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When it’s live, anything can happen, says The Repertory Theatre’s veteran artistic director Steven Woolf. This season, The Rep will showcase that exciting element of live theater during two productions that take audiences backstage. The new lineup also will feature a range of dramatic, comical and mysterious plays. LN recently spoke with Woolf for an inside look at the mainstage season and Studio Theatre series.
Jack Lane, Steven Woolf
He began his career on the local high school stage and is now an award-winning Broadway star. Since his early days growing up in South St. Louis, Norbert Leo Butz has found great success on Broadway, as well as in film and television. Even with a busy schedule that includes the lead role in next month’s world premiere of Big Fish in Chicago, Butz remains close to his roots. In May, he will return to St. Louis to headline a benefit concert for The Angel Band Project, a nonprofit that uses music to encourage healing and empathy for survivors of sexual violence. The Angel Band Project was created following the murder of Butz’s sister, Teresa Butz, in 2009. With the first show on May 8 at The Sheldon sold out, a second show has been added for May 9 at the 560 Music Center. Recently, Butz took a few minutes to speak with Ladue News about his career and the concert.
Roasting S’mores, watching the changing of the leaves, or even a hayride…fall provides a perfect opportunity for changes in our daily routine. With that in mind, we asked some of St. Louis’ cultural leaders about their ideas for the perfect autumn evening.
Story: Eugene Morris Jerome is just about 15 years old and just about sure of what he wants to do with his life. If he has his druthers, he’ll be playing professional baseball for the New York Yankees, his hometown team in the year 1937. Otherwise, Eugene plans to be a writer. As such, he chronicles the daily goings-on in the Jerome household, which he shares with his parents Jack and Kate, older brother Stanley, widowed Aunt Blanche and her two daughters Nora and Laurie.
Audiences will be immersed in comedy, romance and intrigue during The Rep’s eclectic new season. Ladue News recently spoke with veteran artistic director Steven Woolf for a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s Tony award-winning classics, comedies and musicals. In addition, he shares what moves him most about The Rep, as well as what keeps audiences coming back for more.
A wide range of affordable and accessible arts institutions make St. Louis culturally rich. We asked the leaders of several arts institutions to share their ‘second’ favorite cultural diversion.
Steven Woolf, Artistic Director, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis: I find the treasures of the Saint Louis Art Museum fascinating and worth contemplating. The collection doesn�t overwhelm the viewer, and there are always new discoveries to be made there.
Story: Denny and Joey have been best friends since kindergarten. The two Catholic kids, probably from one of the poorer neighborhoods in Chicago, grew up to become police officers, members of Chicago’s finest. Years of working the streets have hardened Denny, who is married and has two young sons and is prone to fits of testosterone-laced rants, as well as Joey, a lonely bachelor who seeks refuge in a bottle when he isn’t being ridiculed by Denny because of his lifestyle. Both men twice have been passed over for the coveted job of detective, which Joey surmises has more to do with racial quotas than their own abilities.
The year 2011 yielded an abundance of significant news in local theater. Eleven presentations stood out above the rest. In ascending order, here’s a list of the year’s best productions:
The 2011-12 season of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is underway, so we caught up with artistic director Steven Woolf to hear about what else is in store. He was in Cincinnati to open a run of the Tony Award-winning Red, off the heels of its successful showing as the season opener at The Rep.
Want to see The Adventures of Tom Sawyer from the front row? Or have use of a private entrance to see La Cage Aux Folles? We went in search of the best seats in the house—and VIP treatment to match.
STORY: Ken, a young art student from Iowa, receives a rare opportunity to observe a master in action when he is hired by famed abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko in 1958 to assist on a series of murals commissioned by the Four Seasons restaurant in New York City. Working alongside Rothko in the latter’s Bowery studio, Ken gradually evolves from timid and awestruck student into a professional whose own developing artistic tastes and opinions challenge his autocratic employer.
Play: “The Fall of Heaven”
Play: “The Fall of Heaven”
Play: “You Can’t Take It With You”
Play: The Diary of Anne Frank