Welcome to our 2016-17 Season

Wellesley Repertory Theatre, founded in June of 1998, provides an artistic home for Wellesley College alums as well as integrating Wellesley College graduates into the Boston theatre scene. What began with a core company of three, and one production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, has grown in the intervening years to a core company of 21, with an age range of 13 to mid 70’s. The productions over the years have been lauded by critics and audiences alike. Recent productions include Three Sisters, Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, The Clearing, Hay Fever, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Dancing at Lughnasa, Holiday, Our Town, and Season’s Greetings. The company has twice been awarded the Moss Hart Award for theatrical excellence.

“To be hopeful, to embrace one possibility after another – that is surely the basic instinct…!"

The idea of a “company” has long been a dream held by the director and founder Nora Hussey. The mission statement puts forth this concept: ‘Putting together a diverse group of people that interacts, moves in sync, sometimes in competition, but always working toward a common goal is essentially organic. It is as complex or as simple as our own families. The success of families, or theatre companies, is in how well each member’s personal strengths and weaknesses are utilized or overcome and form into a highly efficient artistic entity.’

Our performances tell stories that will become part of the narrative of performers, designers, directors and audiences alike. We ask you to take our hands and leap forward into a future we can welcome but not predict.

These words by writer/activist Barbara Kingsolver express the ethos of theatrical endeavor this late summer of 2015:  “to be hopeful, to embrace one possibility after another – that is surely the basic instinct…! Time to move out into the glorious debris. Time to take this life for what it is.”

Talented WST cast brings “Three Sisters” to life

Metrowest Daily News, Three Sisters By Keith Powers June 8, 2015 Taking full advantage of Paul Schmidt’s fluidly idiomatic translation, the Wellesley Summer Theatre is staging a snappy, insightful production of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” at the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre...

Wellesley Repertory Theatre’s Sonia Flew

The Swellesley Report: Sonia Flew By Deborah Brown June 8, 2017 First off, the last thing a mom should ask a nineteen-year-old young man hell-bent on joining the Marines in response to the 9/11 attacks is, “What do you know about how the world works?” And she...

Wellesley College Theatre explores new country in Terra Nova

The Swellesley Report: Terra Nova By Deborah Brown April 6, 2017 How many Wellesley College students does it take to play a bunch of strong, competitive men determined to make it to the South Pole first? Seven, and you’ll be very impressed with their portrayal of all...

Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight

The Swellesley Report: Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight By Deborah Brown Jan. 16, 2017 At a time where I’m exposed to so many tweets I’d just as soon ignore, this one from Wellesley Repertory Theatre (WRT) was welcome: “We are SOLD OUT for...

Wellesley Repertory Theatre’s Good Night Desdemona

The Swellesley Report: Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet By Deborah Brown June 14, 2016 As you’ll recall, in Shakespeare’s tragedies Romeo and Juliet and Othello, Juliet, facts-ignorant and hasty, stabs herself to death, while in Othello, the duped and...