In the spring of 2012 The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis launched a new initiative with commissions of nationally recognized playwrights, culminating in three public readings. In these readings, actors read directly from the script without sets, lights or costumes. Make plans now to join us for these unique events and watch the creative process ignite.


Join us for the fourth season of the Ignite! Festival, and celebrate the development and discovery of new American theatre.

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Readings - $10 each or all 3 shows for $25


The Ignite! New Play Festival is held at the Sally S. Levy Opera Center, located at 210 Hazel Avenue, directly behind the Loretto-Hilton Center. Click here for directions to the theatre. Parking is available in the large parking garage located on Garden Avenue. Additionally, limited handicap parking will be available in the Opera Theatre lot off of Hazel Avenue.

Questions? Please call the Box Office at (314) 968-4925 for or more information.

All readings at the
Sally S. Levy Opera Center
210 Hazel Avenue • Webster Groves


This Thing of Ours
by Caridad Svich
Directed by Emily Mendelsohn

Saturday, March 21, 2015 • 3:00 p.m.

When an act of violence strikes an American city, how do we react? It’s happened before. We say we will put our lives back together, but years will go by. We will grow apart, come together and some of us will wonder how to keep going, as we turn to myths and seek lessons there. This Thing of Ours is the latest play by Caridad Svich, winner of the Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement and author of the loving adaptation of Love in the Time of Cholera, read in the 2012 Ignite! series.

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The Full Catastrophe
by Michael Weller
From the novel by David Carkeet
Directed by Seth Gordon

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.

Jeremy Cook, once a celebrated linguist, is suddenly out of work and out of sorts. In desperation, he takes a job as a live-in marriage counselor for Roy Pillow, a shadowy, wannabe-scientist billionaire. Confused by his mission and at a crossroads in his personal life, Jeremy finds himself confronting the ghosts of his failed relationships past, and the mortal danger of repeating his big mistake over again. Michael Weller is the author of the American classic Moonchildren and the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of Doctor Zhivago.

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Molly's Hammer
by Tammy Ryan
Based on the book Hammer of Justice by Liane Ellison Norman
Directed by Seth Gordon

Saturday, March 28, 2015 • 3:00 p.m.

In 1980, Molly Rush took a stand. The Pittsburgh housewife and mother of six walked into a G.E. plant and took a hammer to a nuclear warhead to protest the buildup of America’s nuclear arsenal. Molly’s Hammer is the story of the Plowshares Eight, Molly, and her husband’s wish to stop his wife from sacrificing herself to save the world.

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