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November 16, 2019

Joe Hanrahan will be in the staged reading of Mariah Richardson's
SUFFER THE CHILDREN as part of The Shakespeare Festival's
Confluence New Play Reading Festival.

November 10, 2019

The Midnight Company is now an official Resident Company of
The Kranzberg Arts Foundation. Midnight shows will be playing
at Kranzberg theatres in 2020 and beyond!


October 2, 2019

Midnight's Joe Hanrahan played Danforth
in Stray Dog's THE CRUCIBLE.
RFT Best Drama 2019

September 29, 2019

Joe Hanrahan had a supporting role in the film DAD EAT DOG,
based on a screenplay by Tim Venhaus. His mother, Lynn,
a St. Louis Limelight critic, and friends produced the film
in honor of Tim, who died of an accidental overdose last year.
Local actors Spencer Sickman, Shane Signorino and Colleen
Backer also appeared the film.

August 16, 2019

Joe Hanrahan has a supporting role in PARALLEL CHORDS,
a coming of age feature film directed by Catherine Dudley-Rose.
It will play at the Arena Cine Lounge in Los Angeles, August 23-29.

August 15, 2019

Joe Hanrahan will portray poet T. S. Eliot in Lindsay Adams' new play,
ME AND MR. TOM, September 28 for the International T.S. Eliot Society.
The play concern the legendary meeting between mutual fans Eliot
and Groucho Marx.

August 12, 2019

Joe Hanrahan will appear in Metro Theatre's GHOST in February, 2020.
Running is all that Castle Crenshaw, a.k.a. Ghost, has ever known.
But Ghost runs for all the wrong reasons until he meets Coach who sees
something in him: crazy raw talent. Can Ghost can stay on track, literally
and figuratively, to harness his raw talent for speed on this elite track team,
or will his past finally catch up to him?
A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels
by PBS’s The Great American Read.

March 8, 2019

Reviews of Stray Dog's THE CRUCIBLE,
with Midnight's Joe Hanrahan as Deputy Governor Danforth.

St Louis Post Dispatch
St Louis Eats and Drinks
Talkin' Broadway
Snoop's Theatre Thoughts
Riverfront Times
Judith Newmark
Ladue News

December 5, 2018

Reviews of SATE’s DOCTOR FAUSTUS production:

Riverfront Times
Ladue News
Snoop’s Theatre Thoughts
St Louis Eats

May 6, 2018

Joe Hanrahan's short play, TONIGHT'S SPECIAL, which premiered
at the 2017 Theatre Crawl, was chosen for the Theatre Lawrence
Short Play Festival in November. It will be part of the Lawrence,
Kansas' group "Live In The Lobby" series, which plays in a variety
of venues, and has featured work in the past by Steven Karam and
Stephen Dietz. The St. Louis Midnight production featured Emily
Leidenfrost and Joe Hanrahan in the cast, directed by Sarah Whitney.
Midnight will offer another Hanrahan play for this year's Theatre Crawl,
June 29 and 30 - AUDITION - about a Post-Modern Theatre Company
who is reluctant to audition an actress with a very unusual resume,
despite their aggressive diversity policy. Colleen Backer,
Jennelle Gilreath and Hanrahan will perform in the show.

April 30, 2018

Joe Hanrahan has been cast in the November production of
SATE'S DOCTOR FAUSTUS, a modern day retelling of the tale
by John Wolbers based on Kit Marlowe's play.
It will premiere on Halloween night and will run into November.
For more information, visit

April 25, 2018

Limelight Magazine profiled Joe Hanrahan in their Take Ten series.
Here's a link to the article.

April 20, 2018

The Midnight Company will present a revival of two short
Mickle Maher plays, AN APOLOGY For The Course And Outcome
Of Certain Events Delivered By Doctor John FAUSTUS
On This His Final Evening, and THE HUNCHBACK VARIATIONS.
The plays, reuniting Midnight Co-Founders David Wassilak
and Joe Hanrahan will be presented September 20-29
at The Monocle in The Grove.
Here's a link a press release with more information about the show.

April 14, 2018

Joe Hanrahan was cast in the role of Judge Danforth in Arthur Miller's
THE CRUCIBLE, to be presented by Stray Dog Theatre in February, 2019.
For more information on Stray Dog, visit

April 7, 2018

At the Theatre Mask Awards, Joe Hanrahan was named
Best Director/Drama for his work on Clayton Theatre's
Isaiah Di Lorenzo was also named Best Actor for his role
as Eddie in the Arthur Miller drama, staged in February, 2017.

January 24, 2018

Midnight received two nominations from the St. Louis Theatre Critics Circle.
Rachel Tibbetts was nominated as Best Actress/Comedy
for her role in LITTLE THING, BIG THING.
And Bess Moynihan was nominated for Best Lighting
for her design for TITLE AND DEED.

January 20, 2018

The Arts For Life Theatre Mask Awards honored Clayton Theatre’s
production of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE with several nominations:
Outstanding Drama; Outstanding Large Ensemble;
Outstanding Director Drama - Midnight’s Joe Hanrahan;
Leading Actor Drama - Isaiah DiLorenzo;
Leading Actress Drama - Erin Struckhoff.
For more info

January 5, 2018

Midnight's Sarah Whitney debuts Dan Noonan's BLUE OVER YOU
in Chicago this weekend, from the new Spot On Company
Sarah and Dan have started.

December 26, 2017

Here are reviews for R-S Theatrics' THE FLICK,
directed by Joe Hanrahan.

Stage Door
Talking Broadway
St Louis Post-Dispatch
Ladue News
Snoops Theatre Thoughts

December 1, 2017

Here are reviews for Slightly Askew's OF MICE AND MEN,
with Joe Hanrahan in the cast.

Stage Door
St Louis Eats and Drinks
Talking Broadway
St Louis Post-Dispatch
Ladue News
Snoops Theatre Thoughts


December, 2017

Hanrahan to direct THE FLICK for R-S Theatrics.
For more information, visit

THE PLAGUE, inspired by Camus "The Plague," relates is the story of a doctor in a plague-ridden city who keeps the final records of a dying population. Travis Hanrahan, who's appeared in several Midnight shows is also in a featured role of a short playing the Showcase.
It's ONE DAKOTA by Evan Mueller, part of the SHORTS 7: Comedy program, playing Wednesday, July 11, 9:30 pm at The Tivoli. ONE DAKOTA tells the tale of an ambitious white kid who thinks he's Native American and his spaced-out buddy who set out to change the nation forever by attempting to reunite the Dakota Territory. For more information on the Showcase, visit


May 10, 2012





Midnight's Joe Hanrahan will direct BOWLING EPIPHANY! THE REVIVAL for OnSite Theatre. Joe has acted (OVEREXPOSED, ONE EXTRAORDINARY DARKNESS)
and written (EXHIBIT) for OnSite, and will direct 3 short plays (one by Carter Lewis, two by Dan Rubin) that all involve bowling in one way or another, with a cast of Donna Weinsting, Antonio Rodriguez and Elizabeth Birkenmeier (who wrote ONE EXTRAORDINARY DARKNESS.) Coincidentally, Hanrahan went to grade school at Epiphany, and spent hours bowling and playing pin ball and generally goofing off at Epiphany Lanes, attached to the school. Audience members get bowling shoes with their ticket purchase and can bowl in between and after the plays. The show runs June 15 - June 30, and more information is available at



May 7, 2012

Christopher James Jordan' short THE PLAGUE, inspired by the Albert Camus novel, and featuring Midnight's Joe Hanrahan, won Best Experimental Film and Best Editing honors at a recent screening of Webster University student films.

April 2, 2012

Midnight will be part of the first St. Louis Fringe Festival - presenting ALL ears, 3 Cautionary Greek Myths Come To Life, Conceived and Adapted by Sarah Whitney. The production is designed for kids 6 – 12. The Festival will run June 21-25, primarily in the Locust Business District and Grand Center. Midnight's exact playing dates and venue are still being determined. For more information, visit

March 28, 2012

Joe Hanrahan was cast in two upcoming feature films, AN ALMOST PERFECT CRIME from Pat Pinkston and a new work from Blake Eckard, both filming late Spring/Summer. He was also cast in the September stage production from Hot City – GOODBYE RUBY TUESDAY, a new play by EM Lewis. For more information, visit

March 26, 2012

Joe Hanrahan's direction of NO CHILD… at The Black Rep was a hit (reviews below) featuring audiences that arrived breathless with anticipation and eager to reward Patrese McClain with standing, tumultuous ovations.


March 12, 2012


The Independent Critic CLICK HERE

Pulpmovies CLICK HERE

Film Threat CLICK HERE

Jan 12, 2012

Joe Hanrahan's Conor McPherson performances were mentioned in this review
of West End's THE SEAFARER.

Riverfront Times Theatre review of The Seafarer

December, 2011

Midnight's Joe Hanrahan was involved in several productions mentioned in end-of-year Best Theatre in St. Louis 2011. In addition to getting a coveted “Judy” for Midnight’s own production of MISTAKES WERE MADE, Black Rep productions of RUINED and PERICLES that he acted in were singled out by numerous critics.

JUDY Award/ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH Critic Judy Newmark’s list included Joe as Best Solo Performance/Comedy for MISTAKES WERE MADE. (Although one has to wonder how one wins a solo performance award in a two-character play? Apologies and kudos to co-star Emily Piro.) Also mentioned as Most Ambitious Design of the year was the stagecraft of PERICLES. (And Denise Thimes was chosen Best Actress/Drama for her role in The Black Rep’s BLACK PEARL SINGS.)

RIVERFRONT TIMES Their critics, Paul Friswold and Dennis Brown, collaborated to choose their combined top ten productions of the year: both PERICLES and RUINED made the list.

TWO ON THE AISLE Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky chose their top eight shows of the year – RUINED was among them.

LADUE NEWS Mark Bretz groups about 25 shows as prominent productions (the list included RUINED) before picking a top ten (#2 on his list was The Black Rep’s THE REAL McCOY.)


November 2, 2011

BUBBA MOON FACE, a feature film with Midnight's Joe Hanrahan (as well as other local actors Joe Hammerstone and Sylvia Geiger) will play The St. Louis International Film Festival Saturday, November 12, 11am, at The Tivoli Theatre.The film was written and directed by Blake Eckhard.

This is a link to a St. Louis Magazine blog on BUBBA.

Dennis Grunes, of Portland, Ore.

August 25, 2011

Joe Hanrahan has joined the staff of The Black Rep as Marketing Director. Joe will continue to lead The Midnight Company, but with his Experience as former Marketing Director for The Rep early in his career, and ongoing marketing work for other companies and Midnight, he will be devoting a good portion of his time to spreading the word about this St. Louis cultural treasure.

August 15, 2011

BUBBA MOON FACE, a film by Blake Eckhard, filmed in early 2010 in Stanberry, MO, and featuring Midnight's Joe Hanrahan, has been accepted into the 2011 St. Louis International Film Festival.

July 15, 2011

OF THE AGES, a short student film by Webster's Michelle Manott, featuring Midnight's Joe Hanrahan and Marcy Wiegert, played at The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, and the film was honored as The Best Silent Film in the Showcase.

May 31, 2011

The St. Louis Black Repertory Company has announced their 35th anniversary season, and Joe Hanrahan will be directing their 3rd Mainstage show — NO CHILD by Nilaja Sun. One actress portrays 16 characters — the children, teachers, parents, principal, janitor and even security guard that populate the New York City Public Schools. Described as“comic and moving,” “remarkable and delightfully entertaining,” And “theatrically riveting,” NO CHILD garnered numerous awards, including Obies, Lucille Lortels, Outer Critics Circle, Theatre World and U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. The actress will be Patrese McClain, who appeared with Joe in the Black Rep's Season 34 productions of PERICLES and RUINED. NO CHILD will run March 14 through April 1, 2012. For more information on next year's Black Rep season, visit

March 8, 2011

Midnight's Joe Hanrahan finished a run of two productions at The Black Rep, Shakespeare's PERICLES in January, and the acclaimed RUINED in February.
For information on the rest of The Black Rep's season, visit
And hit this link mask for a round-up of RUINED – video, reviews, cast and more. And check our Blog section for more on the Black Rep and RUINED.

Nov 15, 2010

Several of Midnight's favorite playwrights have featured work in New York and coming up in Chicago. There's still a week left for ST. NICHOLAS by Conor McPherson at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York.(Midnight produced both ST. NICK and McPherson's THE GOOD THIEF.) Off-Broadway,  Wil Eno's MIDDLETOWN has just opened to rave reviews. Inspired by OUR TOWN, critics have cited the same brilliant language and compassionate insights that Eno displayed in ThomPain (based on nothing) which Midnight presented. And coming up in April in Chicago from Theater Oobleck's Mickle Maher (author of THE HUNCHBACK VARIATIONS and AN APOLOGY For The Course And Outcome Of Certain Events Delivered By DOCTOR JOHN FAUSTUS On This His Final Evening, both Midnight hits) is THERE'S A HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS. This one sounds like another intriguing Maher script:  two lectures being delivered on a college campus, one by a struggling poet, one by a PHD, on, respectively, William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, following a too public display of affection by the two lecturers the night before on the campus lawn. Check for details and to make plans to see this in Chicago.

Nov 11, 2010

The film EDEN IOWA featuring Joe Hanrahan in a supporting role will play the St. Louis International Film Festival Friday night, Nov. 19. For more about it and a trailer, visit the Film page on this website.

September 10, 2010

ROE, the short horror film directed by Christopher Jordan and featuring Midnight's Joe Hanrahan, has been accepted into the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, running October 1-3 in Portland. Details and a trailer on Midnight's Film page.

June 15, 2010

Exhibit Film In St. Louis Fest

The film of EXHIBIT, Joe Hanrahan's play produced by OnSite Theatre in spring,
2009, has been accepted into competition in the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.
EXHIBIT will be screened Sunday night, July 18, 9:30 pm, at The Tivoli.
For more information about the Showcase, visit

Hanrahan wrote the screenplay EXHIBIT, and Mike Sneden directed.  Margeau Steinau, Andy Neiman and Sarah Cannon star in the film. They comprised the original cast of the OnSite stage production, which was directed by Anna Pileggi.

March 10, 2010

Sarah Whitney, who has directed several of Midnight's Recent and most acclaimed productions, has been named Associate Director for the company.



January 2010

The Midnight Company was associated with three different shows cited by Ladue News critic Mark Bretz in his Best of St. Louis Theater in 2009

Among the notable shows he cited:

OnSite THEATRE used the Craft Alliance Gallery as the backdrop for Joe Hanrahan's clever, piece, Exhibit, with Margeau Baue Steinau, Andrew Nieman and Sarah Cannon as artists, wannabe artists and perceived artists hanging about a gallery amidst audience members.

And Joe Hanrahan channeled former president Harry S. Truman in the triumphant one-man show, Give' Em Hell Harry for THE MIDNIGHT COMPANY.

and among the Top Ten for 2009 he cited:

One Extraordinary Darkness, presented by OnSite THEATRE. This enchanting work by Elizabeth Birkenmeier received its world premiere at the Green Center, a reputedly haunted house in University City that is the location for an arts and environment organization dedicated to "helping people understand the natural world." In a sense, that's what BIrkenmeier's four characters do in her whimsical effort, which featured engaging performances by Joe Hanrahan, Margeau Baue Steinau, Robert Birkenmeier and Adina Talve Goodman under Bill Whitaker's crisp and clever direction. An excellent example of OnSite Theatre's mission to present work in offbeat locales.

For Mark's complete column, visit


November 09

Joe Hanrahan appeared in Onsite Theatre's production of
ONE EXTRAORDINARY DARKNESS by Elizabeth Birkenmeier.
click on this link for reviews,
or visit for more info.

July 09

St. Louis magazine's July issue pick their "A LIST" in a wide variety of areas. In their Culture section, in the category Theater Experience, they cited OnSite Theatre Company:
Theater folks are perennially concerned with "getting butts in seats." But what if the butts went bowling with the actors? Or took photos of the cast with disposable cameras? OnSite's debut production, 2007's BOWLING EPIPHANY, was staged in South City's Epiphany Lanes;  its most recent show, EXHIBIT, took place inside the new Craft Alliance gallery during Jennifer Angus' "Locusts & Honey" exhibit. Nine out of 10 butts agree: In an increasingly distracting and interactive world, environmental theater is a must-try.

(Midnight's Joe Hanrahan wrote the script for OnSite's EXHIBIT, and appeared in their previous show (the one with the cameras).

For more info on OnSite, visit
For more from St. Louis magazine, visit

Mar 09

OnSite Theatre Company will present Joe Hanrahan's new play, EXHIBIT, April 3-11, Fridays and Saturdays, with two shows nightly - 7 & 9 pm. at the new Craft Alliance Gallery space at 501 N. Grand, just south of the Fox. The play coincides with the Jennifer Angus exhibition, Locusts and Honey. The play will be directed by Anna Pileggi and the cast includes Sarah Cannon, Andrew Nieman and Margau Steinau.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit

Congratulations to Onsite Theatre, whose OVEREXPOSED production was nominated for a Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding New Production. (Midnight's Joe Hanrahan was part of the cast for that show.) For a full list of nominees, visit


Dec 08


The Riverfront Times, instead of picking their best of the year, asked Artistic Directors of St. Louis theatres to point out the notable performances in their companies in '08. Go to the link below to read Midnight's (and other companies') nominations.

Dec 08

The Ladue News picked their notable theatre productions of '08. Midnight's THE GOOD THIEF was prominently mentioned (and was a contender for top ten.) Also note the mention of Sarah Whitney (GOOD THIEF and upcoming “GIVE ‘EM HELL HARRY” director) for her production of The Orange Girls' THE ROAD TO MECCA. Hit the link below for the article.

Dec 08

In Judy Newmark's Best of 08 (The coveted “Judys”), she mentioned Onsite Theatre's “OVEREXPOSED,” (which Midnight's Joe Hanrahan acted in) as Best Out-Of-The Box Production.

Dec 08


The filmed-in-St. Louis EDGAR ALLAN POE'S LIGEIA (with Joe Hanrahan in a featured role) now has a website and a trailer. To view it, visit

Sept 08


Midnight Selected for RFT “Best Of”

From the Sept 25 annual Riverfront Times “Best Of” issue


The Midnight Company
It's not that Joe Hanrahan is opposed to acting in the company of other people. But apparently he's happiest onstage alone, getting all his dialogue out of the way in one lump sum and saying everything he has to say in an hour rather than stretching it out in short speeches over two and a half. When what Hanrahan has to say is so cunningly written by an Irishman like Conor McPherson that the pursuit of a good yarn transforms storytelling into a brash art, you end up with a wallop-packing evening that is all more effective because of its lilting simplicity. And when, even after the play is done, there's still time for a pint or two before every other show in town is even close to being over, that's all part of the happy experience.


Sept 08

Photos from Midnight's 1999 production of WAITING FOR GODOT, with David Wassilak as Vladimir and Joe Hanrahan as Estragon, will be featured in the Catalogue Reader, published by Liverpool University, accompanying the Liverpool Biennial International 08 Exhibition of Contemporary Art. The photos were taken by Todd Davis, who has done most of the photos for the Company.

May 08

THE BEST TEN MINUTE PLAYS 2007 FOR TWO ACTORS, including a play by Peter Hanrahan, son of Midnight co-founder Joe Hanrahan and actor in the Company's production of ORPHANS, has been published, and is available on Amazon and other usual places. The play, PRIZE INSIDE, was commissioned from and premiered a Mile Square Theatre (Chris O'Connor, Artistic Director) in Hoboken, N.J. in 2004 for their 2nd Annual “7th Inning Stretch: 7 10-minute plays about baseball,” and was directed by Michole Biancosino.

Peter graduated from Washington University, where he studied under Carter Lewis and was the recipient of the A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Award. He then received his MFA in playwriting from Rutgers University, studying under Lee Blessing. His work has also been seen at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and at The Seven Devils Playwrights Conference in McCall, Idaho.

He currently works in the story department of United Talent Agency in Los Angeles. For more information, visit

May 08

Conor McPherson's new play, PORT AUTHORITY, will open in New York City in May at the Atlantic Theatre Company. For more information, visit and Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre has announced that Conor McPherson's THE
SEAFARER, featuring John Mahoney, will be part of their 2008-2009 season. For more information, visit

Feb 08

The Midnight Company (under the producing banner of afterMIDNIGHT) was nominated for two Kevin Kline Awards for their production of SOLDIER BOY and THE LITTLE FRENCHY FILES. They were nominated in the categories of Best New Play or Musical, and Best Sound Design (by Mike Radentz, staff engineer at Technisonic Studios, where the show was presented.) For a complete list of awards, visit

Dec 08

In critic Mark Bretz' wrap-up of BEST OF THEATER IN 2007 for Ladue News, he listed afterMIDNIGHT's CUL-DE-Sac in his list of “the superior and spectacular” for the year. He said the show…“
…featured a tour de force performance by Joe Hanrahan as several different neighbors in a cloistered suburban setting, most deliciously a precocious little girl who commented on the tawdry goings on around her…”

And in KDHX new Radio Roses salute to the theatre year, Bretz reiterated his praise: afterMIDNIGHT offered Joe Hanrahan in a tour-de-force performance portraying disparate neighbors in a CUL DE SAC.

Dec 07

Joe Hanrahan was one of many locals asked the question, “If you could change or improve on thing in St. Louis in 2008, what would it be and how would you accomplish it?” by the Riverfront Times, and his answer appeared in their January 3 issue. Here's Joe's response (but to read the entire list, which is a good thing to do since it deals with St. Louis theatre's home, St. Louis, visit this link ).

If I could improve one thing about St. Louis, I would improve its perception of the arts of St. Louis. St. Louis generously supports (and St. Louis media over-generously covers the arts IN St. Louis – visiting actors, artists, musicians, dancers, artistic heads, companies – swinging through town, selling their wares. St. Louis should continue that. But we have to improve our awareness, appreciation and support of the arts OF St. Louis – actors, artists, etc.– living and creating here. It's the soul of our community. How? 1) Media of all kinds have to devote much more thoughtful coverage to the arts OF St. Louis; and 2) The actors, artists, et cetera then have to deliver the goods.

Dec 07

In 2007, Joe Hanrahan appeared in one of the commercials for the 16th Annual AT&T St. Louis International Film Festival.

You can see the spot here  

For information on the 2008 Festival, visit

Nov 07

afterMIDNIGHT's online trailer for ThomPain (based on nothing) was awarded a Silver Telly Award for achievement as one of the best online entertainment trailers of the year. The trailer was created by Phoenix Creative Company, with post-production by New World, and original music by Matt Mauger of Phoenix Creative.
To view the trailer, go the Past Productions page and scroll down to ThomPain.


Click here for info on past awards for Midnight Company projects and people.



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