August 20, 2015

Elizabeth Fischer talks about The Writer's Place on KKFI's Artspeak Radio

Elizabeth Fischer, Executive Director of The Writers Place, talks on KKFI's Artspeak Radio about upcoming events and programs for the fall. She mentions the Midwest Dramatists Center around eight minutes in.

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August 10, 2015

"True Image" by Darren Canady reading August 10

In the boiling underbelly of New York City, Veronica and her best friend Luke jump aboard a subway train after a night of revelry. An act of violence and the electric young man they find there will cause their notions of identity, love, sex, and friendship to explode.

Please join us for for the first reading from one of Midwest Dramatists Center's newest class of resident playwrights, Darren Canady, as we read his play "True Image."

Doors open at 7 p.m. The approximately 50-minute reading begins at 7:30, followed by a talkback with the playwright, director Sidonie Garrett, and the cast. The Midwest Dramatists Center is located in the Writer's Place at 3607 Pennsylvania. As with all MDC readings, free and open to the public.

July 20, 2015

Fringe Review Roundup (Part One)

The first weekend of the Kansas City Fringe Festival is in the books--and the newspapers, magazines, and online journals. Seven shows by Midwest Dramatists Center playwrights (and artistic staff) made their debuts, and the press has been kind (deservedly so).

After an enthusiastic preview that featured several MDC names, The Kansas City Star has followed up with a favorable review of Michelle T. Johnson's Best Light, which it labeled "impressive" and "absorbing." Johnson's play also won kudos at The same reviewer had plaudits to heap on Sue Aside... by Vicki Vodrey, and more online raves are to be found at BroadwayWorld and Jake's Take, where "this dark one-hour drama" is declared "probably one of Ms. Vodrey’s best works."

KCMetropolis is once again providing the most comprehensive Fringe coverage, and has already posted thoughtful reviews of Ry Kincaid's Presidental Briefs ("a show to add to your Fringe must-see list"), Bird in the Hand by Dave Hanson, ("worth seeing...the very essence of Fringe...") and two play collections: Alphabet Soup: Stories from Queer Voices, featuring Nick Sawin's Ace of Leaves ("distinct...lightning-fast dialogue"), and The Art is a Lie, which includes The Impressionists by MDC artistic director Victor Wishna ("a lovely piece...elegantly written").

The buzz about MDC shows at Fringe is only beginning Stay tuned for more coverage!