Auditions for first two Season 107 shows on June 3rd
Actors, brush up your monologues and get ready to read. WEPG hosts auditions for Lee Blessing’s A Walk in the Woods and Marie Jones’s Stones in his Pockets on Saturday, June 3. Click here for all the details.
WEPG Announces Season 107
Thank you for your patronage and support of our recently-completed 106th season. Summer vacation beckons, but we’ll be back in September with an exciting Season 107 of plays that will entertain and challenge you.
September 29-October 8, 2017: A Soviet negotiator who’s been too long at the table and a younger American too new to the game go for A Walk in the Woods. Lee Blessing’s tale of how superpower negotiations sometimes work – and often fail – was nominated for a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize. Renee Sevier-Monsey directs.
November 10-19, 2017: Ryan Foizey directs Marie Jones’s Stones in His Pockets. A film company takes over a village in Ireland and all the villagers are extras. But the real drama is not the one played in front of the cameras. It’s funny, it’s sad and it’s very, very Irish.
February 9-18, 2018: Henrietta Leavitt wanted to touch the stars. But her employer, the Harvard Observatory, would not even let her touch the telescope – not because she was unqualified, but because she was a woman. So, she changed the history of astronomy on her own. Ellie Schwetye directs Lauren Gunderson’s inspiring true story, Silent Sky.
April 6-15, 2018: Hansol Jung’s Cardboard Piano takes us to northern Uganda. A missionary’s daughter and a local teenage girl exchange secret wedding vows but cannot escape the reach of the encroaching civil war. This powerful drama examines violence and the struggle to rebuild in its wake, as well as the limits of the human capacity for love and forgiveness. This 2016 Humana Festival hit is a St. Louis premiere, directed by Linda Kennedy.
Season tickets go on sale in June – check back here to get yours.
Congratulations to our Theatre Circle Awards winners
West End Players Guild snagged two of the 2017 Theatre Circle Awards, presented by theatre critics for outstanding work by professional theatre companies in our area.
The cast of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia — Kristin Rion, Michael Cassidy Flynn, Scott De Broux, Andrew Kuhlman, Carl Overly, Jr., Ann Marie Mohr, Anthony Wininger, Nicole Angeli, Erin Renee Roberts, John Wolbers, Jaz Tucker and Mason Hunt — won for Best Ensemble in a Drama; Ellie Schwetye directed their performance.
Maggie Wininger took home the trophy as Outstanding Actress in a Comedy for her performance in the title role of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita, directed by Jan Meyer.
Congratulations as well to actors from three West End shows also nominated for Theatre Circle Awards:
Tom Kopp earned a nomination for outstanding actor in a comedy for his work as Frank in Educating Rita.
Kristin Rion, who played Thomasina in our production of Arcadia, was nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a drama.
And, Jeremy Goldmeier, Emily Johnson, Ariel Roukaerts and Zach Venturella were nominated for best ensemble in a drama for their work in Vladimir Zelevinsky’s Manifest|Destiny, directed by Steve Callahan.