Enormous thanks to everyone – patrons, donors, REP actors and staff, and the University of Delaware – for your patience and understanding as we navigate the many iterations of our plans for the upcoming season. We are extremely grateful for your donations and your many messages of support of the Resident Ensemble Players (REP.)
In designing our offerings for 2020-21, we have diligently sought ways to provide you with gratifying entertainment and engagement, while making our organization more equitable, diverse, and inclusive on stage and off, all inside our unwavering commitment to the health and safety of our community.
To that end, we will regretfully delay live, in-person productions until it is safe and responsible to bring people together for live theatre.
Yet we will not be idle! We will open our fall season with a short humorous online Zoom play, WHO'S IN CHARGE, written for our REP actors by playwright Theresa Rebeck. This short play is a fictionalized version of a meeting of the REP resident acting company, as they discuss what to perform during this pandemic.
Following this amusing hors d'oeuvre we have planned an autumn of aural entertainment – audio dramas and comedies to engage your imagination and delight the ear. Our first audio presentation will be DRACULA, a five-episode drama written by Michael Gotch, based on the novel by Bram Stoker, and will run through October.
In November, we present an audio production of Carlyle Brown's ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN..., a brilliant fictional account of the demons and dilemmas faced by Langston Hughes — poet, author, and established voice in the Black community — while attempting to write a poem on the night before his appearance before the Senate Permanent Sub-Committee on Investigations on Un-American Activities led by Senator Joseph McCarthy.
And in December we present the heartwarming classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL, an uplifting audio performance for the whole family.
All performances are free of charge as a special thank you for all the support, loyalty, and encouragement from our patrons.
Theatremakers are, above all else, storytellers. Until we are able to safely come together to experience the transformational magic of live performance, we are committed to bring you that storytelling on different platforms that will entertain you and also whet your appetite for the time when we can gather together again for the unique storytelling of live theatre. As Oscar Wilde so astutely stated, “I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”
Wishing you stamina, balance, and robust health,