Ignite! 2018

New Scripts Out Loud

  • April 07 , 2018 / Saturday 7:30PM Nonsense and Beauty Buy Tickets

Watch the creative process ignite as The Rep welcomes three nationally recognized playwrights to debut exciting new scripts! Professional actors will bring these bold works to life by performing public readings of each piece for a live audience in The Rep's Emerson Studio Theatre.

Audience members become a part of the creative process by listening to these scripts and offering direct feedback to the playwright in a talkback following each performance. Check out our 2018 lineup below!

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Hurricane Colleen – March 28 & 29*

by Tammy Ryan

March 28 at 7:30 p.m. (at The Rep's Emerson Studio Theatre, 130 Edgar Rd.)
March 29* at 7:30 p.m. (at UMSL at Grand Center, 3651 Olive St.)

Six months after their sister Colleen has died of cancer, two women rent a beach house in Melbourne, Fla., to scatter her ashes. But when a tropical depression suddenly turns into a hurricane and strange encounters with wildlife occur, the sisters struggle to ride out the storms both outside and inside. From the author of Molly’s Hammer, developed in Ignite! and produced at The Rep in 2016.


  • Nancy Bell (Maggie)
  • Elizabeth Ann Townsend (Rosemary)
  • Jerry Vogel (Ed)
  • John Woodson (Doyle)

Wind-Up Girl – April 3

Book and lyrics by Sarah Hammond
Music by Will Aronson

April 3 at 7:30 p.m.
The Rep's Emerson Studio Theatre, 130 Edgar Rd.

Based on a true story, this imaginative new musical has René Descartes, the father of modern philosophy, attempting a very unusual project after being left bereft by the death of his daughter. A moving historical fantasy about the irrational machinations of the human heart.


  • Michael Winther (René)
  • Emily Walton (Francine)
  • Gerard Canonico (Nik)
  • Kara Lindsay (Doutzen)
  • Cat Brindisi (Chorus)
  • Michael Mendez (Chorus)
  • Sarah Smithton (Chorus)

Nonsense and Beauty – April 7

by Scott C. Sickles

April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
The Rep's Emerson Studio Theatre, 130 Edgar Rd.


In 1930, the writer E.M. Forster met and fell in love with a policeman 23 years his junior. Their relationship, very risky for its time, evolved into a 40-year love triangle that was both turbulent and unique. Based on a true story, Nonsense and Beauty captures the wit and wisdom of one of the last century’s great writers.


  • Jeffrey Hayenga (E.M. Forster)
  • David Christopher Wells (Bob Buckingham)
  • John Feltch (J.R. Ackerley)
  • Shannon Marie Sullivan (May Buckingham)
  • Donna Weinsting (Lily Forster)