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

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.

April 19, 2018

Seeking Submissions for the 2018 Midwest Dramatists Conference

The Midwest Dramatists Center (MDC) is pleased to announce the second Midwest Dramatists Conference, to take place September 27-29, 2018. MDC is a Kansas City, Missouri-based organization and we invite play submissions from playwrights across the country.

Industry professionals from New York City, Beth Blickers (literary agent with APA), and Sean Grennan (playwright), will attend play readings held during the conference and conduct workshops for the playwrights whose plays have been selected for the conference. Additional adjudicators will be announced on our website this summer.

We are currently seeking 10-minute plays with no limitations on theme. The plays must have no more than four characters and be unpublished, but previous productions or readings are acceptable. The deadline for submissions is May 20th, 2018, and selected playwrights will be notified by July 15th, 2018. Up to 48 playwrights will be selected. There is no submission fee, the conference will provide actors and directors, and the number of submissions will be capped at 500. Only one submission per playwright is allowed.

For selected playwrights, conference registration is $220, and playwrights whose plays are chosen are required to attend to have their plays read. Conference registration includes opening night reception, breakfast and afternoon snacks Friday and Saturday, a Gala dinner held Saturday night, Saturday morning breakout sessions, as well as feedback on their plays by the adjudicators and the MDC literary manager during the readings. More details about the conference will be announced at

Please send scripts to as a blind submission (no name or other identifying information) and include a brief biography and any production history in a separate document.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Olathe, Kansas, 12080 S Strang Line Road. There is a special hotel discount for artists visiting from out of town. Please contact us if you need accommodations.