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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


Round Table Information

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.

  • Headed Off-Broadway
  • Calendar of Events
  • Round Table
Ten Questions With… 10 Questions With... Lee Patton Chiles

Now Playing

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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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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10 Questions With... Lee Patton Chiles


Patton Chiles began her career in theater playing The Young Nun in a Missouri Repertory Theater production of Morning Star, a role for which she thankfully would no longer be considered. She moved to St. Louis and was immediately cast at the Theatre Project Company, a company that turned out a generation of wonderful theatre artists, many of whom are still working in St. Louis. Patton worked as an actress for many St. Louis companies, including the dearly departed TNT and the St. Louis Repertory Company.   While working at the Muny Student Theatre Company, Patton became an accidental playwright. (They asked her what she thought would be an interesting play for children. She told them, and they asked her to write it.) 

In 1991 she became Co-Artistic Director of a radio theatre company known as Holy Roman Repertory Theatre Company. The company was not Roman, Holy or a Repertory. It was a company that used theater to tell historical stories using only verbatim quotes for dialogue, surrounding that dialogue with the music from the time period. Patton and her Co-Artistic Director, Larry Roberson, transitioned the company from a radio company to an Equity theatre company, changing the name to Historyonics Theatre Company. 

Having written well over fifty plays, in 2005 Patton began to work more with Cecilia Nadal’s company, Gitana Productions, whose mission is “Global healing through the Arts.” Patton is Adjunct Faculty at Washington University and St. Louis University, where she teaches Acting One, Public Speaking, Script Analysis, and Approaching the Arts. Students from both St. Louis University and Washington University have been involved with Gitana’s theatre productions.

Kevin Kline Award Nominations

2011: Outstanding New Play or Musical: Eye on the Sparrow: The World Within St. Louis (Gitana Productions)

2010: Outstanding New Play or Musical: My Heart is Always Shaking (Gitana Productions)

2009: Outstanding New Play or Musical: Complacency of Silence: Darfur (Gitana Productions)

2006: Outstanding New Play or Musical: Dancing on Air (Historyonics)

10 Questions: 

1.  What is your favorite theatrical memory?

As an actor or a director? There really are way too many favorite memories for me to have an actual favorite "favorite memory". My most memorable moment as an actor was when I first walked out on stage as Sister Mary in SISTER MARY IGNATIUS EXPLAINS IT ALL FOR YOU. The Archbishop at the time forbade St. Louis Catholics to see the show, so of course it was sold out!

2.  When did you know you were going in to the theatre?

It was the first time I got a laugh on stage - I think my sophomore year in high school.

3.  What does St. Louis Theatre mean to you?

The first thing that came into my head when reading this question was "Life's blood". I have lived in St. Louis longer than I have lived anywhere else - though I did not go to high school here. Amazingly and gratefully, I've made a living and raised two children working in St. Louis theatre. How lucky is that?

4.  What’s in your fridge right now?

Soy milk. Soy sauce - Wheat Free. Tofu. Apples. Eggs. Bananas are on top of the fridge. Makes you want to come right over for dinner doesn't it?

5.  What was the first car you drove?

A little powder blue Chevrolet something. A Covair I think?

6.  What’s the last book you read?

Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristoff - should be required life reading.

7.  What’s your favorite St. Louis restaurant?

Easy - Mai Lee.

8.  If you weren’t in the theatre, what would you be doing?

I would be doing whatever the universe assigned me to do - it would involve people and storytelling somehow.

9.  What is the most played song or artist on your iPod?

NPR. Talk radio all day every day, much to my children's irritation.  I don't even have an iPod.

10.  What is your guiltiest guilty pleasure?

I have no idea. I suppose I'll have to create one now.

Coming Soon

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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