Quick Start Podcast

Listen in to Quick Start, The Rep’s new behind-the-scenes podcast. For each episode, we sit down with an actor from one of our Mainstage productions to explore the world of the play. We’ll talk characters, themes, issues raised by the play, historical background and other details you won’t hear anywhere else.


It's a Quick Start spooktacular (sorry) as Esteban Andres Cruz and Tommy Everett Russell joined us to talk about the madcap supernatural comedy of The Mystery of Irma Vep. We covered their insane backstage quick changes and the powerful queer history behind the show.

Maggie Bofill (Armida), Alma Martinez (Tita), and Cheryl Umaña (Medea) joined the Quick Start Podcast to discuss Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles. We talked about the power of working with an all-Latinx cast and design team, and what makes Luis Alfaro's script so breathtaking.

Rebeca Miller, who plays Charlotte Lucas in The Rep's production of Pride and Prejudice, talks about her character's tough choices in the play, choreographing the elaborate ball scenes and how she discovered Jane Austen through zombies.

Truth meets fiction in a special double episode of the Quick Start podcast! We spoke with author John D'Agata and Brian Slaten, the actor who portrays him in The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis production of The Lifespan of a Fact.

Jayson Speters of Angels in America kicks off Season 3 of the podcast! We discussed how his background helped him bring authenticity and integrity to his portrayal of Joe Pitt, plus the truly epic process behind preparing seven hours of theatre in less than two months.


Matthew McGloin joined the Quick Start Podcast to talk about surviving The Play That Goes Wrong, why he keeps his body running on eggs and Sour Patch candies, and how the production's cast and creative team brought a home-brewed version of this smash hit comedy to St. Louis.

Kathleen Wise drops by the Quick Start Podcast to talk about playing the real-life diplomatic rock star Mona Juul in Oslo, as well as honing her Norwegian accent and working with Rep artistic director Steven Woolf.

Carl Howell joins the Quick Start podcast to discuss Alabama Story, his lifelong fandom of Bruce Springsteen and how to speak with a convincing Alabaman accent – one vowel sound at a time.

Laurel Casillo, who plays Mother in The Rep's production of A Christmas Story, talks about why the original movie continues to endure, as well as her own family's holiday traditions.

Michael James Reed joins the Quick Start podcast to discuss The Rep's production of A Doll's House, Part 2, plus his lengthy and varied acting career – including numerous productions at The Rep.

Sean MacLaughlin (Juan Perón in Evita) hung out with us to discuss the musical's 2013 national tour, meeting Sir Tim Rice and his epic prank war with co-star Michelle Aravena.