Upstream Theater is already known as one of the most innovative theater companies in St. Louis. Now, has received a prestigious $10,000 grant from the American Theater Wing—the same group that presents the Tony Awards. National Theatre Company Grants are limited to non profit groups that have been in operation for 5 to 15 years. Upstream is the first Missouri theater company to receive recognition in the grant program’s 55 years. Artistic Director Philip Boehm credits Upstream’s selection to its mission and dedication to broaden local theater horizons. “Our goal is to move you and make you think,” he says.
Upstream brings an international perspective to St. Louis by presenting new plays, works by foreign playwrights and creative staging of classics —like its acclaimed production of “Oedipus King.” Boehm says the company’s productions are sensory, not cerebral, creating images that stick with audience members long after they’ve left the theatre. Opening January 11, Upstream Theater presents “Cafe Chanson,” a celebration of French song and performance directed by the prominent St. Louis thespian Ken Page. The songs are performed cabaret-style and the story begins during WWII on the night of Paris’ liberation. For more information on Upstream Theater, visit upstreamtheater.org.
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