2019-2020 Season & Events

The Rep's 2019-2020 season is the very first collection of shows programmed by our new artistic director, Hana S. Sharif. It's a season that poses new questions while also reaffirming everything that's made The Rep essential for more than 50 years. 

Join us for this momentous season, outlined below!


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Angels in America: Parts One and Two

September 4 – October 6, 2019

by Tony Kushner
Directed by Tony Speciale

A towering epic that unveils new depths with each passing year, Tony Kushner’s Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece arrives on The Rep's stage for the first time. Featuring Kushner’s revised script that fueled acclaimed revivals on Broadway and London’s West End, The Rep will present both parts of Angels in America in a rotating “rep” schedule throughout the run.

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The Lifespan of a Fact

October 16 – November 10, 2019

by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell

Celebrated author John D’Agata has just written a sublime and shattering magazine essay that chronicles a teenager’s suicide. But is the story true? When the world’s most neurotically precise fact checker starts dissecting the author’s work, it begins to split at the seams. As the final deadline looms, hard facts square off against emotional truths in a funny and searing high-stakes showdown.

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Pride and Prejudice

December 4 – 29, 2019

by Jane Austen
Adapted by Christopher Baker
Directed by Hana S. Sharif

In a world of opulent estates and lavish private balls, where women’s entire futures hinge on marriage, Elizabeth Bennet stands apart. With a vibrant wit and a headstrong sense of pride, Elizabeth places her own needs first and refuses to marry for mere convenience. But she meets her match in the unlikely figure of Mr. Darcy. Beginning as a testy battle of words and ideas, their relationship blossoms into a remarkable romance between two passionate intellects who play by their own rules. 

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Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles

January 8 – February 2, 2020

by Luis Alfaro

The Greek tragedy Medea is reborn through the experiences of a young immigrant family living in modern day Los Angeles. Shrouded in evocative mysticism, this tale of love, loss and transformation pulses with an escalating sense of danger. In this fresh retelling, Medea and Jason grapple not only with their own star-crossed marriage, but with the weight of the sacrifices demanded in the battle between assimilation and tradition.

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The Mystery of Irma Vep

February 12 – March 8, 2020

by Charles Ludlam

Classic horror, B-movie mysteries and wild farce get tossed into a blender in this feverish, supernatural sprint. On a dark and stormy night, the howls of a werewolf echo across the moors, a newly revived mummy stirs in its sarcophagus and a mysterious portrait holds the key to an ancient family curse. Two actors bring this diabolical tale to life, with the help of a few dozen costume changes and a lot of wigs.

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Dreaming Zenzile

Based on the life of Miriam Makeba

March 18 – April 12, 2020

by Somi Kakoma

At her final concert, on the eve of her death, South African musical legend Miriam Makeba delivers the performance of her life, raising the conscience and the consciousness of a people. But the ancestors are calling – transporting her through the music and fractured memories of her past on a spiritual journey of reconciliation. Written and performed by international music sensation Somi, this world premiere musical is an electrifying portrait of a revolutionary artist’s singular voice and vision.

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Steve Woolf Studio Series

Sponsored by The Fischer Family

Featuring three fresh and dynamic shows, Studio performances take place in the 125-seat, black box-style Emerson Studio Theatre.

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Feeding Beatrice

October 30 – November 17, 2019

by Kirsten Greenidge

It starts with the sound of a spoon scraping against glass and the wet noise of lips smacking together. June and Lurie have a haunting new houseguest – and she’s ravenously hungry. They do their best to keep her fed and happy, but Beatrice always demands more. As she burrows deeper and deeper into their lives, the couple faces a horrific question: what will it cost to exorcise Beatrice forever?

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The Thanksgiving Play

January 15 – February 9, 2020

by Larissa FastHorse

Four earnestly progressive theatre makers want to create a politically correct Thanksgiving play that is historically accurate, avoids all possible stereotypes and doesn’t offend anyone. Guess how long it takes for everything to fly off the rails? This wickedly hilarious satire hurtles into glorious chaos, skewering both its characters’ pretensions and the traditional “Thanksgiving story.”

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The Cake

March 11 – 29, 2020

by Bekah Brunstetter

For small-town baker Della, the creation of sweet and sumptuous cakes is a rapturous experience. Her love of baking is matched by the intense affection she feels for Jen, the young woman she helped to raise and views as a surrogate daughter. But when Jen asks that Della bake a cake for her wedding to another woman, Della’s religious beliefs stop her cold. With immense heart and humor, Brunstetter’s play navigates the messy collision of the personal and the political, while illuminating the humanity of all involved.

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Imaginary Theatre Company

Sponsored by Cheri and Ron Fromm, US Bank and Bayer Fund

Imaginary Theatre Company (ITC) is The Rep’s resident professional touring ensemble. Through the use of literature, folk tales, fairy tales and new adaptations of classic works, ITC is committed to bringing the very finest in theatre for young audiences to nearly 20,000 students each season.

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The Ant and the Grasshopper

Available for Touring: October 21, 2019 – March 15, 2020
Sensory Friendly Performances: 10:30 am and 12:30 pm November 23, 2019 (More info)
Non-Sensory Friendly Public Performance: 3 pm November 23, 2019 (More info)

Book, music and lyrics by Brian Hohlfeld

Preparations for winter are underway, and no one is working harder than the ant family. When a zany, unproductive grasshopper arrives, he provides a welcome distraction for Little Ant, who finds work dull and repetitive. Join us for this musical adaptation of a classic tale about the importance of hard work, and the value of fun and friendship!

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The Elves and the Shoemaker

Available for Touring: November 11 – December 20, 2019

by Sarah Brandt
Music and lyrics by Neal Richardson

When a kindly shoemaker gives his only remaining pair of shoes to a cold and hungry beggar woman, he finds his good deed rewarded in unexpected ways. Based on the tale by the Brothers Grimm, this beloved, warm-hearted story is perfect for the holiday season, reminding us that where we find kindness, generosity and hope, anything is possible.

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Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

Available for Touring: January 13 – March 15, 2020

Book by Melvin Tunstall III
Lyrics by Douglas Lyons
Music by Greg Borowsky and Douglas Lyons
Based on an original concept by Douglas Lyons

The “Squares Only” town of Rockaway turns upside down when Lily Polkadot arrives. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. Inspired by the events of The Little Rock Nine, this musical serves as a colorful history lesson, reminding us that our differences make us awesome, not outcasts.

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