June 6, 2018

Darren Canady's "March Madness" June 11

A devised exploration curated by Darren Canady

Using devised theatre techniques of improvisation and discussion, performers and audience members alike will participate in the ground-level development of a new theatre piece. Inspired by the events that toppled the administration of the University of Missouri and ignited calls for change at the University of Kansas, March Madness will eventually examine the collision of race, sports, social justice, and higher learning.

This month’s MDC offering will be a theatre “lab” in which the playwright will guide a group of actors through a series of improvisations followed by a lively talkback about what discoveries have been made.

Come be part of the process!

7:00pm Monday, June 11
The Writers Place
3607 Pennsylvania Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Admission is free. Donations encouraged.

May 15, 2018

David Hanson's "Text Noir" at the Arts Bar June 4

Kansas City Public Theatre has announced the June edition of First Mondays at the Arts Bar.

“Text Noir – A Dangerous Game of Text” by MDC playwright David Hanson will ask audiences to do the opposite of the norm for theater patrons – to keep their phones on during this immersive murder mystery to help discover the secrets of the case. The denizens of a local bar all seem to want to find out who killed Alice – a pretty young waitress at the bar with more secrets than someone that young ought to have. Johnny Flynn, private detective, has been hired to find out who by midnight. The audience not only will be in a bar watching Flynn make his way through case, but also opting in to the texts exchange of three separate conversations. Each one provides another level of understanding as the action plays out in the room and on your phone in a very Dangerous Game of Text.

The production will be directed by Andy Perkins and will feature Justin Barron, Leah Swank-Miller, Michael Foster, Nan Turner, R.H. Wilhoit, Chioma Anyanwu, Deanna Barron, and Nathan Bowman.

“Text Noir” will play Monday, June 4th at 7:30 at the Uptown Arts Bar. More info at KCPublicTheatre.org.

April 30, 2018

Bryan Colley's "The Feast" Reading May 14

Deep in the middle ages, two warring factions gather at a royal feast, but assassination plots and comic philandering unravel their plans for peace. "The Feast" was the first play ever written by MDC playwright Bryan Colley, and it was produced by Gorilla Theatre Productions in 1998.

Enjoy a reading of "The Feast" at 7:00pm Monday, May 14, at the Midwest Dramatists Center, 3607 Pennsylvania. This event is free. Donations are encouraged.

The cast includes Bob Allen, Petra Allen, Erika Baker, Coleman Crenshaw, Michael Golliher, Joseph De Maria, Kelli Hahn Morford, Mike Ott, Jeff Smith, and Gary Wesche.