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Theatre Showcase

STLPR Theatre Showcase

Join us for the first St. Louis Public Radio Theatre Showcase on the Public Media Commons!

Over the course of two nights, we’ll feature short performances by some talented local theatre companies! Bring your favorite lawn chair and a picnic, cold drinks will be available to purchase.

Program Schedule

Friday, August 27

PPA Alumni Theatre Company presents Elsinore

Prison Performing Arts

ART by Yasmina Reza

Stray Dog Theatre

A scene from Bloomsday by Steven Dietz

West End Players Guild

And One More Thing… by Lonnie McGuire

First Run Theatre
Saturday, August 28

Surprise by Mark Harvey Levine
Post-its® (Notes on a Marriage) by Winnie Holzman and Paul Dooley

Plays on the Menu

Past, Present, Future

R-S Theatrics

Tonight’s Special by Joe Hanrahan

The Midnight Company

And One More Thing… by Lonnie McGuire

First Run Theatre

Performance Details

And One More Thing… by Lonnie McGuire

First Run Theatre

Two elderly friends meet in the garden of a retirement community. Rose has had some bad news and hopes Franklin can cheer her up. Events take an unexpected turn as Rose decides she’s going to enjoy whatever is left of her life.

Featuring: Gwynneth Rausch and Brad Slavik

Surprise by Mark Harvey Levine
Post-its® (Notes on a Marriage) by Winnie Holzman and Paul Dooley

Plays on the Menu

Surprise by Mark Harvey Levine

Peter is a psychic who can only see two minutes into the future. Unfortunately, all this gives him is the ability to finish Whitney’s sentences and drive her slowly insane. But even a psychic can be surprised.

Post-its® (Notes on a Marriage) by Winnie Holzman and Paul Dooley

In this homage to Love Letters, an actor and actress read the Post-it® Notes between a couple that span the duration of their lives together. Hilarious and moving, Post-its® explores the ups and downs of a relationship that were unexpectedly captured on scraps of paper.

PPA Alumni Theatre Company presents Elsinore

Prison Performing Arts

Years before Hamlet uttered, "To be or not to be," things were not yet rotten in the State of Denmark. In Elsinore, an inspired prequel to Shakespeare’s classic, both family and kingdom are poisoned by power, lust, envy, betrayal, and murder. Elsinore imagines the years before Hamlet avenges his fathers’ murder - allowing us to experience the precise moment before Hamlet begins - so we empathize even more how the noble prince is made distraught and melancholy by his father’s death and fueled to avenge Claudius’ marriage to his mother and succession to the throne.

Elsinore was written by two PPA Alumni members, Eric Satterfield & David Nonemaker.

Past, Present, Future

R-S Theatrics

An introduction to R-S Theatrics, a look back at some past performance highlights, and a sneak peak of our next show, Breadcrumbs.

ART by Yasmina Reza

Stray Dog Theatre

Directed by Gary F. Bell / With Jeremy Goldmeier as Yvan / Stephen Peirick as Marc / Ben Ritchie as Serge.

Marc, Serge, and Yvan have been the best of friends for years. When Serge buys a very expensive piece of art, the intellectual and emotional arguments that ensue become less theoretical and more personal and threaten to destroy their friendships.

Tonight’s Special by Joe Hanrahan

The Midnight Company

The play takes place in a very nice restaurant, just prior to the dinner rush. The Headwaiter, Lenny - a battle-scarred veteran of the restaurant wars - is waiting for the newest member of his staff to arrive. Rose is an actress, earning extra money as a waitress. She’s a bright, hard-working and enthusiastic addition to his team. ut as the play begins, Lenny is figuring out how he’s going to fire her.

Julie Amuedo as Rose: Briefly a character performer in Disney World before COVID-19, Julie is now back in St. Louis and has been part of several projects including “Two of Every Animal” with SATE, “The Food Monologues” with OverDue Theater, “Khakis” and “Playdate” by Scott Wisdom in the St. Louis Film Festival, and will soon be performing in “Breadcrumbs” with R-S Theatrics. With a degree in Theater from Truman State University, she is thrilled to have the chance to work with other local creatives.

Joe Hanrahan as Lenny: Joe is the Artistic Director of The Midnight Company. This year he’s performed in “Here Lies Henry” and in his script “Now Playing Third Base For The St. Louis Cardinals…Bond, James Bond” with the Company. Upcoming for Midnight, he’ll be seen in “It Is Magic” in October and the premiere of his script “Tinsel Town” in December. His short play “Patient #47” will be presented by True Community Theatre in their Truth, Lies and Confessions Festival in October.

Linda Menard- Hostess/Stage Manager: Linda always enjoys working with Joe and Midnight. Some of her favorites with the Company include “The Hunchback Variations,” “Cul-De-Sac” and “The Ballad Of Jesse James.” She has Stage Managed for other St. Louis companies, and she thanks all who support theatre in St. Louis.

A scene from Bloomsday by Steven Dietz

West End Players Guild

Bloomsday is the opening show of our upcoming season and will run 9/17-9/26. It will be directed by Jessa Knust, Jeff Lovell performs as Robert and Megan Wiegert performs as Caithleen.

Robert returns to Dublin to reunite with Cait, the woman who captured his heart during a James Joyce literary tour 35 years ago. Dancing backwards through time, the older couple retrace their steps to discover their younger selves. Through young Robbie and Caithleen, they relive the unlikely, inevitable events that brought them—only briefly—together. This Irish time-travel love story blends wit, humor and heartache into a buoyant, moving appeal for making the most of the present before it is past. (from Dramatists Play Service)

In this scene, we first encounter Robert as he returns to Dublin to meet Cait, the woman with whom he spent one perfect day there, 35 years ago. But to his surprise, he finds himself back on the day where he first met 20-year old Caithleen. Could this be a second chance to alter the course of both of their lives?