The Resident Ensemble Players (REP) is a professional theatre located at the University of Delaware. The REP exists to engage audiences with outstanding professional productions in a variety of styles, with a particular emphasis on plays distinguished by the quality of their script, the opportunities they present for virtuosity in the performance and their power as theatrical experiences. 

For their 2023/24 season REP presents:  


Vita and Virginia 
Sept. 21 - Oct. 1  

Adapted from letters and diaries to deftly weave the story of the improbable love affair and enduring friendship between aristocratic novelist and poet Vita Sackville-West and aloof literary icon Virginia Woolf. This play is a beautiful rebuke against today’s culture of 280-character tweets and hastily penned emails. This was an age when people wrote profusely and frequently, though few were as adept at correspondence as Vita and Virginia.    

PERFORMANCE DATES:  

Thursday, Sept. 21 - 7:30 p.m. (Preview) V&V REP 2023-2024 Season
Friday, Sept. 22 - 7:30 p.m. (Opening) 
Saturday, Sept. 23 - 2 p.m. 
Saturday, Sept. 23 - 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday, Sept. 24 - 2 p.m. 
Thursday, Sept. 28 - 7:30 p.m. 
Friday, Sept. 29 - 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday, Sept. 30 - 2 p.m. 
Saturday, Sept. 30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday, Oct. 1 - 2 p.m. 

John Ball’s in the Heat of the Night 
Nov. 2 - Nov. 19   

August 1962 — a white man is discovered dead in a small town in Alabama. Local police arrest the only stranger in town, a black man named Virgil Tibbs. Little do they know their suspect is a detective from California. With no witnesses, no motives, and no clues, Detective Tibbs becomes this racially-tense community’s only hope of solving the brutal murder. Adapted for the stage from the book that inspired the Oscar-winning film.  

PERFORMANCE DATES:  

Thursday, Nov. 2 - 7:30 p.m. (Preview) Heat REP 2023-2024 Season
Friday, Nov. 3 - 7:30 p.m. (Preview) 
Saturday, Nov. 4 - 7:30 p.m. (Opening) 
Sunday, Nov. 5 - 2 p.m. 
Thursday, Nov. 9 - 7:30 p.m. (Talkback) 
Friday, Nov. 10 - 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday, Nov. 11 - 2 p.m.  (Prologue)  
Saturday, Nov. 11 - 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday, Nov. 12 - 2 p.m. 
Thursday, Nov. 16 - 7:30 p.m. 
Friday, Nov. 17 - 7:30 p.m. (Talkback)  
Saturday, Nov. 18 - 2 p.m. 
Saturday, Nov. 18 - 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday, Nov. 19 - 2 p.m. (Prologue) 

Pass Over 
Feb. 8 - Feb. 18  

A mashup of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and the Biblical Exodus story told by a bold new American voice. Two young black men, Moses and Kitch, stand on the corner – talking trash, killing time, and dreaming of the promised land. Emotionally charged with poetic and humorous riffs, this play asks, “what is the value of a young black man’s life?”  

PERFORMANCE DATES: 

Thursday, Feb. 8 - 7:30 p.m. (Preview) Passover REP 2023-2024 Season
Friday. Feb. 9 - 7:30 p.m. (Opening) 
Saturday, Feb.10 - 2 p.m. 
Saturday, Feb.10 - 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday, Feb.11 - 2  p.m. 
Thursday, Feb.15 - 7:30 p.m. 
Friday, Feb. 16 - 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday, Feb.17 - 2 p.m. 
Saturday, Feb.17 - 7:30  p.m. 
Sunday , Feb.18 - 2 p.m. 

Deathtrap 
Apr. 11 - Apr. 28 

Hugely popular on stage and screen, this dark comedy thriller is a perfect blend of schemes, plot-twists, and outrageous humor. Once famous playwright Sidney Bruhl is fresh out of ideas with a string of failures and a shortage of cash to prove it. A change in fortune arrives in the form of a script, sent by a former student, with all the makings of a Broadway hit. The opportunity to steal the script and pass it off as his own may be too tempting for Sidney to ignore.     

PERFORMANCE DATES: 

Thursday, April 11 - 7:30 p.m. (Preview)  Deathtrap REP 2023-2024 Season
Friday, April 12 - 7:30 p.m. (Preview) 
Saturday, April 13 - 7:30 p.m. (Opening) 
Sunday, April 14 - 2 p.m. 
Thursday, April 18 - 7:30 p.m. (Talkback)
Friday, April 19 - 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday, April 20 - 2 p.m. (Prologue)  
Saturday, April 20 - 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday, April 21 - 2 p.m. 
Thursday, April 25 - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 26 - 7:30 p.m. (Talkback) 
Saturday, April 27 - 2 p.m. 
Saturday, April 27 - 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday, April 28 - 2 p.m. (Prologue) 

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