The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis has debuted a new collection of stories that offer hope, encouragement and perspective in a time of global uncertainty in an exciting new work titled Love and Kindness in the Time of Quarantine. Directed and curated by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Playwright-in-Residence, Regina Taylor, the program premiered online on November 20 and is available to stream online through December 31, 2020.
Inspired by the community organizations that demonstrate love and kindness in the St. Louis region every day, The Rep has partnered with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis on this virtual production. Donations are encouraged and all proceeds directly benefit the Urban League as they provide food, toiletries and housing assistance to community members in need this holiday season.
“Art has the unique ability to cultivate and amplify compassion,” said The Rep’s Augustin Family Artistic Director Hana S. Sharif. “In the midst of these uncertain times, we hope that Love and Kindness in the Time of Quarantine will inspire us all to spread light, hope and communion with each other. We are proud to collaborate with The Urban League, where these tenets are modeled daily in service of our community. “
Love and Kindness in the Time of Quarantine features a blend of songs and monologues examining nine different perspectives during the COVID-19 pandemic and reflecting on the search for light in this seemingly dark moment in our collective history.
“Since 1918, The Urban League has sought to uplift and empower communities, and we recognize the power of theatre to do that same important work,” said Michael P. McMillan, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. “We look forward to spreading a message of love, kindness and community this season with The Rep.”
Love and Kindness in the Time of Quarantine features nationally renowned writers Dustin Chinn, Connie Congdon, Isaac Gomez and Octavio Solis as well as local favorites Tre’von Griffith, Carter W. Lewis, Mariah Richardson and Tonina. The performance features acclaimed stage and screen actors including Kathleen Chalfant, Brian D. Coats, Peter Gerety, Cedric Lamar and Karen Rodriguez.
Click here for the digital playbill.
“As an artist, I’ve observed the human spirit hungry for care and connection during this quarantine time. What can we do to fill ourselves with love?” said Regina Taylor, The Rep’s Playwright-in-Residence. “I’m grateful to the wonderful collection of artists who have written pieces that connect our community to art and connect art to life. Together, we can bear witness to what affects us in this time and share those experiences.”
For more information, visit repstl.org or call The Rep Box Office at 314-968-4925. Learn more about Regina Taylor in her Q&A. To donate to the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, visit their website.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.