February 16, 2018

MDC Playwright Michelle Tyrene Johnson Interviewed on KCUR


Kansas City playwright uses murders of Leon Jordan and James Townsend as inspiration to connect 1960s civil rights movements to today's. In the long history of Kansas City's Green Duck Lounge, two of its owners, both considered icons in the community, were each was shot dead, one in 1970 and the other in 2015. The murders are the basis for a new work, which couples the civil rights activities of the 60s to those of today.

​Michelle Tyrene Johnson's 'The Green Duck Lounge' runs at the Rhynsburger Theatre on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia from February 21 to 25. For times and tickets, visit Theatre.Missouri.edu.

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January 27, 2018

Emma Carter's "Spellbound: The Musical" Reading Jan 29 at the Living Room

Spellbound: A Musical
by Emma Carter & Krista Pojman

7:30pm Monday, January 29th at the Living Room Theatre, 1818 McGee

Trouble is brewing in the magical kingdom of Highguard. On the eve of a royal wedding Prince Dashing goes missing and it’s up two princesses and their rag tag crew to save the day.

Book and lyrics by Emma Carter
Music and lyrics by Krista Pojman

Featuring: Jamie DeAnn Turner, Chioma Anyanwu, Pancho Javier, Rebecca Munoz, Mike Ott, Joshua Gleeson, Kyle Dyck, Margaret Shelby, Christiana Coffey, Ryan Tucker, Michael Golliher

January 22, 2018

Michelle Tyrene Johnson's "Mustard Seeds" Reading Feb 9 at the Nelson


In conjunction with the Midwest Dramatists Center, the Nelson-Atkins presents a staged reading of “Mustard Seeds,” the newest play-in-progress by Kansas City Playwright, Michelle Tyrene Johnson. Set in the contemporary world, “Mustard Seeds” unfolds when modern-day researchers camping out on the bank of the Missouri River encounter the unborn souls who did not make it to the Wyandotte County, Kansas stop of the Underground Railroad. A Q&A with Johnson follows.

The regular free reading of the Midwest Dramatists Center will have a change of date and place in February as part of a special presentation. The reading will take place in the Atkins Auditorium of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street, on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:00. Although the reading is free, Nelson still suggests getting a ticket for the event

While parking at Nelson on the street is free, there is indoor parking at a cost.