Upcoming events

    • March 08, 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Smitty's Study Pub, Fluno Center, 8th Floor, 601 University Avenue, Madison


    The PLATO Theater Trips Team of Bob Blitzke, Jane Grogan, Jean Kasten, Lynne Stapleton, Nancy McClements and Tammy Albrecht welcome PLATO Theater Enthusiasts for an evening of socializing over food and drink.

    PLATO Theater Enthusiasts comprise over 500 members who have registered for its theater trips since 2015. Many have expressed interest in learning more about the PLATO Theater Trips Program including reading and discussing its upcoming plays:
    • Hard Times
    • Murder for Two
    • Black Pearl Sings
    • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
    • Doubt
    • Jesus Christ Superstar
    • Always...Patsy Cline
    • Buried Child
    • Hamilton: An American Musical

    TIP: Use the Spring 2018 Playlist Study Guide to quickly locate a copy of the play to borrow or purchase.

    Each play in the list contains links to public Library resources available through the South Central Library System online public access catalog, LINKcat, and the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium's Wisconsin's Digital Library. The Amazon website links are also shown for our playlist titles.

    Since many of our members may not be avid library users, we will offer some tips on making the most of your public library's shared online catalog, LINKcat, and the Research and Discovery databases available through Madison Public Library website.


    Other meeting topics include a look ahead to the 2018-2019 theater trip season, Milwaukee and Chicago theater possibilities, exploring theater tours and researching other related theater activities. 

    Other PLATO members who want to learn more about its Theater Trips Program are also welcome to join us.



    We will meeting at Smitty's Study Pub in its Mendota Room (seen at the far end in this photo), which is located on the 8th Floor of the Fluno Center at 601 University Avenue in Madison.

    Our monthly social and study meetings will be scheduled 4:30 PM-7:30 PM on the second Thursdays during the 2018 Spring Term on:
    • March 8
    • April 12
    • May 10

    Parking: Fluno Center Parking Ramp (underground) and the adjacent City Parking Ramp (N Frances and W Johnson Streets)

    Note: Dates were chosen when there are no Kohl Center sports scheduling and to provide ample parking.

    To Register, Email RSVP to Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com
    Questions: Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com
    • March 14, 2018
    • Milwaukee
    • 16
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    One House Over logo

    One House Over @ Milwaukee Rep
    Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
    Wednesday, March 14

    Join us Wednesday, March 14 for the seventh play in the PLATO 2017-2018 nine-play Milwaukee theater trip series with One House Over.

    A World Premier Event
    By Catherine Trieschmann
    Directed by Mark Clements
    A Co-Production with Geva Theatre Center

    When Rafael and Camila Hernandez move in downstairs to help Joanne with her elderly father, Joanne breathes a little easier. She needs their help, and they need jobs. But she can’t anticipate the complications that arise when “the help” starts to feel like family…and act like it. A brilliantly funny and provocative new piece by one of today’s hottest playwrights, it’s an empathetic but searing examination of boundaries, power, privilege, and fear in a single backyard.

    “Trieschmann…has the courage to ask tougher questions.” — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    “Trieschmann’s writing is taut and laced with irony….a big accomplished writer’s voice.” — The New York Times

    Estimated Run Time: Two hours including one intermission (1:30 PM - 3:30 PM)

    Learn more by visiting the One House Over webpage regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (February 27) draws near.

    One House Over 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.

    Milwaukee Public Market Interior

    There are many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. A list of past PLATO theater trip participants' Third Ward restaurant recommendations, including websites and map, will be provided.

    Historic Third Ward Official Map

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    Milwaukee Rep (11:15 AM)

    Milwaukee Rep

    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. 

    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 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 One House Over performance begins

    3:30 PM One House Over performance ends

    3:30 PM Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

    3:50 PM Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:20 PM Return to East Towne Sears

    5:35 PM Return to Capitol Lakes

    6:00 PM Return to Oakwood University Oaks

    One House Over PLATO Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact One House Over theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke,bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741

    • April 08, 2018
    • Chicago
    • 8
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    Join us Sunday, April 8 for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner the fourth play in our seven-play Chicago theater trip series. It will be staged in the acclaimed Court Theatre on the University of Chicago Campus.

     Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

    By Ted Kreidler

    Based upon the screenplay, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

    Directed by Marti Lyons

    With Associate Director Wardell Julius Clark

    “. . . [the 1967 film] literally brought the issue of race into the home, both in the storytelling and thematically. Approaching it today I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about and engage in the attitudes of 1967, but in a way that was for the 21st Century.”
    -Playwright Todd Kreidler

    Matt and Christina Drayton live a modern, white upper-class life in 1960s San Francisco, but their comfortable life is muddled when daughter Joey returns home with John Prentice, a black physician whom she has known for ten days and intends to marry. Suddenly, their longtime progressive values are challenged; Matt and Christina find themselves facing difficult personal questions about the future of their daughter and their family. And unfortunately for the Draytons, Joey and John aren’t their only surprise guests coming to dinner.

    Playwright Todd Kreidler has crafted a startlingly relevant look at the thought-provoking classic film that confronted race relations in 1967 America. Acclaimed Chicago director Marti Lyons makes her Court Theatre debut and Wardell Julius Clark joins the artistic team as Associate Director.

    Estimated Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including 15-minute intermission)

    Learn more by visiting the Court Theatre’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner webpage regarding the artists, cast, playwright interview, and all the latest news as opening day (March 15) draws near. 

     

    About the Court Theatre

    Court Theatre is the professional theatre of the University of Chicago, dedicated to innovation, inquiry, intellectual engagement, and community service. Functioning as the University’s Center for Classic Theatre, Court and its artists mount theatrical productions and audience enrichment programs in collaboration with faculty. These collaborations enable a re-examination of classic texts that pose the enduring and provocative questions that define the human experience.

    Court Theatre endeavors to make a lasting contribution to classic American theatre by expanding the canon of translations, adaptations, and classic texts. Our theatre revives lost masterpieces; illuminates familiar texts; explores the African American theatrical canon; and discovers fresh, modern classics. Court engages and inspires its audience by providing artistically distinguished productions, audience enrichment activities, and student educational experiences.

    COURT IS THE CENTER FOR CLASSIC THEATRE
    Now in its 63rd Season, Court Theatre was founded in 1955 as an amateur outdoor summer theatre at the University of Chicago. In 1971, classics professor Nicholas Rudall assumed the role of director and conceived Court’s tradition of translating and adapting classic texts for contemporary audiences; the theatre was then established as a professional company with Actors’ Equity Association in 1975. In 1981, Court built its current home, the intimate, 251-seat Abelson Auditorium, and in 1983 the theatre incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization. Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, (named “one of the city’s most significant artistic assets” by the Chicago Tribune) have led Court since 1994, and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert joined the theatre in 2010.

    In 2013, Court established the Center for Classic Theatre at the University of Chicago to deeply explore what it means for a professional theatre to be in residence at a major university. Court is dedicated to the curation of large-scale, interdisciplinary theatrical 

    experiences that fully access the amazing intellectual resources that surround the theatre at the University of Chicago.

    What does the Center for Classic Theatre mean for Court Theatre audiences? Great productions that are informed by the richness of a great university. More world premiere translations and adaptations like Invisible ManNative Sonand The Good Book reflect a theatre vigorously embedded in the fabric of the community. And above all, it means ambitious, exciting theatrical events.

    Please Note: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner theater trip bus is shared with PLATO members and guests participating in the Pullman Historic District Field Trip. Each trip is allotted 28 seats. (If demand warrants, we may add a second bus.)

    Lunch is on Your Own (Two Options)

    Nella Pizza e Pasta (Easy Walk to the Smart Museum of Art and Court Theatre)

    or

    53rd Street Restaurant Cluster (bus drop off and pick up to 14 Restaurants)

    Smart Museum of Art 

    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)

    Chicago Schedule

    11:20 AM       Arrive 53rd Street Restaurant Cluster

    11:35 AM       Arrive Nella Pizza e Pasta

    12:50 PM      Bus pick up at 53rd Street Restaurant Cluster

    12:50 PM – 2:00 PM  Explore Smart Art Museum and visit Miriam’s Cafe

    1:00 PM       Bus pick up at Nella Pizza e Pasta and depart for Pullman

    2:00 PM         Court Theatre doors open

    2:30 PM         Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner performance begins

    5:00 PM         Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Performance ends and boarding begins

    Madison Return Schedule (Estimated)

    8:00 PM         East Towne Sears

    8:20 PM         Capitol Lakes

    8:40 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 if seats are available. Check with trip organizer near the registration deadline date.

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


    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
    : PLATO Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact Guess Who's Coming to Dinner theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke,bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741

    • April 08, 2018
    • Chicago
    • 0
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    The Pullman Historic District, located 16 miles south of downtown Chicago, was the first model, planned industrial community in the United States.  The district is significant for its historical origins in the Pullman Company, one of the most famous company towns in the United States and scene of the violent 1894 Pullman strike. It was built for George Pullman as a place to produce the famous Pullman sleeping cars.  It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969, declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970, and named a National Monument in 2015, making it a component of the National Park System.

    Pullman is a unique community that blends the history from many different disciplines in a fascinating touring experience. Visiting this area today brings you into that history and also into a new sense of place, seeing the community as it is today.

                     Greenstone Church                        Clock Tower/Administration Building


    We will start our tour at the Historic Pullman Visitor Center where we will:

    • watch a fifteen-minute introductory audio/video presentation that gives an historical overview of the town of Pullman and the preservation activity in the community today
    • view an on-going exhibit of historic photos and artifacts: Pullman . . . The Man, The Car, The Company, The Model Town, The Strike, The Landmark Community in Chicago
    • stop by the sales desk where you can purchase select books and gifts related to the Pullman area         

    The Visitor Center is fully handicapped accessible. They can also provide amplification devices for the hearing impaired to be used during the video presentation.

    Then we will take a docent-led, approximately two-hour, guided walk of the town and learn about the history of Pullman, its architecture and the landmark community today.  During the tour, we will experience a walk back in time - almost all of the original 1880s housing and many original public buildings comprise the district today.  We will learn the story of the town's beginnings, its history, and the restoration work being done today.

    The walking portion of the tour will be in a small geographical area (4 x 4 blocks) and will be a look at the exterior of the buildings only (the visitor center is the only building where we will be going inside).  If the weather is inclement, at the discretion of the PLATO trip leader, the tour will be given on the bus.  But we will try to make it a walking tour if at all possible so dress accordingly (fyi, the average high temperature for Chicago for April 8 is 56 degrees).

    Hotel Florence then and now



    To read more information about the history of the Pullman area, see:

    Lunch is on your own. You will have two options for lunch as the bus will make two stops.  You will have 1 1/2 hours for lunch.

    LUNCH OPTION 1 (11:20 AM)

    Our first stop will be on 53rd street in the Hyde Park section of Chicago where you will have your choice of many restaurants within a three block radius (see 53rd Street Restaurant Map). 

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

    - The Promontory- 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West - Stylish, modern eatery with open-hearth cooking & a conceptual menu.  Serves a weekend brunch.

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

    - Sit Down Cafe  –  1312 E 53rd St, - Sleek, stylish cafe featuring pizza, sushi & sandwiches plus a full bar, smoothies & coffee drinks.

    - Cafe 53   –  1369 E 53rd St - Small, laid-back coffeehouse pairing its java with sandwiches, ice cream & free WiFi in cozy digs.

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

    - Pockets   –  1307 E. 53rd St. - Pita sandwiches & salads are the mainstays at this casual counter-service chain.

    - Red Snapper Fish, Chicken and Grill  –  1418 E 53rd St,. - Serving freshly prepared seafood and chicken.

    - Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria–  5215 S Harper Ave. - Rustic-chic setting for house-brewed beers, pizza, burgers & bar food with TVs & a seasonal patio.

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

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

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

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

    - McDonalds - 5200 S Lake Park Ave W

    - Five Guys - 1456 E 53rd St

    LUNCH OPTION 2 (11:35 AM)

    The bus will then make a stop at Nella Pizza e Pasta which is about a mile from the 53rd street restaurant cluster.  We will eat at a group table.

    Nella Pizza e Pasta - 1125 E 55th St - Neapolitan pies from a special oven, pasta,  antipasti & salads pair with cocktails & Cal-Ital wines.

     

    Please Note: The Pullman Historic District Field Trip bus is shared with PLATO members and guests participating in the Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner theater trip. Each trip is allotted 28 seats.

    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)

    Chicago Schedule

    11:20 AM       Arrive 53rd Street Hyde Park Restaurant Cluster

    11:35 AM       Arrive Nella Pizza e Pasta

    12:50 PM      Bus pick up at 53rd Street Restaurant Cluster

    1:00 PM       Bus pick up at Nella Pizza e Pasta and depart for Pullman

    1:30 PM        Arrive Pullman Visitor Center for tour

    4:30:PM        Depart Pullman Visitor Center

    5:00 PM        Pick up  theater group at Court Theatre and depart for Madison

    Madison Return Schedule (Estimated)

    8:00 PM         East Towne Sears

    8:20 PM         Capitol Lakes

    8:40 PM         Oakwood University Woods

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

    Non-member guests pay an additional $10.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year

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

    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.


    Pullman Historic District Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact Pullman Historic District trip organizer, Bob Shaw, robert.e.shaw@gmail.com and 608-255-3486

    • April 13, 2018
    • Milwaukee
    • 55
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    Join us on April 13th as we journey to the Milwaukee Art Museum for the annual Art in Bloom exhibit. 

    Spring comes alive at the Milwaukee Art Museum in April.  Stunning art-inspired floral installations will be set among three floors of collection galleries in the museum.  Marketplaces will be filled with flowers, clothing, purses, jewelry, beauty products, garden accessories, and more from local vendors and artisans.


    Over 10,000 guests visit the Milwaukee Art Museum throughout the four-day event to view the magnificent colors of spring and experience the art in the museum in fresh ways. To learn more about the Art in Bloom 2018 event, go to its webpage.


    We will arrive at the museum at 10:00 A.M  and we will leave at 3:00 P.M.  You will have plenty of time to view the floral displays and the art, do some shopping, and enjoy a leisurely lunch.  In addition, you may want to view other special art exhibits on display, including the major exhibition, Coming Home: Winslow Homer & England.   And if the weather is nice, you could take a stroll outside along the shore of Lake Michigan. 

    Lunch will be on your own with some suggestions listed below.

    In the Milwaukee Art Museum there are three places to eat:

    Café Calatrava:  Whether for a quick bite or a full meal, Café Calatrava is a lovely restaurant with views of Lake Michigan and an ever-changing menu of contemporary cuisine and beverages.  Check their web site here.  Reserve a table via phone at 1-414-224-3831 or online at Opentable.

    Windhover Coffee:  It’s located in the sourtheast corner of Windhover Hall, overlooking Lake Michigan.  You will find locally roasted coffee, other beverages, snacks and fresh pastries from independent local bakers.  Sandwiches and salads are made to order.  Check out their menu here.

    East End Wine Bar:  Located in the northeast corner of the new East End addition, overlooking Lake Michigan.  The wine bar serves coffee, tea, beer, wine and fresh desserts from Rocket Baby Baker.  European-style small plates are also available.  See their menu here.

    Outside of the museum within easy walking distance:

    Harbor House, 550 Harbor House Drive (south of the Museum).  Check out their website here.

    For more information about the Milwaukee Art Museum, explore its website.

    Itinerary

    We will board at three sites in Madison.  Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus.  Don’t be late  we can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.  Pack water bottles and snacks for the trip.

    7:40 A.M.:  Board bus at Oakwood Village University Woods
    8:00 A.M.:  Board bus at Capitol Lakes
    8:20 A.M.:  Board bus at Easttowne Sears
    10:00 A.M.:  Arrive at Milwaukee Art Museum
    3:00 P.M.:   Depart for Madison
    4:30 P.M.:  Arrive at Easttowne Sears
    4:50 P.M.:  Arrive at Capitol Lakes
    5:10 P.M.:  Arrive at Oakwood Village University Woods

    Accessibility Policy:  To ride the 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 help you.  The Milwaukee Art Museum is handicapped accessible.

    Non-member Policy:  PLATO 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 if, near the Registration Deadline Date, seats on the bus are available.  Check with the trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $10 registration fee.  PLATO membership is $60/year.

    Mail-In Registration Form (includes instructions):  PLATO Registration Form

    For further information, contact Art in Bloom field trip organizer Martha Zydowsky, mzydowsky@gmail.com and 608-213-6907. 


    • April 18, 2018
    • Milwaukee
    • 45
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    Doubt: A Parable 

    By John Patrick Shanley

    Directed by C. Michael Wright

    Featuring Colleen Madden, April Paul, Malkia Stampley, Marcus Truschinski

    A Pulitzer and Tony-winning play 




    John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer and Tony-winning play is a master study in the crushing weight of ambiguity, a complex clash of perspectives that leaves nothing certain.

    In 1964, at a Catholic church and school in the Bronx, there is a secret. Sister Aloysius is certain she knows it. But that is not enough - not when she believes the sinner is the parish priest himself, and his victim is the boy who has just become the school's first black student. Equipped with nothing but her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius embarks on a personal crusade with devastating consequences.

    Estimated Run Time: One hour, 30 minutes with no intermission (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)

    Learn more by visiting the Doubt webpage regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (April 12) draws near.

    Cabot Theatre (Broadway Theatre Centre, 158 N Broadway)

    Doubt: A Parable will be staged in the exquisite Cabot Theatre providing a traditional theater setting. The proscenium theatre is modeled after an 18th century European opera house and seats 360.


    Pre-Talk Theatre and Lunch

    An opportunity to participate in informal pre-show discussion with MCT's Producing Artistic Director and other show-specific theatre artists.  Free and open to the public, Talk Theatre takes place in the Skylight Bar and Bistro on the second floor at 12:00 p.m. before our Wednesday matinee performance.

    Lunch is available (menu) in The Skylight Bar & Bistro, beginning at 11:00 a.m. For more information and reservations, call 414-276-8842.


    A Talk Back will follow our Wednesday matinee performance, where you can meet the artists involved in a production, ask questions about the creative process and discuss your theatergoing experience.

    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.)

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

    Free Time 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in which to Explore and Enjoy Lunch

    Our bus will make two Historic Third Ward neighborhood lunch stops:

    First, at Milwaukee Public Market for the Historic Third Ward North, and

    Second, at the Broadway Theatre Centre for Historic Third Ward South 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.

    11:00 AM Milwaukee Public Market (located on North Broadway and St. Paul Ave)

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

    Milwaukee Public Market Interior

    There are many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. A list of past PLATO theater trip participants' Third Ward restaurant recommendations, including websites and map, will be provided.

    Historic Third Ward Official Map

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    11:15 AM Broadway Theatre Centre (located on South Broadway and Menomonee St)

    There are a number of restaurants near the BroadwayTheatre Centre on this end of Broadway.

    Note: it is short (0.3 mi) and easy walk from the Milwaukee Public Market to the Broadway Theatre Centre. See Walking Map.


    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 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 northern Third Ward restaurants

    11:15 AM Arrive Broadway Theatre Centre for nearby southern Third Ward restaurants and Pre-Theatre Talk and Lunch in the Skylight Bistro on the second floor

    12:00 PM  Pre-Talk Theatre begins

    12:25 PM Returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Broadway Theatre Centre for Doubt in the Cabot Theatre

    1:00 PM Doubt performance begins

    2:30 PM Doubt performance ends

    2:45 PM Talk Back begins

    3:15 PM (Estimated) Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use.

    3:30 PM (Estimated) Depart for Madison (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:00 PM Return to East Towne Sears

    5:20 PM Return to Capitol Lakes

    5:40 PM Return to Oakwood University Oaks

    Doubt:A Parable PLATO Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact Doubt: A Parable theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741

    • May 09, 2018
    • 1:30 PM
    • Chicago
    • 20
    Register
    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



    Meet the ARTISTS

    Video Preview (1:07)


    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


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • June 13, 2018
    • Chicago
    • 12
    Register


    PLATO Scheduling Note: Registration is limited to the those on the December 7, 2016 Hamilton Trip Wait List, currently totaling 195 members and guests. Hamilton officials have authorized 60 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. Restaurant to be determined.


    ~  ~  ~   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 recommend 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 1 Theater Trip Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information, contact Hamilton 2016 Wait List 1 theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

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February 08, 2018 PLATO Theater Enthusiasts Social and Study @ Smitty's Study Pub
January 18, 2018 Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France @ Milwaukee Art Museum
January 14, 2018 Murder for Two @ Milwaukee Rep Stackner Cabaret
January 11, 2018 PLATO Theater Enthusiasts Social and Study @ Smitty's Study Pub
January 07, 2018 Chicago Museums a la Carte 2018 Field Trip
January 07, 2018 Hard Times @ Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago (Water Tower Place)
December 06, 2017 Holmes and Watson @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
October 25, 2017 The Who and The What @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
October 11, 2017 Platteville Mine and Museum with Potosi Brewery Field Trip - Wisconsin Origins
October 04, 2017 Guys and Dolls (Musical) @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
September 17, 2017 Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House/Oriental Institute Museum Field Trip, Chicago
September 17, 2017 Five Guys Named Moe (Musical) @ Court Theatre, University of Chicago
September 15, 2017 Our Amish Neighbors Farm and Community Tour
August 27, 2017 Garfield Park Conservatory and Lincoln Park Zoo Field Trip, Chicago
August 27, 2017 Moby Dick @ Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago (Water Tower Place)
August 16, 2017 Three Sisters @ American Players Theatre, Spring Green
August 03, 2017 Trempealeau Wisconsin Archaeology Field Trip - 13,000 Years of Cultural History on the Upper Mississippi River.
July 18, 2017 Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist Exhibition @ Art Institute of Chicago
July 11, 2017 A Flea in Her Ear @ American Players Theatre, Spring Green
June 18, 2017 Parade (Musical) @ Writers Theatre
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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