Hansol Jung’s Cardboard Piano opens April 6 at WEPG

The curtain comes down on West End Players Guild’s 107th season with the St. Louis premiere of Hansol Jung’s Cardboard Piano, April 6-15 in the theatre at the Union Avenue Christian Church. In civil war-torn northern Uganda a missionary’s daughter and a local teenaged girl exchange secret wedding vows and plan their escape, but they cannot evade the reach of the encroaching civil war. The play explores the deep but tragic relationship between the two young women and a troubled child soldier they try to save. The cardboard piano is their symbol of the hope and courage needed to carry on in a hopeless world. But can anyone have the courage to forgive the unforgiveable?

Linda Kennedy directs a cast featuring Frankie Ferrari, Reginald Pierre, Darrious Varner and Jazmine Wade.

Cardboard Piano will be performed seven times over two weekends at 8 p.m. Thursday (second week only), Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. All performances are in the theatre at the Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Boulevard in the Central West End. Free parking and the theatre entrance are at the rear of the church. Tickets to the show are on sale at here.

In addition to seeing the show, patrons attending Cardboard Piano will get the first peak at West End’s upcoming 2018-2019 season, our 108th. Don’t miss the new season announcement — buy your tickets today.

Congratulations to our Theatre Circle Awards nominees

West End Players Guild snagged four 2018 Theatre Circle Award nominations, presented by theatre critics for outstanding work by professional theatre companies in our area.

Jason Meyers and Jared Sanz-Agero both received nominations as Outstanding Actor in a Comedy for their work in WEPG’s production of Marie Jones’s Stones in His Pockets, directed by Steve Callahan.

Our production of Oedipus Apparatus, created and directed by Lucy Cashion, was nominated for Outstanding New Play.

Kristin Cassidy‘s work on Oedipus Apparatus earned a nomination for Outstanding Design in a Play.


Congratulations to three award nominees whose work is on display at WEPG this Spring.

Rachel Tibbetts took two nominations, the first for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy in Midnight Company’s production of Little Thing, Big Thing, and the second for Outstanding Director of a Comedy, SATE’s production of First Impressions. Rachel stars as Henrietta Leavitt in WEPG’s production of Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky, February 9-18,

Linda Kennedy, nominated as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama for her work in New Jewish Theatre’s Intimate Apparel, directs the WEPG production of Hansel Jung’s Cardboard Piano, April 6-15.

Ellie Schwetye, nominated for Outstanding Sound Design in a Play for SATE’s production of First Impressions, directs our production of Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky, February 9-18.

The Theatre Circle awards will be presented March 26 at the Loretto-Hilton Center.