The nation’s largest professional African American theatre company, The Black Rep began in 1975 as a roaming dramatic troupe. The enormous following that ensued prompted the foundation of a permanent theatrical home, which now plays to more than 25,000 patrons each year.
Housed at the elegantly remodeled 467-seat Grandel Theatre, The Black Rep challenges its audiences with six provocative stagings a year. Its works range from socially conscious reinventions of tales by Shakespeare to important contemporary plays by August Wilson and Langston Hughes and classic musicals celebrating the black experience. Still committed to bringing theatre into the surrounding communities, The Black Rep’s outreach program constitutes three touring productions, as well as workshops and student training programs rooted in African theatre and poetry traditions.
The Black Rep Information
- Alternative venues: Edison Theatre, Washington University, 1 South Brookings Drive; Orthwein Theatre, Mary Institute Country Day School, 101 N. Warson Road
- Public Transportation: Good (all venues)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good (all venues)
- Performance/Programs: Performance schedule is Wednesday through Sunday
- Ticket Prices: Single tickets are $15 – $43, discounts available for students and seniors, $10 Student Rush tickets sold 30 minutes before show, Young people 8 -18 admitted FREE with purchase of an adult ticket at all Thursday Evening and Saturday Matinee performances, discounts available for groups of 12 or more.
- Subscriptions: 5-Show ($137-193) and 3-Show ($105) available, “Passport” (five ticket vouchers) $175, Senior and Student subscriptions; $115-171. Subscriber benefits include ticket exchanges.