ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (The Rep) has announced its 2016-2017 season of performances in the Studio Theatre: Mothers and Sons, October 26-November 13, 2016; Constellations, January 18-February 5, 2017; and The Royale, March 8-26, 2017.


The Studio Theatre series opens on October 26 in the Emerson Studio Theatre at the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts with Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally.

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Mothers and Sons is a moving illustration of how societal changes have impacted gay Americans in the past three decades. The show spotlights the journey of Katharine, a woman who is still coming to terms with the AIDS-related death of her son 20 years prior. She seeks out her son’s former partner, Cal, only to discover that he now has a husband and a six-year-old son. As she and Cal explore memories of someone they both loved, Katharine begins a rocky journey toward reconciliation with the side of her son that she never understood.


The Studio Theatre series continues with Constellations by Nick Payne. This daring, two-person show illuminates the limitless possibilities contained within one relationship. When Roland and Marianne meet at a party, a multiverse of potential outcomes unfolds. Each choice they make unlocks a series of branching story paths — some wonderful, some tragic. Payne’s genre-busting new play explores these alternate universes with wit, wonder and an overflowing sense of life. Hailed by The New Yorker as “a singular astonishment,” Constellations creates a vibrant collision of love and theoretical physics.


Closing the series is The Royale, by Marco Ramirez and directed by Stuart Carden. The brutal rhythm of boxing underscores this brilliantly stylized drama. Rising black prizefighter Jay “The Sport” Jackson dominates his opponents, but the harsh social realities of the early 1900s force him to fight twice as hard to earn recognition outside of the ring. Loosely based on iconic fighter Jack Johnson, The Royale brings us ringside to one man’s quest for victory against all odds.


“Our Studio Theatre season has incredible stylistic diversity,” said Steven Woolf, The Rep’s Augustin Family Artistic Director. “Mothers and Sons is a beautiful and understated piece, Constellations is an impressive feat of unconventional storytelling, and The Royale makes full use of lighting and sound to capture the audience’s imagination. It’s a remarkable collection of shows that adds exciting new dimensions to The Rep’s 50th anniversary season.”


Season ticket packages for The Rep’s 2016-2017 Studio Theatre series are on sale now. By purchasing season tickets, subscribers can save substantially over the cost of purchasing individual show tickets and enjoy exclusive benefits. Studio Theatre subscription packages range from $105-$162 for all three shows.


Studio Theatre single tickets (starting at $43.50) go on sale October 1.


For more information about The Rep’s 2016-2017 season or to purchase subscriptions, visit The Rep Box Office, located inside the Loretto-Hilton Center at 130 Edgar Road (on the campus of Webster University), Webster Groves. Ticket buyers may also charge by phone at 314-968-4925.


For additional information on The Rep’s upcoming season, visit www.repstl.org.

 

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