The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (The Rep) continues the Ignite! Festival of New Plays. Taking place in March, the festival will include commissions of nationally recognized playwrights, culminating with three public readings including Soups, Stews, and Casseroles by Rebecca Gilman and directed by Seth Gordon; Tamarack House by Michael Dowling and directed by Anders Cato; and Love in the Time of Cholera by Caridad Svich (based on the novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez) and directed by Jose Zayas. The festival productions will take place in the Sally S. Levy Opera Center, located at 210 Hazel Avenue, directly behind the Loretto-Hilton Center.
The purpose of the festival is to produce new plays to premiere at The Rep; thereby increasing both the audience's appreciation of new American plays, as well as the visibility and stature for The Rep in the national community. Locally, it gives St. Louis audiences exposure to new works, as well as the opportunity to experience the creative process.
Ticket prices are $10 for individual readings or $25 for all three. To purchase, visit The Rep Box Office, located inside the Loretto-Hilton Center, charge by phone by calling (314) 968-4925, or visit The Rep's Online Box Office at http://www.repstl.org/ignite.
Soups, Stews and Casseroles
by Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Seth Gordon
Saturday, March 16, 3pm
When the main employer in Monroe, Wisconsin is bought out, a whole town learns what it means to have their livelihood, identity and destiny taken from them. The Duerst family is experiencing these tensions first hand, along with a few others of their own. The author ofSpinning into Butter and many others, Rebecca Gilman is one of the most highly regarded playwrights in the US today. A Repertory Theatre of St. Louis commission.
by Michael Dowling
Directed by Anders Cato
Wednesday, March 20, 7:30pm
A big, old boarding house sits on a beautiful spot of land in a small New England town, but its days are numbered as housing developments encroach. The house is rundown and beat up but has hidden potential, not unlike the discarded misfits who live there. Caught in the whirlpool of a fleeting American dream, they struggle to hold onto the house that defines them. They've got to figure out what to do, and quick. A funny, quirky and moving story by an exciting new American voice.
Love in the Time of Cholera
by Caridad Svich; based on the novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Directed by Jose Zayas
Saturday, March 23, 3pm
Based on the award-winning novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and written by Obie Award-winning dramatist Caridad Svich, this lyrical, imagistic play charts the profound love story between a feverishly romantic man and a sensual, passionate woman, and 50-plus years of their unusual, magical story of love. A play with music written in Spanish, this is the debut of its English language translation.
For more information on Ignite! or to purchase tickets to the readings, visit The Rep's website at http://www.repstl.org/ignite.