All the below are possibilities ONLY.
The 2018-2019 season is still in development.
Our 2018-2019 season begins (maybe – see above note) with the 2018 Grand Center Theatre Crawl (GCTC). For audiences, the GCTC is a fabulous opportunity to sample the range, breadth, and depth of what the St. Louis theatre community has to offer.
Black Mirror’s 2018 offering is a combination of spoken word performance and live musical accompaniment. For now, we’ll keep the piece and author secret. But know, it will be St. Louis’ first exposure to a writer, an artist, and a body of work which have stunned audiences in other countries, on other continents and along the coasts of the USA.
Next up in 2018 (perhaps) will be our late Summer production of Clifford Odets’ Waiting for Lefty. In this era of attacks on labor unions, lowering of minimum wages by state legislatures, it is time we, as a community, revisit the struggles our parents and grandparents shouldered to raise their standard of living and fight for a minimum wage in order to earn a piece of the American Dream. It is a powerful – and real enough – story based on the NY/NJ taxi strikes of the early 1930’s.
Odets is known for his clear, compelling language and tightly structured stories. Waiting for Lefty is one of his first and one of his best plays.
The season continues (possibly) with our winter-ish production of an Evening of Shorts. The program will consist of from 4-6 separate pieces, some by world famous playwrights, some involving dance and spoken word, some comic, some tragic, all beautiful and moving.
Because no one piece is overly long, we guarantee there will be something for everyone in this very special program.
Some of the world’s finest dramatic literature is short and, hence, is seldom, if ever, seen. We intend to redress some of these oversights and bring pieces to the stage which St. Louis audiences have likely never experienced.
Pieces by Nobel Laureates, revolutionaries, romantics and poets, unknowns, saints and sinners will be performed with taste, grace and style.
We will end our season (or not) in Spring 2019 with this urgent, ardent, strident cry for social and economic justice first staged in the 1960’s. It is every bit as timely now as it was then.
Our guarantee: not one member of the audience will leave this production untouched, in some way, by this powerful play by Peter Weiss.
As Jean Paul Marat says in the play, ”Don’t be deceived when our Revolution has been finally stamped out they tell you things are better now. Even if there’s no poverty to be seen because the poverty’s been hidden. Even if you ever got more wages and could afford to buy more of these new and useless goods which industries foist on you and even if it seems to you that you never had so much, that is only the slogan of those who still have much more than you …”
Yes, don’t be deceived. Come. See, hear for yourself. Experience theatre as it was meant to be, as it still can be. ”Marat, we’re poor. And the poor stay poor. Marat, don’t make us wait any more. We want our rights, and we don’t care how. We want our Revolution … NOW!”
For each person who attends one of Black Mirror’s performances
a donation of $3.70 will be made to Operation Backpack, a program which helps to ensure
St. Louis area needy school children do not go hungry on weekends.