May 12, 2021

Kevin King's "Hyenas" online reading for Dramatists Guild Footlights

An online reading of Hyenas, a full-length play by Kevin King (he/him) as part of Kansas City/Missouri Dramatists Guild Footlights on Wednesday, May 19 at 7 p.m. CST. Please stick around after the reading for a live talk-back with the writer!

Tony wasn’t looking for love, especially not from someone 20 years younger, but might’ve found it in Joey. Joey wasn’t looking for a daddy but might have found one in Tony. Mara, Tony’s best friend, just wanted to work on her dissertation and get some good coffee. Eric, Joey’s roommate, just wanted to keep his job as a barista and maybe get Joey’s attention.

Due to adult language and frank discussions of sex and sexuality, this reading may not be appropriate for audiences under 16. Running Time: Approx. 2 hours


  • Chris Griswold (they/he) as Tony
  • Max Richards (he/him) as Joey
  • Laura Jacobs (she/they) as Mara
  • Nyx Ciel (they/them) as Eric
  • Stage Directions read by Adam Yarbrough (he/him)
  • Directed by Phil Kinen (he/him)

This reading is free online. 

Watch it here

DG Footlights is a program, created and moderated by the Dramatists Guild, that connects dramatists with free space in which to hold a public reading of a new work that is currently in development. This initiative operates on a space-grant model: a representative from the Guild will arrange for a venue to donate space during allocated dates and times, and will ensure that the space is available for dramatists to use to present a self-produced reading to the public, with an optional feedback session following the reading. Attendance is always free and open to all.

April 9, 2021

MDC Conference Postponed to 2022

The Midwest Dramatists Center has decided that there's still too much uncertainty and too little time to plan for another conference this year. We also don't want to diminish the close social aspects that make the conference special, so we will plan on bringing the conference back in 2022.

No decision has been made yet about resuming monthly readings, but hopefully we can start again in the fall if the local theatre scene opens back up. We look forward to sharing theatre again with our community.

February 5, 2021

Darren Canady stars in "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?" with Theatre Lawrence

MDC playwright Darren Canady will be playing Langston Hughes in Theatre Lawrence's "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?" streaming online this weekend.

The subject of this riveting and unusual drama is the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee hearings in the 1950’s, in which figures from the world of show business were subpoenaed to testify as to their loyalty as Americans and asked to name any and all communists or suspected communists in their industry. This speculative drama about the clash between art and politics celebrates the legacy of Langston Hughes and his literary activism in the face of oppressive power. Set in the poet’s Harlem apartment on the night before his 1953 appearance before the House Un-American Activities Committee, the play weaves together musings, impassioned diatribes and Langston Hughes poetry.

written and conceived by Carlyle Brown
directed by Piet Knetsch 

Performances (online, streaming only)
7:30 PM | Friday, Feb 5th, Saturday, Feb 6th, and Sunday, Feb 7th
2:30 PM | Saturday, Feb 6th and Sunday, Feb 7th
Season Flex Ticker Holders: Please call the the Box Office (785) 843-7469 M-F 9:30-4:30 to use our concierge service to make your reservation for the performance date of your choice.

Langston Hughes……Darren Canady
Roy Cohn…..Daniel Denton
Sen. Dirksen…..Jim Tuchscherer
Sen. McCarthy…..Dan Heinz
David Schine…..Michael Ostermann
Frank Reeves…..Mario Bonilla
Alternates: Tony Console and Ryan Hamlin 

Tickets and more at Theatre Lawrence