Milwaukee Rep presents August Wilson’s captivating play “Seven Guitars” March 7-April 2, directed by acclaimed Chicago theater director Ron OJ Parson and starring Milwaukee actor Dimonte Henning.
Set in 1940s Pittsburgh and infused with the raw lyricism and powerful rhythms of American Blues music, “Seven Guitars” tells the story of Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton (Henning), an aspiring singer who gets his chance at fame after being offered an opportunity by a major recording studio. However, Barton and his friends discover the fragility of dreams and stardom in a hostile world.
“Seven Guitars,” Milwaukee Rep’s eighth production in Wilson’s 10-play American Century Cycle, brings the iconic playwright’s work alive with humor, hope and compassion, exploring themes such as oppression, love and faith. The production is the 31st Wilson play directed by Parson.
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Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
From March 10-April 2, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents HOOPS, a dynamic stage adaptation of local multidisciplinary artist Nicole Acosta’s internationally acclaimed portrait project, which examines the role hoop earrings play in culture, identity and history through a series of portrait interviews with diverse individuals.
Exploring themes of love, resistance, protection, freedom, belonging and more, HOOPS, adapted by Eliana Pipes, is directed by San Francisco-based Patrice Amon and stars Los Angeles-based Celia Mandela Rivera. HOOPS is part of World Premiere Wisconsin, a statewide festival highlighting new plays.
The production features contributions from Milwaukee artists, including a groovy original score from composer Britney “B~Free” Freeman-Farr, actors Paulina Lule and Ashley Oviedo, scenic and props designer Madelyn Yee, costume designer Kyndal Johnson, lighting designer Ellie Rabinowitz, and sound designer Peter Clare.