The Who and The What @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio

  • October 25, 2017
  • Milwaukee
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  • NOTE: Member ($62) with guest ($77) will cost a total of $139. 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.

Estimated Trip Duration:
East Towne Sears: 8:25 AM - 5:10 PM
Capitol Lakes: 8:10 AM - 5:30 PM
Oakwood West: 7:45 AM - 6:00 PM

Guest Registration Fee: $77

NOTE: Members must register their guests.

Registration Deadline: Sep 25

Registration Fee includes Badger Bus Charter Service with Wi-Fi and theater ticket.

Lunch is on your own.

Optional Group Lunch is available to those who are hesitant of joining the trip solo, to offset not knowing anyone & uncomfortable eating alone.
Registration is closed

Join us Wednesday, October 25 for our second play of the PLATO 2017-2018 nine-play Milwaukee theater trip series with The Who and The What.

A Brilliant New Play

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Disgraced and The Invisible Hand comes a thrillingly fierce and funny new play about identity, religion, and the contradictions that make us who we are.

Growing up Muslim with her close-knit family in Atlanta, Zarina is writing about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gap between her modern life and traditional heritage. When her conservative father and sister discover her controversial manuscript, they all must confront the beliefs that define them.

Called “a play not be missed” by the Chicago Tribune, The Who & The What is a passionate and searing look at a family divided by faith, bonded by love, and searching for truth in contemporary America.

Crackles with intelligent truth. — Los Angeles Times

Approximate Run Time: One hour and 40 minutes with one intermission (1:30 PM - 3:20 PM)

Learn more by visiting The Who and The What webpage regarding the artists, video interview clips with the playwright, director and cast, as well as, rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (September 27) draws near. 

The Who and The What will be staged in the intimate Stiemke Studio. For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.  

The Stiemke Studio is handicapped accessible. However, handrail support is provided only on the outer aisles, not on the middle interior aisle.  

Rep In-Depth  an optional, but highly recommended, lively and informative 30-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. 

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



10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The Friends of the Rep's Costume Closet showcases the extraordinary costumes created by The Rep's costume show wizards.

Information and entertaining narration about the costumes' design, fabrics, and plays in which they were featured accompany each show. 

This is a unique opportunity for our PLATO theatergoers to take a peek at a selection of exquisite costumes from favorite Milwaukee Repertory Theater productions.

LUNCH is on your own*
*Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses  this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes"  to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Restaurant to be determined.

11:30 AM - Following the Costume Closet Program, there are two lunch options.

1) There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep. 

For list of 18 restaurant recommendations from PLATO theater trip participants including websites and map, click here.

2) Board our Badger Bus for the short drive to the Milwaukee Public Market

There are eight unique eateries contained within the Milwaukee Public Market.

There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. For list of 12 PLATO theater trip participants' restaurant recommendations including websites and map, click here.

Historic Third Ward Official Map

Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List



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

7:30 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding.

8:00 AM  Arrives at Capitol Lakes

8:15 AM    Arrives at East Towne Sears

8:30 AM    Departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

In Milwaukee

10:00 AM     Arrive Milwaukee Rep 

10: 30 AM    Friends of the Rep 's Costume Closet Program begins

11:30 AM Costume Closet Program ends and enjoy lunch at any of 18 nearby restaurants surrounding the Rep.

11:30 AM Board bus for Milwaukee Public Market and any of the 12 Third Ward restaurants. (Note: there may not be enough time to enjoy lunch in the Third Ward and attend the 12:45 PM Rep In-Depth pretalk.

1:00 PM Bus returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

1:30 PM      The Who and The What performance begins

3:20 PM      The Who and The What performance ends

3:20 PM - 3:40 PM  Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

3:40 PM      Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

Arrive Madison (Estimated)

5:10 PM      Return to East Towne Sears

5:30 PM     Return to Capitol Lakes

6:00 PM     Return to Oakwood University Oaks

The Who and The What Mail-In Registration Forms (including instructions):

PLATO Members Form

For further information, contact The Who and The What theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, and 608-271-7741







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