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.”

Winter 2017 Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet  Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Marta Rainer Jan 5 –  Jan 29, 2017 - Ruth Nagel Jones Theater Evenings @ 7pm on Thurs, Fri, and Sat  ~  Matinees @ 2pm on Sat. & Sun (except Sun 1/29 is @ 5pm)...

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TERRA NOVA by Ted Tally, directed by Nora Hussey April 5 - 9, 2017 - Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre Terra Nova is the story of Captain Scott's expedition to the South Pole in the winter of 1911-12. Five Englishmen and five Norwegians raced each other to the bottom of the...

Unaccustomed To My Name

Unaccustomed To My Name

Unaccustomed To My Name tells the story of bookish Sofie, who is experiencing a mid-life crisis – at age 21 – with no clue as to how to handle it! Stuck in Warsaw, New York, with her maddeningly motivating mother, she hides in the bathroom and contemplates her life –...

QUICK TAKE REVIEW, Orlando Magic

QUICK TAKE REVIEW, Orlando Magic

Boston Arts Review, Orlando By Beverly Creasey Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Having just seen Wellesley Summer Theatre’s splendid ORLANDO (playing through Feb. 2nd), I’m convinced that playwright Sarah Ruhl is the perfect writer to give Virginia Woolf’s novel a life on...