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Finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize

4000 Miles

November 3rd - 20th, 2016


DIRECTED BY Jennifer Uphoff Gray

“…there’s a genuine warmth that comes from watching these two characters move beyond their self-imposed prisons toward understanding, self-awareness and new possibilities. It’s that feeling that lingers.
– Aaron Conklin, Madison Magazine

Across the country and generations…

Free-spirited 21-year-old Leo sets off from the West Coast on an epic cross-country bike adventure. By the time he shows up at his grandmother Vera’s New York City apartment, his journey has taken some unexpected turns. Leo hopes for a short-term escape from the chain of events that has left him estranged from his family and friends. But as days turn into weeks, he and Vera bond over love, loss, and the difficulties of growing up and growing old. With both humor and heartbreak, 4000 Miles takes an intimate look at the road to self-acceptance we all must travel — and the unexpected connections we make along the way.

Overture Center for the Arts

201 State St,
Madison, WI 53703

About the show


Performance Dates:
November 3rd – 20th, 2016

Age Recommendations:


We strive to make our performances available to the entire community. This guiding principle captures the theater we aim to be.

We’re proud to be a resident company at Overture Center, which provides practical accessibility for a variety of needs.

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Susan Sweeney
Mitch Bultman
Rachael Zientek
Lucy Tan
Kaleigh Sullivan
Creative Team
Jake Penner
Assistant Director and Choreographer
Joe Varga
Set Designer
Iris Indicott
Props Designer
Noele Stollmack
Lighting Designer
Joe Cerqua
Composer and Sound Designer
Monica Butler
Costume Designer
Laura Karavitis
Stage Manager
Laura Arnold
Kevin Zimmer
Technical Director

“…a wonderful play receiving a moving production at Forward Theater under the direction of Jennifer Uphoff Gray.”
– Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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…kudos to Forward for staging yet another play involving a meaty role for an older female actor, of whom Wisconsin has many exceptional, frequently underutilized examples.”
– 4000 Miles: Takeaways – Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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“The darkness draws our focus in, toward Leo’s story and the place where two lives touch. It’s a quiet revelation, and it’s the heart of this exceptional play.
– Lindsay Christians, The Cap Times
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“Nothing bridges the generational divide like love, death and, of course, a good joke.”
– Holly Henschen, Isthmus
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