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Let Me In

Repertory Theatre Season 2018-2019

18|19 Season: Let Me In

Presented by the S. Mark Taper Foundation


Scroll down to read a note from Producing Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott.

MAN OF LA MANCHA • August 16–September 9, 2018

Written by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh • Lyrics by Joe Darion
Original Production Staged by Albert Marre • Originally Produced by Albert W. Selden and Hal James
Directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott

The cast from our acclaimed 2017 sold-out production returns! Set in a modern-day prison, the story-within-a-story of Don Quixote’s musical misadventures—rife with love, chivalry, and of course, four-armed giants—unfurls into something more transcendent: a beacon of hope in a dire world. Dream the impossible dream with the wandering hidalgo in this quintessential tale about the resilience of the human spirit and the limitless power of imagination.


Oscar Wilde’s A PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY • September 23–November 16, 2018

Based on the novella by Oscar Wilde
Adapted & Directed by Michael Michetti

Entranced by the beauty of his own portrait, Dorian Gray sells his soul to preserve his youth and pays a price. This haunting and seductive adaptation lets Wilde’s language and wit sparkle, but strips bare the themes of hedonism and the insatiable pursuit of pleasure. As Gray descends into self-indulgent debauchery, those around him are drawn to their own ruin like moths to a flame.


Tom Stoppard’s ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD • October 7–November 18, 2018

Directed by Geoff Elliott

Hamlet is turned topsy turvy in this brilliant, Tony Award®-winning comedy that thrusts Shakespeare’s two minor characters to the frontlines with no rules except one: they are destined to die. Trapped in a universe where the flip of a coin always comes up heads and pirates can pop-up anytime, can our hapless protagonists triumph in a battle of wits, escape their fate, and make sense of a senseless world?


Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL • December 1–23, 2018

Adapted by Geoff Elliott
Directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott & Geoff Elliott

ANW’s delightfully festive, musically merry holiday tradition returns! Families love the inspirational story of Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge—the perfect burst of boundless good cheer for the season and beyond!

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William Shakespeare’s OTHELLO • February 10–April 28, 2019

Directed by Jessica Kubzansky

The Bard’s most intimate of family tragedies about the breakdown of a man who has everything—power, position, and love—only to find his world decimated through intense mind games with his malicious ensign. Prescient in its searing social commentary of prejudice, betrayal, and thwarted ambition, Shakespeare’s thunderous drama examines who we trust and the price we pay for choosing wrong.

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Tennessee Williams’ THE GLASS MENAGERIE • February 24–April 26, 2019

Directed by Geoff Elliott

An innocuous visit from a potential suitor unsettles the sheltered Wingfield family. Matriarch Amanda fiercely protects her adult children from the harshness of others, but doesn’t realize that her own eccentricities are the biggest threat to their psychological survival. Brimming with poetic language and indelible characters, this play about the enduring but limiting nature of love and family made Tennessee Williams a household name.

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Mary Zimmerman’s ARGONAUTIKA The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts • March 20–May 5, 2019

Adapted from The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts
Gaius Valerius Flaccus Translated by David R. Slavitt  • Apollonius Rhodius Translated by Peter Green
Directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott

In this fresh retelling of the classic Greek myth, Jason and his quest for the Golden Fleece has been reframed for our time. Join the fantastic voyage and encounter Hercules, Hera, sirens, centaurs, and more—familiar mythological figures imbued with unexpected character and depth. Discover humor, love, and the unimaginable as Tony Award®-winner Mary Zimmerman reveals the humanity in the most monstrous of creatures in this unforgettable journey for the ages.

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Michael Frayn’s NOISES OFF • May 21–June 9, 2019

Directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott

One of ANW’s most beloved production is back: Your favorites are ready to rein in the chaos of this joyfully out-of-control British farce about the auspiciously titled play-within-a-play Nothing On. Step behind the curtain and meet the under-rehearsed and over-worked cast and crew with a penchant for drama more personal than professional. As the production progresses, the bumbling cast brings down the house—literally!

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All of our 2018-19 offerings feature characters who are outliers— people who have blazed their own trail but nevertheless struggle for acknowledgement and acceptance. Whether they’re in self-exile (The Glass Menagerie), or shunned (Othello; Man of La Mancha), or led astray by hedonistic desires (A Picture of Dorian Gray), or thrust there by the fickle cruelty of fate (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) or the gods (Argonautika), all of these characters on the margins of society are fascinating and deeply resonant with anyone who has ever felt left out. After all, our theme, LET ME IN, isn’t about a physical space; it’s about the deeply human need to be understood for who we are, whether it’s on the high seas of a swashbuckling Greek adventure or in the claustrophobia of a St. Louis apartment. We are excited for you to meet these dreamers, artists, iconoclasts, and heroes. Be part of their journeys as they depart from the safety of society (though—is society really “safe”? We’ll explore that too…). See you at the theatre!

– Geoff and Julia


Pictured: Jules Willcox. Photo by Craig Schwartz.