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Pre-Show Lectures

Great theatre inspires dynamic conversation, and Rep Stage has several programming opportunities for our patrons to be a part of these conversations. For our Pre-Show Lectures we host experts in their fields whose work has a connection to the themes and content of each play.

Pre-Show lectures occur on the final Saturday of each production’s run, directly before the 2:00 PM matinee. These lectures are free of charge and need no reservations or tickets.

“Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

“Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Directed and Choreographed by Joseph W. Ritsch
Musical Direction by Stacey Antoine

Pre-Show lecture with History Professor Megan Myers

Saturday September 22, 2018 at 12:30pm
​Location: Monteabaro Recital Hall 
No tickets required

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“Things That Are Round”

By Callie Kimball
Directed by Lola B. Pierson

La Boheme: Living the Dream

Lecturer HCC Music Instructor and Lecturer for the Columbia Orchestra William Murphy
Saturday November 17, 2018 at 12:30pm
Location: Monteabaro Recital Hall

Nina's summary of the plot of La Bohème and the fate of Mimi is so far off base that we have to entertain the possibility that she isn't a singer at all. However, the gap between what real-life opera fans think the opera is about and Puccini's intentions is so huge that in a way, we're all Ninas. For many opera fans, if they knew the real Puccini, nobody would go near his shows.

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“Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992”

By Anna Deavere Smith
Directed by Paige Hernandez

Anna Deavere Smith’s Civic Dialogues with Dr. Michael Heffren, Professor of Sociology

Saturday March 16, 2019 at 12:30pm
Location: Monteabaro Recital Hall

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“The 39 Steps”

By Patrick Barlow
Directed by Joseph W. Ritsch

"Alfred Hitchcock's steps leading up to 'The 39 Steps."

HCC Film Professor and local film critic Michael Giuliano
Saturday May 18, 2019 at 12:30pm
Location: Howard Hall 249

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