Though February was Black History Month, Ron Himes, Founder and Producing Director of The Black Rep, says “Every month is Black History Month.”  So, Himes and Company have taken it upon themselves to present a full slate in March of Staged Readings and Musical Events, including their next MainStage Production, SEVEN GUITARS by August Wilson.  Himes said, “The Black Rep has been the Theatre of the Soul since 1976, and will be celebrating our 40thAnniversary Season in High Style."

All of the events, except the Mainstage Production, will take place at The Edison Theatre on the campus Washington University, and the Slam Poetry, Staged Readings, and Youth Explosion will all be free events.

The celebration will kick off with AN EVENING OF SLAM POETRY, Thursday, March 9, at 7 pm,  featuring poets from well-known teams WU-Slam and Urb Arts.

Saturday, March 11, 3 pm, will be the first of three Staged Readings.  First up is JIMMY & LORRAINE: A MUSING, adapted and inspired from the works of James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry, by Talvin Wilks.

On Sunday, March 12 at 3 pm, Denise Thimes will be featured in the Staged Reading of BESSIE: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF BESSIE SMITH by Douglas M. Parker.

And Friday, March 17 at 7 pm will be the Staged Reading of a new play, TORN ASUNDER by Nikkole Salter.  The play tells the poignant story of Hannah, a slave in 1859 separated from her husband and child, who after the South falls and slavery is abolished, attempts to reconnect with her family.

Saturday, March 18, at 7 pm, will be A CLASSICAL CABARET, featuring the talents of Robert McNichols, Ptah Williams, and Jermaine Smith.  This is a Ticketed Event.

The Free Event A YOUTH EXPLOSION, this youth talent showcase will feature; Better Family LIfe's Kuumba Youth Performance Ensemble and The Katherine Dunham Museum Children’s Workshop will take place on Sunday, 19 at 3 pm.

There will be an exciting MUSIC CONCERT on Saturday, March 25 at 7 pm, featuring the incomparable Anita Jackson, and Sunday, March 26 at 4 pm will be AN AFTERNOON OF SACRED MUSIC, with Dello Thedford and The Gospel Symphonic Choir, and The Legend Singers under the direction of Dr. Doris Wilson.  Both of these musical events will be Ticketed Events.

And the month will finish off with a classic, August Wilson’s SEVEN GUITARS, running March 29 through April 23 at The Emerson Performance Center on the campus of Harris-Stowe State University.  Set in 1948, SEVEN GUITARS tells the tragic tale of Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton, a rising blues guitarist whose Chicago breakthrough is stalled by complications in his native Pittsburgh, the site of most Wilson plays.  Part murder mystery and part memory play, SEVEN GUITARS is one of Wilson’s American Century Cycle.  The Black Rep has produced all ten Wilson plays in past seasons and is beginning its second presentation of all the plays. SEVEN GUITARS won the 1996 Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play and was nominated for a Tony and The Pulitzer Prize the same year.

Make plans now to attend as many of these great events as possible.  More information and ticket purchases are available at, or by calling The Black Rep Box Office at (314) 534-3807.