American Song @ Milwaukee Rep

  • April 07, 2016
  • Milwaukee
  • 25


Guest Registration Fee (with lunch on your own: $86.00

Guest Registration Fee (with Rep Speaker Luncheon): $105.00

NOTE: Members must register their Guest by completing each line in the Guest portion of the online registration form, THEN CLICK ON THE "Add guest" BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.

Registration Deadline with Rep Speaker Luncheon: March 30

Registration Deadline with Lunch on Your Own: April 3
Note that if you cancel after the registration deadline, there is no refund.
Registration is closed

Join us for American Song - the sixth play in our seven-play Milwaukee Rep field trip series.


Featuring James Devita

BY Joanna Murray-Smith

DIRECTED BY Mark Clements

One man’s look at what it means
to be a father in today’s world.

Andy Mancheski’s child left for school one morning and never came back. A Milwaukee Rep commission from award-winning Australian playwright, Joanna Murray-Smith, American Song asks what it means to be a father, a husband, and a citizen in a complex and changing world. It tells the story of an ordinary man who turned on the television news and knew the story of his happy life had shockingly and irrevocably changed. James DeVita, last seen in his tour-de-force performance of An Iliad, will star in this deeply moving examination of guilt and innocence, parental bonds, and life here and now.

"[Murray-Smith shows] fresh imagination, shimmering wit and emotional honesty"


What’s American Song? Should I see it?
If you like the feeling of being the first person with the latest gadget or piece of technology, or the first person to see a movie or TV show, you’ll want to be one of the first people to ever see this show. That’s what is so cool about world premieres!

As far as content, if you are a parent (or have a parent) this show is an insightful look at the challenges and fears every mom and dad has as they raise kids. Were they too involved? Not enough?

Fans of James DeVita’s performance in An Iliad will be delighted to see him again in this great storytelling event with a twist ending no one will see coming.

To learn more about American Song, explore its Milwaukee Rep’s webpage:

Since it is early in the production schedule, monitor the American Song's webpage periodically for updates.

The Milwaukee Rep’s production of American Song will be performed in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater during the period, March 15 – April 10. The running time is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

There will be a brief talk back with James Devita following the performance.

Please note that we will have excellent theater seating in beige middle sections 2-5 facing center stage and concentrated primary in rows F-J that will provide an excellent vantage in which to view this large-scale production.

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 the trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

                                                                                                                                     Accessibility Policy: Milwaukee Rep’s Quadracci Powerhouse Theater is handicapped accessible. Our seats will be in the orchestra section where each row is a step down with handrail support.  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 accompany you.


PLATO Member Cost:                                            

$71.00 Lunch is on your own                            

$90.00 Includes Rep Speaker Luncheon

Non-Member Guest of a Member Cost:

$86.00 Lunch is on your own

$105.00 Includes Rep Speaker Luncheon

Extra Ticket Purchase: $35

For your Milwaukee Guest to sit with you in the theater.

The Rep Speaker Matinee Lunch is a buffet consisting of soup du jour, mixed green salad, seasonal fruit, assorted finger sandwiches (egg salad, ham & cheese, tuna salad + 1 chef’s choice), warm rolls, and assorted cookies and bars.  Beverages include regular and decaf coffee and assorted teas. It is held in the adjoining Intercontinental Hotel,   Cash bar is available. Lunch will be served buffet style from 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM. A member of the Rep’s creative team will discuss a particular feature of the production. Cost is $19.00.

Rep In-Depth an optional, but highly recommended, lively and informative 30 minute pre-talk which starts 45 minutes before every performance in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater 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 Mezzanine Level entrance to the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater)


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Free Time 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

 Enjoy Lunch & Explore


Option 1 – will be attractive to those who enjoy lunch on their own and want free time to explore downtown Milwaukee. There are two bus drop-off locations from which to begin.


Bus Drop 1A: 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 Bus Drop A 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 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


Bus Drop 1B: 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.


Option 2 – will be appealing to those who want to more fully explore the play rather than the neighborhood. The bus stop is on Wells Street in front of the Milwaukee Rep entrance.

The Rep Speaker Luncheon is held in the Galleria of the Intercontinental Hotel. Use the Rep main entrance. Walk to the Rotunda. Turn right and walk a short distance. Turn left to enter the hotel.  The Galleria (art gallery) will be on your right.

Afterwards, from the Rep Speaker Luncheon to Attend Rep In-Depth, it is a leisurely walk back to the rotunda. Take the elevator to the Mezzanine, or walk up the two short flights of stairs of the white marble staircase to the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater Mezzanine Level Entrance.  The Rep In-Depth pre-talk begins at 12:45 PM.


Bear in mind that our boarding the PLATO 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 Milwaukee on time to begin our day.

– 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 West to begin boarding.

(Please allow time for the trip organizers to get set up before boarding the bus.)

8:50 AM Arrives at Capitol Lakes for boarding

9:10 AM Arrives at East Towne Shopko for boarding

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

In Milwaukee

11:00 AM    Arrives at the Milwaukee Public Market for other nearby Third Ward restaurants

11:15 AM    Arrives at the Rep Theater entrance for Rep Speaker Luncheon and nearby restaurants        

11:30 AM    Rep Speaker Luncheon Buffet Begins

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

12:35 PM    Rep Speaker Luncheon Ends

12:45 PM    Rep In-Depth pre-talk begins. (Use Mezzanine Level entrance)

  1:30 PM    American Song performance begins

  3:45 PM    American Song performance ends

  3:45 PM - Begin bus boarding for return to Madison.

  4:10 PM     There will be adequate time for coat  check retrieval and restroom use

   4:15 PM    Depart for Madison (As soon as everyone is aboard)

Arrive Madison

5:45 PM East Towne Shopko

6:00 PM Capitol Lakes

6:20 PM   Oakwood West


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