The REPorter, volume 36 issue 8April 2013

Letter from the Artistic Director


Our 2013-2014 season has been selected, and we're just as excited as Michael Moore at a Golden Corral!


But we've still got a stellar line-up to close out the final few months of our 80th anniversary season, including Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize winning drama Death of a Salesman directed by F. Scott Regan and featuring an all-star cast, set to run two weekends, April 19 through 28. 


Following Death of a Salesman, we welcome our final Special Event of the season with a weekend-long salute to Moms, entitled The MOMologues, directed by Elizabeth Cottle, opening May 9 and closing with a Mother's Day matinee on Sunday, May 12.  We then wrap up our Main Stage season with the hysterical musical The Drowsy Chaperone, scheduled for a three weekend run from June 7 to 23, and directed by the one and only Deb Calabrese.  


And now, drum roll please... YOUR Toledo Rep's 81st season!!! 


September 13 through 22 is the side-splitting satirical Broadway musical revue, Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits, created by Gerard Alessandrini.  Next up is an Edgy Rep reading of Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio on October 12.  November 8 through 17 finds the winner in our audience survey of show's you'd like to see, Joseph Kesselring's classic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace, while A Christmas Carol returns to the beautiful Valentine Theatre for a weekend of performances on December 6, 7, and 8.


January 17 through 26 of 2014 the Rep presents the second-highest vote getter in our audience survey, Michael Frayn's hit comedy Noises Off, followed by a Valentine's Day Special Event weekend of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters on February 14 through 16.  Tennessee Williams' drama The Glass Menagerie will be presented April 11 through 20, (2014) and another Special Event weekend will happen on Mother's Day weekend, May 8 through 11 (2014) with the production Kim Carney's comic-drama Moonglow


Finally, Mel Brook's knee-slapping Young Frankenstein, the Musical closes out our 81st season with performances scheduled from June 6 through 22, 2014. With the exception of A Christmas Carol, all performances including the Edgy Rep Reading and the Special Events will take place at the Tenth Street stage.


Our brochures with special season ticket packages are hitting the presses as we speak, so if you fear you may not get one in time to take advantage of some time-sensitive special deals, make sure to send your snail mail address.  Just email Kathy at 


On behalf of everybody here at your Toledo Repertoire Theatre we thank you for your kindness and continued support.  


Warm regards,


Death of a Salesman, a drama     

by Arthur Miller
Directed by F. Scott Regan   


April 19-28, 2013  


Arthur Miller's 1949 Pulitzer Prize winning drama surrounds Willy Loman, who in his failed struggles for the American Dream, has lost sight of everything that matters. Profound and tragic, this beautifully crafted and timeless story is just as relevant today as it was more than half a century ago.


Purchase tickets here.

The MOMologues, a special event
by Lisa Rafferty, Stefanie Cloutier, and Sheila Eppolito
Directed by Elizabeth Cottle   

May 9-12, 2013


Treat your mom to a truly unique Mother's Day present from The Rep. This set of recollections and reflections on motherhood set to comic timing is the perfect way to say "thank you" to moms everywhere. 


Purchase tickets here.





Special MOMologues Offer!


For an extra $5, you can personalize the experience for your mom by incorporating a photo and special message as part of the show. We'll include the photo and message in a slideshow that will be played before the performance and during intermission. 


For more information or to submit a photo, call 419-243-9277 or email Kathy at


Photos and messages must be received by Friday, April 26, 2013. Proceeds will benefit the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. Space is limited, so act now!

Events Calendar
Death of a Salesman
Mainstage Drama
April 19-28, 2013
Tenth Street Stage
The MOMologues
A Special Event
May 9-12, 2013
Tenth Street Stage
The Drowsy Chaperone
Mainstage Musical
June 7-23, 2013
Tenth Street Stage


For more information please click here
Casting Call 

All auditions are at 1 PM at the Tenth Street Stage unless otherwise indicated. 


Fiddler on the Roof
Young Rep, ages 14-19
May 4, 2013
Guys and Dolls, Jr.
Young Rep, ages 7-13
May 18, 2013, at 2 PM


For more information please click here
Wish List 

Consistent additional rehearsal space
Stage Crew Volunteers
Grants writer
Ushers for our shows
Reliable audio/sound and visual equipment 


If you would like to volunteer or donate an item from this list, please contact Kathy at
Useless Theatre Trivia 


After a long battle with cancer, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning author Arthur Miller succumbed to heart failure at the age of 89, on February 10th, 2005, the 56th Anniversary of the Broadway debut of his most famous work, Death of a Salesman.   

Rep Ed News

The Toledo Rep would like to extend a hearty Welcome and Thank You to Eileen Eddy for taking on the position of our Rep Ed Director.  


Eileen has been involved with the Rep in many capacities over recent years and we are excited that she has signed on to lead our youth programming.  Welcome aboard Eileen!
Summer Theatre Camps are starting again soon. This experience gives the children an opportunity to learn many aspects of theatre, from technical terms to theatre etiquette. 
Participants will also have classes devoted to singing, dance and acting. On the last day of camp they will give a showcase performance, so that you may see their progress. This gives them the experience of being in front of an audience and the pride of showing what they have learned. 
The classes are for children who have never stepped foot on stage, as well as those who have performed before. Every performance builds confidence and skills. 
'Have a Seat' Fundraiser 


Support The Rep with a theatre seat plaque!

  • Celebrate yourself or your family
  • Celebrate your club or volunteer group
  • Post your congratulations
  • Acknowledge your favorite show
  • Remember a loved one
  • Show off your business

More information, including order form, is available here.

Did you miss an issue?
Theatre Manners and Advice with Entertainment Etiquette ExpertWilma Seatsbetaken


J. Heath from Huber Heights writes... Dear Wilma, Recently I attended an Edgy Rep Reading where the gentleman sitting next to me decided it was a great opportunity to enjoy his chaw; and he kept spitting, or rather dripping his "chew juice" in an empty pop bottle that he had snuck into the theatre.  I wanted to ask him to refrain from what I felt was a disgusting practice, but I thought perhaps he might punch me and tell me to mind my own business.  Am I out of line for being offended by this?  How would you have handled the situation?


Dear J.,


If I had a dime for every time this question was asked, I'd have ten cents.  All of us have little habits that annoy others.  For me it didn't take too long before I discovered not everybody welcomes toenails being clipped during a performance.  Who knew?  I have reason to believe this could be the first time this feller has ever been to a live performance that didn't involve either a pole, or tipping the "entertainment".


My suggestion, next time don't go the angry route that I typically recommend.  Instead turn to the rude cowboy and apologetically tell him you have severe allergies to chewing tobacco, and when exposed to it your eyes start to bleed and you begin to howl like a coyote in heat.  A little white lie?  Perhaps.  But this should cause Sir Spits-a-lot to either cease his irritating oral irrigation or move along to the next unsuspecting audience member.  So everyone wins.  Well, actually not the next unsuspecting audience member, but what do you care?  Thanks for writing. 



Do you have a question for Wilma?  Please drop Wilma a line at and perhaps your question will be published and answered in our next e-Newsletter.  


"But probably not,  so don't get your hopes up." -WS

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