Archive 2011

Blue Rose Stage Collective / RiverCity Theatre

August 26 - September 11

blue_rose_the_guys_graphicCompelled by the tragic events of September 11, Columbia Journalism School professor Nelson volunteered to write eulogies for a fire captain who lost eight men.  In these finished eulogies, the fire captain's sketchy recollections of four of his men at work and at play are transformed into full portraitures. Through skillful dialogs and monologs, minimal props and setting, Nelson transcended time and space to create a moving, cathartic work. 

Mustard Seed Theatre

September 1-24

mustard_seed_falling_graphicBoth funny and frightening, this play explores the life of a family caring for an aggressive teen-aged boy with severe autism. Playwright Deanna Jent describes the show as “essentially about loving a person who is hard to love.” Cast members include Michelle Hand, Greg Johnston, Jonathan Foster, Katie Donnelly and Carmen Russell. The show is directed by Lori Adams.

The New Jewish Theatre

September 8-25

njt_end_days_graphicDeborah Zoe Laufer’s play is a wacky and off-balance tale that takes aim at science, religion, celebrity worship and suburbia. Set in 2003, just two years after 9/11, sixteen-year-old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father, suffering from post 9/11 depression, won't leave the house or change out of his pajamas. Her mother, Sylvia, is a lapsed Jew who has become a devout born again Christian. Nelson the nerdy sixteen-year- old neighbor who dresses as Elvis has a huge crush on her. The ensuing events of the play propel this dysfunctional family on a journey of discovery that is a manic whirlwind of a family drama that is at the same time weird and illuminating and truthful. The play is both poignantly redemptive and hilariously funny, as it asks us what we would hold most sacred if we knew the end was near. A satirically dark comedy with a moral edge, it is ultimately a story of family and faith, told with wacky hilarity.

HotCity Theatre

hotcity_winners_graphicSeptember 9-24

Gitana Productions

September 9-25

gitana_inalienable_rights_graphicThis is an original play about what happens to American citizens that look like the enemy. Toyo is a citizen of the United States,born to Japanese immigrants. Neamet is a naturalized citizen of Egyptian descent. Join them and their fellow Americans as they struggle to define what it means to be the "other" during a time of national emergency.

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

September 7 - October 2

rep_red_graphicRaw and electrifying, Red exposes the tormented mind of abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. As he nears the completion of a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant, the questions of a young assistant force Rothko to examine both his motives for creation and his place in the pantheon of great artists. Urgent, all-consuming and fascinating, this 2010 Tony Award-winning play is a searing portrait of the ambition, vulnerability and agony inherent in the art of making art.

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