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First Stage’s “On The Wings Of A Mariposa” Now Open

“On The Wings Of A Mariposa” opened last weekend at the Todd Wehr Theater.

First Stage began its 2019/20 main stage season with “On The Wings Of A Mariposa”, a lyrical, bilingual play written by Playwright-in-Residence Alvaro Saar Rios.

This world premiere production is adapted from the book Ghost Wings by popular Milwaukee author Barbara Joosse, features original music and lyrics by Dinorah Márquez and is a collaboration with Latino Arts Strings Program and United Community Center.

Ten-year-old Pilar breathes deeply of her grandmother’s rebozo to relive memories of

her beloved abuelita – making corn tortillas, dueling the monsters under the bed and

journeying to the forest known as El Círculo Mágico. Slowly, the scent begins to fade – and with it, Pilar’s memories of her grandmother. Amidst the monarch butterflies’ annual migration and Día de los Muertos celebrations, audiences can soar with Pilar on her journey as she discovers that “when you love someone, they never really leave you.”

The show runs October 18 – November 10, 2019 at the Marcus Center’s

Todd Wehr Theater, located at 929 N. Water Street in downtown Milwaukee.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Marcus Center Box Office at 929 N. Water Street, by phone at (414) 273-7206 or online at Performance runtime is approximately 90 minutes, including intermission. Suggested for families with young people ages 5 – 17+.

To learn more about the story on how ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA came together, visit

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