Friday, February 5, 2016

Meet the cast for the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Disgraced”

Disgraced is a provocative and Pulitzer Prize-winning play that probes our preconceived notions about faith and identity in America. To navigate this Richter scale-level drama, it takes a powerful and skilled ensemble of performers.

Here is the talented group bringing Disgraced to The Rep stage:

John Pasha
as Amir

Rep fans may remember him from: Private Lives, 2002

About: John’s recent New York credits include A Wilder Christmas (Peccadillo Theater Company), The Constant Couple (The Pearl Theater Company) and Horatio (FringeNYC). Television and film work includes New York soap operas, Sound, Heartless, The Order and Pop Rocks.





Leigh Williams
as Emily

Rep fans may remember her from: A Kid Like Jake (2014)

About: Leigh has been involved in the New York independent theatre scene for over 15 years.  She has also worked regionally at Cleveland Play House, Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival and The Cider Mill Playhouse. Leigh is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program.

Jonathan C. Kaplan
as Isaac

(Rep Debut)

About: Jonathan’s Broadway credits include Falsettos (Tony nomination, Theatre World Award) and The Diary of Anne Frank. Off-Broadway credits include Forever Dusty, Rags and The Loman Family Picnic. He has appeared in the national tour of The Graduate. Film work includes Learning to Drive, What Just Happened? and Life with Mikey. Television credits include The Blacklist, Elementary, The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU and Babylon 5



Rachel Christopher
as Jory

(Rep Debut)

About: Rachel’s regional and New York credits include The Heidi Chronicles (Susan Johnston), Yellowman (Alma) and Crime and Punishment (Sonia) at Trinity Repertory Company. Rachel is a graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program and holds a BA in Drama and Classics from Vassar College.




Fahim Hamid
as Abe

(Rep Debut)

About: Off-Broadway credits include phoenicia flowers (Noor Theatre/New York Theatre Workshop), Hot Fun in the Wintertime (Cherry Lane Theatre), Good (Tribeca Performing Arts Center) and Between the Tigris and the Euphrates (Poetic Theatre Productions). Regional credits include The Kite Runner (New Repertory Theatre). He has appeared on television in Tyrant (FX) and The Family (ABC, upcoming).

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Media roundup: Read and watch “Georama” interviews!

The new American musical Georama burst onto the scene last month with its world premiere in The Rep Studio! Featuring the story of all-but-forgotten American painter John Banvard, it’s a rollicking journey down the Mississippi River filled with catchy, all-original numbers.

Discover the stories behind this delightful show’s creation with articles and interviews published in the local media.

  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch talked to set designer Scott C. Neale about the creation of Georama‘s epic, 600-foot-long backdrop.

  • Late-night comedy program STL Up Late brought in Georama composers Matt Schatz and Jack Herrick to talk about the show and perform two of their songs. Their segment starts at 17:55 below:

The run continues through February 7! Buy your tickets here.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Review roundup: Critics sing the praises of new musical “Georama”

The world premiere of Georama has critics enraptured. The show premiered in The Rep Studio last week and continues its run through February 7.

We’re compiling all of the local critical reactions in this space, so be sure to keep checking back as the reviews continue to roll in!

Mark Bretz, Ladue News:

“★★★★★. Georama is handsomely crafted and filled with more than a few surprising elements, an enchanting musical journey into a fascinating and little-known chapter of American history.”

Paul Friswold, Riverfront Times:

“The creative team of West Hyler, Matt Schatz and Jack Herrick has written a musical about an uncommon man for the common man, and it is spectacular. Under Hyler’s direction, the world premiere of Georama is a funny, insightful and ultimately inspiring musical about why art matters. Even if you’re fool enough to think it doesn’t, Georama will win you over.”

Chris Gibson, Broadway World:

“I cannot recommend it highly enough! It’s truly a show that deserves an audience both young and old to appreciate, or become aware of, something that was truly as magical as the spectacle this artist created.”

Harry Hamm, KMOX:

“The cast is one of the most talented the Rep has ever used. Their vocal abilities are spirited and assertive.”

Lynn Venhaus, Belleville News-Democrat:

“‘Georama’ reflects a bygone era with a strong sense of place and time, creating a work that honors our rich river culture and the never-ending quest to make something that matters during our lifetime.​”

Gerry Kowarsky, HEC-TV’s Two on the Aisle:

“Delightful. ... The action proceeds at a snappy pace under the direction of West Hyler.”

Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

“The show’s signal triumph is its set, designed by Scott C. Neale. The action takes place in front of a frame, like the frame around an old-time stage. Within the frame, a series of painted images roll past us, depicting the Mississippi River Valley and other places in Banvard’s life. A triumph of design and engineering, Neale’s set turns into the kind of show that thrilled Banvard’s audience.”

Steve Allen, Stage Door St. Louis:

“This is simply an incredible piece for the Repertory Theatre Studio Theatre. How they accomplished this magnificent history lesson, filled with music and the spectacular georama is beyond belief.”

Richard T. Green, Talkin’ Broadway:

“The good news is, there’s a world-premiere musical just opened, and it’s purely delightful: witty, well-constructed and colorful. The bad news is, you may not get a chance to see it again, once this production closes.”

Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX:

“The [show’s] message about the hard choices creative folk have to make between commerce and artistic purity is as relevant today as it was over a century ago”

Megan Washausen, PLAYBACK:stl:

Georama is a gem. The Rep’s small studio theatre offers an intimate experience, which enhances the emotions of this production in a powerful way.”

Ann Pollack, St. Louis Eats and Drinks:

“It’s exciting to see a new play as well crafted and staged as ‘Georama’ is. We won’t have heard the last of it, I’m sure. Grab your chance to say you knew it when it was young.”

Michelle Kenyon, Snoop’s Theatre Thoughts:

Georama takes its audience on a tour of the Mississippi River and 19th Century America and beyond with heart, energy, a tuneful score, and a great cast. And that painting is a wonder in itself.”

Like what you read? Be sure to pick up your tickets for Georama!

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