May 12, 2015

"Lingerie Shop" proves quite revealing

It's ba-aaack. Last night, MDC hosted a staged reading of Bryan Colley's one-act, male-fantasy farce Lingerie Shop, directed by Tara Varney and featuring three actors reprising roles they originated in the show's 2009 Kansas City Fringe Festival debut. Among the eager audience members were a few who'd also seen the original--and the post-show talkback included some lively discussion about how the play's still relevant messages resonated, albeit a bit differently, six years later.

In addition to Tara, gratitude goes out to the cast and crowd that made last night's reading possible and successful, including Amy Hurrelbrink, Marcie Ramirez, Kelli Morford, Melody Butler, Stefanie Wienecke, and Jeff Berger.

April 26, 2015

Michelle T. Johnson's "Echoes of Octavia" headed to NYC

Echoes of Octavia, by Michelle T. Johnson, has been selected as one of only three new plays that will be featured in the 2015 TRU Voices Play Reading Series in New York City this June. Sponsored by Theater Resources Unlimited, the annual series provides space and support for a developmental reading of a new play, followed by a panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers, and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing, and budgeting of the work.
The TRU Voices reading, for which the exact June date will be announced soon, is being produced by Patrick Blake, whose theater company Rhymes Over Beats also plans a full New York production of Echoes in the next 18-24 months.
This marks an exciting continuation in the journey of a play that Michelle first saw staged in a reading at KC MeltingPot, which gave it a full production in 2014, and which she continued to develop once she became a member of MDC.
Congratulations, Michelle!

"Lingerie Shop," by Bryan Colley, gets MDC reading May 11

Something sexy this way comes: Bryan Colley's Lingerie Shop, which won praise from audiences and critics when it debuted at the 2009 Kansas City Fringe Festival, will bare its substantial assets for a new audience in a staged reading at MDC on Monday, May 11.

Tara Varney, who directed the original Fringe production, will direct the reading. Also returning from the original production is Marcie Ramirez, Amy Hurrelbrink, and Kelli Hahn Morford. They will be joined by Melody Butler and Stefanie Wienecke. Unfortunately, there will be no (visible) lingerie in this staged reading.

For more information, and to RSVP, please visit the event's Facebook page.