Milwaukee Rep

use code BOOK by March 1st for 25% off individual adult tickets and 30% off adult tickets of groups 10 or more by calling 414-290-5340

March 5 – March 31, 2024

Adapted by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok
From the Novel by Chaim Potok
Directed by Aaron Posner

Quadracci Powerhouse

A co-production with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park


A Deeply Emotional Story of Faith, Family and Friendship

One of the most beloved novels of the 20th century comes to life in this captivating portrayal of faith, family, and friendship. In 1940s Brooklyn, two brilliant young Jewish boys grow up sharing a love of baseball. Although they live just five blocks from each other, the shadows of their fathers keep them a world apart. As they reach adulthood, their complicated friendship will test the bounds of belief, understanding and reconciliation. Set against the backdrop of WWII and the creation of the state of Israel, Chaim Potok’s acclaimed story balances transformation and tradition, growing up and growing wise, and living out your truths – no matter the consequences.

Critic’s Choice! “Deeply Emotional… Heartfelt.” – Los Angeles Times

The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, together with our colleagues at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is proud to be collaborating with the Milwaukee Rep to provide content expertise throughout the show’s run and related programming, and to offer educational resources and instruction to students as part of the Rep’s Reading Residencies program. 

Milwaukee Rep offers a variety of ways for you to learn more and participate in furthering your theatergoing experience around Rep productions. Most events are held at Milwaukee Rep and are free with the purchase of your ticket unless otherwise noted. 

We would also like to thank our community partners who supported these efforts: Coalition for Jewish Learning, Jewish Museum Milwaukee, Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, Hillel Milwaukee and the Stahl Center at UW-Milwaukee.

  • Events
  • Talkbalk
  • Rep-In-Depths
  • Reading Residency

Book Club

Tuesday, February 13, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Center Street Library – 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.

Reading: “The Chosen” by Chaim Potok. How do we find our own identities? How can we cultivate friendships with those who are different from us?

An Exploration of Jewish Identities

Tuesday, March 12

Join us for a post-show panel as we discuss diverse identities within Jewish communities. How has Jewish identity in America changed over time? How are different identities expressed and engaged within the Jewish community? How do internal and external perceptions of contemporary American Jewish identity differ? 

Moderator: Samantha Abramson, Executive Director, Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education


Tzipi Altman-Shafer, Vice President of Jewish Communal Life and Learning, Milwaukee Jewish Federation 

Rabbi Noah Chertkoff, Congregation Shalom  

Rabbi Wes Kalmar, Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah  

Chelsea Cross, Jewish Community Member  

Golan Altman-Shafer, Jewish Community Member 

Dinner Dialogue Series

Monday, March 25, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Friendship Circle of Wisconsin

8649 N Port Washington Rd. Fox Point, WI 53217

How can we bridge those gaps with people who hold different beliefs than our own? How can we better communicate with each other? How do we appreciate our differences and celebrate them? Guest Speaker: Ahmed Quereshi, Executive Director of Interfaith Conference, Rabbi Steven Adams Director of Pastoral Care at Ovation Communities

Thursday evenings following the 7:30pm performance:
March 14, March 21, March 28

Join us in March for TalkBacks with the actors after the show facilitated by Milwaukee Jewish community educators. 

Pre-show talks, called Rep-in-Depth, happen approximately 45 minutes before each performance in the Quadracci Powerhouse and the Stiemke Studio.

HERC’s Executive Director Samantha Abramson and Education Director Sam Goldberg will be among Jewish educators leading these conversations.

Reading Residencies bring the English Language Arts curriculum to life by using theater to create strong, engaged readers. The curriculum utilizes a Milwaukee Rep production to strengthen reading comprehension and literacy skills, along with teaching theater understanding and social-emotional competency. By bringing the production to life in the classroom, the residency has consistently yielded positive increases in text analysis, social-emotional skills and theater participation.