New season includes world premieres of ‘Dreaming Zenzile’ and ‘The Gradient,’ plus ‘The Trinity River Plays,’ an original work by Rep playwright-in-residence Regina Taylor 

 The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (The Rep) is pleased to announce its 2021-2022 Season, featuring two world premieres. The season kicks off September 10 with the world premiere production of ‘Dreaming Zenzile,’ a musical about the South African songstress Miriam Makeba, written and performed by Grammy-nominated international music sensation Somi Kakoma.

‘Dreaming Zenzile’ will be followed by the world premiere of Steph Del Rosso’s ‘The Gradient,’ a satire set in the not-so-distant future in which a new facility promises to take men accused of sexual misconduct and rehabilitate them into responsible citizens. The Charles Dickens’ classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ will become a new holiday tradition under the direction of Hana S. Sharif, Augustin Family Artistic Director at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. The second half of the season will feature ‘The 39 Steps,’ a farce written by Patrick Barlow adapted from the novel by John Buchan and the Alfred Hitchcock film; ‘The Trinity River Plays,’ a trilogy exploring one woman’s life journey by The Rep’s playwright-in-residence, Regina Taylor; and ‘House of Joy,’ an action-adventure romance by Madhuri Shekar.

The full schedule for the 2021-2022 Season is as follows:

  • Dreaming Zenzile: September 10 – October 3, Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Gradient: October 1 – October 24, Catherine B. Berges Theatre at COCA
  • A Christmas Carol: December 3 – 23, Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts
  • The 39 Steps: January 21 – February 13, Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Trinity River Plays: February 11 – March 6, Catherine B. Berges Theatre at COCA 
  • House of Joy: March 18 – April 10, Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts

“We are excited to be returning to the stage for a new season of live theatre featuring the work of thought-leading playwrights including our own playwright-in-residence, Regina Taylor,” said Hana S. Sharif, Augustin Family Artistic Director at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. “We know our audiences have been eager to return to the theatre and we’re delighted this compelling season offers something for everyone to enjoy.”

Subscriptions for The Rep’s 2021-2022 season are available now, and single tickets go on sale August 2. For more information and to purchase, visit

Hana S. Sharif

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KEEP LIVE ALIVE SAINT LOUIS, the community fundraiser presented by The St. Louis Classic Rock Preservation Society is proud to announce it has raised over $100,000 from individual donations and local corporate sponsorships from Weber Chevrolet, Ezra Brooks 99, Fair Saint Louis, and Hubbard Broadcasting. 

KEEP LIVE ALIVE SAINT LOUIS raised enough funds to grant a $1,000 check for every valid and completed application from people in the St. Louis region who have lost income over the last year due to the pandemic. 

In addition to the individual grants, KEEP LIVE ALIVE SAINT LOUIS was able to hire various professionals in the entertainment industry in St. Louis who had been laid-off due to the pandemic in the production of the KEEP LIVE ALIVE video presentation. Those hired in different positions included camera persons, sound and lighting professionals, grips among others. 

The campaign launched on March 12, 2021, with a 90-minute video special featuring many local radio personalities from KSHE 95, 92.3 WIL, 105.7 The Point and 106.5 The Arch, along with several local and national recording artists and entertainers including The Red Rocker Sammy Hagar, Kevin Cronin from REO Speedwagon, Paula Poundstone, Lindsay Ell, Greg Warren, Lady J, Pat Liston and Danny Liston from Mama’s Pride, Roland Johnson, Brad Noe and Alexandra Kay. 

The campaign was supported by some of the top performance venues in the St. Louis area including The Fabulous Fox Theatre, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, The Pageant, The MUNY, Enterprise Center, Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, The Sheldon, and The Family Arena. 

St. Louis Classic Rock Preservation Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and the Executive Producer of KEEP LIVE ALIVE SAINT LOUIS. Its mission is to preserve, promote and honor St. Louis’ unique classic rock heritage and its place in music and pop culture history. 

For more information contact:  Julie Lally, 314-749-5915 

Pictured: Members of the St. Louis Classic Rock Preservation Society with Favazz and John Ulett from KSHE 95 at the Keep Live Alive Saint Louis Appreciation Night at Drive-In STL. Photo credit: Karl Lund