West End Players Guild
announces its 105th Season
West End Players Guild’s 2015-16 season – the company’s 105th – will feature two of the hottest new plays of the last few years along with two old favorites.
The season opens on September 25 with David Ives’s Venus in Fur. On November 13th, come see the St. Louis premiere of one of the most talked-about and performed feminist plays of recent years, Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn. On February 12, 2016, join us for Willy Russell’s Educating Rita, the delightful and touching 1980s comedy that recently won rave reviews in a U.K. revival. On April 8, 2016, WEPG showcases one of our favorite playwrights, Lee Blessing, with the St. Louis premiere of Great Falls.
September 25-October 4: Venus in Fur by David Ives
directed by Steve Callahan
It’s the end of a rainy day and a dismal casting call. As the director packs up to head home the door swings open, and in walks the woman who seems born for the role – strangely, eerily so. Is it the director’s dream come true, or a stylish nightmare? Venus in Fur is David Ives at his best – very sexy, very funny and very, very smart.
November 13-22: Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo
directed by Stephen Peirick
After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine became a “rock star” in the academic world and a go-to cable TV commenter, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs – the prize being Gwen’s husband (and Catherine’s long-ago ex-boyfriend), Don. With searing insight and wit, this comedy offers an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals.
February 12-21: Educating Rita by Willy Russell
directed by Jan Meyer
An unschooled but intellectually insatiable hairdresser enrolls in the Open University determined to finally get a proper education, only to find herself being tutored by a professor who’s lost his own way. As teacher and pupil explore the differences between erudition and education, audience members will ask themselves who is really learning what from whom?
April 8-17: Great Falls by Lee Blessing
directed by Tom Kopp
From the pen of Lee Blessing, whose dystopian fantasy Lonesome Hollow opened WEPG’s 2013-14 season, comes a strange but funny story of two souls trying to make it to tomorrow. A man lost in his adult life drives across the West with his ex-step-daughter, a young woman whose own adulthood has only recently – and very suddenly – begun. He’s attempting to fit together a new life using pieces of the old. She just wants to survive.
All shows will be performed Thursday (second week only), Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the theatre at the Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Blvd. (just north of Delmar). The church offers ample free parking at the rear of the building, near the theatre entrance. Season tickets go on sale June 1 online right here at www.WestEndPlayers.org/tickets.
Actors please note: Auditions for Venus in Fur and Rapture, Blister, Burn will be held on Saturday, June 6, beginning at 12 noon at the Union Avenue Christian Church. The complete auditions announcement, including plot synopses and character descriptions, may be found here.