June 7, 2019

Emily Swenson "Cam Girl" Reading Jun 17

Join us for our next Monday Night Reading at 7pm Monday, June 17, at the Second Presbyterian Church, 318 E 55th Street in Brookside.

From her central Florida bedroom, Kelsey sheds her clothes and fulfills fantasies for men around the world. On camera she has no boundaries, but in reality she is incapable of leaving her apartment. Cam Girl boldly exposes the lives of three women working in the sex industry and the bond they share. And all the characters are queer!

Written by Emily Swenson

Directed by Laura Jacobs

Cast: Elise Poehling, Alisa Lynn, Sarah McGuire, Ahafia Jurkiewicz-Miles

Stage directions: Emma Carter


MDC Monday Night Readings are held the 3rd Monday of each month and feature developmental work by MDC playwrights, read by local actors. The scripts presented are in various stages of development, and YOU get to be part of the process. Enjoy a night of original, local theatre development and join the conversation.

May 22, 2019

MDC Playwright News: May 2019


Kevin King's play Swallows was selected for the 2019 William Inge New Play Lab. It will be presented May 23, at 4:30 pm in Independence, KS. For more about the festival, click here.


Lezlie's play Focus will be presented as part of Edge Fest 2019, Milledgeville, GA's international ten-minute play festival. May 24-25, 7:30 p.m., Birdhouse Theatre, 114 W Hancock St, Milledgeville, GA 31061. Click here for the Facebook event.

May 12, 2019

Bryan Colley and Tara Varney's "Hexing Hitler" Reading May 20

Hexing Hitler
by Bryan Colley and Tara Varney

Join us for our May 2019 Monday Night Reading

Monday, May 20 / 7:00 p.m.
Second Presbyterian at 55th and Brookside

318 E 55th St / KCMO / 64113
The Midwest Dramatists Center will present a reading of Bryan Colley and Tara Varney's new full-length version of "Hexing Hitler" at 7pm, May 20 at the Second Presbyterian Church at 55th and Brookside (318 E 55th St). The reading is directed by Tara Varney and the cast includes Gary Wesche, Shelley Wyche, J. Will Fritz, Emma Carter, and Michael Golliher.

An hour-long version of "Hexing Hitler" was produced at the 2011 Kansas City Fringe Festival, and it has now been expanded into a full-length 90 minute play. It is a true story as told in a 1941 photo essay from "Life Magazine" about a party that gathered in a remote Maryland cabin to put a curse on Adolf Hitler and end World War II using witchcraft.

Leading the hexing was the successful writer William Seabrook, who popularized the word "zombie" in 1927, when he published a book, "Magic Island," about his adventures in Haiti, which served as the basis for the film "White Zombie" in 1932. Throughout the 1930s he was a best-selling author, world traveler, and journalist. He was also fascinated with witchcraft, black magic, and the occult. Along with writing about voodoo rituals on the island of Haiti, he wrote about eating human flesh in the jungles of Africa, battling alcoholism in an asylum, and joining a Bedouin tribe, much like T.E. Lawrence in "Lawrence of Arabia."

A companion play by Colley and Varney, "Sexing Hitler," was also expanded to full-length and presented in a staged reading at the Unicorn Theatre in 2016. It details the true story a Nazi program led by Heinrich Himmler to create inflatable pleasure dolls, intended for standard issue to Nazi soldiers. Along with connecting thematic threads, both plays are designed to use the same cast.

Come give feedback on our short plays,
and enjoy a night of local theatre!

click here for the FB event