April 17, 2015

Dave Hanson, Live from New York

MDC's own Dave Hanson had the opportunity to be in New York last weekend for the final performance of his new play, Laffer's Last Laugh, which wrapped up the economic-themed festival known as "Money Lab" at HERE Arts Center.

Upon his return, he reported in:

"There were four acts the day I was there. One was an opera of certain letters from Karl Marx to Frederick Engles asking for money, a German torch singer singing about wealth, a monologue from a guy who used to work at Deutche Bank and tried to work out a deal for the Lebanese Airport after it was bombed, and, of course, Laffer.
The big end of the evening was that my name was drawn from a hat as the artist to participate in a 'patronage auction.' Seriously. So the audience bid on the right to pay for an hour of my 'artist' time. It ended up being a crowd funded $116... So know I have to figure out the hour I will take my patronage for and then produce a report on what I did. Intense."

Intense indeed, Dave. But you're worth every penny. Congrats!

April 14, 2015

MDC Audience Gets a Kick Out of "Hanky Panky" Reboot

It debuted to raves at the 2010 Kansas City Fringe Festival and played the 2011 Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York City, but aficionados of both productions commented that the slightly revamped version of Vicki Vodrey's Hanky Panky, unveiled in a staged reading at MDC last night, is the best yet. Vodrey groupies and new fans alike were among the dozens who came to witness this full-length dark comedy that laughs in the face of death, offer feedback, and in the process support the development of new work at MDC.

At the heart of the raucous, irreverent, free-wine-fueled affair was a large, talented cast helmed by director Mackenzie Goodwin Tran and featuring Taylor St. John, Pete Bakely, Megan Herrera, Curtis Smith, Shelley Wyche, Kelly Main, Nancy Marcy, and Jacob Aaron Cullum. Thanks to all who contributed, in all ways, to another successful reading!

March 27, 2015

Dave Hanson's new work makes New York Magazine's "To Do" list

If you've ever been to New York City--or are there right now--you know there are a million things to do on any given day. Well, this week, New York magazine thinks that one of those things you have to do is go see Money Lab at HERE Arts Center--which, of course, is the imaginative "economic vaudeville" that includes a new piece by MDC's own Dave Hanson entitled Laffer's Last Laugh.

So that's what you need to do this week--go to New York and see Money Lab. New York magazine says so.