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    • August 27, 2017
    • Chicago
    • 0

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    Join us Sunday, August 27 for Moby Dick, the final play in our 2017 summer season  It will be staged in the intimate Lookingglass Theater located within the Water Tower Water Works.

    Winner of four Jeff Awards, including Best Production, and fresh off a national tour, the critically-acclaimed Moby Dick returns to the Lookingglass stage in this harrowing and intoxicating exploration of revenge, obsession, and destiny.

    Madness rages like the angry sea when man pits himself against leviathan in Herman Melville’s epic and poetic tale, furiously reimagined by director David Catlin (Lookingglass Alice).

    Climb aboard the Pequod with Ishmael, Starbuck, and the intrepid crew on a voyage into the darkest reaches of the human psyche with an insatiably driven Captain Ahab at the helm in reckless pursuit of the legendary white whale.

    “★★★★. Catlin’s ‘Moby Dick’ rises to the short list of great Lookingglass productions of the past two decades.” – The Chicago Tribune

    “A triumph of grand theatrical imagination, deep thought, superb acting and eye-popping, ingeniously deployed physical daring.” – The Chicago Sun-Times


    ARTISTS

    Adapted and Directed by
    Ensemble Member David Catlin

    From the book by Herman Melville

    In Association with The Actors Gymnasium

    Video: Moby Dick and the Actor's Gymnasium (2.19) 


    REVIEWS: Highly Recommended Rating
    Based upon these 15 reviews

    Run Time: Two Hours and 35 minutes including two intermissions (2:00 PM - 4:35 PM) 



    Lookingglass Theatre:

    11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    Free Time for Lunch and Adventure
    within easy  walking distance of 
    Lookingglass Theatre
    (N. Michigan Ave & E. Pearson St)

    A few suggestions

    Driehaus Museum (Chicago's Downton Abbey)

    Free Noon Tour, Great Gift Shop, MCA Cafe

    Water Tower Place Shopping and Dining

    Lookingglass Theatre Restaurant Partners


    Itinerary

    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 Chicago 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 to begin boarding.

    7:55 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    8:10 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears

    8:20 AM    Depart for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Chicago

    11:00 AM Arrive Lookingglass Theatre

    2:00 PM  Moby Dick performance begins

    4:35 PM   Moby Dick performance ends

    4:35 PM - 4:55 PM    Boarding preparation period 

    4:55 PM    Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Est)

    7:30 PM East Towne Sears

    7:45 PM Capitol Lakes

    8:00 PM Oakwood University Woods


    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 Accessibility Policy. On the Van Galder 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. 

    The Lookingglass Theatre is handicap accessible. Each aisle has row handrail support for more easily ascending and descending the seating area.


    Moby Dick Mail-in Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, contact Moby Dick theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • August 27, 2017
    • Chicago
    • 29

    Lincoln Park Zoo Red Pandas

    Garfield Park Conservatory

    The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest and most stunning conservatories in the nation. Often referred to as "landscape art under glass," the conservatory occupies approximately two acres inside, where thousands of plant species are on display throughout eight rooms in this magnificent facility.  Travel through the conservatory and experience the lush flora and tropical temperatures taking you away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago.  Don’t forget to visit the 12 acres of stunning outdoor gardens during the summer!

     

    The Palm House is home to graceful palms, interspersed with a variety of other tropical plants, and soar up to a vaulted ceiling. Most impressive is the Conservatory’s historic Fern Room with lush ferns, rocky outcroppings and an indoor lagoon that evoke the swampy landscape of prehistoric Chicago. The Fern Room is home to the palm-like cycad; one of the oldest species of plants on earth. Head to the newest exhibit, Sugar from the Sun, and discover how plants make energy.  The Show House displays the season’s best rotating floral exhibit.  Visit the Aroid House and see Dale Chihuly’s 16 yellow lily pads permanently displayed in the "Persian Pool". The Desert House holds one of the region's most varied collections of cacti and succulents.  Lastly, Horticulture Hall is a great place to sit and relax, marvel at the mosaic Morrocan Fountain, or rent for a corporate event or wedding.


    The Garfield Park Conservatory was designed by landscape architect Jens Jensen in collaboration with Prairie School architects Schmidt, Garden and Martin and the New York engineering firm of Hitchings and Company. Jens Jensen is well known to many in Madison as the landscape architect behind the Glenwood Children’s Park and the Wheeler Council Ring in the UW Arboretum. Jensen also founded The Clearing in Door County.

    Considered revolutionary when it first opened in 1908, the Garfield Park Conservatory was described as a work of “landscape art under glass.” The structure replaced three small Victorian glass houses that were built in Chicago’s West Park System in the 1880s.  The structure, one of the largest conservatories in the world, was quite unlike its nineteenth century predecessors. 

    Jensen wanted the exterior to emulate the simple form of a Midwestern haystack. Inside, he displayed plants in the ground as opposed to potted containers. Jensen also hid pipes and other mechanical systems behind beautiful walls of stratified stonework, and created magnificent views across the landscape.


    The centerpiece of the Garfield Park Conservatory, the aquatic house or Fern Room, as it is known today, includes some of Jensen’s most beautiful stone and water elements. Jensen marveled that the waterfall looked so natural that people often assumed that the glass structure was built around it. He wanted his idealized “prairie waterfall,” to sound just right, but the stone mason made it sound like “an abrupt mountain cascade.” The workman became frustrated when Jensen had him dismantle and rebuild the waterfall several times. Jensen suggested that the workman listen to Mendelssohn’s “Spring Song.” After hearing the music, the mason constructed the waterfall perfectly so that the “water tinkled gently from ledge to ledge, as it should in a prairie country.”

    For Garfield Park Observatory Map,  click Map


    Lincoln Park Zoo

    Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. Located within a verdant park just minutes north of Chicago, the zoo has been a natural, free oasis for generations of animal lovers, who visit the zoo to hear a lion’s roar echo off nearby apartment buildings, see gorillas climb trees as the Willis Tower looms in the distance, or forget where they are as they immerse themselves in tropical rainforests, dry-thorn forests or spacious savannas.

    The zoo was founded in 1868, making it among the oldest of zoos in North America. It is also one of a few free admission zoos in the United States. The zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  Lincoln Park Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals. The zoo's exhibits include big cats, polar bears, penguins, gorillas, reptiles, monkeys, and other species totaling about 1,100 animals from some 200 species.

    Lincoln Park Zoo is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience in the heart of Chicago and by advancing the highest quality of animal care, education, science and conservation.

    For Lincoln Park Zoo Map, click Map

    Lincoln Park Zoo is a privately managed institution that depends primarily on the support of its visitors, members and donors to remain open and free every day. More than two-thirds of the zoo’s operating budget is provided by revenue from its food service, retail shops, parking, and fund-raising activities. The remaining portion is provided by a fixed annual subsidy from the Chicago Park District.

    Highlights include:

    The Regenstein Center for African Apes -  It offers 29,000 square feet of living space, indoors and out, bamboo stands real and simulated, dozens of trees and 5,000 feet of artificial vines for climbing, skylights, termite mounds for chimpanzee “fishing”, a waterfall, a moat, heated logs,  fresh air and sunshine.  The $26 million center is the most expensive building ever constructed at the zoo. Its primary features are three spacious habitats: the Kovler Gorilla Bamboo Forest, the Strangler Fig Forest (which accommodates either chimpanzees or gorillas) and the Dry Riverbed Valley (which also accommodates chimpanzees or gorillas). The indoor exhibits are immediately adjacent to the outdoor exhibits so that they appear to be one.

    Walter Family Arctic Tundra - This expansive exhibit is strategically designed for Arctic polar bears, a carnivorous species threatened in the wild due to human impacts such as climate change, which rapidly melts sea ice. Polar bears’ adaptations to the Arctic environment make them dependent on the sea ice for survival, thus creating the need to conserve this species. Walter Family Arctic Tundra can support a breeding pair and their potential cubs. Equipped with naturalistic features, from ice caves to rolling terrain to cool pools, the exhibit evokes the northern reaches where polar bears prowl in search of prey.

    Regenstein African Journey - The animals of Africa thrive in Chicago—from stately giraffes to mighty rhinoceroses to schools of colorful fish.  Regenstein African Journey brings the awesome sights and sounds of this great continent to millions of visitors each year, who stroll through four distinct habitats and experience the abundance of life that populates each. This is more than an exhibit...it truly is a journey.

    McCormick Bird House - Birds from the tropics, seashores, forests, wetlands and savannas all have room to roost in Lincoln Park Zoo’s McCormick Bird House. This historic brick building (designed in 1904 by the zoo’s first director, Cyrus DeVry) has numerous habitats replicating the rich environments birds inhabit in the wild. Visitors are invited to view the feathered inhabitants in traditional exhibits or step into the lush, tropical Free Flight Area to become immersed in the world of birds.

    The Lincoln Park Conservatory (not affiliated with the zoo) is adjacent to the zoo at the north entrance.  Step inside and be transported to another place and time!  We invite you to take a journey to the Lincoln Park Conservatory where you will find tropical palms and ancient ferns right in the heart of Lincoln Park. Designed both to showcase exotic plants and grow the thousands of plants needed for use in the parks, the Conservatory offers visitors a tropical experience within its four display houses: Palm House, Fern Room, Orchid House and Show House, which is home to the annual flower shows. This historic facility continues to provide an escape to nature to the millions that live in and visit Chicago. No matter the time of year, Lincoln Park Conservatory is always green and lush. Come take a stroll and let yourself be transported away.  Admission is free.

    Logistics

    You will have 1 1/4 hours at the Garfield Park Conservatory and 3 hours at the Lincoln Park Zoo.  There will be no formal docent-led tour for Plato members at either location.  You will be exploring the Garfield Park Conservatory and the Lincoln Park Zoo on your own. 

    Cost includes Van Galder Bus Travel w/Wi-Fi access.  Neither the Garfield Park Conservatory nor the Lincoln Park Zoo charges admission though the Garfield Park Conservatory does ask for a donation of your choosing at the door.

    At the Lincoln Park Zoo we will be outdoors, so please dress accordingly.  Bring a hat and comfortable shoes.  A day bag with water and snacks, as well as your camera, is advised.  If rain is possible, bring an umbrella.

    Eating

    Lunch is not included in the trip cost.

    There is no cafeteria at the Garfield Park Conservatory.  However if you bring your own lunch, food consumption is available in Horticulture Hall or the lobby. And outdoors, picnicking is allowed wherever there are tables and chairs or in the lawn areas. No alcohol is allowed.

    At the Lincoln Park Zoo, you will have a number of choices for eating:

     The Patio at Café Brauer is a singular Chicago restaurant experience, offering panoramic views of a restored native ecosystem and soaring skyscrapers. Dine on savory small plates and specialty burgers. Sip cocktails, craft-brewed ales and wine. The Patio at Café Brauer is open weekdays for lunch and dinner until dusk and serves brunch and dinner every Saturday and Sunday.

    The Park Place Café features Mexican food, Italian fare, burgers, sandwiches, salads, beer, wine and more. Ice cream too! Indoor and outdoor terrace seating available.

    Organic fare, including paninis, salads and other green goodies are available at Café at Wild Things, located above the Wild Things! gift shop in an open-air rooftop setting.

    Enjoy Chicago-style hot dogs, fries and snacks at one of the oldest historic buildings on zoo grounds at Eadie Levy's Landmark Café .

    Accessibility

    The Garfield Conservatory is wheelchair accessible, except for the Fern Room. 

    A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors using wheelchairs and those who are otherwise unable to climb stairs may enter the Conservatory at the Main Entrance, 300 N. Central Park Ave., via the North or South ramps.

    At the Lincoln Park Zoo, wheelchairs are available at Gateway Pavilion for temporary use by guests within the zoo. 

    Loans are first come, first served. A refundable deposit of $20, or a driver’s license or state ID, is required.  All public buildings at the zoo have at least one wheelchair-accessible entrance. All of the animal encounter programs at the Farm-in-the-Zoo are wheelchair-accessible. The Lionel Train Adventure ride features a wheelchair-accessible caboose.  

    Restrooms are available at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House, Pritzker Family Children's Zoo, Park Place Café via a ramp, Farm-in-the-Zoo Main Barn, Foreman Pavilion (open seasonally) and Café at Wild Things (open seasonally) via a ramp. 



    Itinerary

    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 Chicago 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

    8:10 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

    8:20 AM    Bus departs Oakwood 

    8:45 AM Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    9:00 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears

    9:10 AM    Depart for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Chicago

    12:00 PM Arrive Garfield Park Conservatory

    1:15 PM   Depart Garfield Park Conservatory

    1:45 PM    Arrive Lincoln Park Zoo 

    4:45 PM    Depart Lincoln Park Zoo for Madison

    Arrive Madison (Est)

    7:30 PM East Towne Sears

    7:45 PM Capitol Lakes

    8:00 PM Oakwood University Woods


    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 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. 

    In the Lookingglass Theatre, there is step-down handrail support at each row.


    Garfield Park Conservatory and Lincoln Park Zoo Field Trip Mail-in Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, contact Garfield Park Conservatory and Lincoln Park Zoo Field Trip Organizer, Bob Shaw, robert.e.shaw@gmail.com and 608-255-3486


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • September 15, 2017
    • Cashton, Wisc
    • 0

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    About our Trip:

    Join us as we drive drive through the driftless area of Wisconsin and learn about the lives of the Old Order Amish in the Cashton, Wisconsin area.  

    We will stop for lunch near Sparta at a farm-to-table restaurant with fresh and excellent food and is included with your registration fee.

    Then we will have our professional guide join us on the bus for visits to the following Amish businesses:

    • Quilt Shop - on a farm,
    • Bakery - on a farm,
    • Furniture manufacturer - in production.
    • Cheese factory - we will see a live streaming of the workings of the factory - regulations prevent us from actually walking through the factory.  Here we will each receive a small bag of fresh cheese curds.
    • Down a Country Road Shops:  we will spend 45 minutes here for a rest room break and a chance to view products from 50 Amish family industries.  In order to visit the farms directly, the local bishop insists that we must make this stop.
    We will return home via Highway 14 so that we can stop at Peck's Farm Store in Spring Green for those who might like to bring home some fresh locally grown apples.

    About the Local Guide:

    Our local guide has lived on farms in this area for half a century and has written two books about the Amish, so she is very well versed in their way of life and will be able to relate a lot of information about their culture and history.



         Itinerary

    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.

    – 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

     8:10 AM     Begin boarding Oakwood 

     8:15 AM     Depart for Capitol Lakes

     8:35 AM     Begin boarding at Capitol Lakes 

     9:00 AM     Begin boarding East Towne Sears

     9:10 AM     Depart for Cashton                                       

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

     3:30 PM     Board Bus for Madison

    We will have time to stop at Peck's Farm Store in Spring Green to shop for fresh locally grown Apples..

     6:30 PM     Arrive at Oakwood Village West

     6:45 PM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes

     7:00 PM     Arrive at East Towne Sears

    Accessibility Policy: On the Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.

    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. 

    Mail-In Registration Form (includes instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, Contact Peggy Anderson, the Amish Neighbors Trip Organizer: pppowers38@gmail.com or at 608-838-7255.

    • September 17, 2017
    • Chicago
    • 19

     

    Join us Sunday, September 17 for Five Guys Named Moe, the second play in our four-play Chicago theatre trip series. It will be staged in the acclaimed Court Theatre on the University of Chicago Campus.

    A lively musical tribute to the hit songs of saxophonist and songwriter Louis Jordan, Five Guys Named Moe introduces Nomax: a broke, newly single guy singing the blues late into the night. Suddenly, five unexpected friends—Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe—emerge from his radio to help ease his broken heart. Pioneering musician Louis Jordan’s new approach to jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the 1950s. Five Guys Named Moe is directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson with Associate Director Felicia P. Fields.

    A MUSICAL BY CLARKE PETERS
    FEATURING LOUIS JORDAN'S GREATEST HITS
    ORIGINALLY PRODUCED AT THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD EAST

    DIRECTED BY RON OJ PARSON
    WITH ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FELICIA P. FIELDS
    AND MUSIC DIRECTOR ABDUL HAMID ROYAL

    Preview Audio Clip: Louis Jordan, Five Guys Named Moe (3:04)

    Preview Audio Clip: Louis Jordan, Choo Choo Ch Boogie (2:44)


    Court Theatre

    Information

    Website


    University of ChicagoC OF LOUIS JORDAN!

    FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE

    Landscape Architectural Tour


    Registration Limit: 28

    Registration Deadline: September 5


    Please Note: Five Guys Named Moe theater trip bus is shared with Plato members and guests participating in the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House and Oriental Institute Museum Field Trip. Each trip is allotted 28 seats. (If demand warrants, we may add a second bus.)


    LUNCH OPTIONS
    You will have two options for lunch.  The bus will make two stops.  
    If you get off at the 53rd street restaurant cluster, you will be paying for your own lunch.  


    LUNCH OPTION 1 (11:45 AM)

    Our first stop will be on 53rd street where you will have your choice of many restaurants within a three block radius  See Restaurant Map  You will have 1 1/2 hours for lunch.


    - Valois Restaurant - 1518 E 53rd St - A counter-service smorgasbord of American comfort food served in a casual, muraled space. Cash only.

    Pizza Capri - 1501 East 53rd Street  - Thin-crust pies & Italian sandwiches, wraps, pastas & salads in a casual setting.

    Rajun Cajun - 1459 E. 53rd St  - Small neighborhood spot serving Indian fare & Cajun/soul food in a no-frills setting.  

    Native Foods Café - 1518 East Harper Court  - Chain for creative, Californian-style vegan fare, including mock-meat dishes, ordered at a counter.  

    Ja’ Grill Hyde Park – 1510 East Harper Court  -  Curries, jerks & other Jamaican specialties in an upscale-casual space.

    Cholie’s Pizza -  1601 E 53rd St  -Straightforward pizzas & other casual eats served out of a snug bare-bones space.

    Mellow Yellow Restaurant  –  1508 East 53rdSt. - Casual spot featuring American fare, crêpes & a full bar in nostalgic '70s wood & brick digs. 

    Chant  -  1509 E 53rd St  - Trendy eatery featuring creative, Asian-inspired global cuisine & a full bar.

    - Five Guys - 1456 E 53rd St    

    Nandos  -  1447 E 53rd St  - Afro-Portuguese chain restaurant serving flame-grilled chicken in spicy chili sauce. 

    Giordanos  - 5311 S Blackstone Ave  - Known for deep-dish pizza, this casual chain serves other classic Italian food, plus beer & wine.

    Boston Market  - 1424 E 53rd St  - Counter-serve chain dishing up American comfort fare such as rotisserie chicken in a simple setting.

    - McDonalds - 5200 S Lake Park Ave W

    Roti Modern Mediterranean - 1526 E. 53rd Street - Quick bite, healthy options, hip.

    LUNCH OPTION 2 (Noon)

    If you choose the family-style lunch at the Nile Restaurant, when you register online, you will:
    • Select the entree (See below)
    • Prepay separately ($20) by check payable to PLATO
    • Mail to 
      • PLATO
      • Robie House Trip Registration
      • 21 N. Park St., 7th Floor
      • Madison, WI 53715


    With Family Style Dining, all three entrees will served in separate bowls that will be brought to the table by the waitstaff. You will be able to sample all three entrees if you like.

    Kitka Kabob: A blend of lean ground lamb and beef, parsley and onions, charbroiled, served with sautéed vegetables. 

    Shish Taouk: Chunks of juicy marinated chicken, charbroiled, served with sautéed vegetables. 

    Maklouba: Sautéed eggplant, cauliflower, carrots, chick peas, rice, topped with pine nuts and served with homemade yogurt.

    Sides: Salad or sautéed vegetables, potatoes or yellow rice

    Appetizers: Baba Ghannooj w/pita and Hummos w/pita

    Itinerary

    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 Chicago 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.

    Madison Schedule

    8:00 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

    8:25 AM     Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    8:40 AM     Arrives at East Towne Sears

    8:45 AM    Departs for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)


    Chicago Schedule

    11:45 PM   Arrive 53rd Street Restaurant Cluster for lunch on your own

    12:00 PM   Arrive Nile Restaurant for family-style Mediterranean lunch option

    1:15 PM  Pick up at 53rd Restaurant Cluster for drop off at Smart Art Museum

    1:00 PM    Short, Easy 10-Minute Walk to the Smart Art Museum (See Walking Map)


    1:25 PM    Arrive Smart Museum of Art (adjacent to Court Theatre) 

    2:00 PM    Court Theatre doors open

    2:30 PM    Five Guys Named Moe performance begins

    4:30 PM    Five Guys Named Moe performance ends and boarding begins 

    4:45 PM    Estimated Departure for Madison


    Madison Return Schedule (Estimated)

    7:15 PM         East Towne Sears

    7:35 PM         Capitol Lakes

    7:55 PM        Oakwood University Woods


    Non-Member Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. 

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

    (Members may bring more than one guest. Check with trip organizer near the registration deadline date if seats are available.) 

                                                                                                                                        Accessibility Accessibility Policy. On the Van Galder 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. 

    In the Court Theatre, there is step-down handrail support at each row.


    Five Guys Named Moe (Musical) Mail-in Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form


    For further information, contact Five Guys Named Moe (Musical) theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • September 17, 2017
    • Chicago
    • 4

    Join us Sunday, September 17 for a trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House and the Oriental Institute Museum in Chicago.

    2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth and following up on PLATO’s June trip to his Burnham block houses in Milwaukee, we will be traveling to the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago to visit the Robie House.

    Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House , designed for businessman Frederick C. Robie between 1908 and 1910, has been a National Historic Landmark since 1963. The structure is often cited as the best example of the Prairie style.  Prairie style homes distinguish themselves through their strong exterior horizontal lines, low-pitched roofs, long bands of windows, and natural materials. 


    In particular, the structures incorporate brick and wood into their design. One of the most well-known features of these homes is their use of art glass windows, which blend interior and exterior spaces through their soft filtration of light.

    We will have a guided interior tour.  The tour includes: children's playroom, entry hall, living room, dining room, guest room, master bedroom, butler's pantry and kitchen and will last about 60 minutes.  Because each tour has a maximum of 20 people, we have scheduled two tours: 1:45 and 2:15.   


    Accessibility -  Robie House

    • The exterior and ground floor of the Robie House are accessible to guests in wheelchairs.
    • The second floor, which includes the living room, dining room and kitchen, is not wheelchair accessible.
    • The Trust has one standard-size wheelchair available at the Robie House.
    • Walkers are permitted. All walkers will be inspected to ensure they will not damage the floors. The Trust has walkers with built-in seats available on a first-come first-served basis.

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    Following your Robie House tour, walk one block to the Oriental Institute Museum, part of the University of Chicago. (See Walking Map)


    The Oriental Institute Museum is a world-renowned showcase for the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East. The museum displays objects recovered by Oriental Institute excavations in permanent galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the ancient site of Megiddo, as well as rotating special exhibits.

    The Oriental Institute was founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted with the financial support of John D. Rockefeller Jr., and was originally envisaged as a research laboratory for the investigation of the early human career that would trace humankind’s progress from the most ancient days of the Middle East. The goal of the Oriental Institute is to be the world’s leading center for the study of ancient Near Eastern civilizations by combining innovation in theory, methodology, and significant empirical discovery with the highest standards of rigorous scholarship.


    The Oriental Institute Museum was opened to the public in 1931. The majority of the collections of the Oriental Institute came from its expeditions in the Middle East during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. A major reinstallation of the Museum, including the construction of a climate-controlled wing for housing collections and archives, took place in the 1990s and early 2000s.

    Admission to the museum is free with a suggested donation of $10.  There will be no docent-led tour of the museum; you will be touring the museum on your own.  You can rent a self-guided audio tour for $5. 

    Accessibility - Oriental Institute Museum

    All of the galleries are on ground level and are wheelchair accessible.  Elevators are located in the lobby with access to all floors. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Breasted Hall is equipped with a designated wheelchair area in the front row.  Visitors may use strollers throughout the Museum. An accessibility ramp into the Museum is located on the west side of building on University Avenue.

     

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    If you finish your tour of the museum early, feel free to walk around the campus of the University of Chicago.  You can view a map of the campus including list of Self-Guided Tours.

    We will be leaving for Madison at 4:30.

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    Registration Limit: 28

    Registration Deadline: September 9


    Please Note: The Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House/Oriental Institute Museum Field Trip bus is shared with Plato members and guests participating on the Five Guys Named Moe Theater Trip. Each trip is allotted 28 seats. (If demand warrants, we may add a second bus.)


    LUNCH OPTIONS
    You will have two options for lunch.  The bus will make two stops.  
    If you get off at the 53rd street restaurant cluster, you will be paying for your own lunch.  

    LUNCH OPTION 1 (11:45 AM)
    Our first stop will be on 53rd street where you will have your choice of many restaurants within a three block radius  See Restaurant Map  You will have 1 1/2 hours for lunch.


    - Valois Restaurant - 1518 E 53rd St - A counter-service smorgasbord of American comfort food served in a casual, muraled space. Cash only.

    - Pizza Capri - 1501 East 53rd Street  - Thin-crust pies & Italian sandwiches, wraps, pastas & salads in a casual setting.

    - Rajun Cajun - 1459 E. 53rd St  - Small neighborhood spot serving Indian fare & Cajun/soul food in a no-frills setting.  

    - Native Foods Café - 1518 East Harper Court  - Chain for creative, Californian-style vegan fare, including mock-meat dishes, ordered at a counter.  

    - Ja’ Grill Hyde Park – 1510 East Harper Court  -  Curries, jerks & other Jamaican specialties in an upscale-casual space.

    - Cholie’s Pizza 1601 E 53rd St  - Straightforward pizzas & other casual eats served out of a snug bare-bones space.

    - Mellow Yellow Restaurant  –  1508 East 53rd St. - Casual spot featuring American fare, crêpes & a full bar in nostalgic '70s wood & brick digs. 

    - Chant  -  1509 E 53rd St  - Trendy eatery featuring creative, Asian-inspired global cuisine & a full bar.

    - Five Guys - 1456 E 53rd St    

    - Nandos  -  1447 E 53rd St  - Afro-Portuguese chain restaurant serving flame-grilled chicken in spicy chili sauce. 

    - Giordanos  - 5311 S Blackstone Ave  - Known for deep-dish pizza, this casual chain serves other classic Italian food, plus beer & wine.

    - Boston Market  - 1424 E 53rd St  - Counter-serve chain dishing up American comfort fare such as rotisserie chicken in a simple setting.

    - McDonalds - 5200 S Lake Park Ave W


    Roti Modern Mediterranean1526 E. 53rd Street - Quick bite, healthy options, hip.

    LUNCH OPTION 2 (Noon)
    If you choose the family-style lunch at the Nile Restaurant, when you register online, you will:
    • Select the entree (See below)
    • Prepay separately ($20) by check payable to PLATO
    • Mail to 
      • PLATO
      • Robie House Trip Registration
      • 21 N. Park St., 7th Floor
      • Madison, WI 53715

    With Family Style Dining, all three entrees will served in separate bowls that will be brought to the table by the waitstaff. You will be able to sample all three entrees if you like.

    Kitka Kabob: A blend of lean ground lamb and beef, parsley and onions, charbroiled, served with sautéed vegetables. 

    Shish Taouk: Chunks of juicy marinated chicken, charbroiled, served with sautéed vegetables. 

    Maklouba: Sautéed eggplant, cauliflower, carrots, chick peas, rice, topped with pine nuts and served with homemade yogurt.

    Sides: Salad or sautéed vegetables, potatoes or yellow rice

    Appetizers: Baba Ghannooj w/pita and Hummos w/pita

    Itinerary

    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 Chicago 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.

    Madison Schedule

    8:00 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

    8:25 AM     Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    8:40 AM     Arrives at East Towne Sears

    8:45 AM    Departs for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)


    Chicago Schedule

    11:45 PM   Arrive 53rd Street Restaurant Cluster for lunch on your own

    12:00 PM   Arrive Nile Restaurant for family-style Mediterranean lunch option

    1:15 PM  Pick up at 53rd Restaurant Cluster for drop off at Smart Art Museum

    1:25 PM    Pick up at Nile Restaurant

    1:35 PM    Arrive at Robie House

    4:30 PM    Oriental Institute Museum pick up

    4:45 PM    Court Theatre pick up for return to Madison


    Madison Return Schedule (Estimated)

    7:15 PM         East Towne Sears

    7:35 PM         Capitol Lakes

    7:55 PM        Oakwood University Woods


    Non-Member Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. 

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

    (Members may bring more than one guest. Check with trip organizer near the registration deadline date if seats are available.) 

                                                                                                                                        Accessibility Accessibility Policy. On the Van Galder 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. 


    Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House/Oriental Institute Museum Field Trip Mail-in Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form


    For further information, contact Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House/Oriental Institute Museum field trip organizer, Bob Shaw, robert.e.shaw@gmail.com and 608-255-3486.


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • October 04, 2017
    • Milwaukee
    • 67

    Join us Wednesday, October 4 as we kickoff the PLATO 2017-2018 nine-play Milwaukee theater trip series with Guys and Dolls.

    Tony Award-Winning Musical

    A Musical Fable of Broadway, based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon.

    Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

    Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

    Directed by Mark Clements

    Experience Guys and Dolls as you never have before, up close and personal in the intimate Quadracci Powerhouse. 

    After sold-out productions of Ragtime and Dreamgirls, Mark Clements reunites with Olivier Award-winning choreographer Stephen Mear for a dazzling new production of Guys and Dolls. This celebrated musical comedy follows two small-time gamblers as they pursue love and luck from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba.

    It's no surprise that it tops Entertainment Weekly's of "Greatest Musicals of All Time," as this granddaddy of American musicals has it all ~ show-stopping numbers, a timeless story, and some of the best show tunes ever, including "Luck Be a Lady," "A Bushel and a Peck," and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat."It's a sure bet that you'll leave the theater with a smile on your face!

    Approximate Run Time: Two hours and 30 minutes with one intermission (1:30 PM - 4:00 PM)

    Learn more by visiting the Guys and Dolls webpage regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (September 19) draws near. 

    Guys and Dolls will be staged in the large, yet intimate Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.  

    The Quadracci Powerhouse Theater is handicapped accessible. There is handrail support on each row as you descend and ascend the 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 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. 

    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.                                                                        

    LUNCH is on your own*
    Our bus will make two neighborhood lunch stops:
    First, at Milwaukee Public Market for the Historic Third Ward, and

    Second, at the Milwaukee Rep for downtown areas surrounding the theater.

    *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.

    Milwaukee Public Market (11:00 AM)

    Our first stop will be at the Milwaukee Public Market containing eight distinctive eateries.


    There are many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. For list of 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


    Milwaukee Rep (11:15 AM)


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

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


    Itinerary

    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

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

    8:50 AM  Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    9:10 AM    Arrives at East Towne Sears

    9:25 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 Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

    12:25 PM Returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep In-Depth pretalk and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

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

    1:30 PM      Guys and Dolls performance begins

    4:00 PM      Guys and Dolls performance ends

    4:00 PM - 4:20 PM  Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

    4:20 PM      Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:50 PM      Return to East Towne Sears

    6:05 PM     Return to Capitol Lakes

    6:25 PM     Return to Oakwood University Oaks


    Guys and Dolls Mail-In Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, contact Guys and Dolls theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke,bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741

                                                                                                   



     



     

     

     

    • October 11, 2017
    • Platteville and Potosi, WI
    • 25


    Join us on Wednesday, October 11 to visit two historic sites in Grant County Wisconsin. 

    The second week of October is typically the peak of fall colors in Southwest Wisconsin, so please enjoy the scenery as we travel across Dane, Iowa and Grant counties. 

    Our first stop is the Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums in Platteville.  This includes a professionally guided tour of the Bevans Lead and Zinc mine dating from 1845 to include the underground mine (90 steps down), and above ground mining exhibits, indoor and outdoor.  

    The mine tour enters and leaves by a well-developed concrete stairway, 90 steps, with handrails.  This equals about 6 trips from a residential basement stairway or three full flights of stairs in a commercial building such as a hospital.  There is no elevator. 

    The mine is surprisingly “open” and developed, it is well lit, passages are not narrow and the ceilings are well-above head level.  But it is cool and damp inside, the floor is largely packed gravel and there may be drips of water from above.  

    Wear comfortable shoes for walking and standing.  Please dress for the weather, per the forecast for Platteville WI on October 11, and for the mine, which is about 55 degrees.  We will spend very little time outdoors: a few minutes during the mining tour, crossing the road in Potosi and walking to and from the bus at two stops.  

    For those who do not wish to enter the mine, there is a virtual video tour in the museum area.

    The Jamison Museum hosts a collection of historic objects used by people in Southwest Wisconsin over 80 years; a walk through time.  

    There is also a small local art gallery in the building.  However, it is accessible only via a flight of stairs.

    Learn more about the Jamison Museum by visiting its website.


    Our next and final stop: Potosi Brewery Restaurant.  


    We will travel a short distance to Potosi, one of Wisconsin’s early towns, for lunch at the newly refurbished Potosi Brewery (1852) Restaurant followed by free time to visit the shops and small museums on the brewery grounds.    

    Potosi is one of the oldest towns in Wisconsin and it boasts the longest continuous main street in the United States. 

    We will be served a lunch in a private dining area of the old brewery with the Mayor of Potosi and local historian, Frank Fiorenza, our luncheon speaker.   

    Lunch at the brewery is a buffet consisting of hamburger, hot chicken or vegetarian sandwich, chips and house salad, coffee and water.  Other beverages, including Potosi beer and local wine, may be purchased at the bar.  

    After our meal you are free to browse the brewery area.  There is a small transportation museum and, at additional cost, an historic brewery museum.   

    Directly across the road is a restored saloon, a gift shop with coffee and ice cream parlor, and the tasting room of a local winery.  There is also a woodworker’s gallery and shop and a lovely garden.

    Discover more about the Potosi Brewery online.

    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.

    The mine is accessed only by steps but a virtual tour is available. The Potosi Brewery area is fully accessible.   

    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.                    


    Itinerary

    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 Platteville 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.

    Madison Schedule

    7:15 AM         Bus  arrives at East Towne Sears to begin boarding

    7:45 AM     Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    8:15 AM     Arrives at Oakwood University Woods 

    8:20 AM    Departs for Platteville (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard


    Platteville/Pototsi Schedule

    9:50 AM   Arrive Jamison Mining Museum, Platteville

    1:00 PM  Arrive Potosi Brewery and Restaurant

    3:30 PM  Depart for Madison


    Madison Return Schedule (Estimated)

    5:00 PM         Oakwood University Woods

    5:20 PM         Capitol Lakes

    5:35 PM        East Towne Sears


    Platteville Mining Museum and Potosi Brewery Field Trip Mail-in Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form


    For further information, Platteville/Potosi field trip organizer, Mike Roy, michaelroy@wisc.edu and 608-443-9563.


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • October 25, 2017
    • Milwaukee
    • 36


    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. 

                                                                           


    SPECIAL PRE-LUNCH EVENT at the REP

    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



    Itinerary

    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

    7:45 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding.

    8:10 AM  Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    8:25 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,bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741

                                                                          


     



     

     

     

    • November 05, 2017
    • Milwaukee
    • 54

    Join us Sunday, November 5 for our third play of the PLATO 2017-2018 nine-play Milwaukee theater trip series with Souvenir performed in true cabaret fashion.

    A "Pitch Perfect" Tribute

    Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.” And, oh, did she sing – often and loudly, but rarely on key. Her recitals brought her a legion of die-hard fans, and she capped her improbable career with a Carnegie Hall concert that famously sold out in two hours. Her story was recently told in an Oscar-nominated film starring Meryl Streep. 

    Time Out calls Souvenir “a memorable illustration of the purely theatrical magic that can turn the tinniest ear to gold.” Souvenir is a charming and hilarious musical comedy that reminds us that you can achieve anything when you set your mind to it.

    “There Aren’t Many Theatrical Experiences As Good As Souvenir!" — The Boston Globe

    Written by Stephen Temperly

    Directed by Laura Braza

    Approximate Run Time: Two hours with one intermission (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

    Learn more by visiting the Milwaukee Rep's Souvenir 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 8) draws near. 

    Souvenir will be staged in the intimate Stackner Cabaret. For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.  

    The Stackner Cabaret is handicapped accessible to the main level tables and chairs. Most of our seating will be on staggered tables and chairs set on platform deck flooring that are an easy, shallow step-down/step-up between levels of tables and chairs. The backs of the chairs provide good step-down/step-up support.

    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. 

    11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    Free Time for Lunch, Shopping & Exploring
    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 - 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


    11:45 AM - Milwaukee Rep

    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.


    1:00 PM - Stackner Cabaret Restaurant

    Pre-matinee abridged menu available and full bar service. (Great Bloody Mary options) 

    Tip: Enjoy lunch at another restaurant and return early for dessert and coffee at the Stackner Cabaret.

    Directions to the Stackner Cabaret: From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead to the atrium dome. The Stackner Cabaret is located on the 2nd floor. Take the elevator or escalator. From the 2nd floor elevator exit, walk around to the left into the promenade. From the escalator, you arrive in the promenade. Stackner Cabaret entrance is ahead on the left.


    Itinerary

    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

    9:00 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding.

    9:25 AM  Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    9:40 AM    Arrives at East Towne Sears

    9:50 AM    Departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    11:30 AM     Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

    11:45 AM    Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

    1:25 PM Returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Stackner Cabaret and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

    2:00 PM      Souvenir performance begins

    4:00 PM      Souvenir performance ends

    4:00 PM - 4:20 PM  Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

    4:20 PM      Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:50 PM      Return to East Towne Sears

    6:05 PM     Return to Capitol Lakes

    6:25 PM     Return to Oakwood University Oaks


    Souvenir Mail-In Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, contact Souvenir theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741

                                                                          


     



     

     

     

    • May 09, 2018
    • 1:30 PM
    • Chicago
    • 54
    Join us Wednesday, May 9, 2018 for this spectacular production of Jesus Christ Superstar in the iconic Art Deco confines of The Ardis Krainik Theatre at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

    It may be nearly a year away, but demand for the best available tickets has already begun and is building.

    We have 56 great seats to provide the proper proximity to the stage from which to behold this huge production spectacle. They are located on the main floor in the forward rows of its wide aisle partition, rows BB-EE are just behind the wide aisle and across the three middle sections.

    Register now and pay later to claim your seat. (We will order more tickets and 2nd bus if early demand is warrants.)


    LYRIC PREMIERE & NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by Tim Rice

    One of the greatest stories ever told comes to life in the groundbreaking, iconic rock opera that reinvented musical theater for the modern age. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this global blockbuster tells the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. 

    As Christ’s followers grow more fervent, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith and betrayal. Filled with an exciting mix of musical styles that draw upon 1970s rock, gospel, folk, and funk themes, this contemporary imagining of the biblical tale features high-energy dance and powerful storytelling. A must-see Broadway hit of the new season!

    JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by Tim Rice In Association with The Really Useful Group Limited Production by The Regent's Park Theatre London



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    Lyric Opera of Chicago:

    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Free Time for Lunch and Adventure
    within easy  walking distance of 
    The Lyric
    (W Madison St and S Wacker Dr)

    A few dining suggestions (Reservations Required):

    Dine at The Lyric Opera of Chicago at three of its three on-site restaurant options

    Rivers Restaurant and Bar conveniently located next to the Lyric across Madison St with spacious riverfront deck.

    Lloyd's Chicago kitty-corner from The Lyric with patio dining available 

    One North Kitchen and Bar located nearby across Wacker Dr from The Lyric 

    Itinerary

    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 Chicago 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

    6:45 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood Village West to begin boarding.

    7:15 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    7:35 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears

    7:55 AM    Depart for Chicago using Interstate 90 (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)


    In Chicago

    11:00 AM Arrive at The Lyric

    1:30 PM Jesus Christ Superstar performance begins

    3:30 PM   Jesus Christ Superstore performance ends and begin boarding

    3:50 PM    Estimated departure for Madison


    Arrive Madison (Est)

    6:30 PM East Towne Sears

    6:45 PM Capitol Lakes

    7:00 PM Oakwood Village West


    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 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. 


    Jesus Christ Superstar Mail-in Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, contact Jesus Christ Superstar theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

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July 18, 2017 Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist Exhibition @ Art Institute of Chicago
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June 18, 2017 Chicago Botanic Garden Field Trip
June 14, 2017 Frank Lloyd Wright Model B1 Homes / Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum Field Trip (Milwaukee)
May 24, 2017 Horicon Marsh Trip - A Birdwatchers Delight
May 10, 2017 Jane Eyre @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
March 30, 2017 Campus Tour: Institutes of Discovery and Geology Museum
March 24, 2017 Art in Bloom 2017 @ the Milwaukee Art Museum
March 08, 2017 Grounded @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
February 08, 2017 Disgraced @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
January 29, 2017 Blues for an Alabama Sky @ Court Theatre, University of Chicago
January 24, 2017 Art Lives Here: Treasures of the Milwaukee Art Museum
December 11, 2016 I Love a Piano: A Celebration of Irving Berlin @ Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret
December 07, 2016 Hamilton: An American Musical @ Private Bank Theatre, Chicago Field Trip
November 17, 2016 Chicago a la Carte: Holiday Tour
November 02, 2016 The Royale @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
October 30, 2016 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill @ Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret
October 20, 2016 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Museum Field Trip
October 12, 2016 Man of La Mancha @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
September 29, 2016 Organic Valley and Kickapoo Valley Reserve Field Trip
September 20, 2016 Olbrich Gardens Daytime Stroll
September 14, 2016 Janesville’s Rotary Botanical Gardens/Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens Field Trip
August 26, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Mini-Coach Tour 2016 - August 26
August 14, 2016 War Paint (A World Premier Musical) @ Goodman Theatre, Chicago Field Trip
August 05, 2016 Tall Ships Festival 2016 Green Bay - Field Trip
July 29, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Mini-Coach Tour 2016 - July 29
July 12, 2016 American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood Milwaukee Art Museum
June 28, 2016 Chicago Summer a la Carte: Summer Fun in Downtown Chicago
June 24, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Trolley Tour 2016 - June 24
June 02, 2016 Wollersheim Winery and International Crane Foundation (ICF) Field Trip Tours
May 11, 2016 Fences @ Milwaukee Rep Powerhouse Theater
April 29, 2016 Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School @ Milwaukee Art Museum
April 07, 2016 American Song @ Milwaukee Rep
March 30, 2016 Chicago a la Carte: A Day of Your Own in Downtown Chicago
March 18, 2016 Art in Bloom 2016 @ Milwaukee Art Museum
March 09, 2016 The Invisible Hand @ Milwaukee Rep - Stiemke Studio
February 28, 2016 The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith @ Stackner Cabaret
December 09, 2015 The Mousetrap @ Milwaukee Rep
November 04, 2015 The Lion @ Milwaukee Rep - Stiemke Studio
October 14, 2015 Dreamgirls @ Milwaukee Rep
October 08, 2015 Historic Galena Tour Field Trip
July 29, 2015 Green Bay Botanical Garden Field Trip (with Lambeau Field Tour Option)
 

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