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"Falling" Optioned for Off-Broadway

Great news for Deanna Jent and Mustard Seed Theatre!  Deanna's new original play--which just had a sold-out, double-extended world premiere production--will be receiving an Off-Broadway production.  Read more at (Judy Newmark), or at, and big congrats to Deanna, Mustard Seed, and the entire FALLING cast and production team!

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November 14, 2011, 5:30pm:  Round Table Meeting

December 3, 2011, 1-4pm:  Judge Orientation


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The next round table meeting will be held the evening of Monday, November 14, 5:30pm at Fontbonne Unviersity in the Stabler Room (second floor of library). If you have an item you would like added to the agenda please e-mail: Greg Johnston.

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Now Playing

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

October 26 - November 13

rep_circle_mirror_transformation_graphicA sharply funny new play by emerging playwright Annie Baker, Circle Mirror Transformation follows five people through a summer of “creative drama” in their small town’s adult acting class. Led by their bohemian acting coach, the five experiment with harmless theatre games that unexpectedly lead to poignant discoveries about themselves and each other. At turns surprisingly funny and subtly insightful, this revealing play reminds us why theatre is the most human of all arts.

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Citilites Theatre

November 3-20

citilites_baby_graphicBABY tells the story in words and music of three couples on a university campus as they deal with the painful, rewarding and agonizingly funny consequences of this universal experience. There are the college students, barely at the beginning of their adult lives; the 30-somethings, having trouble conceiving but determined to try; and the middle aged parents, looking forward to seeing their last child graduate from college when a night of unexpected passion lands them back where they started. A Delightful Musical Comedy.

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OnSite Theatre

November 4-19

onsite_hitstory_graphicIf American Anger manifested in the body, what would the symptoms be? Hallucinations of the American Dream? A trickle down economy in the back of the throat? A rash, a fever – a red, white and blueness?  In this hysterical and frightening journey, Harry and his family fight the disease and ask themselves – What is my anger doing to me, and how can I do it to them?

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St. Louis Actors' Studio

November 4-20

stlas_palmer_park_graphicJoanna McClelland Glass’s play centers on five couples in the Detroit neighborhood of Palmer Park following the race riots of 1967. Their integrated lives are threatened when the high performing neighborhood school is forced to accept children from an adjacent working-class neighborhood. Racial harmony and friendships are changed forever with very sad and very real consequences.  History Museum-Co-Production with the Black Rep

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Muddy Waters Theatre Company

November 4-20

muddy_waters_how_I_learned_to_drive_graphicPaula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize winning play about a girl named Li'l Bit who gets driving lessons (and a whole lot more she didn't bargain for) from her Uncle Peck, and how their relationship progresses from familial friendship to something darker. The comic drama is told in flashback by the now grown woman as we learn what she learned about exploitation, control and forgiveness.

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011 17:17

Sixth Annual - 2011

All photos by Nicole Hudson Hollway.

The Sixth Annual Kevin Kline Awards, held March 28, 2011, at the Loretto-Hilton Center, Webster University.



Opening Number  (left to right Ben Nordstrom*, Zoe Vonder Haar*, Ron Gibbs*)



Welcome!  (Ed Coffield*, Producer)



Presenting Outstanding Ensemble in a Play (left to right Elizabeth Townsend*, Seth Gordon)



Recipient of Outstanding Ensemble in a Play:  The Chosen, Mustard Seed Theatre  (Artistic Director Deanna Jent accepting)



Presenting Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miusical (left to right Julie Layton, Travis Estes*)



Recipient of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play:  Kari Ely*, Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, HotCity Theatre



Presenting Outstanding Costume Design (left to right Shanara Gabrielle*, Alec Wild)



Medley with a side of way too cute (left to right Katy Tibbets* and Sound of Music children)



Presenting Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play (left to right John Rensenhouse*, Gary Wayne Barker*)



Recipient of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play:  Jim Butz*, Hamlet, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis



Recipient of Outstanding Musical Direction:  Charles Creath, Five Guys Named Moe, The Black Rep



Presenting Outstanding New Play or Musical (left to right Greg Johnston, Andrea Torrence)



Recipient of Outstanding Production of a Play:  Hamlet, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis (Executive Director Rick Dildine accepting)



Closing Number



The Recipients of the Sixth Annual Kevin Kline Awards


* Denotes Member, Actors' Equity Association

Published in Ceremony Memories
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 06:41

2011 Kevin Kline Award Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients and nominees of the 2011 Kevin Kline Awards!  

The Sixth Annual Kevin Kline Awards ceremony held March 28, 2011, was a fun-and-laugh-filled night that saw 10 theatre companies honored with 25 awards.  

Final count:  Stages St. Louis 5, The Muny 4, Upstream Theater 3, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis 3, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis 3, HotCity Theatre 2, The Black Rep 2, Metro Theatre Company 1, Mustard Seed Theatre 1, Muddy Waters Theatre 1.  

Check out the 2011 recipients down below, and check back often as we add more photos from this year's and previous years' ceremonies.  

Also of course keep checking back to plan your theatre-going escapades with the Now Playing and Coming Soon modules.


(Photo credit Dan Donovan)

Published in Main Articles
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 14:42

The Lady With All the Answers

Max & Louie Productions

May 12-22

maxlouie_lady_with_all_answers_graphicBefore Dr. Phil, before Oprah, before Dan Savage, there was Ann Landers.  In a play praised from New York to L.A., Ann Landers dispenses advice, reflects on her life and reveals her own heartaches. Don’t miss the St. Louis premiere of this funny, warm one-woman show. The production features Stellie Siteman as Ann Landers, is directed by Sydnie Grosberg Ronga with sets by Kline nominee Christopher M. Waller, lights by Kline winner Glenn Dunn, and sound by Rusty Wandall.

Published in Archive 2011
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 14:20

Cruel to be Kind?

Shakespeare Festival Education Tour

February 22-May 13

sfstl_cruel_to_be_kind_pic“Cruel to be Kind?’ brimming with wit and mirth, imagines Shakespeare composing his great comedy “As You Like It.” From the viewpoint of two apprentices, a famous clown, a young maid with designs for public acting, the irrepressible boarding house owner “Mrs. Bundle” and Shakespeare himself, a play is born.  This smart fantasy about the origins of “As You Like It”—a play that opens with a scene of bullying—illuminates a pressing contemporary issue in a way that young people, family audiences, and anyone with an interest in Shakespeare will enjoy.

Published in Archive 2011
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 14:08

Shrew in a Few

Shakespeare Festival Education Tour

February 22-May 13

sfstl_shrew_in_a_few_picShrew in a Few offers a rowdy, robust and rollicking road to true love.  Of course conceited Petruchio and fiery Kate get married, but that only begins their tumultuous journey toward eventual romance and mutual esteem.  One of Shakespeare’s earliest and most beloved comedies, Shrew offers us much to consider about marriage, the equality of men and women and the complexity of family relationships.  This artful “in a few” 50-minute adaptation is 98% Shakespeare’s text, delightfully bridged with poetic transitions to clarify the plot, themes and characters.


Published in Archive 2011
Sunday, 27 March 2011 13:45

Till We Have Faces

Mustard Seed Theatre

April 14-May 1

mustard_seed_till_we_have_faces_graphicA trio of sisters explore the true meaning of love and beauty in this adaptation of a C.S. Lewis novel. Journey with Queen Orual, who must battle with swords, with words and with actions as she tries to defy and understand the gods that seem to rule and ruin her life.  

Published in Archive 2011
Saturday, 26 March 2011 17:50

Intelligent Life

HotCity Theatre

April 29-May 14

hotcity_intelligent_life_graphicSet in the basement of a tenant house in Utah, "Intelligent Life" tells the farcical tale of extraterrestrial, peyote-driven enthusiasts, self-titled "Utah Alien Chasers." This ramshackle group discovers a mud-stained little boy in a dinosaur costume who may or may not be an alien. What is certain is that the boy has a genius level IQ and telekinetic powers that are beyond this world!

Published in Archive 2011
Friday, 18 March 2011 13:15

The Death of Atahualpa

Upstream Theater

April 1-17

upstream_death_of_atahualpa_graphicA US premiere based on a Quechua oral drama, our production is a historical-folklorical tragical-comical reenactment of the death of the Inca emperor at the hands of the Spanish conquistadors. Members of local Latin band Son de America will be accompanying the hour-long show, playing traditional Andean music throughout the spectacle. Audiences can witness the grand tragedy, the collision of cultures, the end of an empire as part of our rustic pageant.


Published in Archive 2011
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Coming Soon

Mustard Seed Theatre

November 17-December 11

mustard_seed_godspell_graphicIt’s a hot summer evening in St. Louis - air-conditioners are blasting, TV’s are blaring, and tempers are as feverish as the weather. An electrical blackout and some cool water bring together an unlikely community in this musical re-telling of the Gospel of Matthew. This production focuses on the harmonies of the music accompanied by acoustic instruments.

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The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

November 30-December 23

tom_sawyer_graphicReconnect with Mark Twain’s incomparable classic in a magical new production, perfect for the whole family. In idyllic 1840s Missouri, Tom and his friends revel in all that is grand and glorious in childhood. This mischievous rascal can charm his Aunt Polly, save the town from Injun Joe and win the heart of fair Becky Thatcher, all in the course of one small-town day.

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The New Jewish Theatre

December 1-18

njt_ballyhoo_graphicAlfred Uhry sets his play in Atlanta in December 1939. "Gone with the Wind" is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta's elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. The conflict between social acceptability and cultural definition escalates when Brooklyn born Joe Farkas (of Eastern European heritage) is brought home to dinner at the Freitag family home. As events take several unexpected turns, the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are. The warm and delightful play delicately deals with issues of prejudice, assimilation and social and religious identity and faith.

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The Black Rep

November 25-December 18

black_rep_black_nativity_graphicAn annual Holiday tradition in many cities, BLACK NATIVITY: A Holiday Celebration is a testament to the power and joy of the season.  BLACK NATIVITY tells the story of the Nativity through a colorful montage of song, dance, poetry, and Scripture.

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St. Louis Actors' Studio

December 2-18

stlas_mythreeangels_graphicNothing says the holidays like tropical weather and three paroled convicts! In this warm and witty tale set in French Guiana on Christmas Eve, a felonious triumvirate intervenes in the lives of an innocent family who is perched on the brink of financial ruin. Proficient in the illicit skills of theft, forgery, extortion and yes, even murder, these unlikely heroes arrive in timely fashion to remind us all of what is truly most important—confusing our long-standing moral convictions of what is right and wrong. An old fashioned and wonderfully crafted fable to take home for the holidays!

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