Laughs, Inspiration, a World Premiere — West End Players’ Season 108 has it all.
For 2018-2019, West End Players Guild offers an exciting menu of three timely comedies – one of them a world premiere – plus an inspiring true story of women on the forefront of scientific exploration.
September 28-October 7, 2018: This Random World
Steven Dietz’s This Random World (the myth of serendipity) mines the comedy of missed connections. “The characters are drawn with empathy and humor, and the cascading series of coincidences neatly illustrates the idea that, as the title suggests, we are all hostages to chance.” – NY Times. Renee Sevier-Monsey directs.
The Cast of This Random World
Claire — Eleanor Humphrey
Bernadette — Jessa Knust
Gary — Joel Zummak
Rhonda — Kate Weber
Scottie — Lynn Rathbone
Tim — Ted Drury
Beth — Tinah Twardowski
November 9-18, 2018: The Great Seduction
Our favorite information scientist/nuclear physicist/playwright Vladimir Zelevinsky (Manifest|Destiny, Season 106) returns to the WEPG stage with The Great Seduction, a hilarious period French sex farce that turns out not to be about sex at all. Steve Callahan directs this world premiere production.
The Cast of The Great Seduction
Mariette — Rachel Bailey
The Countess de Bourbon — Heather Sartin
The Duke of Richelieu — Jason Meyers
Gabrielle de Belle-Isle — Gracie Sartin
Raoul d’Aubigny — Alex Fyles
February 8-17, 2019: Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Our twisted take on Valentine’s Day is Exit, Pursued by a Bear by Lauren Gunderson, America’s most-performed playwright and author of Season 107’s Silent Sky. It’s a nasty feminist revenge comedy featuring a good old boy named Kyle, his beleaguered spouse Nan and her two buddies, a sweetheart of a cross dresser named Simon and a stripper named Sweetheart. Nan has decided to teach Kyle a long-deserved lesson, and then cover him with meat and honey and feed him to a bear. Yes, it’s that funny. Directed by Teresa Doggett.
The Cast of Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Nan — Lexa Wroniak
Kyle — Alex Fyles
Sweetheart — Tara Ernst
Simon — Ethan Isaac
April 5-14, 2019: Photograph 51
Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51 is a moving portrait of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists relives the chase, revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman. Ellie Schwetye directs.
The Cast of Photograph 51
Rosalind Franklin– Nicole Angeli
Maurice Wilkins — Ben Ritchie
Ray Gosling — Ryan Lawson-Maeske
Don Caspar — Alex Fyles
James Watson — Will Bonfiglio
Francis Crick — John Wolbers
Tickets for upcoming shows are on sale here. West End Players Guild is St. Louis’s oldest continuously-operated theatre company, founded in 1911 and now presenting its second century of “big theatre in a small space.”