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    • February 06, 2019
    • Milwaukee
    • 22
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    Junk @ Milwaukee Rep
    Quadracci Powerhouse
    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    THE MIDWEST PREMIERE DIRECT FROM BROADWAY

    Milwaukee’s own Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar returns to The Rep with his epic new play, Junk.

    Immediately following its acclaimed Broadway run at Lincoln Center and featuring one of the largest casts ever on the Quadracci Powerhouse stage, this riveting story is set in the financial world of the 1980s. Inspired by the real junk bond kings of the day, it’s a battleground of titanic egos, where magnates are pitted against workers, lawyers against journalists, and everyone against themselves. With Junk, debt is an asset, and we see from the inside how money became the only thing that mattered.

    Video Preview: A Conversation with Junk Playwright, Ayer Akhtar (1:34)

    Video Preview: Rep Artistic Director and Junk Director's Take on Junk (1:47)

    Feature Article: Ayad Akhtar's 'Junk' depicts corporate takeover as mortal combat. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Feature Article: Wall Street Raiders on The Rep's Stage: a conversation with playwright, Ayad Ahktar on 'Junk', John Schneider, Shepherd Express

    Review: Milwaukee Repertory Theater's 'Junk' turns corporate takeover into a street fight. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Run Time: Approximately two hours (no intermission)

    Learn more by visiting the Junk website regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (January 15) draws near.

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

    Directions to the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater:  From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead under the atrium dome. The Powerhouse Theater is located on the Mezzanine Level. Take the elevator or walk up the white marble stairway. From the Mezzanine Level elevator exit, walk around to the right into the Powerhouse Theater entrance. 

    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 require 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. 

    11:00 AM - 1:30 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. 

    Group Lunch will be held in the Stackner Cabaret. We will be attending the Rep Speaker Luncheon. Speaker will be Deanie Vallone, Junk Dramaturg. She will discuss the playwright's updates  from Junk on Broadway to its Milwaukee Rep production, as well as, historical basis and underpinnings of this production. $21. 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

    11:00 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Public Market


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

    There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. 

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    11:15 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Rep, Wells Street entrance 

    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. 

    A list of the Milwaukee Rep restaurant recommendations from past PLATO theater trip participants, including websites and map, will be provided.

    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

    8:15 AM Bus arrives Oakwood University Woods for boarding

    8:45 AM Bus departs Oakwood University Woods

    9:05 AM Bus departs Capitol Lakes

    9:25 AM Bus departs East Towne Sears 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 Bus returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep-in-Depth pre-talk and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep. (See Walking Map)

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

    1:30 PM Junk performance begins

    4:00 PM Junk performance ends

    4:00 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)

    6:00 PM Bus returns to East Towne Sears

    6:20 PM Bus returns to Capitol Lakes

    6:45 PM Bus returns to Oakwood University Oaks

    Junk Theater Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions).

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

                        
    • March 10, 2019
    • Milwaukee
    • 48
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    Mark Twain's River of Song @ Milwaukee Rep
    Stackner Cabaret
    Sunday, March 10th, 2019

    WORLD PREMIERE EVENT

    From the creators of The Rep’s hit production Back Home Again: On The Road With John Denver comes this exploration of the music and culture of America’s first superhighway, the Mississippi River.

    From the iron red water in Minnesota to the deep, dark Southern Delta, the river carries the stories and songs of the people. Come take a ride on the Mississippi— guided by the voices of the men and women who lived and worked on the river, tied together with the observations and insights of the Mississippi’s most famous traveler, Mark Twain. Performed by three world-class musicians, including David Lutken (Woody Sez, John Denver), it’s a journey through America’s Heartland and features traditional songs like “Dance Boatmen Dance,” “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” and “Deep River Blues.”

    Run Time: Two Hours (one intermission)

    Learn more by visiting the Mark Twain's River of Song website regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (January 18) draws near.

    Mark Twain's River of Song will be staged in the intimate Stackner Cabaret. The Stackner Cabaret is handicapped accessible to the main level 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.

    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.

    More about the Stackner:

    Accessibility PolicyOn the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require 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*

    The group lunch will be at the Sweet Diner in the Third Ward. Enjoy a delicious breakfast OR lunch, everything from omelets and skillet bowls to salads and reubens. Check out their menu for a mouth-watering preview!

    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. It's 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.

    Milwaukee Public Market


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

    There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. 

    Historic Third Ward Guide

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    Milwaukee Rep Area Restaurants

    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. 

    Stackner Cabaret Restaurant opens 1:00 pm. A pre-matinee Anytime Menu is available plus dessert list 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 Restaurant.

    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

    9:20 AM      Bus departs Oakwood University Woods

    9:40 AM     Bus departs Capitol Lakes

    10:00 AM    Bus departs East Towne Sears (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    11:20 AM Arrive Milwaukee Public Market for Third Ward restaurants and Sweet Diner

    11:30 AM Arrive Milwaukee Rep E. Wells St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

    1:00 PM Stackner Cabaret opens

    1:15 PM Return 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      Mark Twain's River of Song performance begins

    4:00 PM      Mark Twain's River of Song performance ends

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

    4:25 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 Woods

    Mark Twain's River of Song mail-in registration form

    For further information, contact Mark Twain's River of Song theater trip organizers,

    Nancy McClements, nancymcclements@gmail.com  608-358-4478

    Tammy Albrecht, tbirdalbrecht@gmail.com  608-449-0401

    • March 28, 2019
    • Racine
    • 39
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                                                 Administration Building's Great Workroom

    We will be visiting three of Frank Lloyd Wright's most iconic buildings: the SC Johnson Administration Building, the Research Tower, and Wingspread.

    SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower                   

    We will have a ninety minute tour of the SC Johnson Administration Building and the Research Tower. 

    Administration Building

     

                 Covered Bridge Connecting the Administration Building to the Tower    

    Designed by Wright for the company's president, Herbert F. "Hib" Johnson, the Administration Building was constructed from 1936 to 1939.  Wright told LIFE magazine that the building "was designed to be an inspiring a place to work in as any cathedral was designed to worship in. "

    The Great Workroom, as the main floor of the Administration Building is called, covers a half acre and is meant to promote efficiency and direct access between the roughly 200 employees. The curved desks, which include rounded drawers and special posture chairs designed by Wright himself, sit within a forest of columns which workers nicknamed mushrooms or golf tees. The constant repetition of curves, from desks to drawers to the outlines of the mezzanine balconies, recalls the building's own streamlined profile.

                                Research Tower                                                  Research Tower Interior

    The Research Tower was built between 1944-1950 and provides a vertical counterpoint to the horizontal administration building. It is one of only two existing high rise buildings by Wright.  The Research Tower is no longer in use because of the change in fire safety codes.   The research labs shown on the tour have been set up to appear frozen in time, including beakers, scales, centrifuges, archival photographs and letters about the building.

    The Administration Building and the Research Tower were designated as National Historic Landmarks in 1976.

    Wingspread

    After lunch we will have a one hour tour of Wingspread, the residence Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built in 1938-39 for the Herbert Fisk Johnson family.  Wingspread is the last and largest of Wright's Prairie houses.   It contains a 30-foot-high chimney, with five fireplaces on three levels.  The Johnson family lived in Wingspread for twenty years but now is used as a conference center.  Wingspread was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989.

       

     

    Accessibility

    SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower

    Though not physically strenuous, the tour does include standing, walking and climbing stairs both indoors and outside. This is a walking tour, including a two-three block walk outside.

    The Research Tower is not handicapped accessible and visitors are required to climb up and down 45 steps in a tight spiral staircase.

    Wheelchair-accessible elevators are available in Fortaleza Hall. The Golden Rondelle Theater and Fortaleza Hall are both walker and wheelchair accessible. The main floor of the Great Workroom is accessible via ramp. 
     
    For the hearing impaired, we offer typed tour scripts in English. Upon request, we can also provide writing pads and pencils to facilitate asking and answering questions. Sign language interpreters are welcome, as well as certified service animals and white canes for the visually impaired. For the films, hearing aid compatible devices are available upon request. 
     
    Bathrooms and water fountains are located in Fortaleza Hall.


    Wingspread

    Only the first/main floor of Wingspread is accessible to persons with disabilities.

    We will make three other stops during the day: a brief stop at Larsen's Bakery to begin our Racine adventure, lunch at Reefpoint Brew House, and our final stop at Milaeger's Garden Center.

    Larsen's Bakery


     

    Kringles are the pride of Racine and we will be visiting Larsen's Bakery, home of "Racine's Original Kringle." It will not be a tour of the bakery but rather just an opportunity to buy kringles or other baked goods.  Larsen's bakery uses century old Copenhagen recipes to make 30 varieties of Kringle. Making the pastry is a three day process. Larsen's is a family run bakery and has been for over two generations and over four decades.

    Lunch at  Reefpoint Brew House

    Lunch will be at Reefpoint Brew House overlooking the harbor.  Lunch is included in the registration fee and will be served buffet style. 

    The Sicilian luncheon consists of a tossed salad with ranch & Italian dressings or Caesar salad, penne & meatballs, spinach fettuccini alfredo with grilled chicken, roasted peppers & roasted Italian sausage, cheese ravioli, garlic bread, & brownies for dessert.  The meal includes coffee, tea, or milk.  The tip is included.

    Soft drinks or alcohol are not included but you can go to the bar and pay for it separately.

    Milaeger's Garden Center

     

     One of the finest garden centers in Wisconsin.  We will make a 30 minute stop here.  If you are not interested in exploring the garden center, you can get refreshments and snacks at their cafe.  From a review on YELP:  "LOVE this place!! They have the best and healthiest selection of outdoor and indoor plants that I have seen. In fact, I come here from Chicago to get my plants. Huge hanging baskets, exotic plants, bonsai, planters and everything else for your complete gardening needs. AND they have a great coffee and snack bar to take a break from your plant shopping."

    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

    6:45 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood for boarding

    7:00 AM     Departs Oakwood

    7:20 AM     Arrives Capitol Lakes for boarding

    7:45 AM     Arrives East Towne Sears for boarding                                 

    Racine

    9:45 AM     Arrives Larsen Bakery

    10:15 AM    Departs Larsen Bakery for SC Johnson campus

    10:30 AM    Arrives SC Johnson campus for 1 1/2 hour tour

    12:15  PM     Departs SC Johnson campus for Reefpoint Brew House

    1:45   PM      Departs Brew House for Wingspread

    2:00  PM      Arrives Wingspread for 1 hour tour

    3:15   PM      Departs Wingspread for Milaegers Garden Center

    4:00  PM      Departs Milaegers for return to Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    6:00 PM        Arrives at East Towne Sears

    6:20 PM        Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    6:45 PM        Arrives at Oakwood Village West

    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger 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 of March 20 if seats are available. Check with trip organizer).  Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.


    For further information:  contact Frank Lloyd Wright Racine Trip Organizers: Bob Shaw at robert.e.shaw@gmail.com and 608-255-3486 or Irene Zimmerman at irene.e.zimmerman@gmail.com and 608-658-4685. 
    • April 14, 2019
    • Chicago
    • 46
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    Treat yourself to a personal indulgence by enjoying a quiet early spring afternoon within the welcoming and friendly embrace of any of nine Chicago’s premier museums.

    1st Stop: Museum of Science and Industry 

    2nd Stop: Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquariam and Adler Planetarium

    3rd Stop:  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center and American Writers Museum

    4th Stop and Final Stop: Contemporary Art Museum Chicago and Driehaus Museum


    Museum of Science and Industry 


    The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.  It is the oldest science museum of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and one of the largest science museums in the world. The exhibits include a full-size replica coal mine, a German submarine captured during WW II, a 3,500 sq. ft. model railroad, and the Apollo 8 spacecraft that carried the first humans to orbit the Moon. The museum covers 14 acres and is home to more than 400,000 sq. ft. of exhibits.

    Address: 5700 South Lake Shore Drive (Map)

    Tickets:  $20 plus

    Hours: 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

    Two restaurants and ice cream parlor on-site, free Wi-Fi and free wheelchairs

    Learn more from the MSI website.


    Field Museum


    The Field Museum is located at Museum Campus, near the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium.  It is named after Chicago’s favorite retailer, Marshall Field, who gave a $1m gift to establish the museum.  It first opened in 1894 in the former Palace of Fine Arts Building, and moved to its present site in 1921.  In 1962, the museum hosted the first exhibition of “Tutankhamen Treasures.”  In 2000, SUE, the largest, most complete, and best preserved T.rex ever discovered, was unveiled to the public.  In 2011, the museum’s bathroom was voted the best in the country. Recently, Maximo the Titanosaur, the largest dinosaur that ever lived can be viewed.

    Address: 1400 South Lake Shore Drive (Map)

    Walking Map: Field Museum <=> Shedd Aquarium <=> Alder Planetarium 

    Tickets:  Senior rate is $21 (depending on the number of special exhibits included)

    Hours: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Two restaurants on-site

    Learn more from the Field Museum website.


    Shedd Aquarium 


    The Shedd houses an indoor public aquarium that first opened in 1930.  It was a gift to Chicago by John G. Shedd, a protégé of Marshall Field.  Located on Lake Michigan, it is part of Museum Campus which includes the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum.  Several of the sea otters that lived in the aquarium in the past were rescued from the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.  The aquarium contains 1,500 species, including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians and insects.  It is one of the most popular museums in Chicago.

    Address: 1200 South Lake Shore Drive (Map)

    Walking Map: Field Museum <=> Shedd Aquarium <=> Alder Planetarium 

    Tickets: $39.95 (Senior discount of $3 taken on-site) 

    Hours: Sundays 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

    Three restaurants, coffee shop and popcorn kiosk onsite

    Free Wi-Fi, free wheelchairs and walkers

    Learn more from the  Shedd Aquarium website.


    Adler Planetarium


    The Adler Planetarium is dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics.  It was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler.  It is part of Museum Campus that includes the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum.  It is home to three theaters, extensive space science exhibitions and the Doane Observatory. The observatory is one of the only public urban observatories in the U.S.

    Address: 1300 South Lake Shore Drive (Map)

    Walking Map: Field Museum <=> Shedd Aquarium <=> Alder Planetarium 

    Tickets:  Senior rate is $12.00 plus, depending on number of special shows included

    Hours: 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

    One restaurant on-site, free Wi-Fi and free wheelchairs

    Learn more from the Adler Planetarium website.


    Art Institute of Chicago


    Art Institute of Chicago was founded in 1879. It is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the U.S.  The original building was constructed for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.  The most recent expansion, the Modern Wing, pictured above, opened in 2009.  The famous western entrance on Michigan Avenue is guarded by two bronze lion statues created by Edward Kerneys.  The lions each weigh more than two tons.  The museum’s east entrance is marked by the stone arch entrance to the old Chicago Stock Exchange designed by Louis Sullivan.

    West Entrance Address: 111 South Michigan Avenue (Map)

    North Entrance Address: 159 East Monroe Street (Map)

    Walking Map: Art Institute of Chicago <=> Chicago Cultural Center <=> American Writers Museum

    Tickets:  $19.00 Seniors

    Hours: 10:30 AM-5:00 PM

    Three restaurants on-site

    Free Wi-Fi, free wheelchairs

    Learn more from the Art Institute website.


    Chicago Cultural Center


    Completed in 1897 as Chicago’s first central public library, the building was designed to impress and to prove that Chicago had grown into a sophisticated metropolis. The country’s top architects and craftsmen used the most sumptuous materials, such as rare imported marbles, polished brass, fine hardwoods, and mosaics of Favrile glass, mother-of-pearl and colored stone, to create an architectural showplace. Located on the south side of the building, the world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome ― 38 feet in diameter with some 30,000 pieces of glass ― was restored to its original splendor in 2008. On the north side of the building is a 40-foot-diameter dome with some 50,000 pieces of glass in an intricate Renaissance pattern, designed by Healy & Millet.

    In 1991, the building was established as the Chicago Cultural Center by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the nation's first and most comprehensive free municipal cultural venue. Every year, the Chicago Cultural Center presents hundreds of free international, national, regional and local artists, musicians and performers, providing a showcase where the public can enjoy and learn about the arts.

    Address: 78 East Washington Street (Map)

    Walking Map: Art Institute of Chicago <=> Chicago Cultural Center <=> American Writers Museum

    Tickets: Free Admission

    Hours: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Learn more from the Chicago Cultural Center website


    American Writers Museum


    A National Museum Celebrating American Writers

    The American Writers Museum celebrates the breadth of American writing through interactive exhibits and programming that honors the past, promotes the present and inspires the future of writing in the United States. 

    New York Times Feature Article:  An Everyman Museum to Celebrate American Writers

    Address: 180 North Michigan Avenue (Map)

    Walking Map: Art Institute of Chicago <=> Chicago Cultural Center <=> American Writers Museum

    Tickets: $8.00 Seniors

    Hours: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Learn more from the American Writers Museum website


    Contemporary Art Museum MCA Chicago


    MCA champions the provocative side of contemporary art and culture. Our innovative exhibitionsperformances, and programs will inspire you.

    Founded in 1967 as a Kunsthalle, or noncollecting art gallery, the MCA is now one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to art since 1945. Since our inception, it has been our mission to exhibit new and experimental work artists in all media, paired with ambitious education programs.

    In 1974, the MCA expanded our mission to include collecting and preserving contemporary art for future generations with the inauguration of a permanent collection that has grown to include more than 2,000 works. After 29 years in a storefront on Ontario Street, the museum moved to our current location in 1996, giving our collection, exhibitions, and programming room to evolve to meet the needs of 21st-century art and audiences.

    Address: 220 East Chicago Avenue (Map)

    Walking Map: Contemporary Art Museum Chicago <=> Driehaus Museum

    Tickets: $8.00 Seniors

    Hours:  10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Maripol Restaurant: 10 AM-2:30 PM

    Learn more by exploring the MCA website.  


    Driehaus Museum


    Often referred to as Chicago's Downton Abbey, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum immerses visitors in one of the grandest residential buildings of 19th-century Chicago, the Gilded Age home of banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson and his wife, Mathilda Pinkham Crosby Nickerson. Philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus founded the museum on April 1, 2003 with a vision to influence today’s built environment by preserving and promoting architecture and design of the past. To realize his vision, Mr. Driehaus commissioned a five-year restoration effort to preserve the structure and its magnificent interiors.

    Today the galleries feature surviving furnishings paired with elegant, historically-appropriate pieces from the Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts, including important works by such celebrated designers as George A. Schastey and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

    The Museum is a premier example of historic preservation, offering visitors an opportunity to experience through its architecture, interiors, collection, and exhibitions how the prevailing design philosophies of the period were interpreted by artists, architects, and designers at the waning of the 19th-century and the dawn of the 20th-century.

    Located at 40 East Erie Street within easy walking distance of Water Tower Place and  Contemporary Art Museum MCA Chicago.

    Address: 40 East Erie Street (Map)

    Walking Map: Contemporary Art Museum Chicago <=> Driehaus Museum

    Tickets: $15.00 Seniors

    Hours: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Learn more from the Driehaus Museum website.

    Chicago Museum a la Carte Trip Tips

    After you decide which museum(s) you want to visit, consider purchasing your tickets online in advance.  This will save you time spent standing in line.  Some of the museums have long lines on the weekends. 

    All of the museums have good accessibility and onsite dining.

    Wear sensible, comfortable and be prepared for much walking with the museum and between museums.

    Bring along your seated four-wheel walker to provide more range and stability for sustained exploring.

    See the trip itinerary below for the schedule of museum stops.



    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive 15 minutes 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

    7:15 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

    7:45 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 Museum of Science and Industry 

    11:20 AM Arrive Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Alder Planetarium

    11:30 AM Arrive Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center and American Writers Museum

    11:50 AM Arrive Contemporary Art Museum Chicago and Driehaus Museum

    3:30 PM Pick up Museum of Science and Industry

    3:45 PM Pick up Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Plantetarium

    4:00 PM  Pick up Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center and American Writers Musuem

    4:30 PM Pick up Contemporary Art Museum (MCA) Chicago and Driehaus Museum and depart for Madison

    Arrive Madison (Est)

    7:30 PM East Towne Sears

    7:50 PM Capitol Lakes

    8:10 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 Policy. On Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 


    Chicago Museums a la Carte Spring 2019 Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions):

    For further information, contact Chicago Museums a la Carte field trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com or 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • April 17, 2019
    • Chicago
    • 18
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    PLATO Scheduling Note: Registration is limited to the those on the December 7, 2016 Hamilton Trip Wait List, currently totaling 135 members and guests. Hamilton officials have authorized 56 tickets for our use on this trip.

    A special registration code will issued to those authorized from the wait list to register.

    As soon as, future large group Hamilton tickets become available, we will schedule additional trips to serve the wait list people first, before offering new Hamilton trips to the PLATO membership. 

    Hamilton Chicago Cast

    Photo Credit: Chris De'Sean Lee & HAMILTON Company - HAMILTON (c) Joan Marcus 2016

    HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now.

    Hamilton Chicago Reviews: Highly Recommended (Based upon 19 Reviews)


    The CIBC Theatre was opened on New Year’s Day in 1906 as the Majestic Theatre. The architects of the venue were Edmund R. Krause and George L. and Cornelius Rapp, and it was the first venue in Chicago to cost over one million dollars. The Majestic Building, the tallest building in Chicago when it was first built, became a Chicago landmark, and the theatre instantly became a popular destination for vaudeville acts.

    In the 1920s, it became part of the famous Orpheum Circuit and host to legendary luminaries Harry Houdini and Lily Langtry. In 1932, during the Great Depression, the Majestic closed its doors and remained empty for 15 years. In 1945, the theatre was purchased by the Shubert Organization and reopened as the Sam Shubert Theatre. The venue was restored and redecorated, although much of the original design was retained. The Shubert stage became home to an astounding array of classic plays and musicals such as CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE KING AND I, MY FAIR LADY and A CHORUS LINE. In 1991, the Nederlander Organization purchased the Majestic Building from the Shubert Organization. The Shubert continued to host a wide array of quality theatrical productions, including the Chicago premiere of RENT, CHICAGO—THE MUSICAL, CABARET and the Pre-Broadway engagements of THE GOODBYE GIRL and Julie Andrews in VICTOR/VICTORIA.

    Since the formation of Broadway In Chicago in 2000, the rich history of exceptional entertainment has continued with the Pre-Broadway World Premieres of Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s MOVIN’ OUT and MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT. In 2005, the theatre closed for a glorious multi-million dollar restoration and was reopened in May 2006 as the LaSalle Bank Theatre, and later the Bank of America Theatre in 2008. Since that time, the venue has hosted the long run of the musical phenomenon JERSEY BOYS, the Pre-Broadway World Premiere KINKY BOOTS, and the Broadway Blockbuster THE BOOK OF MORMON.

    At a press conference on December 8, 2015, Broadway In Chicago and CIBC announced a dynamic partnership that is committed to bring the best of Broadway to our Chicago Theatre District. The CIBC Theatre officially opened with the production of CABARET, on Tuesday, February 9, and is now the new home of Broadway’s biggest hit, HAMILTON.

    Seating Chart (Our seats will be in the lower Mezzanine, Rows B-H)

    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM 
    Free Time for Lunch on Your Own*, Visiting the Art Institute (AIC) and Exploring
    Many Nearby Restaurants From Which to Choose (See Restaurants Map)
    Just a Short Walk from AIC to CIBC Theatre (See Walking Map)

    *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. Our group lunch will be held in the Lockwood Restaurant located on the 2nd floor of the Palmer House, near the CIBC Theatre.


    ~  ~  ~   Hamilton 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 with plenty of time to enjoy 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.

    Depart Madison

    7:15 AM        Begin bus boarding at Oakwood Village University Woods

    7:40 AM        Bus arrives at Capitol Lakes for boarding.

    7:55 AM        Bus arrives at East Towne Sears for boarding.

    8:10 AM         Bus departs for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard     

    In Chicago

     11:00 AM       Arrive at Art Institute of Chicago

    11:15 AM       Arrive at CIBC Theatre

    12:45 PM        Return Pick up at Art Institute

    1:00 PM          Arrive at CIBC Theatre

    1:30 PM          Hamilton performance begins

    4:15 PM          Hamilton performance ends and bus boarding begins

    4:45 PM         (Est) Depart from CIBC Theatre (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Return to Madison (Estimated)

    8:15 PM      East Towne Sears

    8:30 PM      Capitol Lakes

    8:45 PM     Oakwood Village University Oaks

    Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 

    The CIBC Theatre Mezzanine is handicap accessible for the most part. Each outer wall has handrail support for ascending and descending the seating area. However, there are gaps in some portions. Exercise caution. Ask for assistance from fellow group members in getting to your seat if you need it.


    Hamilton 2016 Wait List 3 Theater Trip Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information, contact Hamilton 2016 Wait List 3 theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • May 05, 2019
    • Milwaukee
    • 48
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    Two Trains Running @ Milwaukee Rep
    Quadracci Powerhouse

    Sunday, May 5, 2019


    A CLASSIC FROM AN AMERICAN MASTER PLAYWRIGHT

    It’s 1969 and change is in the air. But for the owner of a rundown diner in a dying Pittsburgh neighborhood, the Civil Rights movement may just be an impractical dream.

    Torn between whether to gamble on an urban-renewal buyout or sell his building to a predatory businessman, he finds himself caught between idealism and brutal reality. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson comes this masterpiece about everyday lives in the shadow of great events, and of unsung citizens who are anything but ordinary, in the play The New York Times declared as “Mr. Wilson’s most adventurous and honest attempt to reveal the intimate heart of history.”

    Run Time: Three hours with one intermission (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Learn more by visiting the Two Trains Running website regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (April 16) draws near.

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

    Directions to the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater:  From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead under the atrium dome. The Powerhouse Theater is located on the Mezzanine Level. Take the elevator or walk up the white marble stairway. From the Mezzanine Level elevator exit, walk around to the right into the Powerhouse Theater entrance. 

    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 1:15 PM to 1:45 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 require 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 - Arrives at Milwaukee Public Market


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

    There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. 

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    11:45 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Rep, Wells Street entrance 

    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. 

    A list of the Milwaukee Rep restaurant recommendations from past PLATO theater trip participants, including websites and map, will be provided.

    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

    8:45 AM Bus arrives Oakwood University Woods for boarding

    9:15 AM Bus departs Oakwood University Woods

    9:35 AM Bus departs Capitol Lakes

    9:55 AM Bus departs East Towne Sears 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

    12:50 PM Bus returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep-in-Depth pre-talk and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep. (See Walking Map)

    1:15 PM Rep-in-Depth pre-talk begins

    2:00 PM Two Trains Running performance begins

    5:00 PM Two Trains Running performance ends

    5:00 PM Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use.

    5:20 PM Depart for Madison (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    7:00 PM Bus returns to East Towne Sears

    7:20 PM Bus returns to Capitol Lakes

    7:45 PM Bus returns to Oakwood University Oaks

    Two Trains Running Theater Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions).

    For further information, contact Two Trains Running theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com or 608-271-7741.

                        
    • May 22, 2019
    • 1:30 PM
    • Chicago
    • 32
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    Join us Wednesday, May 22, 2019 for this stunning production of West Side Story in the iconic Art Deco confines of The Ardis Krainik Theatre at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.


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

    We have 90 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.)


    Leonard Bernstein's music and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics transplant Romeo and Juliet to the backstreets of New York, giving us this Broadway Musical Masterpiece.

    Tony and Maria are wide-eyed teenagers from opposing gangs who fall in love. As their friends and families battle with one another, Tony and Maria long for "a place for us...somewhere." Their songs illuminate every scene and permeate our culture, from the romance of "Maria" and "Tonight" to the exuberance of "America" and the humor of "Gee, Officer Krupke." Add to the bold, sexy and iconic dances of Jerome Robbins that smolder and sizzle with energy, and you have a musical-theater experience that you'll never forget.

    Run Time: two hours and 20 minutes with one intermission.

    A coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and Glimmerglass Festival of Cooperstown, NY.

    WEST SIDE STORY: Based on a conception of JEROME ROBBINS, Book by ARTHUR LAURENTS, Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM, Original production directed and choreographed by JEROME ROBBINS.


    Meet the ARTISTS

    The Celebrated Musical West Side Story Hit's Lyric's Stage in 2019


    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. (Note: PLATO Group Lunch will be dining here.)

    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       Arrive at Oakwood Village West to begin boarding.

    7:10 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes to begin boarding

    7:30 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears to begin boarding

    In Chicago

    11:00 AM Arrive at The Lyric

    1:30 PM West Side Story performance begins

    3:50 PM   West Side Story performance ends and begin boarding

    4:15 PM    Estimated departure for Madison

    Arrive Madison (Est)

    7:15 PM East Towne Sears

    7:40 PM Capitol Lakes

    8:00 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 require that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 


    West Side Story Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

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


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

 

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