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.




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

Each month this summer we will be covering one play in our discussion groups. There are three sessions per month and each session has a capacity of 15 people. Please only sign up for one session per month to allow for others to have access to this amazing program.

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

June 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 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 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.


“Thank you for making these play discussions happen. Each one is great, fun, and thoughtful. I loved the play Water By The Spoonful and hope to see it on the Mainstage in a future season.” (1).png

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