Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Play Festival Includes a Drama Set Here

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Play Festival Includes a Drama Set Here

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Now in its third year, the Ignite! New Play Festival invites audiences to hear staged readings of promising new plays one or more of which the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis may produce in seasons to come.

"You get a backstage tour of the creative process," said Seth Gordon. He created the festival at the Rep, where he's the associate artistic director.

Here's this year's Ignite! schedule.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday: "Ten Questions To Ask Your Biology Teacher About Evolution," by Stephen Massicote. When a student challenges the basis of the curriculum, a teacher's personal faith is put to the test. A Canadian playwright, Massicotte is probably best known for "Mary's Wedding," a touching World War I drama that Echo Theatre staged here in 2008. Tracy Brigden directs.

3 p.m. March 23: "Every Reason To Hope and Believe" by Laura Eason. Set in St. Louis, the play centers on a divorced interracial couple, a fundraiser and an artist, who come together to work on a project: a statue of Dred Scott to be erected in front of the Old Courthouse. …

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