Every season of the West End Players Guild (WEPG) is anything but ordinary. This theatre troupe looks past the usual lineup of musicals and plays to present works that are always intriguing, never expected, and forever hold a place in one’s mind.This year, WEPG is launching a collection of plays that take audience members from the plateaus of Uganda to the villages of Ireland for an international trip through thought-provoking stories that span the decades, but relate perfectly to our modern life. With each piece, audience members will explore what defines us as individuals and challenges us as a community. And in the end, take what they’ve learned to look at the world through a new set of eyes.
A Walk in the Woods directed by Renee Sevier-Monsey
Sept. 9 – Oct. 8, 2017
American/Russian relations dominate today’s media cycle, making Lee Blessing’s Tony-nominated play still incredibly relevant 30 years after its premiere. A Walk in the Woods follows two negotiators – Soviet Andrey Botvinnik and American John Honeyman – as they step away from the game table in an attempt to de-arm a nuclear stalemate. Based on true-life negotiations in 1982, A Walk in the Woods uncovers the similarities two individual have in common when their countries are a world apart, physically and politically.
Stones in His Pockets, directed by Steve Callahan
Nov. 10-19, 2017
When a film company takes over a village in Ireland and turns its inhabitants into actors, it throws off the dynamics of this little sleepy town. Initially intrigued by the Hollywood glamour, the villagers begin to see the façade chip away as the greed, selfishness and pretension of stardom begin to peek through. In this tragic, yet funny and charming, piece by Marie Jones, two actors portray the entire cast of characters, from the starlet who can’t master an Irish accent to the aspiring playwright whose life is forever changed.
Silent Sky, directed by Ellie Schwetye
Feb. 9-18, 2018
In the early 20th century, Henrietta Leavitt was one of the most promising astronomers in the U.S., paving the way for generations of renowned scientists. Yet, because she was a woman, she was prevented from using the tools her male cohorts were able to employ. With Silent Sky, WEPG turns their theater space into the Harvard College Observatory, where using her insights and skills – as well as the most basic of materials – Leavitt discovered the principles that would forever change the field of astronomy and open doors that had long been closed.
Cardboard Piano, directed by Linda Kennedy
April 6-15, 2018
In 2016, Hansol Jung’s Cardboard Piano wowed audiences at the Humana Festival of New American Plays. In its St. Louis premiere, Kennedy transports audience to northern Uganda. With a civil war on the horizon, a missionary’s daughter and a local teenage girl exchange wedding vows, unaware of the violence set to destroy their secret union. This heart-wrenching work examines how love can rise from the ashes of trauma, conflict and prejudice.
All performances will be held at Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Boulevard in the Central West End. Season tickets for the 2017/2018 season are on sale now for $85 for all four shows. It also includes one guest ticket to any performance and a coupon or the concession stand. Single tickets are available for $25 for the general public; $20 for seniors and students. To learn more or to order, visit http://westendplayers.org/information/tickets.