Playing August 12 – 21

Fridays & Saturdays @ 8:00 p.m. / Sundays @ 2:00 p.m.

The Kranzberg Arts Center Black Box
501 N. Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63103

Directed by Phil Gill

Back in 1993 the playwright was hospitalized for bipolar disorder.  During this time, she met a wide variety of people who eventually inspired her to write this play with the hope of putting a human face on what to most people is a foreign and frightening setting (more detail can be found in the program).

First Run Theatre is pleased to take this opportunity to give a platform to NAMI St. Louis – THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS which serves St. Louis County, St. Louis City, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Warren County and Jefferson County.  NAMI is an organization of families, friends and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness.  We will have information available in the lobby on how to contact NAMI.

The playwright considers herself fortunate that she was put on a highly effective medication in 1994 and has been almost entirely in remission ever since.

She has also written a mystery novel about her experience with mental illness called DISORDER, available from bookstores, Kindle and audio.

You can follow her career, including winning the Tennessee Williams One Act Play contest, on www.amycrider.com.

Tickets on sale now.
$25.00 + $4.50 Service Charge from MetroTix

Our next production:

Directed by Sean Belt

Deb Dennert as Bernice
Tanya Badgley as Carol
Tyson Cole as Evan

Playing November 25 – December 4

The Kranzberg Arts Center Black Box

501 N. Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63103


Following the highly successful Alba Emoting workshop offered in June

FIRST RUN THEATRE is pleased to sponsor an Alba Method/Alba Emoting
ST. LOUIS INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP with MASTER TEACHER: Elizabeth Townsend: townsend.elizabethann@gmail.com

DATE: Friday, August 12 – 6:00 to 9:00
LOCATION: Webster Hills UMC – 1333 W. Lockwood, St. Louis, MO 63122

FEE: $40

Alba Emoting/Alba Method is a scientific technique originally developed for actors as a means of accessing organic emotion.

Alba Emoting was developed by neuroscientist and psychologist Professor Susana Bloch as a safe, purely physical technique to release and maintain emotional states.

Alba identifies six “basic” emotions from which all other emotions are derived: Joy, Fear, Sadness, Tenderness, Anger, and Erotic Love.

Each of these basic emotions, as well as emotional neutrality, has its own unique, identifiable set of bodily responses which are universal to all humans. By reproducing three aspects of these patterns — breathing, posture, and facial expression — anyone can experience and express genuine emotion at will without the use of memory or images.

Most important, using the seventh pattern called “Step-Out,” one can leave any emotion just as easily and return to psychophysical neutrality.

Alba Method has proven to be a highly effective means for identifying one’s own emotional state as well as that of others. It is extremely helpful for developing coping skills to respond to stress in a healthy and productive way.

Alba Method has also proven to be useful in all areas of a person’s life to enhance an overall emotional well-being.

For testimonials from the June workshop see www.firstruntheatre.org and www.facebook.com/firstruntheatre.


Our new homes
The Kranzberg – Mainstage Productions
The Chapel – Spectrum short play festival
and the Reading Festival

First Run Theatre is Committed to:


First Run Theatre is committed to amplifying the many and diverse voices in our theatre company and community. We will not tolerate any form of racism, oppression or any other type of discriminatory practices imposed upon any artist because of their color, creed, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religious belief. We will continue to do our part in upholding principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Theater has an important role in creating change. We at First Run Theatre intend to play our role in listening, learning and making positive change happen.


We are committed to creating the safest environment for our audience, actors, crew and front of house staff. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have canceled the remainder of our 2020 season and any meetings, auditions etc. are set up using Zoom. We have a policy setting out how we will re-open safely when we are allowed to. Read it by clicking on the link: COVID-19 POLICY. If you do have any concerns or questions please email us at firstruntheatre@gmail.com.

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