September 15, 2017

Midwest Dramatists Conference Schedule

The Midwest Dramatists Center is hosting its first playwriting conference September 28-30, 2017, where more than 40 visiting playwrights and theater professionals from around the country will be in attendance. Conference events are open to the public.

All events will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn at I-35 and 119th St in Olathe, Kansas, 12080 S. Strang Line Road.

Conference Schedule

Reception - $20
7:00pm Thursday, September 28
You receive a drink ticket for a domestic beer or house wine, munchies of chips, dips, hummus, etc, and meet and listen to our panelists and invited special guests.

Play Readings - $5 per session
Session 1: 9:00am - 12:30pm Friday, September 29
Session 2: 1:30pm - 5:30pm Friday, September 29
Session 3: 1:30pm - 5:30pm Saturday, September 30

Midwest Comedy Scene Off - Free
7:30pm Friday, September 29
Our writers and guests from the audience will write a quick, one minute scene based on what they draw from the bowl, and have them performed immediately by local actors.

Breakout Sessions - Presenting Playwrights Only
9:00am Saturday, September 30

Dinner Gala - $40 ($75 for two)
6:30pm Saturday, September 30
The dinner menu is Johnny's Signature Chicken De Burgo, Focaccia Bread, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, House Salad, Iced Tea and Cheesecake. There will be a cash bar.


For complete conference details, click here!

September 5, 2017

Dan Born's "Set in Play" Reading Sep. 11

Join us for a reading of Dan Born's new work Set in Play at 7pm Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Midwest Dramatists Center, 3607 Pennsylvania (in the Writer's Place). The reading is free. Donations are encouraged.

Set in Play is about some playwrights. There are four of them. They aren't famous, or rich, or anywhere within shouting distance of being considered part of the conversation. Still, two of them remain, for some reason, fanatically dedicated to the art and the craft. A third playwright was once just as dedicated. Now he mostly goes out drinking with them. They call themselves the NAHs (Negro, Atheist, Homosexual) and have a drinking game to punctuate the acronym. The fourth is a problem child that crashes their workshop. He too has a story, and the process of finding it sets in play forces that change more than their acronym.

August 29, 2017

George Simon a Panelist at the Midwest Dramatists Conference

George Simon is a young theatre producer and administrator residing in New York City. They founded Black Coffee Productions in 2016, producing the short film Curbside Waltz at the Fresh Grind Festival, a play and musical reading series. They were the company manager of four musicals in the New York Musical Festival in 2016, and served as a producing intern for Just for Laughs Theatricals (The Color Purple, A View from the Bridge, Kinky Boots).

Originally from the suburbs of NYC, George has been involved with theatre in various capacities since 1999. They graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2015 with a BA in Theatre. Most recently, George served as the general manager for Taking the Wheel, a concert at 54 Below starring Ari Axelrod and directed by Faith Prince.

The Midwest Dramatists Conference will take place September 28-30, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Olathe, Kansas, 12080 S Strang Line Road. More details about the conference will be announced at