It's Only a Play
Jan. 13-22

Toledo Voices
Feb. 11, 25 & March 11

Of Mice and Men
March 31-April 9

A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Forum
June 2-18


Of Mice and Men
Jan. 7, 1-4pm
10th St. Stage
Jan. 10, 6-8:30pm
Brown Building
Jan. 11, 6-8pm
Brown Building

Toledo Voices
Jan. 16, 7pm
10th St. Stage
Jan. 17, 7pm
10th St. Stage

Classes & Workshops:

The Best of Broadway
Ages 7-16
Jan. 7-Feb. 25
Saturdays  9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Intro to Theatre
Design and Tech
- Workshop -
Ages 10-18
March 11 & 18
Saturdays  9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Theatre
Ages 7-12
March 25-May 20
Saturdays  9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Intro to Playwriting
- Spring Mini Session -
Ages 10-13
March 25-April 22
(no class April 15)
Saturdays  9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Ages 14-17
April 29-May 27
(no class May 20)
Saturdays  9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

  Would you like to enjoy the excitement of live theatre on a budget? Take advantage of our Thrifty Thespian Thursday! 

Simply come to the box office in person between 7:00pm and 8:00pm prior to that same Thursday evening's Mainstage performance and if any available seats remain, you can purchase your ticket in person for that evening for just $10.00! That's a 50% savings off the regular ticket price!
This special applies to our Thursday night Mainstage plays only. No other discounts or coupons apply with this special.
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Toledo Performing Arts!
Volume 40, Issue 5 / January  2017
Letter from the Artistic Director
Happy New Year!
Time to feed the uneaten Christmas cookies to the birds, take the ribbon away from the cat, set aside the lamest presents you've received for regifting, and make those resolutions. Maybe this year...
We at the Rep have resolved (cue awkward segue) to fill the 2017 calendar with entertainment. We have comedy, we have drama, do you even need to ask if we have musical? Also days and nights of improvisation, classes for children and adults, readings of brand new plays by local authors, and so much more. We even moved up the announcement of our crackerjack 2017-2018 season so that you can make your theatre plans now. (Remember that season ticket holders get priority seating.)
For more details, scroll down, or check out the reader-friendly links on our home page - at toledorep.org - where you can learn virtually everything you ever wanted to know about our theatre. And if virtual isn't your thing, we promise we'll take your call (unlike your weird cousin Roger) at 419-243-9277.
Finally, if there's something you'd like to see produced on our stage or offered as a class or brought to your venue, we're open to suggestions.
We're resolved to make 2017 just that much better.
See you at the theatre,

Dave De


It's Only a Play
by Terrence McNally

Directed by  Barbara Barkan

January 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 8:00pm
and January 15 and 22 at 2:30pm

A celebration of theatre at its best! Written by four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally, last seen on Broadway in 2015, It's Only a Play details the opening night anxiety of a new Broadway play. With the playwright's career hanging in the balance, a group of insiders have staked themselves out to await the reviews. This hilarious play proves that sometimes the biggest laughs happen offstage!

It's Only a Play i s presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., NY, NY

Of Mice and Men

Directed by Sonia Perez

Jan. 7, 1-4pm
10th St. Stage

Jan. 10, 6-8:30pm
Brown Building

Callbacks if needed:
Jan. 11, 6-8pm
Brown Building

9 men - ages 20's to 70's
1 woman - age 20's

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please bring a list of any conflict dates between the auditions and opening dates. Bring a headshot and resume if available.

A renowned classic recently seen on Broadway in 2014, is set in California during the Great Depression and follows two drifters, George and Lennie, who together hope to one day acquire their own piece of land. But when Lennie stirs up trouble on the job, George, now worried about his own safety, must choose between protecting his friend and staying the course towards his version of the American dream.

Show dates:
March 31-April 9, 2017

Toledo Voices

Presenting unproduced plays by local writers in a series of readings!

Jan. 16, 7pm
10th Street Stage

Jan. 17, 7pm 
10th Street Stage


These will be one performance readings with a handful of rehearsals.

Performing on February 11
by Nancy Wright
An ensemble of 4 men and 3 women playing a variety of roles

Performing on February 25
Life and Death
by F. Scott Regan

Coffee Cream
by Tanner DuVall
3m, 2w, ages 20s to 40s

Performing on March 11
Sheba Rules
by Deborah Coulter-Harris
An ensemble of various ages, playing multiple roles

Auditions will consist of reading from the scripts.

"Toledo Voices" will present unproduced plays by local writers in a series of readings held at the theatre. The inaugural readings will happen on three Saturdays, February 11, February 25, and March 11, with an 8:00pm curtain time. Each reading will be followed by a talkback with the writer, cast, and director.

For more information email  artistic@toledorep.org  or call 419-243-9277

Announcing Our  85th Season

Bonnie & Clyde
by Ivan Manchell, Frank Wildhorn, & Don Black
September 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 & 24, 2017

A thrilling and sexy musical chronicling the lives of the infamous Depression-era duo. America's most notorious lovers and bank robbers take the country by storm, their forbidden story told with a score combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music. A wonderful new show with a large ensemble cast and multiple Tony nominations, never before produced in Northwestern Ohio.

It Came From Mars
by Joe Zettelmaier
October 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 & 29, 2017

Farlowe's Mystery Theatre Hour is in rehearsal for its weekly radio show when an alarming announcement comes over the radio - Martians have landed! The actors fly into hysterics, barricading themselves in the studio, not expecting to live to see the next day. Passions ignite, secret identities are revealed and slapstick mayhem ensues when a washed-up director, his drama queen ex, a wannabe war hero, a ditzy actress, and a German sound effects wiz all think they are about to be annihilated by men from Mars. Winner of the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award!

Human Error
by Eric Pfeffinger
(Special Event)
November 17, 18 (two shows) & 19, 2017

A contemporary comedy set right here in Toledo and written by a local playwright in which, through a medical mix-up, two couples (one red statish, the other blue) meet and have a kind of cultural exchange, learning a lot and reminding themselves, and the audience, that while much divides us, there is also a large territory of common ground. Full of warmth, heart, and outrageous humor. And there's a scene at Cabela's. Winner of an Ohio Arts Council award for Individual Excellence.

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens, revised by David Jex and Debra Ross Calabrese
December 1, 2 & 3, 2017

A Toledo Rep tradition for more than 30 years, this timeless tale of redemption follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he is transformed by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future from a miserly old curmudgeon into a man who embodies the true meaning of Christmas. With lavish costumes, spectacular sets and a musical score rich with carols of the era, this production is one you will not want to miss!
by David Lindsay-Abaire
January 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 & 28. 2018

A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.
Photograph 51
by Anna Ziegler
March 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 & 25, 2018

A humorous and moving portrait of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A pack of chemists and biologists relive the chase, revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman. A fascinating play about science, ambition, isolation, the unique challenges of a woman working in a man's world, and the race for greatness.

Sweet Charity
by Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, & Dorothy Fields
June 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 & 17, 2018

Have you ever known a girl who wanted something so badly that she tried too hard to get it? Meet Sweet Charity, who sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through romances. Her world is the all too real world of Times Square, and the people who pass through are as deceptively charming a group as ever swept across any stage. With a book by the king of comedy Neil Simon and wonderful musical numbers including 'Big Spender', 'If My Friends Could See Me Now', and 'I'm a Brass Band'.


Rainbow Series
(three staged readings of classic gay plays)

The Normal Heart
by Larry Kramer
April 6 & 7, 2018

Kramer's explosive 1985 autobiographical play chronicles the early years of the AIDS epidemic in New York, and the founding of the advocacy group, Gay Men's Health Crisis. Basis of an Emmy-winning 2014 HBO film.

The Children's Hour
by Lillian Hellman
April 13 & 14, 2018

Hellman's trailblazing 1934 drama is set in an all-girls boarding school run by best friends Karen and Martha. A vindictive student starts a rumor that the two women are lovers. As local tongues wag, the truth becomes murkier.

The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told
by Paul Rudnick
April 20 & 21, 2018

Rudnick's audacious 1998 comedy tells the story of Adam and Steve, as well as Jane and Mabel (the first Lesbians) from the Old Testament to modern-day Manhattan. A no-holds-barred comedy that skewers both religious hypocrisy and political correctness.


We are excited to announce that Season Tickets for our upcoming 85th Season are on sale NOW!

What's better yet, is that you can now purchase your Season Tickets ONLINE!

"The Best of Broadway"
Winter Rep Ed Classes

"The Best of Broadway"
January 7-February 25
Saturdays, 9am-Noon
Ages 7-16

Calling all wannabe "triple threats" for this session built around the blockbuster scenes, songs, and dances of Broadway musicals, taught by our team of experienced musical performers. Students can specialize in one area while trying out the others, or dive into all three. The session culminates with a public performance.

Classes are held Saturday mornings at the 10th Street Theatre, starting promptly at 9:00am and finishing at noon.
Parents please drop off and pick up on time.
Tuition Cost: $150

Adult Improv Classes  at The Rep!

Our R ep Ed program is excited to offer Adult Improv classes beginning
Thursday, January 19

Classes held January 19th - February 26

Each class level will meet at the following time in the Rep's Brown Building:

Level 1: 
Thursdays, 6:30pm-9pm
taught by Erin Kanary

Level 2: 
Sundays, 6pm-8:30pm
taught by Martin Verni

Level 3: 
Sundays, 3pm-5:30pm
taught by Nick Morgan

There will be a combined level Improv Showcase on the evening of Monday, February 27th at 7pm at the Toledo Rep.

Registration for all levels of Improv is $125.00

Further details about instructors and classes:

Level 1 - Instructor Erin Kanary

Level 1 introduces students to the principles of improvisation. Learn improv in a pressure-free environment! No prior experience necessary! Through exercises and performance games, students will focus on short-form improvisation ('Whose Line is it Anyway?'). Upon completing Level 1, you will have learned the fundamentals of improv, while gaining the building blocks of long-form improvisation.

Erin Kanary is a graduate of The Second City Chicago's Improv and Comedy Writing programs. She has also studied comedy writing in Chicago at iO (formerly Improv Olympic) and long form improv at Planet Ant Theatre in Detroit. Erin was a featured writer/performer at Chicago's Sketchfest 2014 and The Second City's Best of the Box 2014. Erin is currently a house ensemble member at ComedySportz Detroit and performs improv in the back of many poorly-lit bars in Detroit.

Level 2 - Instructor Martin Verni

Level 2 says 'yes, and...' to Level 1 and continues to reinforce and build upon the foundations established in Level 1. This class will focus heavily on object work, environment and emotions and introduce the class to the principles of long-form improvisation. The class will learn to string two-person and group scenes together in a montage centered around a single suggestion and theme.

Martin Verni  has taught and performed improvisation for over a decade in both New York City and Chicago. He began at Second City's NYTC and has performed at the Upright Citizen's Brigade and Gotham City Improv. Upon moving to Chicago, he continued his training at iO (formerly Improv Olympic) and performed with Cowlick at The Playground Theater. Martin is proud to have shared the stage with such emerging comedic luminaries as Lauren Lapkus, Lennon Parham and Leslie Meisel. In addition to improvisation, Martin has performed in numerous plays, was a background performer for Saturday Night Live and appeared as an Eminem look-a-like for the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.

Level 3 - Instructor Nick Morgan

Level 3 continues to reinforce and build upon the foundations established in Level 2. This class will continue to build on scenes, group scenes and long form concepts. It will continue to focus on object work, environment and emotions and working on single suggested themes.

Nick Morgan trained in improv at The Second City Theater in Chicago, IL and iO (formerly Improv Olympic). He graduated the Conservatory program at The Second City, whose notable alumni include Dan Aykroyd, Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey. Nick performed improv at The Playground Theater, with longtime house team 'Wing Night' and wrote and performed his original show 'Karl Lighter's Hour of Power' at The Second City's Skybox Theater. Nick is a former Board member here at the Rep and is fortunate enough to have performed in two productions on the 10th Street stage.

* Level 2 Improv and Level 3 Improv are only open to those with previous improv experience *

Have questions about which level class you belong?
Email: education@toledorep.org or call (419) 243-9277


A Holiday Fundraiser to benefit the Rep
Prizes and Winners

A Taste of Toledo
($130 Value)
Anderson's $50 Gift Card
Beth's Gourmet Kitchen Artichoke Dip Mix & Dill Dip Mix
Jar of Betty's Salad Dressing
Fangboner Farms Herbal Rice Mix & Rosemary Blend Spices
1 Bottle of Grumpy's Poppyseed Dressing
Set of 4 Libbey Mini-Drinking Jars
Locally Grown Herbal Teas
2 Packs of Marsha's Buckeyes
Set of Schakolad Chocolate Masks
WINNER: Chris McAnall
Farm Fresh
($140 Value)
Filled Fresh Market Basket
Balance $50 Gift Card
Fowl & Fodder $30 Gift Card
Toledo Botanical Gardens Pure Honey
Toledo Botanical Gardens: A Growing Story
WINNER: Paul Brand
Glitz and Decadence
($150 Value)
Morgana Swift Jewelry Bracelet
Set of Schakolad Chocolate Masks
Firenation Glass Ornament
Libbey B.I.G. Martini Glass
4 Packs of Marsha's Buckeyes
1 Bottle of Wine
Toledo Botanical Gardens Baker Eileen Hoffman's Caramel Corn & Nut Butter Crunch
WINNER: Ashley Pryor
Picture Perfect
($141 Value)
2 Steve Perry Framed Photographs
Pam Alspach Original Watercolor Greeting Card "A Snowflake"
4 Packs of Marsha's Buckeyes
WINNER: Michael Castillo
Mud Hens and Walleye
($142 Value)
4 Mud Hens Tickets
4 Walleye Tickets
Spaghetti Warehouse Dinner for 2
4 Libbey Mini-Drinking Jars
WINNER: David Poage
Glass City
($155 Value)
2 Wine Glasses Hand Painted by Renée Obrock
Wine Tool Kit
4 Libbey Wine & Dine Etched Glasses
4 Libbey Etched Nebula Glasses
1 Bottle of Wine
Firenation Glass Ornament
WINNER: Kris Parker
Uptown Christmas
($145 Value)
2 Christmas Wine Glasses Hand Painted by Renée Obrock
'12 days of Christmas' Vintage Pewter Ornaments
Uptown Antiques $25 Gift Card
Manos $25 Gift Card
2 Packs of Marsha's Buckeyes
WINNER: Scott Hendricks
Downtown Delights
($150 Value)
1 Bottle of Grumpy's Poppyseed Dressing
Rustbelt Coffee $50 Gift Card
Oliver House $50 Gift Card
2 Tickets to a Toledo Rep Show (current season, excluding A Christmas Carol)
WINNER: Jac Caldwell
All the World's a Stage
($160 Value)
1 Session of Toledo Rep Ed Classes (Adult or Child)
Toledo Rep T-shirt
Theatre Mask Ornament
WINNER: Miguel Castillo
A Year in the Theatre
($167 Value)
1 Toledo Rep Season Subscription for 2017-18 Season
Choice of Toledo Rep Merchandise (up to $25 value)
Theatre Mask Ornament
WINNER: Natalie Czscadden
Wild Things
($200 Value)
Toledo Zoo Family Membership
African Safari 6-Person Pass
WINNER: Christian Eckard
Flower Power
($135 Value)
Original Acrylic Painting "Azalias" by Paul Brand (11"x14", framed)
WINNER: Carol McAnall

Thank you to all who participated! 
If you still need to claim your prize, please call (419) 243-9277 to make arrangements.

CONGRATULATIONS to Heidi Goehmann (@heidigoehmann)

You are the winner of our #RepScroogeSelfie Giveaway!

You won 2 tickets to an upcoming production of your choice
(excluding A Christmas Carol)

Please contact our box office at (419) 243-9277 to claim your prize!
Education is one of the central aspects of our mission here at the Toledo Rep and we are always looking for new instructors to include in our program. If you have any interest in being a part of our education program, please let us know! A background in teaching is desired, although not necessarily required. We are looking for people experienced in one or more of the many aspects of theatre, with a passion and desire to share those experiences and skills with others. Our program includes classes, workshops and camps for children, teens and adults.



The Toledo Rep is looking for new Board and Committee members. Those wishing to serve should have a vested interest in the Toledo Rep and its continuation as a vital part of the cultural fabric of our community. The responsibilities for Board and Committee members are different. Due to bylaw guidelines, we have a limited number of Board seats. However, we have many more Committee positions available. If you should have an interest in either area, please complete the online form.

Theatre Badge Workshops
Are you a troop leader or do you know one? Are you looking
for a fun way to earn a badge for your troop? 

The Toledo Rep can help!
The Rep will be holding workshops, where your girls can earn a Girl Scout badge. The goal of the workshops will be to introduce the girls to theatre by giving them both a chance to learn and see what happens behind stage as well as giving them a chance to perform on stage.

For questions or more details, contact us at  education@toledorep.org or call (419) 243-9277

AmazonSmile  is a simple and automatic way for you to support the TOLEDO REPERTOIRE COMPANY every time you shop, at no cost to you! When you shop at  smile.amazon.com Amazon  will donate a portion of your purchase price to the Toledo Rep!

Simply go to  smile.amazon.com and  select  TOLEDO REPERTOIRE COMPANY to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection and every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation. Products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages are eligible for donations.

Thank you for supporting the Toledo Rep!


"Improv is live theater with scenes, games, or stories spontaneously created onstage by two or more performers, often in response to audience suggestions".

"I love directing and teaching because they go hand in hand. A good director is like a teacher because she or he does research, plans rehearsal, manages the diverse personalities and talents of the cast, tests the performers, pushes everyone (including myself) to do his or her best".

Young Rep Kids Giving A Helping Hand!

Charlie Herrmann, pictured here, got his hands dirty to put up the set for our upcoming production of It's Only a Play.

Thanks Charlie!

Would you like to lend a helping hand at the Rep? We are always looking for new volunteers. If interested, please email volunteer@toledorep.org

Senior Picture Fun At The Toledo Rep!

Miranda Zielinski, one of our Young Rep Interns, had her senior photos taken at her favorite haunt, the Toledo Rep!

What a creative idea Miranda. We love the photos!!!

The Rep would like to thank:

- The cast, crew and director of A Christmas Carol for their dedication and commitment to beautifully staging our Dickens' classic and for your continued support of the Toledo Rep.

- To our generous donors who gave items to the Toledo Rep for our 'Scrooge's Favorite Things' fundraiser.

- To our generous patrons who purchased tickets for our 'Scrooge's Favorite Things' fundraiser.

- Morgana Swift for assisting with scene construction for It's Only a Play and for always lending a helping hand at the theatre.

Volunteer at the Rep!

Want to be a star without being on stage? Whatever your interest or talent, we welcome your help at the Rep! It's a great way to make a difference and give back to your community. In most cases, no experience is needed - we'll train you! Here are just a few of the areas where we are looking for dedicated people:
  • Backstage Crew
  • Light Board Operator
  • Sound Board Operator
  • Stage Management
  • Set Construction/Painting
  • Props
  • Costumes
  • Makeup/Hair
  • Office Work
  • Usher (see the show for free!)
  • Marketing/PR Team
  • Fundraising/Development Team
  • Season Selection
  • Education Committee
  • Community Outreach
  • Hospitality
  • Cleaning/Janitorial Services
  • Groundskeeping
  • Building Committee

To get started, please complete and submit the form below:


You may also contact volunteer@toledorep.org  or by contacting specific committees directly and we'll find a role for you!

Please take our survey!

The purpose behind these questions is to help us mainstream our efforts. This survey will also help us get a better handle on what you, our audience, would like to see produced on our 10th Street Stage.

Kroger Community Rewards Program!

Go to:
to sign up for the 
Kroger Community Rewards Program!

You need to re-enroll yearly for this program.

Thank you for supporting 
the Toledo Rep!
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support the 
every time you shop!

Simply go to:
Products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages are eligible for donations!

Thank you for supporting 
the Toledo Rep!
* 22-gallon plastic tubs  
* Consistent additional rehearsal space
* Stage Crew Volunteers
* Ushers for our shows
* Reliable audio/sound and visual equipment 
* Two 220 window air conditioning units for the newly renovated rehearsal space in the Brown Building
* Gift cards to Home Depot and Lowe's 

If you would like to donate an item from this list, please contact
Bonnie Herrmann at: bherrmann@toledorep.org

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