Callie Kimball is an actor and playwright who graced DC stages for several years before moving to New York City. Rep Stage will be producing the world premiere of her new play, Things that are Round, this November.
Kimball describes her play, which will be the second of four productions in Rep Stage’s 2018-2019 season: “Tetherly, a dentist specializing in existential terror, and Nina, an opera singer who just might be the worst babysitter ever, square off in a strange ballet of truth or dare. But is this a game anyone can even win? ‘Thelma and Louise’ meets ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ On steroids.” The cast for this two-woman drama has not been announced.
Lola Pierson will direct Things that are Round, which will run November 1-18, 2018.
Rep Stage will bookend its season with two unique, well-known and ultra-successful stories. Its season will open with Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the riotous Steven Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical about a homicidal barber and a proprietor of a meat-pie shop who collaborate in a 19th-century example of business synergy. Rep Stage Artistic Director Joseph W. Ritsch will direct this production, which will run from September 6 to 23 of this year.
The other end of the Rep Stage season will present us with The 39 Steps, the astonishing tour-de-force in which two actors play about fifty roles, some of them simultaneously. The 39 Steps is Patrick Barlow’s stage take on the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name, in which a bored Canadian visitor to England comes into possession of an ultra-secret document, which he must take to the proper authorities. In this four-actor unclassifiable, almost unbelievable, production, two actors become his Nazi pursuers, his protectors, his innocent bystanders, the police, innkeepers, political hacks and virtually anything else you can imagine. Ritsch will also direct this production, which will run from May 2 to 19, 2019.
Rep Stage will also be producing Anna Deavere Smith’s one-actor show, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, which is composed of monologues given by people involved in the trial pursuant to the police beating of Rodney King and the subsequent riots. Smith interviewed the people involved — the powerful as well as the obscure — and put their remarks in monologue form, which she originally delivered to audiences in this play. ” I would say that it offers an important reminder…of the racial injustice that is part of America’s historical record,” says Michael Billington of The Guardian. “It also avoids the temptation of total despair.” Paige Hernandez will direct this show, which will run from February 28 to March 17 of next Year. Now word yet on what actor will do the show.
2018-2019 season tickets for Rep Stage are not yet available.