November 12, 2018

MDC Playwright November Updates




Michelle Tyrene Johnson's short play Tilling the Soil will be part of a festival in New York: Truth & Reconciliation of Womyn: 10 minute plays by some of the theatre’s most dynamic & talented artists, building bridges to an oppression-free world.

7:00pm Tue, November 13, 2018
Deepak HomeBase, on the mezz at ABC Home
38 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003

Michelle was also recently a Visiting Artist at Emporia State University.


Kansas City Public Theatre is producing a staged reading of Dan Born's play Bang on December 3rd.

Bang started out as a shorter work that was a semi-finalist for the O'Neill award and was picked for the first Inge Play Lab.

You can see Bang at 7:00 p.m. on December 3rd at Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway, KCMO.



Kevin King's play The Swallows and Lezlie Revelle Zucker's Focus were both selected as part of the 11th Annual Barn Players 6x10 Ten Minute Play Festival.

Dec 7-8, 7:30 p.m. / Dec 9, 2:00 p.m.
1000 E 9th St, Ste 225, KCMO

October 28, 2018

Kevin King's "The Hyena Experience" Reading Nov. 12

The Hyena Experience is an unflinching look at two men’s inter-generational relationship. Tony, in his 40’s, unexpectedly finds himself dating Joey, a 22-year-old (“he’s just a puppy”), who he met at a bar. During the relationship, a Netflix and chill session leads to uncomfortable conversations about their sexual histories; sex roles are challenged; promises are broken; and Tony teaches Joey how to iron. Tony confides in Mara, his best friend, over martinis. Joey gets high with his roommate, Eric. In another unlikely pairing, Mara, a doctoral student, and Eric, a barista, bond in the coffee shop where Eric works, never realizing their friends are dating. Each lead actor plays the best friend of the other. The dual casting results in an intimate Rashomon effect.

The reading stars Austin Taylor Smith and Vincent Wagner and is directed by Phil Kinen.

7:00pm Monday, November 12 at the Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania. Admission is free. Donations are encouraged.

October 16, 2018

KC Horror Play Festival Features MDC Talent

Check out the Kansas City Horror Play Festival, featuring short plays by MDC writers Kevin King and Lavinia Roberts, directed by MDC's own Emma Carter.

Here's the details:

The Kansas City Horror Play Festival features twelve brand new and locally written spooktacular plays, signature cocktails, creepy decorations, costume contests and more! Split up over two days in a creepy, haunted theatre. You can come for individual nights or buy a two-day pass and save money!

NIGHT ONE ( Oct 18th & 20th) Starring Michael Madison, Ai Vy Bui, Alisa Lynn, Bonnie Griffin

Directed By Matt Rapport:
  • It Takes Two by Ron Simonian
  • Grandma’s Little Helpers by Michael Donnici
  • The Unreliable Historian by Elizabeth Kerlin
Directed by MDC writer Emma Carter:
  • AFK by MDC writer Kevin King
  • Route 84 House Fire by Jessie Salsbury
  • Eternal Flowers by MDC writer Lavinia Roberts
NIGHT TWO (Oct 19th & 21st) Starring Zachary York, Leah Wilczewski, Jake Golliher, Elizabeth Kerlin

Directed by Erika Lynnette Baker
  • Halfway Night at the Horror House by Derek Trautwein
  • The Sentience Test by Emily Hageman
  • Do You Know Billy Jackson by Joshua Woodall
Directed by Jesse Ray Metcalf
  • Best for Last by Cara Powers
  • Grandmother’s Ring by Matthew Weaver
  • Blood Drive by Alexander Fish
The plays will be at the Squeezebox Theatre, 1519 Oak Street, at 7:00pm. Tickets are $20, $35 for two nights.