April 9, 2021

MDC Conference Postponed to 2022

The Midwest Dramatists Center has decided that there's still too much uncertainty and too little time to plan for another conference this year. We also don't want to diminish the close social aspects that make the conference special, so we will plan on bringing the conference back in 2022.

No decision has been made yet about resuming monthly readings, but hopefully we can start again in the fall if the local theatre scene opens back up. We look forward to sharing theatre again with our community.

February 5, 2021

Darren Canady stars in "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?" with Theatre Lawrence


MDC playwright Darren Canady will be playing Langston Hughes in Theatre Lawrence's "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?" streaming online this weekend.

The subject of this riveting and unusual drama is the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee hearings in the 1950’s, in which figures from the world of show business were subpoenaed to testify as to their loyalty as Americans and asked to name any and all communists or suspected communists in their industry. This speculative drama about the clash between art and politics celebrates the legacy of Langston Hughes and his literary activism in the face of oppressive power. Set in the poet’s Harlem apartment on the night before his 1953 appearance before the House Un-American Activities Committee, the play weaves together musings, impassioned diatribes and Langston Hughes poetry.

written and conceived by Carlyle Brown
directed by Piet Knetsch 

Performances (online, streaming only)
7:30 PM | Friday, Feb 5th, Saturday, Feb 6th, and Sunday, Feb 7th
2:30 PM | Saturday, Feb 6th and Sunday, Feb 7th
Season Flex Ticker Holders: Please call the the Box Office (785) 843-7469 M-F 9:30-4:30 to use our concierge service to make your reservation for the performance date of your choice.

Cast:
Langston Hughes……Darren Canady
Roy Cohn…..Daniel Denton
Sen. Dirksen…..Jim Tuchscherer
Sen. McCarthy…..Dan Heinz
David Schine…..Michael Ostermann
Frank Reeves…..Mario Bonilla
Alternates: Tony Console and Ryan Hamlin 

Tickets and more at Theatre Lawrence

January 30, 2021

Em Swenson's "Cam Girl" Reading by KC Public Theatre


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. 

Join KC Public Theatre for an online reading of "Cam Girl" by Em Swenson. Directed by Lydia Rose Miller and featuring Emmy Panzica-Piontek, Jazlyn Epps, Ai Vy Bui, and Ahafia Jurkiewicz-Miles.  

Visit Facebook at 7:30pm on Monday, February 1st to view the live video.