Anticipating a large audience for its Studio Theatre presentation of Wit, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis will stage the drama not in its 125-seat studio space, but at the 400-seat Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square, Oct. 21-Nov. 7.
The studio season, which runs parallel to the mainstage season, was almost fully subscribed, and interest is high for the area premiere of Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a poetry professor dying of ovarian cancer. The expected surge of ticketbuyers merited the venue change.
"We didn't want to disappoint so many people," Rep artistic director Steven Woolf said of the Grandel booking. "[At our studio space] we simply wouldn't be able to accommodate the number of people who will want to see this play."
Rep associate artistic director Susan Gregg will direct. Casting is incomplete.
The Grandel, a former Congregational Church built in 1884 and renovated in 1992, is shared by a number of performance groups, including St. Louis Black Repertory Company, the Grandel Theatre Cabaret and the St. Louis Shakespeare Company. For Rep information, call (314) 968-4925.
-- By Kenneth Jones