JMKAC presents The Unexpected Man

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                     

Nov. 22, 2017   Sheboygan, WI
Contact: Patricia DuChene
Media Relations Coordinator

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center presents a holiday treat with six performances of The Unexpected Man, December 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16. Thursday and Friday shows begin at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday performances are at 2 p.m.

A man and a woman who have never met share a compartment on a train traveling from Paris to Frankfurt. She recognizes him as her favorite author. Will she reach across the silence to tell him so? Both ponder their situation in the compartment, bringing to light past events and personal philosophies.

Sarah Day and Brian Mani are a riveting duo as stars of this elegant and witty production that originated at American Players Theatre. The Unexpected Man was written by Yasmina Reza, author of the international hit Art, Yasmina Reza, author of the international hit Art, Yasmina Reza, author of the international hit Art,Yasmina Reza, author of the international hit, Art.

“As we watch, we can’t help thinking about our own hope for connection, the regret of missed opportunities, the risk required to reach across the silence,” said Director Laura Gordon.

The New Yorker said, "Reza's artful play may persuade you that there is nothing of greater value in all the world than a brief encounter between strangers on a train."

Day has been a member of the acting company at American Players Theatre in Spring Green since 1986, and is an Advisory Company member with Forward Theater in Madison. She has performed with Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and the Cleveland Playhouse.

Mani just completed his eighteenth season with the American Players Theater. In addition to appearing in The Unexpected Man in the 2017 season, Brian played Alfieri in A View From the Bridge. Some of his favorite roles over the years at APT include Willie Loman in Death of a Salesman (’16), Hamm in Endgame (’16), Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor (’15) and Donny in American Buffalo (’14).

CurtainUp noted, “The beauty of Reza's play The Unexpected Man is the skill with which she builds and reveals her characters before they are allowed to speak to each other. That takes guts.”

Tickets are $29 ($25 for Arts Center members) and can be purchased by calling 920-458-6144, visiting or at the Arts Center. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is located at 608 New York Ave. in downtown Sheboygan, Wis.

This performance at the Arts Center is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the John Michael Kohler Arts Center: Founded in 1967, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is dedicated to making innovative arts programming accessible to a broad audience that ranges from artists and academics to families and youth of all ages. Central to its mission is promoting understanding and appreciation of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists through original exhibitions, commissioned works of art, performing arts programs, community arts initiatives, and publications.

The Arts Center’s collections focus primarily on works by artist-environment builders, self-taught and folk artists, and works created in the Arts/Industry residency program. Since the 1970s, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center has preserved, studied, and exhibited artist environments. Today, with well over 20,000 individual works of art by 30 different art-environment builders in the collection, the Arts Center is the world’s leading center for research and presentation of this work.

Looking to the future, the Arts Center continues to generate new explorations in the arts that foster creative exchanges between an international community of artists and a diverse public. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is supported by corporate and foundation donors, government grants, and its many members. The Arts Center is not an entity of Kohler Co. or its subsidiaries. More information about the Arts Center can be found at


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