The St. Louis Theatre Crawl (which as far as I can find out is unique, we haven’t stolen it from anybody!) gives a company a chance to offer an hors d’oeuvre of its theatrical fare to St. Louis audiences - 6 20-minute performances each of two nights to rotating audiences. And a company can do anything - a bit of previous work, a scene from an upcoming show, songs, whatever.
For last year and this, we’ve chosen to write and present a complete 20-minute script (which few companies choose to do.)
Last year was TONIGHT’S SPECIAL, a slice of behind-the-dining-room restaurant life. It received a strong response, and since, has been accepted to be performed in a one-act festival in Lawrence, KS this coming November.
For this year, spurred by the continuing controversy over open, color-blind, gender-blind, everything-blind casting, a new script was created entitled AUDITION.
In this slice of behind-the-casting-room theatre life, I was lucky to cast Colleen Backer as my theatre partner (I played a crazed theatre director) and Jennelle Gilreath (who had been in my cast when I directed THE FLICK for R-S Theatrics) as an actress with a very unusual resume.
The show played well (to theatre types and civilians). While we won’t gloat about this, we received many comments that this was the best thing anyone saw during The Crawl (we think, no doubt, because it was a complete little play), and Jennelle, doing her offstage work as a bartender at the Muny, heard the same compliment many times.
If you want to see what they were on about, take a look at the script, on the Past Productions page.