The Grand Center Theatre Crawl returns on June 29 and 30 for its sixth successive year bringing a weekend of free theatrical joy to Grand Center Arts District. Over 30 local theatre companies’ present bite-sized performances in a host of fabulous venues across the district. Covering multiple genres – comedy, musical, classics, and many original pieces – the Grand Center Theatre Crawl has grown year on year since its start in 2013 and is now a much-loved fixture in the local arts calendar. Founded by Peggy Holly as a partnership between St. Louis Public Radio, Kranzberg Arts Foundation and Grand Center Inc, The Crawl (as it is affectionately known) shows the potential for a visionary idea to take root in the fertile artistic soil of St. Louis.

We caught up with some of the founders and directors of the theatre companies to chat to them about what they love about being part of Grand Center Theatre Crawl. Dennis Corcoran, founder and creative director of Black Mirror Theatre has been part of The Crawl since 2016 and says, “I love that it’s free to audiences. There is so much great dramatic literature that is short that audiences don’t often get to see. With The Crawl we can show the short pieces, and we get to perform in interesting venues.” This season Black Mirror will be performing two pieces by Canadian poet/artist Shane Koyczan. Meditating on life, humanity and the beauty of the sounds of the universe, Black Mirror has collaborated with Big Muddy Dance Company and singer Haley Michelle Jones.

Tamyka Perine, creative partner at TLT Productions is entering her third year with The Crawl. “There is so much talent in St. Louis! I love that The Crawl exposes the public to a great variety of shows and companies that they might not have heard of before.”

This year, performing at The Stage at KDHX, TLT Productions present a new work based on conversations with youth in the city. The performance features the acting and singing talents of local young people aged 16-27. As well as sampling new artistic presentations, one of the other high points of The Crawl is the act of moving through the architectural landscape of Grand Center Arts District. Walking the streets, chatting to fellow theatre lovers as one moves from venue to venue fosters a sense of camaraderie and community. An important new development of the 2018 season is the inclusion of transportation. Hop-on, hop-off buses and disability accessible transport means that all mobility challenges will be catered for.

Each evening you can see up to 8 shows. Some attendees plan their route in advance; others go with the flow, picking up enthusiastic reviews and recommendations as they wander the District. The choice of venues, in addition to the theatre companies, grows each year. New venues added in 2018 include Anew, Circus Flora’s Big Top and the fabulous Bronson House. If you haven’t yet been to the Grand Center Theatre Crawl, make sure you come along this year to support the vibrancy and creativity that hums below the surface of our endlessly surprising city.

 

Dates: 
Friday, June 29 from 6pm
Saturday, June 30 from 6pm
Family Friendly performances Saturday, June 30 from 2pm

*All performances are free but registration is required.

The 2018 Grand Center Theatre Crawl features the following theater
companies:

A Call to Conscience
because why not?
Black Mirror
Bread and Roses
Debut
ERA Theatre
Ignite
Imaginary Theatre Company
Insight Theatre
jpek
Midnight Company
PRIME
Prison Performing Arts
Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
R-S Theatrics
SATE
Shooting Star Productions
Silhouettes Production Company
Solid Lines Productions
St. Louis Actors’ Studio
St. Louis Fringe
St. Louis Shakespeare
STL Opera Collective
Stray Dog Theatre
Tennessee Williams Festival
Theatre Macabre
Theatre Nuovo/Mustard Seed Theatre
TLT Productions
Stages Triple Threat
Union Avenue Opera
Uppity Theatre
West End Players Guild

More info here.