Grounded @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio

  • March 08, 2017
  • Milwaukee
  • 31


  • NOTE: Member ($52) with guest ($67) will cost a total of $119. TO ADD YOUR GUEST: click on the "ADD GUEST" button at the bottom of the registration form and enter the guest information, as indicated. Thank you.
  • Registration Fee includes Member Registration Fee ($52) plus cost of Grounded Ticket ($26), or $78.00.
  • Don't care for the play, but would rather do something else, perhaps, visit the Milwaukee Art Museum, self-guided architectural tour or simply explore the downtown or the Historic Third Ward, go shopping, meet a Milwaukee friend or relative for lunch...

    $25 Member Rate.
    Guest Rate = $35
    $60 Total: Registration Fee

    PLATO Independent Study is just the ticket!

Estimated Trip Duration Times:
Oakwood West: 8:15 AM-6:45 PM
Capitol Lakes: 8:45 AM-6:30 PM
East Towne Sears: 9:05 AM-6:15 PM

Guest Registration Fee: $67

NOTE: Members register their guests.

Registration Fee includes Badger Bus travel with Wi-Fi and theater ticket. Lunch is on your own.

Member Extra Ticket Purchase Price for Milwaukee Guest: $26.

Registration Deadlines: March 7

Independent Study: $25 Member/$35 Guest

Registration is closed

Join us on Wednesday, March 8 for Grounded - the fifth play in our eight-play Milwaukee Rep theater trip series. Grounded is a new play staged in the smaller Stiemke Studio for an intimate theatrical experience.

by George Brant
DIRECTED by Laura Braza


An ace fighter pilot finds herself grounded when an unexpected pregnancy puts her career on hold. When she returns to the pilot’s seat, she finds that she’s now part of the “chair force,” flying drones and dropping bombs on enemy combatants in Afghanistan from the comfort of an air conditioned trailer in Las Vegas. In this gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines new play, we find that hunting terrorists by day and being a mother by night may be this top gun’s toughest assignment yet.

What's Grounded? Should I see it?

The way wars are fought have changed drastically in the past several decades, and this play addresses those changes and the challenges today’s soldiers face. It’s a unique perspective on modern day warfare, and will also have some great production elements that will be something to see!

Learn more about Grounded - explore its Milwaukee Rep's webpage.

The Milwaukee Rep’s production of Grounded opens February 22. The running time is approximately two hours (1:30 PM – 2:45PM).

Note: There will be no Post-Show Dialogue sessions scheduled.

Registration Limit: 56

Registration Deadline: - March 7

Directions to the Stiemke Studio: The Stiemke Studio is located on the ground floor of the Milwaukee Center Rotunda in the northwest corner near the gold escalator. 

The Stiemke Studio black box is a blank canvas for the designers; typically seating just over 200, patrons may be seated in two sections of seats looking down at either side of the action taking place in an aisle down the middle or more traditional banks of raked seating. 

Everything in this space can be changed to best suit the director’s concept for the show and no two shows in this space are alike. 

The outer lobby of the Stiemke Studio, where one first enters, includes a Concierge where you can check out assistive listening devices, purchase parking passes for the Milwaukee Center Garage, check your coat or pick up a large print program. 

The lobby includes seating, standing cocktail tables, and bar offering drinks and concessions.

Milwaukee Rep’s Stiemke Studio is handicapped accessible. However, each seating row is elevated above the proceeding row. There is handrail support on the outer stairway of each section.

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.

Guest 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.   

New! Independent Study is now available on the Grounded Theater Trip. $25 Member/$35 Guest. 

Don't care for the play, but would rather do something else, perhaps, visit the Milwaukee Art Museum, self-guided architectural tour or simply explore the downtown or the Historic Third Ward, go shopping, meet a Milwaukee friend or relative for lunch...

PLATO Independent Study is just the ticket!




PLATO Member Fee:

$52.00 (Lunch is on your own)                                            

Non-Member Guest of a Member Fee:

 $67.00 (Lunch is on your own)

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

Member Extra Ticket Purchase: $26

For Non-Member Guest who will meet you in Milwaukee

Independent Study: $25 Member/$35 Guest

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)

Free Time from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM


Explore Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward or Westown on both sides of the river near the Rep

There are many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose, including the Milwaukee Public Market that contains eight distinctive eateries.

For other nearby Third Ward cafes and restaurants (including map), click here.

Third Ward Dining List

Third Ward Shopping List

For Westown neighborhood eateries and restaurants along both sides of the river from the Rep (including map), click here.


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 trip.


Leave Madison

8:15 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

8:45 AM     Arrives at Capitol Lakes

9:05 AM     Arrives at East Towne Shopko

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

In Milwaukee

10:45 AM     Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

11:00 AM    Cubanitas Restaurant

11:15 AM    Milwaukee Art Museum

11:30 PM    Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for nearby Westown restaurants

12:25 PM        Bus Returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Stiemke Studio and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

12:45 PM  Rep In-Depth pre-talk begins

1:30 PM      Grounded performance begins

2:30 PM      Return to Milwaukee Art Museum

2:45 PM  Grounded performance ends

2:45 PM Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

3:10 PM      (Est) Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

Arrive Madison (Est)

4:30 PM         East Towne Sears

4:50 PM         Capitol Lakes

5:10 PM        Oakwood University Woods

Grounded Mail-In Registration Forms (including instructions):

PLATO Members Form

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







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