September 17-26, 2021
Two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in this hilarious mash-up of sixteenth-century Shakespeare and twenty-first-century Broadway.
Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten. Created by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, and successful screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, Something Rotten is lauded by audience members and critics alike. It received several Best Musical nominations, a Tony and hailed by Time Out New York as “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years.”
Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.
Toledo Voices: Premiere Readings of Unproduced Plays by Local Playwrights
Friday October 1
Peanuts and Crackerjacks by F. Scott Regan
It’s opening day for the Altoona Aardvarks minor league baseball team. The team has been purchased by a Russian Oligarch on the run from the Mafia. Chaos ensues when the star player gets beaned, the rookie discovers love, and a Nicaraguan pitcher, who loves Broadway musicals, tries to learn English.
Saturday October 2
A Night of Short Plays
Frauds by Steve Israel Mass by Kerry Trautman
rant @ 14 (boys) by Gregory K. Robinson, Ph.D.
rant @ 14 (girls) by Gregory K. Robinson, Ph.D.
Asylum by Daniel S. Hyott
Try by Kate Argow
You Never Know by Kate Argow
Goodbye by Kate Argow
The Gated Community by K.S. Hardy
The Actor and the Auteur by K.S. Hardy
Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Fallen Soufflé
October 29-November 7, 2021
By David MacGregor
Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Fallen Soufflé is the sequel to David MacGregor’s hit play, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Elusive Ear, presented at the Toledo Rep in October 2019. It’s the day before Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and her son, the playboy Prince of Wales, arrives at 221B Baker Street pursued by anarchist assassins. Coincidentally, the greatest chef in the world, Auguste Escoffier, also arrives at 221B, his career about to be shattered by blackmail and scandal. Can Holmes, Watson, and Irene Adler save the life of the heir to the British crown and the reputation of the master chef? And can they unmask the criminal genius behind both of these sinister conspiracies? This action-filled tale of royal debauchery, priceless gems, and gourmet food will provide Dr. Watson with the material for Sherlock Holmes’ most bizarre and tastiest case. Contains adult content.
A Christmas Carol
December 2-12, 2021
Adapted from the novella by Charles Dickens
A Toledo Rep tradition for more than 30 years, this timeless tale of redemption follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he is transformed by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future from a miserly old curmudgeon into a man who embodies the true meaning of Christmas. With lavish costumes, spectacular sets and a musical score rich with carols of the era, the Rep’s annual holiday gift to Toledo is a production you will not want to miss!
The Legend of Georgia McBride
February 11-20, 2022
By Mathew Lopez
He’s young, he’s broke, his landlord’s knocking at the door, and he’s just found out his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey is fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small-town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business—and himself. Crowd-pleasing and side-splittingly funny, The Legend of Georgia McBride is a gender-bending, feel good tribute to the art of drag.
March 24-April 10, 2022
Performed in rep
The Toledo Rep and Actors Collaborative Toledo join together to present their first ever repertory productions with the staging of Our Town by Thorton Wilder and Middletown by Will Eno. Audiences will have several opportunities to see both performances offered during the run on alternating dates.
Our Town, Thorton Wilder’s timeless classic and quintessential masterpiece of the American stage tells the story of life in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire at the turn of the 20th century. Here it is paired with Will Eno’s Middletown, a deeply moving and funny play that explores the universe of a small American town at the beginning of the 21st century. From opposite ends of a tumultuous one hundred years, two powerful, touching and sometimes funny plays look at our American life, how we see ourselves today and how we look back on the values that have shaped who we are. In Our Town, we see two young people, George Gibbs and Emily Webb, as their lives entwine and intersect with other denizens of their small town.
In Middletown, a friendship between longtime resident, John Dodge, and a new arrival, Mary Swanson, intersects with the inhabitants of Middletown in strange and poignant ways. From the Middletown local library to outer space and points between, or from Rebecca Gibbs window in Grover’s Corners as she marvels at the universe and the mind of God, Our Town/Middletown is a journey to places you won’t forget.
May 6-8, 2022
The Toledo Rep and Actors Collaborative Toledo join together to present the story of an estranged bi-racial couple who must confront their feelings about race and bias after their son is detained by the local police following a traffic stop incident. Their disparate histories and backgrounds inform their assumptions as they try to find out what happened their son.
In the Heights
June 3-19, 2022
In The Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In The Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.
Young Rep Productions
The Wizard of Oz
July 29-31, 2022
A Young/Teen Rep production
By L. Frank Baum. Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Follow the yellow brick road with our cast of 7-19 year olds in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. The timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz, continues to thrill audiences worldwide.
Tickets available soon.