Monday, May 13, 2013

REP STAGE ANNOUNCES 21st SEASON

Rep Stage has announced its 2013-2014 season. Read over their offerings and then put a note on your calendar (mobile or paper) so you can order tickets when they go on sale. The Rep Stage 2013-14 season will also continue to provide theatre lovers with free events, such as the Rep Stage Reading Series, pre-show lectures, post-show discussions, and Wednesday Pay-What-You-Can performances and special events. And don’t forget to check www.charmcityartsmaven.com for the latest in cultural news!

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Rep Stage’s 21st season explores concepts of time and memories through the eyes of a young woman hoping to fill her family house with her own memories; a German transvestite who recalls surviving both the Nazi and East German communist regimes; the conflicting and often chilling reminiscences of a middle-aged piano teacher and her former students; and, through the gifts of imagination, music, moonlight, and magic with a girl, a boy, two fathers, and a wall, as we “try to remember when life was so tender…”

WHERE: Howard Community College, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center,  10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

A YOUNG LADY OF PROPERTY
by Horton Foote                                                                         
Directed by Michael Stebbins
September 11 – September 29, 2013

The story of Wilma, a lonely girl who has lived with her aunt since her mother’s death.  Her greatest wish is to live with her father in the house her mother left her—in the absence of a real family, the house has become everything to her, and her whole identity is based on this, her one possession. She is a young lady of property. Wilma’s realization that her purpose in life is to remain in this house as a wife and mother is shattered by the news that her father is planning to remarry and sell the house. With help from an unexpected source, Wilma’s house is saved, and she is able to fill it with memories of her own making so she will never again be lonely.

I AM MY OWN WIFE
by Doug Wright
Directed by Tony Tsendeas
October 30 – November 17, 2013

Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and the 2004 Tony Award, “I Am My Own Wife” is based on the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite who survived both the Nazi and repressive East German Communist regimes. Inspired by interviews conducted over several years by the playwright, it features Michael Stebbins as Charlotte and more than 40 other characters who represent the men and women in Charlotte’s life in Germany from the 1930s through 1990, when the Berlin Wall fell. I Am My Own Wife has been hailed by The New York Times as ". . . both moving and intellectually absorbing" and praised by The Associated Press as “. . . more than a historical document . . . the play is a vivid portrait of a unique person whose ability to endure has been turned into a highly theatrical journey." 

THE PIANO TEACHER
by Julia Cho                                                                                           
Directed by Helen Hayes award winner, Kasi Campbell
February 5 – February 23, 2014

Playwright Julia Cho’s brilliantly crafted mystery tells the tale of an elderly widow and former piano teacher, Mrs. K, who has lived by herself in a small town since the death of her husband. She fills her days reminiscing about her late husband, as well as the children who had been her students. One day, she finds herself compelled to call her old students and discovers that what troubles us most may be what we cannot bear to know. The Piano Teacher has been described as “Deftly wrought . . . a cozy, effective little chiller…you will probably feel speechless with sadness" by The New York Times and "Well-written . . . triumphs in dramatizing the unknown” by The New Yorker.

THE FANTASTICKS
Book by Tom Jones, Music by Harvey Schmidt, Lyrics by Tom Jones
Based on the play Les Romanesques by Edmond Rostand        
Directed by Nancy Tarr Hart
Musical Direction by Ross Scott Rawlings
Choreography by Helen Hayes award -winner, Ilona Kessell
April 30 – May 18, 2014

A timeless fable of love, The Fantasticks, by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, is the world's longest running musical, having run for over 52 years in Manhattan with 17,162 performances, entrancing generations of audiences the world over. Hailed as "A Gem" by The Wall Street Journal, The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers, and a wall. The narrator invites the audience to join the cast on a journey of imagination, music, moonlight, and magic as the girl and boy fall in love, grow apart, and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that "without a hurt, the heart is hollow." The famous score includes the classics “Try To Remember,” “They Were You” and “Soon It's Gonna Rain.”

Ticket Information
Memberships and tickets go on sale July 1, 2013.  For pricing and the latest information on memberships, visit
www.repstage.org or call the Horowitz Center Box Office at 443.518.1500. 

Please note that all titles, prices, and schedules are subject to change

About Rep Stage
Rep Stage, a professional Equity theatre in residence at Howard Community College, is beginning its 21st season.  The company is a member of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, the League of Washington Theatres, and the Theatre Communications Group.  Rep Stage is recognized by Theatre Washington as a professional DC Metro area theater company.  Performances are made possible by the Howard County Arts Council, the Howard County Government, and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and National Endowment for the Arts, as well as through generous individual contributions.  Howard Bank is the Rep Stage 2013-14 season partner.