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Rep Stage 2019-20 Season

World Premiere, Regional Premiere, and Two Contemporary Classics Planned for Season of live plays in Howard County.

Columbia, MD – Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College, will launch its 2019–2020 season with “Souvenir” by Stephen Temperley, followed by a world premiere by local playwright Bob Bartlett and a regional premiere by Philadelphia playwright James Ijames, and then conclude with the timeless musical “Dames at Sea.”

“This season celebrates the power of theatre and how we can create empathy through its storytelling,” said Rep Stage Producing Artistic Director Joseph W. Ritsch. “All four productions in the season also examine power in its many forms, whether it is the power of positive thinking, the abuse of power or the power of pure entertainment.”

“As always, the 2019–2020 Rep Stage season will inspire conversation and ignite imagination. I continue to try and bring stories to our audiences that have a vision for a theatre that fosters radical hospitality; where everyone is welcome, and where we can all see ourselves in the stories we tell.”


Souvenir Show art


E2 Show Art

By Stephen Temperley
Directed by Joseph W. Ritsch
September 5–22, 2019



By Bob Bartlett
Directed by Joseph W. Ritsch
October 31–November 17, 2019


Kill Move Paradise

Kill Move Paradise Show Art

Dames at Sea

Dames at Sea Show Art

By James Ijames
Directed by Danielle Drakes
February 20–March 8, 2020


Book and Lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller
Music by Jim Wise
Directed by Rick Hammerly
Musical Direction by Tiffany Underwood Holmes


For more information about the upcoming season, contact 443-518-1510 or visit

Rep Stage, the professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College, produces engaging and evocative contemporary American classics and new works. Led by Producing Artistic Director Joseph W. Ritsch, Rep Stage is dedicated to collaborating with regional artists in its commitment to bringing richly diverse work to audiences. Recognized as a professional Washington, DC metropolitan area theatre company by Theatre Washington, Rep Stage has a proud history of Helen Hayes Award-winning productions and nominations over its 25 years. The theatre is a member of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Theatre Communications Group. Performances are made possible by Howard Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council, Howard County and Maryland state governments, and generous individual donors.

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