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Hana Sharif, new artistic director at the Rep, has plans to enhance the theater company's reach into the neighborhoods of the region. [9/4/19]
Cheshire Isaacs

When the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis begins its season this week, it welcomes Hana Sharif as its first new artistic leader in decades. 

Sharif said that, historically speaking, American theater audiences are predominantly white and well-off. One of her top priorities is to expand the reach of the Rep and attract more people of color and audience members of modest means.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 3, 2008 - In the lobby of the Loretto-Hilton Center before the lights come up on stage, in the checkout lane at the grocery, or stopped along the street, I am often asked by patrons of The Rep what the “theme” for the upcoming season will be. What unifying philosophy or common thread is to be found among the many productions we will present over the next eight months?

The Rep's 51st season.
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This week, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis launches into the second half of its first century, embarking on its 51st season. It features a robust, wide-ranging lineup of productions from musicals to classics to two Tony Award-winning productions.

Steven Woolf, the theater company’s artistic director who recently announced he will retire from the company in two years, said the company is keeping up its momentum from its landmark 50th anniversary year.

Marsha Coplon and Jeane Vogel are working to collect oral histories from Meacham Park residents.
Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

Longtime residents of St. Louis County who  regularly drive down Lindbergh in the southern part of Kirkwood may not even realize that there is a historic community tucked behind the Kirkwood Commons shopping center. Meacham Park was annexed into Kirkwood in 1991, but its history dates back to 1892 when Elzey Meacham came to town and bought 150 acres of farmland in the area now bounded by Big Bend, Kirkwood Road and I-44. He divided the area into small parcels and sold them at an affordable price to people of modest means, many of them African American.

Actor Dan Kelly aims his gun, as a cop in "You Try It" by Neil LaBute, part of the "Every 28 Hours" theater collaboration. Actors Joel Beard, Noble Montgomery and Theresa Masters look on.
Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

Every day, in St. Louis or elsewhere, a black person shudders in fear after seeing a police officer approaching. Every day, a cop makes a lightning-quick decision that could mean life or death.

Playwright Dael Orlandersmith
Kevin Berne

Actress, poet and playwright Dael Orlandersmith is known for her moving works like “Beauty’s Daughter,” “Monster,” and the Pulitzer Prize finalist “Yellowman.”  The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis recently commissioned a work from Orlandersmith about Ferguson and St. Louis after the police shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. in 2014. It is called “Until the Flood.

Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

On any given day, the world of Broadway wheelin’ and dealin’ feels pretty far away from St. Louis, Missouri. Not so for author Ridley Pearson, who makes his home here. As the co-author of the popular series “Peter and the Starcatchers” with writer Dave Barry, Pearson has been involved in that world as his book has been adapted for the Broadway stage.

St. Louis Theater Circle Announces 2015 Nominees

Jan 30, 2015
Provided by the Actors Studio

The St. Louis Theater Circle, a group of local theater critics, released its 2015 award nominees on Friday. 

“It was, I think, a terrific year,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch theater critic Judith Newmark told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter on Friday. “It was a year in which we lost one theater — that’s always going to happen. There also are some new people on the horizon. And it was a year in which, I think Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, which is a free event that draws huge crowds, really came into its own with a double production of ‘Henry IV’ and ‘Henry V.’”

Repertory Theatre Sets The Table For ‘Dinner’

Jan 9, 2015
Anderson Matthews, as Matt Drayton, and Richard Prioleau, as John Prentice Jr., perform in The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.'
Jerry Naunheim Jr. / The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

There are a lot of similarities between “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” the movie and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” the play.

“The iconic moments are all there,” said Seth Gordon, associate artistic director of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

It’s still an interracial love story. It’s still set in the 1960s. The play, adapted for the stage in 2012 by playwright Todd Kreidler, includes many of the movie’s memorable moments and monologues. But there also are some differences.

Rep Opens Season With Larger-Than-Life Comedy

Sep 19, 2014
Raymond McAnally stars as as Francis Henshall with Jack Fellows as Stanley Stubbers in the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' "One Man, Two Guvnors."
Jerry Naunheim Jr. / The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

“One Man, Two Guvnors” is part British comedy, part chaos.

“It runs like a mix between rock ’n’ roll show and a bit stand-up comedy and improv because there is so much audience interaction and there are so many wild cards,” said Raymond McAnally, who stars in the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis production.

McAnally plays Francis Henshall, a man who has taken on two jobs for two different bosses, or “guvnors.”

(Courtesy of Jerry Naunheim)

I’m a big fan of opening nights and when it is the Repertory Theatre opening their 47th season with Cabaret, expectations are enormous. There is much to like in this lavish production. As is always true at the Rep, the technical aspects are gorgeous. Michael Schweikardt’s Kit Kat Club is more than just the stage upon which the story sets, it becomes, as he had hoped, another character in the play. Angela Wendt’s costumes, with the exception of the Kit Kat girls opening jazzercise outfits, are eccentric and opulent when appropriate, and tacky and tawdry when needed.

Repertory Theatre Of St. Louis Presents 'Cabaret'

Sep 13, 2013
Jerry Naunheim, Jr. / (Courtesy Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis opens tonight with a revival of  the musical "Cabaret." First performed on Broadway in 1966, the musical is set in 1930s Berlin.

Because it captures the shift and change in power during pre-Nazi Germany, the show gives you more than entertainment. It also gives you something to think about, said Steve Wolff. He is the artistic director for the Repertory Theatre.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 29, 2012 - You may have heard in bits and pieces that Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park” is about race and real estate with roots in “A Raisin in the Sun.” But have you heard the one about it being startlingly funny?

I’m not talking about the jokes; they come later and have their purpose. I mean the didn’t-see-it-coming laughter that erupts from awkwardness and epiphany and unexpected honesty.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 28, 2012 - Just as sexism isn’t a strictly a female issue and anti-Semitism isn’t only a Jewish concern, racism is a challenge all people must address, according to a panel at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

In connection with its current showing of David Mamet’s “Race,” a play about attorneys defending a wealthy, white man accused of raping a black woman, The Rep hosted “Conversations ... Racism” on Monday night.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 31, 2012 - Following a great 2011 with the off-Broadway optioning of artistic director Deanna Jent's "Falling," Mustard Seed Theatre also came out a big winner in this year's Kevin Kline Awards nominations. The nominations were announced tonight at an event at Tucci and Fresta Trattoria and Bar in Clayton.

Two St. Louis stage productions open tonight

Jan 7, 2011

Less than a week into 2011, St. Louis theater goers have two brand new productions to take in, both St. Louis premiers.  We had the chance to preview both today on Cityscape.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 1, 2010 - Seth Gordon, of the Cleveland Playhouse will be the new associate artistic director of the St. Louis Repertory Theatre. He replaces Susan Gregg who died unexpectedly in July 2009.

The St. Louis Repertory Theatre has hired Seth Gordon of the Cleveland Playhouse as its new associate artistic director. Gordon replaces Susan Gregg, who died unexpectedly in July 2009 after 21 years with the Rep.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 25, 2010 - On Wednesday, one day after the Beacon posted an article questioning the use of a song about rape in the musical "The Fantasticks," the St. Louis Repertory Theatre switched to a new version of "It Depends on What You Pay." Neither the lyrics nor the set-up to the song now include the word "rape." Rep marketing assistant Katie Puglisi wrote in an e-mail that the Rep is not using the substitute song, "Abductions," but an alternate version of "It Depends on What You Pay" supplied by author Tom Jones.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 10, 2009 - A woman whose legacy is "playing" well with others will be remembered and celebrated Monday, Sept. 14, at The St. Louis Repertory Theatre, her artistic home for more than two decades.

Gregg, who died in July at the age of 65, served for more than 21 years as The Rep's associate artistic director and dramaturg, or someone who researches the history of a play and nurtures its development. During this period, she directed more than 30 productions, including "A Number," "Three Tall Women" and "Wit." In February 2009, she directed her last production, "The Miracle Worker," which played to full houses virtually every night.

Repertory Theatre considers moving to Grand Center

Apr 2, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 2, 2008 - The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is considering what could be its biggest production yet: a move from its long-time home at Webster University to a new facility in the Grand Center arts and entertainment district.

Repertory Theatre considers moving to Grand Center

Apr 2, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is considering what could be its biggest production yet: a move from its long-time home at Webster University to a new facility in the Grand Center arts and entertainment district.