Michael James Reed and Taylor Steward give world-class performances.

Blue Rose Theatre Collective announced today that it will be producing the St. Louis debut of Halley Feiffer’s I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard. Tom Martin directs the exceedingly smart, darkly funny, and heartbreaking drama which opens October 20th at Satori. It will run Thursdays through Sundays at 8PM until November 6th.

The play is about the ancient forces which make up the relationship between father and daughter. Ella’s sole aim in life to make her famous playwright father David proud. David, having run away from home at a young age and risen to great success, hopes his daughter will surpass him as an artist. And while the love between these characters is palpable, the conflict behind such high expectations boil over into toxic territory.

Michael James Reed brings David to life in the most present and terrifying of ways. Taylor Steward plays Ella with the authentic enthusiasm of a daughter inspired. This two person cast presents a performance of caliber not often seen in St. Louis.

Make no mistake about it: you’ll be coming back to this play for years. It will be a personal milestone.

Michael James Reed (David) has performed on and off Broadway in New York City and with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. He has been working in St. Louis for over 5 years now. He has appeared in dozens productions at the Rep (most recently All The Way); the MUNY (recently: The Music Man and Fiddler on the Roof); and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis (notably in the title role of Henry IV). Michael has received five St. Louis Theatre Circle award nominations. He won the award for his portrayal of Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Repertory Theatre St. Louis.

Taylor Steward (Ella) credits include Melody in Bad Jews and Margot in The Diary of Anne Frank at New Jewish Theatre and Ann Putnam in Afflicted: Daughters of Salem at Metro Theater Company. She also appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Shake38, The Nina Variations with Flying Blind Presents, and several productions at Saint Louis University.

Tom Martin (Director) has directed at The Repertory Theatre of St Louis, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Insight Theatre, Onsite Theatre, and New Jewish Theatre. He received a Critics Circle Award for his production of Our Town at Insight Theatre Company. And was nominated for a Kevin Kline award for directing Lobby Hero at the REP. Tom is the Production Manager of the Shakespeare Festival St Louis. He is currently an Associate Professor at Saint Louis University.

“I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard” to run at 8PM Thurs – Sun from Oct 20 – Nov 6
Satori – 3003 Locust Street – St. Louis, MO 63103
Tickets are $20 online, $25 at door http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2666888