13th St. Repertory Theatre


Last night I walked over to this little theatre across the street from our dorms. Outside there was a sign that read “Seeking New Company Members. Come inside or call Edith.”
Today I went back and asked for Edith. She is in her late nineties now, and bought the theatre space over 40 years ago. We sat and talked for almost an hour a out her theatre career, her daughters, my interest in theatre…and the company. “After I interview people they can come to auditions on Tuesdays. You’re welcome to come this next Tuesday.”
While we were talking a man walked in and started pitching her a plan to rent the space…he was as fake as they come, just trying to rub elbows. “I’m a very important person,” she repeated after the man, who showered her with awkward unwanted compliments.
From the outside the space looks run down, dirty. Once you walk in it looks and smells like an old woman’s living room. But one of the walls is plastered with awards…the third from the left is a lifetime achievement award for Edith signed by Mr. and Mrs. Obama.
She walkered me back to the theatre space, a cozy black box that seats only 56. A man stood on a ladder fixing lights. I wanted to ask to help him, but thought that might not go over well for first impressions. (The same man watched me across the street before we left for the ballet. He smoked a cigarette with another older woman.)
So I will audition Tuesday, and maybe a snowball has a chance in hell…if it prays hard enough or finds the right monologue.


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One response to “13th St. Repertory Theatre

  1. csunyarts

    This is so exciting! And it shows that when you seek out an opportunity in this city, you can find it. As we say in Louisiana, geaux Ashley!

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