Edison Theatre’s Ovations series serves both Washington University in St. Louis and the surrounding community by providing the highest caliber national and international artists in music, dance and theater, performing new works as well as innovative interpretations of classical material that will challenge, educate and inspire your creativity.
Written and performed by Rohina Malik
Saturday, September 27, 8 p.m.
Racism. Hate crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life.
Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 America serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in this compelling one-woman show. Written and performed by Rohina Malik, Unveiled challenges audiences to rethink any preconceived notions they may have had about Muslims. Rohina Malik is a Chicago-based playwright, actress and solo performance artist. She is also a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and artistic associate at the 16th Street Theater.
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Friday, October 24, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 25, 8 p.m.
Arabesque, the very first private neo-classical and contemporary dance company in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, brings the nuances of Vietnamese life to the stage in The Mist. Realism merges with symbolic movement while dancers conjure agrarian cycles and rural rituals inspired by the Vietnamese tradition of rice farming. In The Mist, Arabesque echoes the gradual change in Vietnam itself as young artists work within their country's history, traditions, and aesthetics to forge new forms of creative expression.
Saturday, November 1, 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 2, 2 p.m.
This American Life host Ira Glass, with Monica Bill Barnes & Company have invented a new show that combines two art forms that -as Glass puts it-“have no business being together-dance and radio." So what happens when you take one art form that is all words and no visuals and combine it with another art form that is all visuals and no words? You get a funny, lively and talky evening of dance and story. According to Ira Glass, “People who like This American Life will probably like this because it is just like the radio show, um, if you picture dancers during all the stories.”
The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)
Friday, November 14, 8 p.m.
They’ve skewered history, the Bible and the world’s most celebrated playwright. Now, the Reduced Shakespeare Company tackles the subject it was born to reduce. From the high-brow to the low, The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare and Moliere (Is Moliere funny? Why not?) to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show and Anthony Weiner. The best part is that tickets are far more affordable than tickets to an amusement park, but you’ll come away with the same feeling of nausea and motion sickness. From cavemen telling “Rock Rock” jokes to Chris Rock and everything in-between, the bad boys of abridgment leave no joke untold as they deconstruct the entire history of comedy in 90 rollicking minutes.
Friday, January 16, 8 p.m.
The Clothesline Muse explores the clothesline as a metaphor of the African-American community lifeline. The clothesline was a place to meet, to work, to socialize, and to share traditions and common struggles. Inspired by the seemingly small act of hand washing, drying, folding and ironing, the project uses music, dance, text and visual art to celebrate the role played by African-American washerwomen in history and society. Six time Grammy-nominated vocalist Nnenna Freelon is a driving force and featured artist in this newly-created, multi-disciplinary theatrical production.
Friday, January 23, 8 p.m.
An Evening with Doug Varone & Dancers
Saturday, January 24, 8 p.m.
Two distinct programs are on offer for this return engagement. Friday night reveals the creative process of dance as Doug Varone and Dancers puts forth a unique concept of dance for this evening titled Stripped/Dressed. With Varone acting as emcee, he offers an intimate look into the construction of his most recent work, Carrugi. The first half, Stripped, with dancers dressed only in rehearsal clothes with simple lighting, the company offers a detailed look into how dance is created, and then performed during the second half of the evening, Dressed. An Evening of Doug Varone and Dancers on Saturday night offers the company's signature style of sly wit, romantic heart and humanity that energizes audiences around the world.
with Liz Callaway and Jason Graae
Saturday, February 14, 8 p.m.
560 Music Center
Celebrate valentine’s day with Liz Callaway and Jason Graae as they return to St. Louis for a romantic but platonic evening of love songs, high belting, and hilarity! With more than 11 Broadway shows, 60 recording/cast albums, and 35 movies and tv shows between them, these Broadway buddies will have you head over heels for their sweet styling’s.
Liz is a Tony Nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years, won acclaim as Grizabella in Cats. Jason Graae has starred on Broadway in “A Grand Night For Singing”, “Falsettos”, “Stardust”, “Snoopy!”, “All in the Timing”, “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk Nomination- Best Actor in a Musical)” and many more.
Saturday, February 21, 8 p.m.
560 Music Center
One of the world's most celebrated vocal ensembles, The King's Singers, performs the widest repertoire in the musical world: more than two thousand pieces, including early motets, cutting-edge new classical music and Broadway gems. Hailing from the UK, this a cappella vocal ensemble was founded in 1968 and named after King's College in Cambridge, England, where the group was formed by six choral scholars. Instantly recognizable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation and incisive timing, they are consummate entertainers. A class act with a delightfully British wit.
Friday, March 20, 8 p.m.
SCRAP ARTS MUSIC [skrap-artz-myoo'zik]
noun. 1. An internationally renowned, athletic next-generation percussion ensemble. 2. An earth-friendly, Vancouver-based company that creates unforgettable performances using mobile instruments artfully crafted from industrial scraps. 3. Five extraordinary, virtuosic and innovative drummers. 4. The group that transforms “scrap” into “art”, and “art” into “music”. This highly physical, sonically driven music is the most inventive use of recycling today!
Friday, April 10, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, 8 p.m.
Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) has been captivating audiences worldwide through American jazz dance for over 50 years. Widely regarded as America's original jazz dance company, GDC is on a mission to develop and preserve the jazz dance art form as a true artistic expression of American life. They push and pull the boundaries of jazz dance with their diverse and innovative choreography, often redefining and expanding the very definition of jazz dance as they go.