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. Make plans now to join us for these unique events and watch the creative process ignite.
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Readings - $10 each: Festival Package - 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
Ten Questions to Ask Your Biology Teacher About Evolution
by Stephen Massicotte
Directed by Tracy Brigden
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • 7:30 p.m.
High school biology teacher Ms. Kelly encourages her students to ask questions about the world around them. But when one student starts openly questioning the very basis of her teachings and the school science curriculum, her own personal faith is put to the test.
Every Reason to Hope and Believe
by Laura Eason
Directed by Seth Gordon
Sunday, March 23, 2014 • 3:00 p.m.
Emma, a successful St. Louis fundraiser, and Nathan, one of the city's most celebrated African American artists, couldn't make it work as a mixed race couple. When they reunite professionally to discuss creating a statue of Dred Scott to be erected in front of the Old Courthouse, their conversation quickly turns personal in this moving story of entitlement, privilege, passion, and how the past informs the present. Commissioned for Ignite! by The Rep.
Georama - A Mostly True Story of the Forgotten John Banvard
Book by West Hyler and Matt Schatz
Music and Lyrics by Matt Schatz
Additional Music and Lyrics by Jack Herrick
Directed by West Hyler
Saturday, March 29, 2014 • 3:00 p.m.
In the mid 1800s, American artist John Banvard created the first georama, a 3,000 foot-long scrolled painting celebrating the beauty of the Mississippi River. His creation took him from the life of a starving artist to one of luxury and notoriety when his moving panorama became a nationwide hit. But can he handle the stresses and competition this new life brings or will his passion fall by the wayside in the search for fame and fortune?