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Newsmaker Luncheon to Feature Run Bambi Run Playwright Eric Simonson

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11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Newsroom Pub
137 E. Wells St. Milwaukee WI, 53202

The Milwaukee Press Club and will present a Newsmaker Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, featuring playwright, writer and director Eric Simonson.

Simonson’s latest project is a new world premiere musical Run Bambi Run, which premieres at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater Sept. 13 and runs through Oct. 22.

The true-crime musical with music by Gordon Gano of The Violent Femmes and directed by Milwaukee Rep artistic director Mark Clements, details the saga of Laurie Bembenek, who was convicted of the 1981 murder of her then-husband’s ex-wife, although many believed she was not guilty. Bembenek later escaped from Taycheedah Correctional Institution and fled to Canada.

Simonson is an ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. He holds the distinction of being one of only a handful of directors who has received Tony, Emmy and Oscar nominations.

He will be interviewed by long-time Milwaukee radio personality and press club past president Gene Muller and will take questions from the audience.

The public is invited to attend the event from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Newsroom Pub in downtown Milwaukee at 137 E. Wells St.

The Milwaukee Press Club’s Newsmaker Lunch Hour series is underwritten by presenting sponsor Spectrum News 1 and supporting sponsor We Energies. partners with the press club as part of its ongoing event series in Milwaukee, sponsored by UW-Milwaukee, Wisconsin Academy of Global Education and Training, ELEVEN25 at Pabst, Medical College of Wisconsin, Commercial Association of REALTORS and Spectrum.

The press club’s Newsmaker Luncheons are held to inform the public about the people and issues that affect individuals and communities in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. The cost to attend is $25 for MPC members, $30 for non-members and $20 for students. Lunch is included. Seating is limited. Advanced registration and payment are required and may be done by booking below. Checks may be mailed to the MPC at PO Box 176, North Prairie, WI  53153-0176. Cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund.

Please contact Joette Richards at the Milwaukee Press Club at with any questions, or call 262-894-2224.

Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

  • Spectrum News 1

Supporting Sponsor

  • We Energies

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