November 22, 2014

MDC to stage reading of Vicki Vodrey's "Sue Aside..." on December 8

Vicki Vodrey will debut her newest play, Sue Aside... in a staged reading at MDC on Monday, December 8, at 7 p.m. Vodrey, well known for her dark comedies such as Thank You Notes and A Hard Day's Night ventures into even darker territory with this tale of a young man driven to suicidal thoughts by his dog (whose name, yes, is Sue). Tag line: "Sometimes, love can bite..."

The reading will be directed by Warren Deckert and feature the acting talents of Jessica Ryan and Jake Walker. For more information and to RSVP, visit our event page on Facebook.

Springfield theatre to produce Michelle T. Johnson's "Rights of Passage"

From world premiere to world premiere: only a few months after its first-ever reading at MDC, Michelle T. Johnson's new play Rights of Passage will receive its first full production, courtesy of Big Momma's Back Porch Theatre in Springfield, MO.

"A drama inspired by current events involving race, power, and violence," Rights of Passage was developed at MDC by Johnson this fall as news continued, and continues, to flow from Ferguson, MO. Jon Herbert, a theater professor based in Springfield, heard about the play's staged reading at MDC on October 13, asked to read the script, and arranged this production, which he will direct.

Performances will take place over four consecutive weekends, February 6 through March 1, 2015, at 217 East Commercial Street in Springfield. For tickets and more information, call 417-865-9911.

November 12, 2014

UPDATE: It's "No Sleep November" with Vicki Vodrey

Fantastic new theatre doesn't happen overnight...except when it does. MDC's Vicki Vodrey has been selected to take part in "No Sleep November," which takes place November 23-24 at The Living Room, 1818 McGee Street.

From the evening of Sunday, November 23, five playwrights and 15 actors will have 24 hours to create new plays based on a prop, a costume piece, and a line of dialogue that must be used as is. For more information on how you can see the results on Monday, November 24, please visit the event's Facebook page.

Congratulations, Vicki -- you'd better get some sleep.

*Please note, the event has been rescheduled from its original dates of November 8-9.