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Submit a Nominee!

PTC is soliciting nominees for our first ever Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented at the 7th Annual Kevin Kline Awards on April 2, 2012.  Nominations must be received by February 14.  Download the info sheet and nomination form.

New Fringe Festival Coming to St. Louis

This coming June 21-25, Executive Producer Emily Piro and her team will mount a 5-day theater fringe festival in the Grand Center and Locust Business Districts.  Welcome and best of luck to St. Lou Fringe!  Read more at the St. Louis Beacon.

Mark Your Calendars!

February 20, 2012, 5:30pm:  Round Table Meeting (location TBA)

April 2, 2012, 7pm:  7th Annual Kevin Kline Awards. (Loretto-Hilton)

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Now Playing

The New Jewish Theatre

January 26-February 12

njt_way_to_heaven_graphicJuan Mayorga’s hauntingly gripping and profoundly moving play is inspired by the elaborate deception that took place at the Theresienstadt concentration camp, where the Nazis constructed a “model village” to fool international inspectors, quell extermination rumors and to prove to the world how thoughtfully and creatively they were solving the “Jewish problem.” The play begins years after the fact with an account by the Red Cross employee who journeyed to our “fictional” camp to inspect it, then leaps backward in time to show the creation and rehearsal of another very unusual play, one in which the Jewish prisoners are assigned roles and given lines to say to any Red Cross inspectors passing by. The inspector arrives with questions regarding all the rumors. Surely he will be able to see the truth with his own eyes. Or will he?  Mayorga’s startlingly original play asks, how much courage is required to take responsibility for what one sees.

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Mustard Seed Theatre

February 2-12

mustard_seed_playland_graphicA piercing look at the effects of war and the struggle for redemption by Pulitzer Prize winning author Athol Fugard. It’s New Year’s Eve, 1989, in South Africa. A former soldier confronts the caretaker of a travelling carnival, trying to escape the demons that haunt his soul. Starring Charlie Barron and Erik Kilpatrick. Please note:  adult language and situations.

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The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

February 8-March 4

rep_race_graphicShame, guilt, class, lies and sex all explode to the surface in Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet’s newest play where cases–and people–are never just black and white. When high-profile attorneys Jack Lawson and Henry Brown find themselves defending a privileged white executive accused of raping a young black woman, facts quickly become secondary to underlying agendas. Race poses blunt questions with provocative language that will leave everyone talking long after the lights go down.

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The Imaginary Theatre Company (The Rep)

Touring Through May / Public Performance March 17

rep_puss_in_boots_graphicBefore he was Shrek’s swash-buckling sidekick, Puss was one of Mother Goose’s best-loved story time characters. Find out how this frisky feline’s legend began as he leads his master on a journey to find his way in the world. The clever Puss uses cunning and intelligence to overcome an ogre, befriend a king and win the heart of the fair princess, gaining his master and himself a life of ease and happiness. Combining the spirit of the original tale with a fresh, musical mischief, this classic adventure is a laugh-out-loud treat.

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The Imaginary Theatre Company (The Rep)

Touring through April 1

itc_sword_in_stoneKnights and wizards spring from legend to life to crown a future king in this enchanting medieval tale. Before Arthur reaches the hallowed halls of Camelot, he must learn how to be a successful ruler. Armed with the knowledge of Arthur’s royal destiny, the famed magician Merlin uses all his powers to instruct the young squire on the magic inherent in every living thing. Through Merlin’s lessons, the future king discovers the way to save his country is not only by the power of the sword, but also by the power of the mind and heart.

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Cocktails and Congratulations!

Cocktails and Congratulations…

Professional Theatre Council announces the 2012 Kevin Kline Award nominees

By Charles Robin

January 24, 2012 -- After a year of extraordinary theater performances throughout the St. Louis area, the results are in. With the Oscar nominations announced it is time to focus on St. Louis. This year’s Kevin Kline Award nominees will be announced at a reception to be held Monday, January 30 beginning at 6:00pm.

This reception is free and open to the public. Press, patrons, and artists are all welcome. Tucci & Fresta Trattoria and Bar will host the event at 15 N. Central in Clayton. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is sponsoring a complimentary signature cocktail and there will be a cash bar.

The announcement of the nominees will begin at 6:30pm. A celebratory reception will be held immediately following. All are encouraged to join the theatre community as it comes together to celebrate its successes as a community. Join us for the announcement or come down afterwards to congratulate the nominees.

The nominees for each category will be posted on the Professional Theatre Council Facebook page as they are announced. All are encouraged to visit the page in advance and “Like” it in order to get up to date information on the nominations and awards ceremony particulars.

Professional Theatre Council

The Professional Theatre Council was founded in 2004 in order to promote and celebrate excellence in professional St. Louis theater. The primary catalyst for fulfilling its mission is the annual presentation of the Kevin Kline Awards. The Kevin Kline Awards honors theatre artists and productions in 22 categories. In its six seasons of presenting awards, 148 trophies have been awarded, with 45 separate theaters nominated and 20 theaters receiving awards. The awards are named in honor of St. Louis’ own Tony and Academy Awards winner Kevin Kline.

Kevin Kline

A St. Louis native and Priory School graduate, Kevin Kline won Tony Awards for “On the Twentieth Century” and “The Pirates of Penzance” before leading roles in “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and “The Big Chill” (1983) made him a Hollywood star. Adept at comedy and drama on stage and screen, Kline won an Academy Award for his madcap performance in “A Fish Called Wanda” and received accolades for his stage interpretations of “Richard III” and “Hamlet”. Refusing to abandon his passion for theater while working in films as diverse as “Dave” and “Cry Freedom,” Kevin Kline often has been called the “American Laurence Olivier.” He most recently received a Tony nomination for his portrayal of Falstaff in Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” at Lincoln Center. 

Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Tito’s Handmade Vodka is produced in Austin at Texas’ first and oldest legal distillery. It’s made in small batches in an old fashioned pot still by Tito Beveridge (actual name), a 40-something Geologist, and distilled six times. In 2001 Tito’s Handmade Vodka unanimously won the Double Gold Medal for vodka at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, beating out 71 high-priced vodkas. In 2001 and 2007 it was awarded four-star ranking from Spirit Journal.

Tucci & Fresta Trattoria and Bar

Kim Tucci and Joe Fresta opened their new venture in 2011 at the address vacated by Portabella. As co-founders of the Pasta House Company, they are fixtures in the St. Louis restaurant scene. Tucci & Fresta features a menu of upscale Italian food, provided by the kings of Italian cuisine in St. Louis. 

Calendar Summary

WHO: Professional Theatre Council of St. Louis

WHAT: 2012 Kevin Kline Award Nominee Announcement and Reception

WHEN: Monday, Jan. 30

6:30pm – Nominees Announced

Reception immediately following

WHERE: Tucci & Fresta Trattoria and Bar, 15 N. Central Ave, Clayton, MO

TICKETS: Free, no reservation required. Cash Bar. Complimentary Signature Cocktail

SPONSOR: Professional Theatre Council of St. Louis,

with support from Tucci & Fresta Trattoria & Bar and Tito’s Handmade Vodka

INFORMATION: Charlie Robin (314) 935-6518 or

Coming Soon

The Black Rep

February 15-March 4

black_rep_midsummer_nights_dream_graphicShakespeare Meets The Soul Train! The romantic, classic comedy, one of Shakespeare’s most popular and most performed, is set during the colorful funk of the disco era of the 1970’s.

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Dramatic License Productions

March 1-18

DLP_glass_menagerieOne of the most revered plays of the 20th century about family: Standing by them, escaping them, and learning to love them anyway.

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The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

March 7-25

rep_invisible_hand_graphicIn remote Pakistan, Nick Bright awaits his fate. A highly successful player at a major investment bank, Nick is kidnapped by an Islamic militant group, but with no one negotiating for his release, the prisoner must take matters into his own hands. Full of questionable alliances and moral bargaining, this world premiere is a chilling examination of how far we will go to survive and the consequences of the choices we make.

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Insight Theatre

March 8-18

insight_glass_menagerie_graphicThis is the classic drama, somewhat autobiographical of Tennessee Williams life, that is set in St. Louis during the late 30’s . It is a memory play—as told by the Character: Tom Wingfield. His mother Amanda and his sister Laura haunt his memories. A gentleman caller: Jim O’Connor leads to the climax of the play with his coming to dinner as a “possible gentleman caller” for Laura. The story concerns the relationships of this family and how the absent father has influenced their lives. Laura plays with glass animals and old phonograph records. Her mother dreams of her Southern Belle past and hopes for happiness for both her children. Tom, nicknamed Shakespeare, longs to be a writer and to escape the trapped responsibility of his dependent family.

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