The REPorter, volume 36 issue 7March 2013

Letter from the Artistic Director


What are you passionate about?  Who do you admire?  For me, I admire people who have the passion, ability, and foresight to take old buildings, brick dinosaurs if you will that many folks might feel should just be razed to make room for a new parking garage or another Rite-Aid or Starbucks, and instead not only salvage these buildings, but turn them into thriving centers of commerce, housing, and art; the ability to see beyond what's in front of them, and look to what could be.  That's a talent I admire, and a hands-on construction skill that I don't possess. 


My own construction days ended for me in 4-H when I got a second place ribbon at the Putnam County Fair because the hole in my birdhouse was too big and the judge said a cat could get his paw in it.  I informed the judge that this birdhouse was going to be mounted on a very tall pole in our back yard and that I intended on greasing the pole with Vaseline, and that if a cat was able to climb up that pole he deserved anything he found in the birdhouse.  The judge just looked at me and said if I had anything more to add I could be expecting a third place ribbon.  So I went home and had to tell my dad that his birdhouse got second place.  Yes, my dad built the birdhouse.  But I painted it...white...boring white. 


As I walk around our theatre, a building we've been in for 80 years, and a church for several years prior to then, I couldn't help but wonder, "Is there anybody out there who can help us save this building?  Are her best days behind her?"  They say a home isn't the building but the family that lives there.  And I guess the same can be said about this theatre.  It isn't the building, but the actors, the kids, volunteers, staff, sponsors, advertisers, contributors, and most importantly the patrons who created this community. Still, we do need a place to gather.  And the theater...well she's in rough shape.  


So if you have a skill that relates to the sort of help this community landmark needs, or if you have the good fortune of having a good fortune that you could part with and send some our way to help offset the expenses in giving her a much needed facelift, now would be an ideal time to consider doing so.


Thank you in advance for helping in any way you can.


Kind Regards,

Laramie New The Laramie Project/ The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, a special event     
by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project 
Directed by Rosie Best   

March 7-10, 2013


Back to back productions of the two docu-dramas based off the interviews with Laramie Wyoming residents, 1) immediately after the murder of gay college student, Matthew Sheppard, and then 2) the return trip 10 years later. The original will move you, the follow-up will shock you.



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You've Got Hate Mail, a reading
by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore
Directed by Cindy Bilby 

March 23, 2013 


This comedy offers a perfect commentary on how there is no such thing as face-to-face human communication anymore. If you've ever wished you could hit the "UN-send" button, you must see this LMAO show!  


To be performed at Owens CC CFPA (30335 Oregon Rd.)


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


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Events Calendar
The Laramie Project/The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later
A Special Event
March 7-10, 2013
Tenth Street Stage
You've Got Hate Mail
An Edgy Rep Reading
March 23, 2013
At Owens CC CFPA
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


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"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.

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
Casting Call 

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


The Drowsy Chaperone
March 9 & 10, 2013, at 1 PM 
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, 2013, at 2 PM


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Useless Theatre Trivia 


Born Marvin Neil Simon in the Bronx on July 4th 1927, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright Neil Simon received a kidney transplant in 2004, donated by Bill Evans, who just also happened to be Mr. Simon's press agent.  


Additionally, Neil Simon's brother Danny actually started writing The Odd Couple but wasn't able to finish it.  Neil agreed to take it over in exchange for sole author credit.  And since its premiere in 1965, Neil paid Danny 10% from anything The Odd Couple earned up until Danny's death forty years later in 2005.

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Theatre Manners and Advice with Entertainment Etiquette ExpertWilma Seatsbetaken


Gayle Forswins from Put-In-Bay writes... Dear Wilma, In my travels I have found myself visiting a plethera of theatres across this great nation, and so many of them have the name "Repertory" in their title.  Why does the Toledo Rep spell theirs Repertoire?


Dear Gayle,


The argument over "Repertoire" versus "Repertory" goes back nearly as far as "Which came first, the chicken or the Colonel?"


Since all things posted on the internet must be correct let's go there for this answer. 


Repertoire, (pronounced repper twaar) is defined as "a stock of musical or dramatic material that is known and can be performed."  And by the way, don't you dare mispronounce "Repertoire" or some folks will get their under-drawers all in a bunch.


Repertory, (pronounced repper taw ree) is defined as a system of presenting plays: a system by which a permanent theatre company presents a set of works during a season, usually in its own theater.


So there you go.  Personally I think "Repertory" is more in line with the Toledo Rep.  However, if you're as bored with this answer as I am explaining it, then I suggest you just learn to live with it the way it is.  It's worked for 80 years so they must be doing something right, which is more than I can say for your spelling of the word "plethora".  But thanks for writing.     



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

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