Beginning in the winter of 2020, Rep Reads was created by our Development Associate, Rob Kapeller, and The Rep Volunteer Board as a welcoming space to connect with other theatre lovers and to celebrate our shared passion for theatre. Now two years later, we're excited to continue our play reading group which has become one of our community’s most beloved new programs!

Rep Reads offers you the chance to interact with plays in written form and allows you the chance to bring the magic of a production to life using only your imagination. Each month, volunteer facilitators lead lively discussions on a wide variety of plays, from classics to new works. By participating in Rep Reads, you’ll gain a deeper insight into the literary value of dramatic texts and celebrate a wide spectrum of perspectives from other theatre lovers in our community.

REGISTER FOR OUR FALL 2022 SESSION


REP READS FALL 2022 SESSION

Join us for Rep Reads'  summer series of discussions surrounding three classic plays of the Western canon. Together we will consider what defines a classic and examine the ways these plays remain vital in the decades and centuries following the premieres. 

This fall, we will be discussing three plays centered on changing culture, curated in collaboration with Augustin Family Artistic Director Hana S. Sharif, The Rep's Artistic Staff and Development Associate Rob Kapeller.

All fall sessions will be offered online via Zoom. Invitations and links will be shared with participants 24 hours before the session begins. 

September 2022 Sessions: ONE FLEA SPARE by Naomi Wallace

Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 2 PM and 7 PM

Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 2 PM

It is 1665. As London spirals toward disaster in plague-time, a wealthy aristocrat and his invalid wife remain under quarantine inside their lavish home. In the middle of the night, two intruders –- a sailor and a mysterious girl –- break in and start demanding food. In the ensuing days, all behave according to their accustomed roles. Yet. as time drags on, the boundaries that defined life, previously, are rewritten and abandoned: the master and the servant switch, gender roles turn somersaults, and a stately marriage is nullified by passion. In this gripping drama, playwright Naomi Wallace applies her supreme gifts to the social morays of Elizabethan times. The result feels like an ultimatum, urgent and intense, for the present moment.

October 2022 Sessions: DETROIT '67 by Dominique Morisseau

Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 2 PM and 7 PM

Wednesday, September 19, 2022, 2 PM

In 1967 Detroit, Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the ’67 riots. The Rep will produce /Confederates/ by Dominique Morisseau this spring!

November 2022 Sessions: THE REZ SISTERS by Thompson Highway

Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 2 PM and 7 PM

Wednesday, September 16, 2022, 2 PM

They have their dreams and their difficulties, these seven Indigenous women. But one dream they hold in common is that of winning “the biggest bingo in the world” – and one day, accompanied by the transformative spirit guide Nanabush, they leave their Manitoulin Island reserve and set out for Toronto to do just that. Ribald, harrowing and mystical, this seminal work of Indigenous drama celebrates the spirit of resilience and the powerful beauty these women bring to the tough world in which they live.

 

TESTIMONIALS

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PLAYS FROM PREVIOUS SESSIONS:

June 2022 Sessions: A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Lorraine Hansberry

June Session I: Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 2 PM CST

June Session II: Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 7 PM CST

June Session III: Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 2 PM CST

Play Synopsis: Set on Chicago’s South Side, Lorraine Hansberry's celebrated play concerns the divergent dreams and conflicts in three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. Hansberry's portrait of one family’s struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.

July 2022 Sessions: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde

July Session I: Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 2 PM CST

July Session II: Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 7 PM CST

July Session III: Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 2 PM CST

Play Synopsis: The most renowned of Oscar Wilde’s comedies, The Importance of Being Earnest is the story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure. The elaborate plot ridicules Victorian sensibilities with some of the best loved, and indeed bizarre, characters to be found on the modern stage.

August 2022 Sessions: FEFU AND HER FRIENDS by María Irene Fornés

August Session I: Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 2 PM CST

August Session II: Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 7 PM CST

August Session III: Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 2 PM CST

Play Synopsis: On a spring day in 1935, eight women gather at Fefu’s New England home. A gracious host, Fefu organizes a weekend of camaraderie as well as work: The friends are rehearsing a charity presentation for a local school. But this gathering lays bare past heartaches and secrets among the women, from heartbreak to emotional and physical exhaustion, to devastating illness. At the center of this group is Fefu, a woman who is both powerful yet broken, belittling women as she cares for and nurtures her friends. Fefu and Her Friends is a feminist exploration of women’s roles and relationships--how they support each other, how they injure each other, and how they can create a community together. Notable for its experimental staging in which the audience moves through the theatre building to view different scenes, Fefu and Her Friends is a dynamic story of women, friendship, and the secrets that bind them together.