The Black Rep Announces 2016 Season 
 
ST. LOUIS – April 6, 2016 – The Black Rep is thrilled to announce its 2016-2017, 40th Anniversary Season. The bold line-up includes a Midwest premiere, August Wilson, a sizzling new show and the return of a Black Rep favorite.  
 
“We are so excited about our 40th Anniversary season. It’s amazing to have been in the St. Louis theatre community this long. We will continue our Edison Series at Washington University and will return to The Emerson Theatre at Harris Stowe State University.” says Producing Director, Ron Himes. 
 
THE EDISON SERIES at Washington University 
 
MISS JULIE, CLARISSA AND JOHN
by MARK CLAYTON SOUTHERS
March 29- April 23, 2017
 
Inspired by August Strindberg’s groundbreaking 1888 naturalistic drama Miss Julie, Mark Clayton Southers relocates the action from Sweden to a Reconstruction-era Virginia plantation.The dangerous attraction between the landowner’s daughter and his top servant takes on new shades as its taboo nature expands from crossing boundaries of social class to also encompass racial lines. The situation is heightened further by Southers’ extensive development of the third onstage character from Strindberg’s play, who in this searing version becomes central to the conflict through her identity as the mulatto daughter of a slave woman. The result of the Midwest premiere production is an intense struggle that illuminates cultural dynamics of two key moments in U.S. history: then and now.
 
 
LINES IN THE DUST
by NIKKOLE SALTER 
January 11-29, 2017
 
When Denitra loses the charter school lottery for her daughter, she must find another way to escape from their underperforming neighborhood school. The answer seems like a risk well worth taking but may end up requiring a bigger sacrifice than she ever could have imagined. It's been exactly 60 years since Brown Versus The Board of Education. Lines In The Dust questions how far we've come and more importantly, where we go from here. 
 
 
THE EMERSON SERIES at Harris-Stowe State University 
 
SEVEN GUITARS
by AUGUST WILSON
September 7-25, 2016
 
Set in 1948 in the backyard of a Pittsburgh apartment house, Seven Guitars follows Floyd " Schoolboy" Barton’s circle of friends and neighbors—the play’s seven voices—as they spin a rich tale of the deck that’s stacked against them, what they’ve lost and all they dream. or
Part murder mystery, part memory play, Seven Guitars depicts the events leading up to the untimely death of Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton, a gifted blues guitarist. Released from jail after serving time for the crime of “worthlessness,” Floyd tries to retrieve his guitar and get to Chicago to make a record. He believes he is on the brink of a career breakthrough, but bad decisions and worse luck prevent him from leaving Pittsburgh
 
CROSSIN' OVER
by RON HIMES
May 24-June 18, 2017 
 
Crossin’ Over takes a look at songs of faith, spirituals and gospel music from its roots in Africa, through the middle passage, slavery, northern migration, the Civil Rights Movement and into contemporary gospel music today,” Himes said. “At the same time, we trace the crossing over in cultures as well as styles of music and their relationship to the African-American experience.”
 
**All shows subject to availability
 
For information about season tickets, group sales and single tickets contact the box office at 314-534-3810 or visit us online at theblackrep.org.
 
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The Black Rep is one of  the country's premier professional African-American theatre companies providing platforms for the interpretation of theatre, dance and other creative expressions from the African-American perspective. For more information about The Black Rep, visit theblackrep.org