Four great shows including a world premiere:
West End Players Guild Season 109
For 2019-2020, West End Players Guild offers an exciting menu plays never or rarely seen in St. Louis, including a world premiere commissioned exclusively for WEPG.
September 27 – October 6, 2019: Bill Cain’s Equivocation is a Shakespearean tale of intrigue starring the Bard himself. The King offers Shakespeare a commission he can’t refuse, to write a play about the Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament. Shakespeare discovers it is a perilous assignment, as he learns that the King’s version of the story does not quite square with the facts. Shakespeare is torn between the between the truth and the Crown. Can he walk this tightrope without losing his head (literally)? Tom Kopp directs.
The cast of Equivocation:
- Shag — Roger Erb
- Richard/Garnet — Reginald Pierre
- Nate/Cecil — John Wolbers
- Armin/Catesby/Coke — Mark Conrad
- Sharpe/Wintour/King James — Michael Pierce
- Judith — Alicen Moser
December 6-15, 2019: It’s the world premiere of Vladimir Zelevinsky’s The Cricket on the Hearth, an adaptation of the Charles Dickens story, commissioned and written especially for WEPG. Steve Callahan directs this tale of unlikely but undying love, a holiday heart-warmer that will both entertain and move you.
The cast of The Cricket on the Hearth:
- Dot — Gracie Sartin
- John — Chuck Winning
- The Old Stranger — Kellen Green
- Caleb — Charlie Heuvelman
- Tackleton — Kent Coffel
- Bertha — Samantha Hayes
- May — Mary Tomlinson
February 21 – March 1, 2020: Sharon’s husband and son are gone and her big Iowa house feels very lonely. Maybe a roommate will help. Enter Robyn, who turns out to be someone quite different from what she appears to be. Sean Belt directs Jen Silverman’s The Roommate, a very funny show about standing up to life and daring to do something totally new. It’s a lesson in life and a quirky “buddy comedy” all rolled up in one.
The cast of The Roommate:
- Sharon — Jane Abling
- Robyn — Julie George-Carlson
April 17-26, 2020: What if you could go back in time and change the one moment that reshaped your life forever? What if you could see a lost love of 40 years ago just one more time, to learn how her life turned out? Would you? Steven Dietz’s bittersweet Bloomsday poses the questions – the answers are for you to discover (and if you are not familiar with Bloomsday, just click here). Jessa Knust makes her WEPG directing debut.
The cast of Bloomsday:
- Robert — Jeff Lovell
- Caithleen — Summer Baer
- Cait — Colleen Heneghan
- Robbie — John Moore
West End Players Guild is the region’s oldest continuously-operated theatre company, presenting “big theatre in a small space” since 1911.