2019-20 Season

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

September 13-29, 2019
Book & Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman

Music & Lyrics by Steven Lutvak
Based on the Novel by Roy Horniman
Directed by Julie Zatko
Music Direction by Amy Johns

A truly original and fresh new musical comedy.

A distant heir to a family fortune sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm….and a dash of murder. Tony award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music and non-stop laughs.

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Elusive Ear

October 25-November 3, 2019
Play by David MacGregor
Directed by Nancy Wright

An exciting new twist on the Master of Twists

London. December 1888. 221B Baker Street. The notorious and as-yet undiscovered genius Vincent van Gogh presents the master-sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, with a most unusual case. Aided by his partner, Dr. Watson, and his paramour, Irene Adler, the trio embarks on a rousing adventure. Join the world’s greatest detective as he dashes forth to solve one of the most audacious crimes of the Victorian era.

Contains adult language and content.

A Christmas Carol

December 6-8, 2019
Adapted by David Jex & Debra Ross Calabrese

Based on a Novel by Charles Dickens
Directed by Betsy Lackey

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, this production is one you will not want to miss!

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

January 10-19, 2020
Play by Neil Simon

Directed by Barbara Barkan

An evening of Neil Simon’s comic artistry at its best: fast, furious and oh so very funny!

Laughter on the 23rd Floor is The Rep’s tribute to one of the greatest comedy playwrights of the American stage. Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific and performed playwrights in the world and Laughter on the 23rd Floor is a testament to his enduring success. Inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a TV stage writer on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, the comic engine of Laughter is fueled by a harried writing staff frantically scrambling to top each other with gags and impress their boss.

A Raisin in the Sun

February 28-March 8, 2020
Play by Lorraine Hansberry

Directed by Irina Zaurov

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? ~Langston Hughes~

At 60 years, Lorraine Hansberry’s Broadway masterpiece, A Raisin in the Sun, remains a monumental work of the American stage. The story tells of an African-American family’s experiences as they aspire to move beyond segregation and disenfranchisement. A Raisin in the Sun is a powerful opus that speaks to our desires to improve our lives and the dissonance that erupts when we try to determine how best to achieve our dreams.

Red Speedo – A Special Event with Actors Collaborative Toledo

April 3-5, 2020
Rescheduled for August 7-9, 2020

Is winning everything? Can we justify cheating when the odds are stacked against us?

Ray has swum his way to the eve of the Olympic trials. If he makes the team, he’ll get a deal with Speedo. If he gets a deal with Speedo, he’ll never need a real job. When someone’s stash of performance-enhancing drugs is found in the locker room fridge, threatening the entire team’s Olympic fate, Ray has to crush the rumors or risk losing everything. Red Speedo is a sharp and stylish play about swimming, survival of the fittest, and the American dream of a level playing field – or of leveling the field yourself.

Red Speedo is a partnership production between the Toledo Rep and Actors Collaborative Toledo. ACT is a group of local theatre artists dedicated to bringing contemporary theatre to Toledo, with a focus on the importance of supporting, educating, and empowering local talent. Through collaborations and fundraising efforts with other non-profits around town, ACT is bringing awareness to important social issues through live theatre.

In The Heights

May 29-June 14, 2020
Rescheduled for TBA
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Directed by Debra Ross Calabrese

What does it mean to be home?

Music and lyrics by American composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda of the Broadway sensation HamiltonIn the Heights tells the powerful and upbeat story of a vibrant community in the northern tip of Manhattan – 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 the pressures of traditions embraced and those left behind. In the Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.


Young Rep Series

30 Reasons Not to Be in a Play

Young Rep Production
May 1-3, 2020
Rescheduled for July 24-26, 2020
Play by Alan Haehnel
Directed by Melissa Shaffer

Stage kisses, pinkeye, inciting World War III — these are only a few of the many things that can go wrong during the production of a play. From the author of 15 Reasons Not To Be in a Play comes a full evening of the horrors and hardships that befall those who feel the call of the stage. In a series of hilarious examples, this play proves that drama can be a very dangerous thing and it must be avoided at all costs.

The Crucible

Teen Rep Production
July 9-12, 2020
Play by Arthur Miller
Directed by Julie Zatko

Arthur Miller’s profoundly meaningful fictionalized account of the 17th century Salem Witch trials explores what happens when hysteria takes over a society and evil people gain access to power. Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government persecuted people accused of being communists. Miller’s masterpiece of the 1950s American stage is still popular today because of themes that emerge timely to every successive era.

The Wizard of Oz

Young Rep Production at The Valentine Theatre
July 24-26, 2020
Rescheduled for TBA
Book by L. Frank Baum
Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen & E. Y. Harburg
Directed by Jill Reinstein

When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. In order for Dorothy to get home, the wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help.