The stage is set for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ 51st season, which kicks off next week with “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” A smash hit in London and on Broadway, the production won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. It tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher, who is accused of killing his neighbor’s dog, leading him to embark on an adventure into the heart of London to find the real culprit. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” opens Sept. 6 and runs through Oct. 1.
The main stage season continues with: “Hamlet” (Oct. 11-Nov. 5), “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Nov. 29-Dec. 24), “The Marvelous Wonderettes” (Jan. 3-28), “The Humans” (Feb. 7-March 4) and “Born Yesterday” (March 14-Apr. 8). The Rep’s Studio Theatre’s lineup includes “Heisenberg” (Oct. 25-Nov. 12), “Faceless” (Jan. 17-Feb. 4) and “Caught” (March 7-25). For a complete schedule, visit repstl.org.
Also making news at The Rep is the announcement that longtime artistic director Steven Woolf will retire at the end of the 2018-2019 season.
For 30 years, Woolf has been The Rep’s biggest and best-known ambassador, directing 43 shows (plus two more this season) and producing more than 300 plays. Under his leadership, The Rep has won a combined 100 Kevin Kline and St. Louis Theatre Circle awards through the years.
Woolf began as The Rep’s artistic director in June 1986, following a tumultuous artistic and financial period for the company. Woolf had worn many hats in the years leading up to his appointment, serving as The Rep’s managing director, production manager and interim artistic director at various points. His efforts helped redefine and revitalize The Rep, culminating in last year’s record-breaking 50th anniversary season.
In 2016, the St. Louis Arts and Education Council honored Woolf with a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award.
“It’s not often you get to live your dream, but I’ve been able to do just that at The Rep,” said Woolf. “My life’s work has been about the theatre, and making it all come together has been a grand experience. Our theatre has had major successes and some bumps in the road. But through it all, I’ve had fun – it’s too hard a gig not to have fun. I am wildly proud to have been a part of the collective effort that has built our institution into a community leader.”
A comprehensive national search is underway for Woolf’s successor. Ann Cady Scott, a past president of The Rep’s board of directors, will chair the search committee, which will include members of the organization’s board of directors and community leaders. The Rep hopes to have a successor identified by the beginning of the 2018-2019 season.