West End Players Guild announces Season 108

For 2018-2019, West End Players Guild offers an exciting menu of three timely comedies – one of them a world premiere – plus an inspiring true story of women on the forefront of scientific exploration.

September 28-October 7, 2018: Steven Dietz’s This Random World (the myth of serendipity) mines the comedy of missed connections. “The characters are drawn with empathy and humor, and the cascading series of coincidences neatly illustrates the idea that, as the title suggests, we are all hostages to chance.” – NY Times. Renee Sevier-Monsey directs.

November 9-18, 2018: Our favorite information scientist/nuclear physicist/playwright Vladimir Zelevinsky (Manifest|Destiny, Season 106) returns to the WEPG stage with The Great Seduction, a hilarious period French sex farce that turns out not to be about sex at all. Steve Callahan directs this world premiere production.

February 8-17, 2019: Our twisted take on Valentine’s Day is Exit, Pursued by a Bear by Lauren Gunderson, America’s most-performed playwright and author of Season 107’s Silent Sky. It’s a nasty feminist revenge comedy featuring a good old boy named Kyle, his beleaguered spouse Nan and her two buddies, a sweetheart of a cross dresser named Simon and a stripper named Sweetheart. Nan has decided to teach Kyle a long-deserved lesson, and then cover him with meat and honey and feed him to a bear. Yes, it’s that funny. Directed by Teresa Doggett.

April 5-14, 2019: Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51 is a moving portrait of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists relives the chase, revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman. Ellie Schwetye directs.

Season tickets for the upcoming season are on sale now right here. Individual show tickets will go on sale in August. West End Players Guild is St. Louis’s oldest continuously-operated theatre company, founded in 1911 and now presenting its second century of “big theatre in a small space.”

Actors, take note: Auditions for This Random World and The Great Seduction will be held on Saturday, June 9, at the Union Avenue Christian Church. Auditions for Exit, Pursued by a Bear and Photograph 51 will be held on Saturday, September 15, also at Union Avenue Christian Church. Mark your calendar and check for more information coming soon at www.WestEndPlayers.org/Auditions.

Auditions for This Random World and The Great Seduction will be June 9

West End Players Guild will hold open auditions for the first two plays of its 2018-2019 season on Saturday, June 9, beginning at 12 noon in the theatre at the Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Blvd. There is ample free parking at the back of the church. Auditioners should use the outdoor stairs to the basement entrance (it will be marked).

The plays to be cast are:

Steven Dietz’s This Random World, directed by Renee Sevier-Monsey. This Random World will be presented in seven performances September 28-October 7. This Random World has roles for five adult women, age range 20s-70s, and three adult men, age range 20s-60s.. Rehearsals will begin in August. Auditions for This Random World will consist of cold readings from sides.

Vladimir Zelevinsky’s The Great Seduction, directed by Steve Callahan. The Great Seduction will be presented in seven performances November 9-18. The Great Seduction has roles for three adult women, age range 20s-40s, and two adult men, age range 20s-40s. Auditions for The Great Seduction will consist of cold readings from sides.

Auditioners should bring a resume and head shot for each director for whom they wish to read.

West End Players Guild is a non-Equity professional company. All actors will be paid a stipend.

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