2020-2021 Season FAQs

What is The Rep’s plan for the 2020-21 Season?

We must delay our traditional 2020-2021 season due to continuing risks associated with the coronavirus.

This spring, we’re delighted to invite you to join us for two in-person Mainstage performances, along with new, innovative performing arts programming along the way.

March 2021: Little Shop of Horrors
Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts. Join us for this musical comedy joyride for the whole family, where girl meets boy, boy meets carnivorous alien plant, carnivorous alien plant develops an insatiable taste for blood.

May 2021: Mlima’s Tale
Catherine B. Berges Theatre at COCA — Center of Creative Arts Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, follow along as we travel the path of Mlima’s tusks on a captivating and haunting journey through the dark world of the international ivory trade.

Throughout this fall and winter:
We’re inspired to bring you innovative performing arts programming like you’ve never seen before. Experience theatre through a hybrid of interactive, site-specific and virtual experiences that are sure to delight your senses and your sense of adventure. Please stay tuned for the exciting details!

The first virtual event of the 20-21 season is a free staged reading of an exciting new play, BLACK LIKE ME by Monty Cole, based on the memoir of the same name by John Howard Griffin. This noir docu-drama tells the true story of a white journalist in 1959 who temporarily dyed his skin in an effort to experience life as a Black Man. Playwright/Director Cole created modern-day Black characters to reenact the story, respond in real time to the events of the play and wrestle with their own concepts of equality and social justice.

The one-night-only staged reading of BLACK LIKE ME is free and available for online streaming anywhere in the world on September 10 at 7:30 p.m. CST. Reserve your free virtual “seat” by filling out the registration form HERE

Why have you made this decision?

Our number one focus has been, and will always be, the health and safety of our community, staff and performers.

We have been in deep discussions with our board, community members, theatre patrons, local and national arts organizations and public health professionals. The current consensus is that by spring we should be able to share the magic of live, in-person theatre safely, but rest assured that we are monitoring the situation and will follow public health guidelines.

I subscribed to the 20-21 season. What do I do now?

First and foremost, thank you for being part of The Rep family.

To give you more choices about when you visit the theatre, we’ve adjusted our ticketing model to a Flex Pass.

You’ll get the same number of tickets you purchased in your subscription, but now you get to choose which productions, dates and times you prefer - in both the 2020-21 season and the 2021-22 season!

Revel in the laughter of Little Shop of Horrors, experience the mystic journey of Mlima’s Tale, experience our virtual programming this fall and winter, save some of your tickets for an exciting slate of live performances in our 2021-22 season or give the gift of theatre by sharing your tickets with friends and family. It’s completely up to you!

Examples:

  • Mainstage 6-Play Subscription: You now have 6 Flex Pass Tickets
  • Pick 3 Subscription: You now have 3 Flex Pass Tickets
  • Pick 4 Subscription: You now have 4 Flex Pass Tickets
  • Pick 5 Subscription: You now have 5 Flex Pass Tickets
  • Studio 3-Play Subscription: You now have 3 Flex Pass Tickets

Redemption of your Flex Pass tickets is easy!

Starting January 19, just call our Box Office at (314) 968-4925 Monday through Friday between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. We’ll work with you to select the best available seating in the section you purchased for the productions, dates and times you prefer. You don’t need to know how you want to use all of your Flex Pass tickets by this date. We’ll keep track for you, and you can schedule your theatre-going whenever you like, in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

If a Flex Pass doesn’t work for me at this time, what are my options?

We understand. These are ever-changing times, and we want to do everything we can to make your life easier, so we are also offering two additional options:

Donate to the Arts 
Your support now is more vital than ever. Please consider converting the value of some or all of your tickets into a tax-deductible donation. 
You will invest in The Rep’s future, assist with our season programming and aid our continued efforts to provide educational resources to local schools. 

Request a Refund
Full or partial subscription refunds will be provided upon request. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

Please contact our Box Office at (314) 968-4925 Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. if you wish to choose one of these two options or get more information.
 

Will I get my usual seats?

Until further notice, we must employ social distancing for all of our events. This allows us to best protect the health and safety of our patrons, artists and staff, while also complying with local government directives. For every performance, our team will assign seats on a first-come, first-served basis in each section, leaving seats around you empty for adequate social distancing.

We know it may be disappointing not to sit in the seats that you have grown fond of over your years at The Rep, but we are grateful to have found a way in which we can have an in-person production while keeping you, as well as our staff and artists, safe.

Why did you choose these shows for the 2020-21 season?

With audience and artist health top of mind, we had to re-envision the experience of live theatre for the 2020-21 season, and that includes choosing productions that will protect our artists, as well as provide you the safest and most enjoyable theatrical experiences.

We love all of the plays that were originally selected for the 2020-21 season, and we wish that we could bring them all to life for you this year. However, because of the pandemic we had to narrow our focus to just two performances.

Little Shop of Horrors will be a family-friendly comedic musical that we hope brings joy to you and your family in these trying times.

Mlima’s Tale, by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, will offer a more lyrical and poetic story that will be brand new for most audiences. We’re thrilled for its Rep debut at the new state-of-the-art Berges Theatre.

What about A CHRISTMAS CAROL and The Rep's partnership with COCA?

Though A Christmas Carol will not be produced in 2020 due to continuing risks associated with the coronavirus, we are excited to launch this annual holiday tradition in 2021. The Rep and COCA are still committed to and excited about our partnership. We believe that developing the next generation of artists and art lovers is integral to our missions and important for our communities. There will be many opportunities for COCA students to learn directly from Rep staff and guest artists in the 2020-21 season and beyond.

Will it be safe to come back into the theatre in March?

We are communicating with public health professionals and will take safety precautions to ensure you, our staff and our artists are as safe as possible. 

We will update you on the plans as we get closer to opening, but all in-person performances will implement health protocols including, but not limited to, social distancing, masks, enhanced sanitation, temperature screenings, contact tracing and contact-less navigation.

Please know we will always do what is responsible and safe, and if health conditions change, we will adapt.

Additionally, for the 2020-2021 season, we have instituted an exchange/refund policy for  an up to one-hour before curtain call for anyone who feels unwell or unsafe attending the theatre. You can subscribe without worrying about making last-minute changes.

I am unsure if I’ll be ready in March to come back into group settings. What are my options?

We want you to have the freedom to choose when you’re comfortable attending theatre. The Flex Pass allows you to join us in both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons. You may also contact our Box Office to request the alternate options of donating the value of your tickets or obtaining a refund.

When are you mailing tickets?

We will begin mailing tickets after you pick your shows and dates on or after January 19. When you call 314-968-4925 Monday through Friday, our box office team will outline all your choices. 

To keep you as safe as possible, we encourage you to consider a contactless email option for your tickets.

What interactive, site-specific and virtual performing arts programming will we be offered this fall and winter, and how do I see it?

The first virtual event of the 20-21 season is a free staged reading of an exciting new play, BLACK LIKE ME by Monty Cole, based on the memoir of the same name by John Howard Griffin. This noir docu-drama tells the true story of a white journalist in 1959 who temporarily dyed his skin in an effort to experience life as a Black Man. Playwright/Director Cole created modern-day Black characters to reenact the story, respond in real time to the events of the play and wrestle with their own concepts of equality and social justice. 

The one-night-only staged reading of BLACK LIKE ME is free and available for online streaming anywhere in the world on September 10 at 7:30 p.m. CST

Reserve your free virtual “seat” by filling out the registration form HERE.

We’ll bring you more exciting details about our virtual season as they become available.

I haven’t subscribed yet. Is it too late?

It’s never too late to join The Rep family! Please call our box office to arrange your subscription.

I’m not able to subscribe, but I would like to see these productions. When will single tickets go on sale?

Single tickets will be available for purchase beginning February 15 by calling our Box Office at (314) 968-4925 or by purchasing online at repstl.org.

What safety measures will you be implementing, if needed, when live theatre returns?

We will stay in touch with public health professionals about safety guidelines and protocols and update you as we get closer to March, but all in-person performances will implement health protocols including, but not limited to, social distancing, masks, enhanced sanitation, temperature screenings, contact tracing and contact-less navigation.

I already converted tickets from the 2019-20 season to a gift card. What happens to my gift card?

You can use your gift card for any ticketed events we produce during our 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, so you have plenty of time to turn your gift card into an exciting theatrical adventure!

How can I help?

We would be grateful for your support as we continue to create theatre that excites and engages. Thank you for giving the gift of the performing arts to your community.

I still have questions. Who do I ask?

Please contact our Box Office at (314) 968-4925. Our dedicated staff is there to help you Monday-Friday 10:30-5:00.

Will the Café be open in March?

While we will not be serving meals in the lobby, in order to best protect our patrons, staff and artists, we will share updates on concessions as we get closer to March.

What about Parking/Parking Passes?

Due to social distancing, rest assured that there will be more parking than in past seasons, so you will have plenty of safe parking options. We’ll share details in 2021, well in advance of the start of our in-person season.

I purchased an Imaginary Theatre Company Subscription. What are the plans for these shows?

We are working hard to determine how we can safely bring Imaginary Theatre Company productions to children and families all over the bi-state. We will share information as soon as we have it, and we thank you for your continued patience.

Again, thank you for being part of The Rep family. We hope you stay safe and healthy, and we cannot wait to show you the surprises we have in store for our 20-21 season!