One of the most influential photographers of his generation, Larry Sultan explored ideas of home, family, belonging, façade, and storytelling in evocative pictures that challenged photographic conventions. Six major bodies of work make up this presentation: Evidence (1975–77), collaboratively with Mike Mandel; Swimmers (1978–82); Pictures from Home (1983–92); The Valley (1997–2003); Homeland (2006–09); and Sultan's editorial work.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Review: Mary Louise Schumacher - 'Larry Sultan: Here and Home'  reveals photographer's work to capture postwar suburbs:

MAM Senior Admission Fee: $12.00

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THE LION Information:

Join us for The Lion- the second play in our seven-play Milwaukee Rep field trip series.

The Lion is a new play set in the smaller Stiemke Studio for an intimate theatrical experience.

The New York Times Critics' Pick


DIRECTED BY Sean Daniels

Some stories just have to be sung.

A good storyteller uses everything he has. So Benjamin Scheuer uses his guitar — actually, six guitars — in The Lion, a wholly original theatrical experience that tells one man’s gripping coming-of-age story. The award-winning performer/songwriter inspires and disarms with his raw wit and emotional depth as he leads you on a rock n’ roll journey from boyhood to manhood, through pain and healing, to discover the redemptive power of music.

Hailed as “the best new musical” by The Huffington Post and “absolutely the best original musical of the year” by The Stage in London, Milwaukee audiences will be among the first in the country to experience this extraordinary event from a next-generation troubadour. Much like its hero, The Lion roars.

"Spellbinding! See it now. See it again."



What’s The Lion? Should I see it?
Think about the best story anyone ever told you. Now think about the last time someone picked up a guitar and you thought, Wow, I could sit here and listen to this forever! This is both of those times combined. It’s love, loss, family, and finding yourself. A fantastic story, combined with great music.

To learn more about The Lion, explore the Milwaukee Rep’s webpage:

Please note that we will have excellent theater seating facing center stage that will provide an excellent vantage in which to view this intimate theatrical performance.

You will find interesting background Information about

·         Artists:  Cast and Creative Team Bios

·         Video: Related-Performances

·         Press: Press Releases, Features and Reviews


The Milwaukee Rep’s production of The Lion opens September 30. The running time is approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

Registration Limit: 54


Registration Deadline:

October 30 - The Lion

November 2 - Independent Study

Non-Member Policy:  Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

                                                                                                                                     Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand. Milwaukee Rep’s Stiemke Studio is handicapped accessible. However, each seating row is elevated above the proceeding row in a stepped-bleacher section configuration. There is handrail support on the outer stairway of each section.



PLATO Member Fee:

$64.00 (Lunch is on your own)                                            

Non-Member Guest of a Member Fee:

 $79.00 (Lunch is on your own)


Fee includes: Badger Bus with Wi-Fi and Theater Ticket. Lunch is on You Own.

Member Extra Ticket Purchase: $26

For Non-Member Guest who will meet you in Milwaukee

Rep In-Depth an optional, but highly recommended, lively and informative 45 minute pre-talk which starts 45 minutes before every performance in the Stiemke Studio and runs from 12:45 PM to 1:15 PM. It is free and you can drop in any time during the course of the talk. This popular series is sure to enhance your theater-going experience with background information about the play you are about to see. Come and join us and all of the other audience members who enjoy this free educational event! (Use the Main Floor entrance to the Stiemke Studio)


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Free Time 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

 Enjoy Lunch & Explore


1st Bus Drop Off:  Milwaukee Public Market.  There are many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose, including the Milwaukee Public Market that contains eight distinctive eateries.

For those choosing 1st Bus Drop Off who want to attend the Rep In-Depth pre-talk, our bus will return to pick you up at 12:25 PM and get you to the theater in time for its 12:45 PM start.

Note: if want to spend more time in the Third Ward, the Milwaukee Rep is a short walk north on Water St. (5 blocks or 0.4 mile) and is located on NW corner of Water and Wells Streets. Our play begins at 1:30 PM


2nd Bus Drop: On Wells Street in front of the Milwaukee Rep entrance. There are many downtown restaurants located within walking distance from the theater, including those across the river and along the Riverwalk.

Since you will be so close to the Rep, you will have time for lunch and the 12:45 pm Rep In-Depth pre-talk, or for exploring downtown a bit longer before the performance begins at 1:30 PM.



Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Milwaukee on time to begin our adventure.

– Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

– Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.


Leave Madison

8:30 AM         Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

(Please allow trip organizers to get set up before entering the bus.)

8:50 AM         Arrives at Capitol Lakes

9:10 AM         Arrives at East Towne Shopko

9:20 AM         Departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)


In Milwaukee

11:00 AM      Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

11:15 AM      Arrive Rep Theater Wells St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

11:30 AM      Arrive Milwaukee Art Museum

12:25 PM      Return to Milwaukee Public Market to pick up those for Rep In-Depth

12:40 PM    Rep In-Depth pre-talk begins. (Use Main Floor Stiemke Studio entrance)

1:30 PM       The Lion performance begins

2:45 PM       The Lion performance ends

2:50 PM -    Begin bus boarding for return to Madison.

 3:10 PM     There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

 3:15 PM      Arrive at Milwaukee Art Museum

3 :30 PM      Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

Arrive Madison

4:30 PM         East Towne Shopko

4:50 PM         Capitol Lakes

5:10 PM         Oakwood University Woods


For further information, contact field trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, and 608-271-7741





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