September 12, 2020

Emma Carter's "Role Play" Reading by KC Public Theatre

Role Play by MDC playwright Emma Carter will be presented online by KC Public Theatre at 7:30pm, Sept. 14, 2020. 

Taylor is the social pariah of her freshman class. Mycah is the new girl. Both seek refuge from the tortures of real life by escaping into books, and when Mycah invites Taylor to join her in an online RPG–Role Play Game–Taylor finds a haven for outcasts like herself who obsess over anime, video games, and fanfiction. But when the politics of high school social dynamics put pressure on Mycah and Taylor’ RL friendship, both stand to lose everything they’ve created and more.

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August 29, 2020

Midwest Dramatists Center on Hiatus Due to Pandemic


The Midwest Dramatists Center will be on hiatus until further notice due to the pandemic.

We look forward to a time when we can resume public readings and hosting our annual dramatists conference. We're excited to see what our current class of playwrights have been creating in the interim.

Stay tuned for future announcements.

May 28, 2020

Meet the New Class of 2020: Jessie Salsbury and Joshua Efron

The Midwest Dramatists Center welcomes the new class of resident playwrights for 2020: Jessie Salsbury and Joshua Efron.  They will join our other resident writers who represent the institution’s desire to find and support new voices in theater. We look forward to getting to know them and their work when MDC resumes activity in the future.

Jessie Salsbury is a local Kansas City area playwright and has participated in numerous new work festivals and contests since 2014. In addition to playwriting, she is a contest selection reader for multiple festivals and a facilitator for a bi-weekly playwriting support group. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, 365 Women a Year Playwriting Initiative, and the International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP). Her work can be found on the New Play Exchange at

Joshua Efron is a theater and film artist living in the Kansas City area.   According to his niece he is really funny, and likes to write.  Upon then asking his niece and nephew to write this entire bio for him, his Nephew commiserated with the horror and challenge of such a task and asked, "Will you give me $5 for this? Or maybe one dollar?"  His niece gutsily counter-offered that she would be willing to write it for 12. Joshua feels very proud of them both.

When Joshua is not tricking audiences into drinking deeply of their loves, hopes, fears, and dreams in the forms of raging gods, rabid rabbits, and murderous fetuses, he's swinging wildly the scalpel-taped-to-a-hammer of his political satire.  He strives to work to be one of the million drops of influence needed to transform the world into one where sharing the stories in his brain is no longer required.