Thanks to our loyal patrons, subscribers, and donors for
your continuing patience and support during this challenging time.
Inside our unwavering commitment to the health and safety of
our community, we will continue to delay live, in-person productions until it
is unquestionably safe and responsible to bring us together for live theatre.
Starting in February, your REP will present a variety of
entertaining and engaging audio productions while we also attend to the
important work of making our organization more equitable, diverse, and
inclusive, on stage and off, and planning for our return to live performance –
hopefully by no later than the Fall of 2021.
Although there is no substitute for live theatre, we feel
confident that you will enjoy listening to the exciting and varied audio
offerings we have lined up for you this Winter and Spring.
We start off in February with the world premiere of TALK ABOUT RACE, an original audio performance written and directed by REP actor
Hassan El-Amin. This original production examines racial relations in America
in a fastmoving, entertaining, and thought-provoking program featuring the
REP’s talented resident actors presenting some little-known American history,
music, and rousing oratory.
We then continue the season with a radio version of one of
America’s most popular comedies, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE. This one-hour
audio version, originally aired in 1952, will have you roaring with laughter as
our resident actors portray the wonderful characters in this beloved play and enact
the hilarious story of the mad Brewster family, including a fugitive son who now
looks like Frankenstein’s monster, his drama critic brother, the tipsy surgeon
who made him look that way, the brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt, and
the sweet old aunts who have a habit of poisoning their guests and burying them
in the cellar.
In March, we follow ARSENIC AND OLD LACE with far
more sinister murders in our series, THE POIROT MURDER MYSTERIES. We
will present audio productions of two Agatha Christie short stories, each
featuring her most popular creation, the idiosyncratic Belgian detective
Hercule Poirot in spellbinding dramas written and directed by REP actor/
director/playwright Michael Gotch, whose audio production of DRACULA thrilled
audiences this past Fall.
All audio productions will continue to be offered
free of charge as a special thank you for the loyalty, support, and
encouragement we have received from our patrons and donors.
Although we are going to be ready to perform live as soon as
it is safe and responsible to do so, at this time it is impossible to say with
certainly when that will be.
It is, however, certain that the pandemic has had and will
continue to have a massively negative impact on the REP’s finances. We are consequently
more than ever grateful for donations from community members.