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Clayton Community Theatre is pleased to announce its 23rd (2021-2022) season! After pausing for a year and a bit, we will be picking up where we left off. As before, we will be performing each production for two weeks, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 and Sunday afternoons at 2:00. We will be presenting:
August Wilson’s Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, directed by Nada Vaughn, November 4-14, 2021
This Tony-nominated 1982 classic drama deals with issues of race, art, religion and the historic exploitation of black recording artists by white producers. Buy Tickets!
Congratulations to our cast!
Ma Rainey – Maureen Williams (new to the CCT stage but well-known to Black Rep audiences)
Dussie Mae – Calysta Yalew (making her CCT debut)
Sturdyvant – Aaron Mermelstein (Nominated for a TMA award for his performance as Jack in Brighton Beach Memoirs)
Irvin – Mark Lull (TMA-nominated performer in CCT’s The Laramie Project and with other companies)
Toledo – Jonathan Garland (featured as Captain Davenport in CCT’s A Soldier’s Play, also TMA nominated)
Slow Drag – DeRod Jordan (an experienced actor new to CCT)
Levee – Jeremy Thomas (Twice TMA nominated and once TMA awarded, as Hambone in CCT’s Two Trains Running among other CCT appearances)
Cutler – Chris Moore (Cpl. Ellis in CCT’s A Soldier’s Play)
Sylvester – Aahron Young (making his CCT debut)
Policeman – Bob Tierney (seen in CCT’s The Laramie Project and elsewhere)
The Cat and the Canary, by John Willard, directed by Erin Struckhoff, February 24 - March 6, 2022
This 1922 comedy-thriller starts with the reading of the old man’s will at midnight in the library of his spooky mansion, and proceeds through a night of scares and surprises for the six very interesting potential heirs gathered there.
The Member of the Wedding, by Carson McCullers, directed by Jim Danek, June 2-12, 2022
This 1950 play, adapted by the author from a 1946 novel, has been described as a “very funny, very dark” story on themes of racial and sexual identity and “why people exclude others and what happens when they do.”
Broadway Bound, by Neil Simon, directed by Sam Hack and Erin Struckhoff, July 21-31, 2022
This 1986 semi-autobiographical comedy is the last chapter in Neil Simon’s “Eugene” trilogy. It shows Eugene and his older brother, Stanley, dealing with their parents' relationship falling apart as the brothers work together toward being comedy writers for the radio, and, eventually, television. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the rest of the family is upset to hear a comedic rendition of their own trials and tribulations. How will Eugene and his brother balance their loyalties to their family and to their art?
All plays are presented in the Washington University South Campus Theatre, 6501 Clayton Road, in Clayton.
Since our 22nd (2019-2020) season was shortened by circumstances, we are pleased to extend the subscriptions of all of our 2019-2020 subscribers to include the entire 23rd season at no charge.
You are important to us at Clayton Community Theatre, and we are anxious to welcome you back! As of Thursday, August 5, 2021, this is some of what we have in store to protect you while we all navigate the ebb and flow of Covid times:
Each member of our cast, crew, and volunteer staff will be fully vaccinated.
Actors will be unmasked. However, crew and volunteer staff (including ushers) will be wearing masks.
We are planning on NO CONCESSIONS’ SALES during performances thru 2021. (We know, it’s fun and handy usually.) We’re just following Washington University’s guidelines and acting on behalf of our audience and keeping safety first and foremost in our planning.
We will restrict our ticket sales to 50% capacity to assist audience members in finding a place for their parties, comfortably distanced from other parties.
All audience members will need to wear masks while in the building.
Currently, within two hours of entering a campus building, everyone must complete a Covid self-screening here (It’s self explanatory and intuitive. The “reason” for your visit is “Event”. We will have volunteers on hand to assist you, if you’ve had any difficulties in responding from your own phones.)
Each occupant of the building (including audience members) will be required to show proof of vaccination, at the entry to the building. This would be your CDC Vaccination Record card, or an electronic version from your health records’ access through the BJC, MyChart app or website. Fastest check-in would be the CDC card.
CCT is very thankful to our landlord, Washington University in St Louis. Our Theatre space affords us high ceilings, an HVAC system with powerful blowers for good circulation, and the room to separate individual groups/ pods of audience groups, e.g. couples, or a party of 12! We are fortunate to have our own lighted parking lot including handicap access, elevators, etc.
We appreciate your understanding and compliance. We wanted to let all parties know our current changes right away. Since our first production this season opens November 4, 2021, there may be a lessening or tightening on these restrictions. We’ll change this statement on our website, in a newsletter, and on our FB page, as changes are made.
Clayton Community Theatre is honored and humbled to receive seven Theater Mask Awards from Arts for Life on April 3, 2021, for productions in 2020. CCT received these awards for our production of The Philadelphia Story:
Outstanding Direction – Heather Sartin
Outstanding Leading Actress – Kelsey McCroskey
Outstanding Supporting Actress – Caitlin Souers
Outstanding Set Design – Andrew Cary, Zac Cary, and Heather Sartin
Outstanding Lighting Design – Nathan Schroeder
Outstanding Costume Design – Julie Smailys