Henny Russell

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis kicks off its 2018-2019 Studio Theatre season later this month with Joshua Harmon’s critically acclaimed play, “Admissions.”

The winner of the 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, “Admissions” tells the story of Sherri Rosen-Mason, a prep school admissions director who lives according to staunchly progressive values such as student diversity. But when her teenage son claims those same values have denied him opportunities as a white student, it creates an explosive conflict that exposes their family’s hypocrisies and privileges.

The production stars Henny Russell as Sherri. Russell most recently appeared in the Netflix hit series, “Orange is the New Black” as prison boss Carol, who quickly became a fan favorite. Russell’s other theatre credits include the Tony Award-winning “Oslo” on Broadway, as well as The Rep’s 2005 production of “Frozen.”

Thom Niemann

Ward Duffy

Also appearing: Russell’s real-life husband, actor Ward Duffy as Sherri’s husband, Bill. Duffy appeared on The Rep stage in 2014’s “The Other Place.” Rep newcomer Thom Niemann portrays their son, Charlie. Barbara Kingsley and Kate Udall complete the onstage ensemble.

“Admissions,” directed by artistic director Steven Woolf, opens Oct. 24 and run through Nov. 11 in The Rep’s Studio Theatre. For ticket information, visit repstl.org.