Howard County’s Rep Stage, which is presenting an adventuresome collection of plays this season, will be going old-school in 2017-2018 for its 25th anniversary, with three classics and one world premiere, the company announced.
The world premiere is Susan McCully’s All She Must Possess, the story of the eccentric art collector Etta Cone and her sister, Dr. Clara Cone. The Cone sisters — Etta was Gertrude Stein’s lover for a while — are largely responsible for introducing Picasso and other avant-garde painters to the United States. McCully is a Baltimore-area playwright whose Kerrmoor played at The Strand during 2015’s Women’s Voices Theater Festival. All She Must Possess will run from February 7-25, 2018; Joseph Ritsch will direct.
The Rep Stage season starts with The Heidi Chronicles, Wendy Wasserman’s Pulitzer-winning play about an art historian trying to juggle career and personal satisfaction, and not always succeeding. Jenna Duncan will direct this production, which will run from September 6-24 of this year.
From November 1-19, 2017, Rep Stage will be producing Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, a re-creation of a performance given by the jazz great Billie Holiday four months before her death. Holiday sings some of her greatest songs, including “God Bless the Child” and “Strange Fruit”, while her personal life unwinds around her. Danielle Drakes directs; Cedric D. Lyles provides the musical direction.
After All She Must Possess, Rep Stage will close the 2017-2018 season with Sam Shepard’s True West, a story about two brothers — one a screenwriter, and one a con man and thief. The siblings, it turns out, have more in common than they first thought. Everyman Theatre Artistic Director Vincent Lancisi will direct this show, which will run from April 25 to May 13 of next year.
Tickets for the 2017-2018 Rep Stage season are not yet available.