Next up at West End Players: Jen Silverman’s The Roommate

Here’s your chance to meet “The Even Odder Couple:” Jen Silverman’s The Roommate, directed by Sean Belt and starring Jane Abling and Julie George-Carlson.

Sharon (Abling) lives alone in a big old house in Iowa City, IA. Her husband has left her; her grown son has moved to New York and rarely calls; and Sharon looks somewhat fearfully ahead to the decades to come. She has a lot of life left to live but no idea what to do with it, and she is really, really bored with her life to date. She decides that a roommate might at least help with the constant loneliness and she posts an ad.

Enter Robyn (George-Carlson). Robyn turns out to be just about everything Sharon isn’t. Sharon is small-town Iowa; Robyn is the big, bad Bronx. Sharon’s diet is Iowa health food — porkchops, baked beans, corn on the cob, all with lots of butter; Robyn is a vegan (and has to explain to Sharon was a “vegan” is). Sharon is white wine; Robyn is recreational drugs, some of which she grows herself. Sharon is straight; Robyn is…. flexible. Sharon needs a new life; Robyn needs a place to hide.

But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, they encourage Sharon’s own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. What happens next is a dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.

The Roommate opens February 21 and runs through March 1 at the theatre in the Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Blvd. in the Central West End. Shows are Thursday (second week only), Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now; click here to buy yours today.

WEPG’s Photograph 51 and Equivocation snag 10 Theatre Circle Award nominations

Congratulations to everyone who helped bring Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51 and Bill Cain’s Equivocation to life on the West End Players’ stage. Your great work has not gone unnoticed by the St. Louis Theatre Circle, which has nominated you for TEN annual awards for outstanding theatre achievement.

Both plays are nominated for Outstanding Drama of 2019, and both casts are nominated for Outstanding Ensemble.

Photograph 51‘s individual nominations included Ellie Schwetye for Outstanding Director of a Drama, Nicole Angeli for Outstanding Actress in a Drama and Ryan Lawson-Maeske for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama.

Equivocation‘s individual nods went to Roger Erb for Best Actor in a Drama, Reginald Pierre for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama and Alicen Moser for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.

The awards will be presented on March 30 at the annual Theatre Circle Awards event at the Loretto-Hilton Center. Break a Leg, West End nominees!