September 9, 2014

"American Institution" makes World Premiere

Last night, Midwest Dramatists Center was the scene of the world-premiere reading of Bryan Colley's new comedy, American Institution. Congratulations to Bryan, director Tara Varney, and the talented cast that brought this play to life for the first time: Devon Barnes, Coleman Crenshaw, Jeff Smith, Melody Butler, Amanda Kibler, and Zac Parker.

Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the show, offer feedback, and be part of the process of creating new work!






September 6, 2014

More praise from "The Dramatist"


Midwest Dramatists Center playwrights again made the pages--that is, the screens--of The Dramatist, the official blog of the Dramatists Guild of America. From the DG National Report, by Hartley Wright:
Established playwright Vicki Vodrey must love the KC Fringe Festival and the success this festival has birthed in her career. Her dark comedy, Hanky Panky, one of the top-rated and most popular plays here in 2010, was later performed at the Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF), receiving nominations for three MITF awards in the process. Vodrey’s Thank You Notes: Headed to Heaven with Flat Jimmy Fallon became a KC Fringe standout in 2012, encored at the 2012 MITF, and was a finalist for inclusion in this year’s MITF lineup. This year Vodrey, one of five inaugural playwrights at the new Midwest Dramatists Center, debuted her newest play entitled, A Hard Day’s Night. It just might be her next ticket to ride.

Girl on Girl was a creative and zesty performance at this year’s KC Fringe, a trio of plays that included the newest work by playwright Michelle T. Johnson. During the 2012 Fringe campaign, her one act play, As the Guiding Light Turns, was a noteworthy, standout. In 2013, another one act play, Wiccans in the ‘Hood was not only popular at the KC Fringe, but performed also at New York’s Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival. Earlier this year Philadelphia’s BrainSpunk Theater produced an evening of Johnson’s work, presenting the playful and uplifting Wiccans with her much more existential and dreamlike one-act, Trading Races: From Rodney King to Paula Deen—a play nominated for three separate New York’s Connections Theatre Festivity Awards. Johnson, who is also an inaugural playwright of the Midwest Dramatists Center, is bound to become a KC Fringe favorite. My guess is Ms. Johnson is simply pleased they love her in Philly: she’s just been named BrainSpunk’s new Playwright in Residence, with includes their commitment to produce a new play by Johnson in its upcoming 2015 season.
Special thanks to Hartley, Dramatist Guild Field Representative for the state of Missouri and valued MDC advocate!

Read the entire article here.

August 24, 2014

"Octavia" wraps up world-premiere run today

If you've yet to get down to see MeltingPot KC's production of the play the Kansas City Star calls "refreshing" and full of "creative energy" and Broadway World hails as "magnificent," you have one more chance this afternoon.

Echoes of Octavia, by MDC's Michelle T. Johnson, wraps up its successful world-premiere run today at 2 p.m., at the Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central in Penn Valley Park.

Be sure to order your tickets before you go!