Rep Stage Announces Its 2015-16 Season, Celebrating ‘The Year of the Woman’ by Mike Scrivener

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Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), proudly announces its 2015-16 season lineup.

“The Year of the Woman” celebrates contemporary female voices in  American theatre, with an entire season of plays by women playwrights. The season will include a world premiere as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, two regional premieres, and a production celebrating the 25th anniversary of a contemporary classic.

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The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel
Directed by Suzanne Beal
August 26-September 13, 2015
Studio Theatre

Suzanne Beale.
Suzanne Beal.

Vogel’s fantastical farce traces the European odyssey of sister and brother Anna and Carl, in search of romance and a cure for her terminal illness, the fictitious ATD (Acquired Toilet Disease) she contracted by using the bathrooms at the elementary school where she teaches. Critically acclaimed by the New York Times as “a crazy-quilt patchwork of hyperventilating language, erotic jokes, movie kitsch that spins before the audience in Viennese waltz time, replete with a dizzying fall,” Rep Stage is proud to present this Obie Award-winning play during the 25th anniversary year of the original workshop production.

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Technicolor Life by Jami Brandli
Directed by Joseph W. Ritsch
WORLD PREMIERE/Women’s Voices Theater Festival
October 21-November 8, 2015
Smith Theatre

Joseph W. Ritsch.
Joseph W. Ritsch.

Maxine, a book smart teenager, is caught between her older sister, a wounded soldier who just returned from the war in Iraq, and her ailing grandmother with a flair for American musicals. With the help of her new imaginary friends—Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes—Maxine secretly creates a dating profile for her sister and successfully sets her up with another wounded vet. Life takes a turn when her grandmother announces she’ll be ending her life and wants her family to support her final wish by throwing her a goodbye party. With that, Maxine has to grow up fast. Rep Stage is proud to present this world premiere as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.

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The Antigone Project: A Play in 5 Parts by Tanya Barfield, Karen Hartman, Chioro Miyagawa, Lynn Nottage and Caridad Svich
Directed by Joseph W. Ritsch
REGIONAL PREMIERE
February 17-March 6, 2016
Studio Theatre

Five award-winning female playwrights bring five very different explorations of Sophocles’ tragedy to life. The Antigone Project reconsiders this classic story from a variety of rich and radical perspectives of race, class and gender. With such settings as World War I, a modern African Village and the underworld of Hades, we see a sister’s love and devotion through many lenses in a work that The New York Times lauded as “engaging, seductive and wildly divergent.”

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Hunting and Gathering by Brooke Berman
Directed by Kasi Campbell
REGIONAL PREMIERE
April 6-24, 2016
Studio Theatre

Director Kasi Campbell.
 Kasi Campbell.

Four New Yorkers seek shelter—both physical and spiritual—in a variety of temporary abodes and in one another in this smart and sexy comedy. Named as one of the Ten Best Plays by New York Magazine and lauded by Variety for its “bracing wit and intelligence,” the play recasts the old relationship questions as real-estate issues—who will move in with whom and what will be the price of this commitment? Berman finds a fresh and funny way of examining the trials and tribulations of being on your own in a bewildering existential landscape.

*Please note all titles and schedules are subject to change.

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ABOUT REP STAGE

Rep Stage, a professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College, is celebrating its 23rd season. The company is a member of the League of Washington Theatre, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Theatre Communications Group. Rep Stage is recognized by Theatre Washington as professional DC Metro area theatre company and is eligible to be nominated for the Helen Hayes Awards. Performances are made possible by Howard Arts Council, Howard County Government, and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the Stage of Maryland and National Endowment of the Arts, as well as through generous individual contributions. Rep Stage is proud to be a partner of Howard County Tourism and promotion. Rep Stage’s Artistic Leadership is helmed by Co-Producing Artistic Directors Suzanne Beal and Joseph Ritsch.