Celeste Jones in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" by Lanie Robertson, at Rep Stage in 2017. (Photo by Katie Simmons-Barth)

Rep Stage Announces 2018-19 Season

The season will feature the world premiere of ‘Things That Are Round’ by Callie Kimball.

COLUMBIA, MD.: Rep Stage has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring four productions.

“Theatremakers are storytellers,” said Joseph W. Ritsch, the theatre’s producing artistic director, in a statement. “As an audience we come to witness these stories because we are curious, and we long to be astonished, surprised, and moved in some way. We come to the theatre to let imagination take over as we sit in the dark in communion with each other.”

The season will begin with Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Sept. 6-23), with a book by Hugh Wheeler and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, a musical thriller about a vindictive barber who partners with a proprietress of a failing pie shop to get revenge. Stacey Antoine will provide musical direction and Ritsch will choreograph and direct.

Next up will be the world premiere of Callie Kimball’s Things That Are Round (Nov. 1-18), a dark comedy about a dentist and an aspiring opera singer who upend familiar romantic tropes when they square off in a game of truth or dare. Lola B. Pierson will direct.

Following will be Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Feb. 28-March 17, 2019), the documentary play features more than 200 interviews from the people who experienced the Los Angeles riots. Paige Hernandez will direct.

The season will conclude with The 39 Steps (May 2-19, 2019), by Patrick Barlow, a spoof of the classic 1935 film that features a cast of four playing multiple characters, as a detective races to solve a mystery and to clear his name. Ritsch will direct.

Established in 1993, Rep Stage is the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College.