The Black Rep http://news.stlpublicradio.org en STL Rising Star, Alicia Reve' Like, Helps Piece Together Black History in 'Gee's Bend' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stl-rising-star-alicia-reve-helps-piece-together-black-history-gees-bend <p><em>Alicia Reve' Like plays Nella, a bright patch in an Alabama family whose quilts tell stories of segregation and the civil rights movement. </em></p><p>Last February, Alicia Reve' Like portrayed a motel maid who whooped up on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in <a href="https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/29558/mountaintop_play_022313">the Black Rep’s “The Mountaintop,” the story of King’s last hours.</a></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 05:10:42 +0000 Nancy Fowler 33591 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org STL Rising Star, Alicia Reve' Like, Helps Piece Together Black History in 'Gee's Bend' STL Black Rep’s ‘Colored Girls’ Is Spectrum Of Emotions, But Let’s Talk About Red http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stl-black-rep-s-colored-girls-spectrum-emotions-let-s-talk-about-red <p>There are many reasons you might want to see the Black Rep’s current production of Ntozake Shange’s poem series “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” at the Missouri History Museum.</p><p>Of course, you get that deep, hard look into the lives of black women in the 1970s as seven characters wearing seven different colors leap, lament and laugh their way through Shange’s classic language.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 03:24:12 +0000 Nancy Fowler 33434 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org STL Black Rep’s ‘Colored Girls’ Is Spectrum Of Emotions, But Let’s Talk About Red Paintings, Plays And Puppets Mark Black History Month In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/paintings-plays-and-puppets-mark-black-history-month-st-louis <p><em>St. Louisans can explore the area's broad past including black history through larger-than-life puppets, Gee’s Bend, Ala., quilters and exhibits by members of the Alliance of Black Art Galleries.</em></p><p>The recently formed <a href="https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/32911/alliance_black_galleries_092313">Alliance of Black Art Galleries</a> will debut its first collaborative exhibit in February in connection with St. Louis’ 250th birthday celebration.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 04:19:02 +0000 Nancy Fowler 33295 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Paintings, Plays And Puppets Mark Black History Month In St. Louis The Black Rep Presents 'The Meeting' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/black-rep-presents-meeting <p>As far as we know, the only time Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X met was a brief greeting in passing outside a courthouse in 1965.</p><p>But if they had ever had a conversation, what would it have been like? That premise is the basis of Jeff Stetson’s “The Meeting,” currently being performed by the St. Louis Black Repertory Company.</p><p>In the play, Malcolm X (played by Ka’ramuu Kush) invites Dr. King (Matthew Galbreath) to a meeting in a Harlem hotel room, where the two men debate the best methods of obtaining racial equality.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:41:56 +0000 Camille Phillips 33091 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Black Rep Presents 'The Meeting' St. Louis’ Black Rep Stages Conversation Between MLK, Jr. and Malcolm X http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-black-rep-stages-conversation-between-mlk-jr-and-malcolm-x <p>The actual meeting never happened. But “The Meeting,” opening Wednesday, dramatizes the “what ifs” of a one-hour conversation between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.theblackrep.org">The Black Rep</a> will stage its presentation of “The Meeting” through Jan. 26<a href="http://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/33292/black_rep_harris_stowe_101713"> in its 37th-season home at Harris-Stowe State University. </a></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 03:20:40 +0000 Nancy Fowler 32805 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis’ Black Rep Stages Conversation Between MLK, Jr. and Malcolm X The Black Rep Finds New Theater Home At Harris-Stowe State University http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/black-rep-finds-new-theater-home-harris-stowe-state-university <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After being ousted from their home at <a href="http://www.grandcenter.org/about/grandeltheatre/">The Grandel Theatre</a> in Grand Center, <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/term/black-rep">The Black Rep</a> theater company has found a new place for its productions at Harris-Stowe State University.</span></p><p>The company will now hold its performances at the Emerson Performance Center on the school’s campus, which seats over 200. The Grandel Theatre was owned by Grand Center Incorporated, which sold it earlier this summer.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:27:10 +0000 Erin Williams 30748 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Black Rep Finds New Theater Home At Harris-Stowe State University Review: Black Rep's "Emergency" A Sizzling One Man Show http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/review-black-reps-emergency-sizzling-one-man-show <div></div><div>Last year, Ron Conner led Black Rep casts in four out of five productions, and from the first, became one of my favorite actors to watch. This year he leads the Black Rep away from its twenty-six year home at the Grandel Theater to the A.E. Hotchner Studio Theater on the campus of Washington University and opens the new season with a sizzling one man show, Emergency. (The Black Rep was recently unceremoniously dumped from their long-time home. Hotchner will not be a permanent space for them, but was the perfect space for this particular show.)</div><p></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:41:31 +0000 Donna Parrone 29815 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Review: Black Rep's "Emergency" A Sizzling One Man Show 'It Is A Process' - Theater Veteran Linda Kennedy On The Career Of A Working Artist http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/it-process-theater-veteran-linda-kennedy-career-working-artist-0 <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Linda Kennedy is the artistic associate over education and community programs for The Black Rep, which includes coordinating their annual </span><a href="http://websitehelponline.com/TheBlackRep/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/06/NewSPA-FLYER-2013-Two-Weeks-Only.jpg" style="line-height: 1.5;">Summer Performing Arts</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> program for youth ages 8-17.</span></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:53:53 +0000 Erin Williams 27904 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'It Is A Process' - Theater Veteran Linda Kennedy On The Career Of A Working Artist The Black Rep Presents ‘The Wiz’ http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/black-rep-presents-wiz <p>The various iterations of Frank Baum’s <em>The Wonderful Wizard of Oz</em> are wide-ranging and diverse.</p><p>One retelling, <em>The Wiz</em>, shares the story from an African-American perspective.&nbsp; The musical won seven Tony Awards in 1975.</p><p>The St. Louis Black Repertory Company closes its season with <em>The Wiz</em>, with performances from May 29th – June 30th.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 20:32:15 +0000 Alex Heuer & Mary Edwards 26717 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Black Rep Presents ‘The Wiz’ ANNE & EMMETT: A Conversation About Racial Intolerance http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/anne-emmett-conversation-about-racial-intolerance <p>Anne Frank and Emmett Till were young victims of racial injustice and hatred.&nbsp;</p><p>In her diary, Frank provided a harrowing account of when she and her family were forced into hiding to escape the oppression of Nazi Germany.&nbsp; Emmett Till of Chicago was visiting relatives in Mississippi in 1955 and was murdered after allegedly flirting with a white woman.</p><p>Host Steve Potter talks with Janet Langhart Cohen, the playwright of a one-act play called <a href="http://anneandemmett.com/"><em>ANNE &amp; EMMETT</em>.&nbsp; </a></p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 18:25:09 +0000 Alex Heuer & Mary Edwards 5789 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org ANNE & EMMETT: A Conversation About Racial Intolerance