The REPorter, volume 36 issue 5January 2013

Letter from the Artistic Director


Happy New Year!


As my wife and I settled into our palatial estate for an exciting New Year's Eve(ning), complete with sparkling cider, a bowl of popcorn, the deluxe edition of Scrabble all set and ready to go, and five year-old Isaac tucked safely in bed, I couldn't help but wonder if perhaps our elected officials had hedged their bets on the Mayan calendar, assuming the end of the world would arrive on December 21 before a vote would be taken to stave off the pending doom of the fiscal cliff. 


Be that as it may, on behalf of the entire Toledo Rep organization I want to wish you a Happy New Year!  Or as I like to call it, a Happy Do Over. Where we have that chance to start anew, take a mulligan, get that second date. Or in my case during my youth, get that first date.


We're busier than a banana vendor at a chimp convention here at the theatre, with our next session of Rep Ed classes getting underway on Saturday, January 5 from 9:00 am to Noon. There's still time to sign up for those by the way.  We're also holding open auditions on that same Saturday, January 5 at 1:00 for our Special Event production of The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project, Ten Years Later, directed by Rosie Best, and set for a March 7 to 10 weekend of performances in rep.


Add to that we're also in rehearsals for our next Edgy Rep reading, The Pillowman, directed by Stephen Harrick, scheduled for a Saturday, February 2 performance at the University of Toledo.


But before the somber offerings of both Laramie Projects, and the disturbing and extremely dark "comedy" of The Pillowman, we happily bring you a laugh out loud, knee-slapping production penned by Leading Ladies' author Ken Ludwig, and directed by Carol Ann Erford, called The Fox on the Fairway. This Mainstage production stars some of Toledo's finest: Lane Hakel, Kate Abu-Absi, Heath Huber, Ashley Gage, Doug Kruse, and Kari Kapszukiewicz. The Fox on the Fairway is slated for a two-week run from January 18 to 27. You can order your tickets online or call the box office at (419) 243-9277 and Kathy will take good care of you.    


As for what happens with our taxes in the coming year, God only knows how that's going to turn out. But unlike Congress you can rest assured we've been executing due diligence planning our next season. Actually, it's your next season. And there will be no last-minute deal making, no closed door strong arming, and no back-room water boarding. Well, that's the hope at least...


We plan to announce our 81st season in plenty of time, probably by early April.
And just so you know, Sarah tossed me off the Scrabble cliff on New Years Eve, by nearly 200 points.


Thank you for a wonderful 2012.  And here's to an incredibly exciting 2013, filled with...YOU in our seats!


Warm Regards,


The Fox on the Fairway, a comedy     
Written by Ken Ludwig

Directed by Carol Ann Erford

January 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 2013



Mile-a-minute laughs are par for the course with this hysterical farce from the author of the Rep's wildly successful Leading LadiesIt's the annual Interclub Championship and the director of the Quail Valley Golf and Country Club has made a bet he can't afford to lose. The tournament gets turned on its ear with laughter, high jinks, and mistaken identities. 

Purchase tickets here.

The Pillowman, a staged reading     
by Martin McDonagh 

Directed by Stephen Harrick  

February 2, 2013


This extremely dark "comedy" is about a writer whose work mirrors a recent series of local child­ murders. Morbid and shockingly brutal at times, The Pillowman is an amazing journey into the craft of writing, state politics, and the way we deal with the horrors of life.


To be performed at UT CPA (2801 W. Bancroft Ave.)


Due to mature subject matter and strong language, this production is not suitable for young audiences or those easily offended.


Purchase tickets here.

REP Ed Saturday Morning Theatre Classes


There's still room for our next session of theatre classes for the young thespian in the family, ages 7 through 16.  Classes are held for eight Saturdays from 9 AM through Noon.  


Our next session begins January 5th, running through February 23rd, 2013.  Cost is $100.00. 


For more information please visit our website and click on the REP Ed link.  To register please call (419) 243-9277 or click here

Events Calendar
The Fox on the Fairway
Jan 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 2013
Tenth Street Stage
The Pillowman
An Edgy Rep Reading
Feb 2, 2013
It's a Wonderful Neverland
A Young Rep Produciton
Feb 22, 23, 24, 2013
Tenth Street Stage


For more information please click here
Wish List 

Consistent additional rehearsal space
Stage Crew Volunteers
Grants writer


If you would like to volunteer or donate an item from this list, please contact Kathy at
Casting Call 

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


The Laramie Project & TLP: 10 Years Later
Special Event
January 5, 2013


The MOMologues
Special Event
February 16, 2013


The Drowsy Chaperone
March 9 & 10, 2013  CHANGE  OF DATE!
at The Toledo School for the Arts
Fiddler on the Roof
Young Rep, ages 14-19
May 4, 2013
Guys and Dolls, Jr.
Young Rep, ages 7-13
May 18 at 2 PM, 2013


For more information please click here
Useless Theatre Trivia

Known for his work on Broadway with many hits including On the Twentieth Century, City of Angels, Sweet Charity, and Barnum, multiple Tony-Award winning composer Cy Coleman, born Seymour Kaufman, was a classically trained child prodigy, making his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of seven.

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Thank you.
Theatre Manners and Advice with Entertainment Etiquette Expert, Wilma Seatsbetaken

I. Smeldit from Luckey writes... Dear Wilma, Sometimes my husband smells like onions, liver, and sauerkraut; especially after he's just enjoyed one of my homemade grilled onion, liver, and sauerkraut sandwiches.  They may be tasty, but I don't have to tell you the stench that miracle between two slices of bread can create.  I tell "Edgar" before we head to the theatre that he is going to take a long, soapy shower to lose that odor.  He thinks I'm making more of it than necessary.  What do you say?


Dear I.  For starters, you must give me the recipe for that sandwich!  Secondly, you're right about having your hubby shower before coming to the theatre.  Not only is good hygiene encouraged at The Rep, but because of the intimate setting it is so very important so as not to invade the personal space of another patron sitting in your general vicinity. I remember my sixth ex-husband would sometimes come home smelling of cheap perfume, gin, cigarettes, burnt leather, and did I mention gin?  I simply refused to go out of the house with him until he bathed and hit the Old Spice bottle for a dab or four.  Telling a loved one they stink isn't easy, but it's what you need to do if you truly love them, and if they stink.  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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