Press Releases


March 14, 2013

Milwaukee Public Television will broadcast First Stage Theater's TO THE PROMISED LAND on Friday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD and 36.2. This broadcast is part of the new Young Performers Initiative (YPI), a statewide effort to raise the visibility of the arts, celebrate the creative achievements of Wisconsin youth and those who inspire them.

TO THE PROMISED LAND is First Stage Theater's world premiere by Milwaukee playwright Jonathan Gillard Daly. Reeling from the loss of her brother during recent Civil Rights actions, Ruth, a young African-American in 1960's Milwaukee, is ready to quit school when she finds inspiration in the autobiography of Golda Meir - past student of the former Fourth Street School who rose to become the first woman prime minister of Israel. Both Ruth and Golda find the strength and courage across generations to break barriers and reach their own "promised land". Through a generous grant from the Helen Bader Foundation, MPTV was able to create a production of the play for broadcast.

"This was a great opportunity for us to showcase young actors working alongside professionals in an original Wisconsin story performed by one of our state's leading theater companies," said MPTV General Manager Ellis Bromberg. "TO THE PROMISED LAND is about the wisdom the most famous woman from Milwaukee shares with a young girl growing up decades later in the same neighborhood during troubled times. It's an inspirational story for all ages."

TO THE PROMISED LAND is the third program broadcast statewide as part of the YPI; THE STATE HONORS CONCERT was aired in February and FINAL FORTE: WISCONSIN'S YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETE aired in March, and later this year, THE 2013 UW VARSITY SPRING BAND SHOW is scheduled. The YPI is a collaboration among MPTV, Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Public Radio, and Wisconsin School Music Association.

About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two traditional television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The station is watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
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About First Stage Theater
Having celebrated its 25th anniversary last season, First Stage has grown to become one of the nation's most acclaimed children's theaters and the second largest theater company in Milwaukee. Its stage productions, which are great experiences for young people and their families, regularly feature young performers, many of whom have attended the company's Theater Academy, the largest theater training program of its kind in the nation.

Erin Eaton, Publicist/Grant Writer
P: (414) 297-8229

Darlyne Haertlein, Manager-Community Relations
P: (414) 297-7518