The Black Rep

Cityscape
1:23 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Black Rep Stages 'A Raisin In The Sun'

'A Raisin in the Sun'
Credit The Black Rep

The Black Rep is bringing the iconic 1950s drama “A Raisin in the Sun” back to St. Louis.

This is the first time the company will stage “A Raisin in the Sun,” although 10 years ago it presented “Raisin,” a musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s drama about a black family’s experiences in Chicago.

“It is an American story. It is definitely about dreams and living life on the American landscape for the African-American and the quest for the piece of pie,” said actress Andrea Frye, who plays “Mama” Lena Younger.

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Ferguson Connection
2:53 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

The Black Rep's Purlie: 'A Biting Satire' About Race Relations

Detail from the poster for Purlie
Credit The Black Rep website

The musical "Purlie" is a “biting satire” about race relations according to The Black Rep founder Ron Himes. Himes is adamant about the show’s contemporary relevance in view of the Ferguson protests.

“The play deals with civil rights issues; it deals with racial bigotry; it deals with Southern white privilege and a community that is not willing to change and integrate; and that all sounds very familiar,” he said.

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2005 Legislation
8:49 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Zoo-Museum District Board Member Exploring Tax Dollars For African-American Institutions

Robert Powell
Credit Courtesy of Portfolio Gallery

A member of the St. Louis Zoo-Museum District board is reviving the prospect of a new subdistrict of black arts organizations.

An amendment to House Bill 186, passed by the Missouri legislature in 2005, allows the creation of the African American History Museum and Cultural District. But adding it to the ZMD would have to be approved by popular vote — and an election can cost  up to $1 million — so the issue has languished for nine years.

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Mustard Seed Theatre
11:10 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

STL Rising Star, Alicia Reve' Like, Helps Piece Together Black History in 'Gee's Bend'

Marty Casey (left) and Alicia Reve' Like from Gee's Bend.
Credit Mustard Seed Theater

Alicia Reve' Like plays Nella, a bright patch in an Alabama family whose quilts tell stories of segregation and the civil rights movement.

Last February, Alicia Reve' Like portrayed a motel maid who whooped up on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Black Rep’s “The Mountaintop,” the story of King’s last hours.

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The Black Rep
9:24 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

STL Black Rep’s ‘Colored Girls’ Is Spectrum Of Emotions, But Let’s Talk About Red

The Black Rep is presenting For Colored Girls ... at the Missouri History Museum.
Credit Provided by the Black Rep

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.

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.

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Black History Month
10:19 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Paintings, Plays And Puppets Mark Black History Month In St. Louis

Afriky Lolo's Samba will be at COCA's Founders' Theatre Feb. 8.
Provided by Afriky Lolo

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.

The recently formed Alliance of Black Art Galleries will debut its first collaborative exhibit in February in connection with St. Louis’ 250th birthday celebration.

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Cityscape
5:41 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

The Black Rep Presents 'The Meeting'

Matthew Galbreath as Dr. King (left) and Ka'ramuu Kush as Malcom X in The Black Rep's "The Meeting."
(Courtesy The Black Rep)

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.

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.

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.

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The Black Rep
9:20 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

St. Louis’ Black Rep Stages Conversation Between MLK, Jr. and Malcolm X

The meeting between the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X never took place.
Credit Courtesy of the Black Rep

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.

The Black Rep will stage its presentation of “The Meeting” through Jan. 26 in its 37th-season home at Harris-Stowe State University.

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Arts & Culture
4:27 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

The Black Rep Finds New Theater Home At Harris-Stowe State University

(l-r) Justin Ivan Brown, Ron Himes, and Ronald L. Connor in the Black Rep's production of "The Whipping Man," which the company performed in last year's season at The Grandel Theatre. This year the company will be housed at the Emerson Performance Center on the campus of Harris-Stowe State University.
Credit Courtesy of Stewart Goldstein

After being ousted from their home at The Grandel Theatre in Grand Center, The Black Rep theater company has found a new place for its productions at Harris-Stowe State University.

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.

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Theatre review
5:41 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Review: Black Rep's "Emergency" A Sizzling One Man Show

Ron Conner in the Black Rep's "Emergency".
Credit (Courtesy of Stewart Goldstein)

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.)

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