Located in Howard County, on the grounds of Howard Community College, Rep Stage is a professional theater that has to date won seven Helen Hayes Awards and received 38 nominations. Since its inaugural season in 1993-94, the company has mainly focused on regional and/or national premieres. HCC students are involved in every aspect of theater — working in the scene shop, on electrics crews, in wardrobe, as production assistants, as assistants to the directors, and acting.
Performances are held in the 400 seat Smith Theatre and in a 150-200 seat black box theatre in the Horowitz Center. Rep Stage has presented such plays as Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind, Will Eno’s Thom Pain (based on nothing), and Becky Mode’s Fully Committed, as well as G.B. Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Chekhov’s The Seagull, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and other classics. New works are explored throughout each season as part of the free Rep Stage Play Reading Series, held in Monteabaro Recital Hall. Rep Stage audiences also enjoy post-show discussions, Saturday afternoon pre-show lectures, and an Off-Nite Series of performances.
- Public Transportation: Poor
- Handicapped Accessibility: Very good (also special sign-language-interpreted performances and audio description for selected shows)
- Performances/Programs: Performance schedule Wednesday–Sunday
- Ticket Prices: $15–$25, no refunds; student tickets are $12, $2 off for seniors, military and their families, and Howard Community College staff/ faculty. Discounts for groups of seven or more. Some Wednesday performances are pay-what-you-can; non-subscribers must pay $3 fee to do a ticket exchange
- Subscriptions: Two basic subscription packages (full season of six plays or choose four) ranging from $48 to $132. Subscriber benefits include preferred seating, special discounts for extra tickets, and free ticket exchanges.