This fall, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis kicked off its 49th season! And opening October 14, is the Rep’s production of Angel Street (Gaslight)—one of Broadway’s earliest psychological thrillers starring Janie Brookshire as Bella Manningham and Clark Scott Carmichael as her seemingly perfect husband Jack. Confined to her old and gloomy home, Bella’s husband accuses her of playing devious pranks and tricks that she can’t remember and causing Bella to question her own sanity. Mysterious and suspenseful, Angel Street is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
Rounding out the first half of the 2015-2016 season and running December 2-27 is Rick Elice’s five-time Tony Winner Peter and the Starcatcher. Prequel to the classic story of Peter Pan, Peter and the Starcatcher tells the story of a young orphan boy and an apprentice starcatcher and the adventure they undergo while trying to protect magic starstuff. The two young boys experience pirates, mermaids and other fantasy characters along the way. Throughout their wonderfully strange journey to keep the trunk of starstuff safe, the boys learn the importance of love, friendship and imagination. With its colorful props and captivating storyline, this production will be the ideal show for audiences both young and old.
To start out the second half of the season, the Rep will be putting on James Goldman’s The Lion in the Winter, January 6-31. Set in Christmas of 1183, this play follows the events leading up to the announcement of King Henry II’s successor – and all of the hysterical family drama that leads up to the big event. With nothing but the goal of attaining the crown in mind, the King’s sons devote their every effort to securing their future position as King, no matter what the cost. The continuous banter between family members creates a comical representation of what happens when competition exceeds the bonds of family. Most importantly, The Lion in the Winter, proves that no family, no matter how royal, is perfect.
Next on the Rep’s 2015-2016 Season schedule is 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Winner Disgraced. Written by Ayad Akhtar, this play stars Pakistani-born gone New-Yorker Amir Kapoor. Corporate lawyer and soon-to-be partner at his law firm, Kapoor seems to have everything a young man in America could ask for – at the expense of abandoning the Muslim values he was raised with. Confronted with the choice to either appear in court to support a local imam who has been arrested based on religious persecution, Kapoor is forced to face the values he has left behind. This dilemma is brought up at Kapoor and his wife’s dinner party. The guests are quite diverse in terms of race and religion and give Kapoor a broad perspective on the issue. By its conclusion, the play addresses issues such as “Islamaphobia”, personal identity, and religion, making for an intellectually gripping production.
Concluding the 2015-2016 Season at the Rep is Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan’s Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing, March 16-April 10. Set in 1947, Kansas City Swing follows the frustration of Negro League All Star Satchel Paige and his teammates. In the excitement surround Jackie Robinson’s feat of becoming the first African American to play in the Major Leagues, equally talented Paige is left fameless and discouraged. Devoting themselves to baseball during the day and jazz at night, Paige and his teammates work together to find a way to break the barrier and find their place in Major League Baseball.
As expressed by Art Director Steve Woolf, “Our 49th season is full of magic, fun, mystery, excitement, drama and captivating characters, and we cannot wait to experience it with St. Louis audiences.”