October 16, 2018

KC Horror Play Festival Features MDC Talent

Check out the Kansas City Horror Play Festival, featuring short plays by MDC writers Kevin King and Lavinia Roberts, directed by MDC's own Emma Carter.

Here's the details:

The Kansas City Horror Play Festival features twelve brand new and locally written spooktacular plays, signature cocktails, creepy decorations, costume contests and more! Split up over two days in a creepy, haunted theatre. You can come for individual nights or buy a two-day pass and save money!

NIGHT ONE ( Oct 18th & 20th) Starring Michael Madison, Ai Vy Bui, Alisa Lynn, Bonnie Griffin

Directed By Matt Rapport:
  • It Takes Two by Ron Simonian
  • Grandma’s Little Helpers by Michael Donnici
  • The Unreliable Historian by Elizabeth Kerlin
Directed by MDC writer Emma Carter:
  • AFK by MDC writer Kevin King
  • Route 84 House Fire by Jessie Salsbury
  • Eternal Flowers by MDC writer Lavinia Roberts
NIGHT TWO (Oct 19th & 21st) Starring Zachary York, Leah Wilczewski, Jake Golliher, Elizabeth Kerlin

Directed by Erika Lynnette Baker
  • Halfway Night at the Horror House by Derek Trautwein
  • The Sentience Test by Emily Hageman
  • Do You Know Billy Jackson by Joshua Woodall
Directed by Jesse Ray Metcalf
  • Best for Last by Cara Powers
  • Grandmother’s Ring by Matthew Weaver
  • Blood Drive by Alexander Fish
The plays will be at the Squeezebox Theatre, 1519 Oak Street, at 7:00pm. Tickets are $20, $35 for two nights.

October 2, 2018

Dan Born's "The Man Without a Country" Reading Oct 8

Join us for a reading of The Man Without a Country, Dan Born's stage adaptation of the classic short story about the forming and disforming of America. A young Army officer is talked into a daring plan by Aaron Burr. His fiance is not nearly so charmed. It turns into a disagreement that eventually leads him from sea to shining sea. With Christoph David Cording, Elizabeth Hillman, Kevin Siess, Todd Schwartz, and Curt Alan Enos. 

7:00pm Monday, October 8 at the Writer's Place, 3607 Pennsylvania. Free admission. 

September 22, 2018

2018 Midwest Dramatists Conference

After an enormously successful first year, The Midwest Dramatists Center is back with its second playwriting conference September 27-29, 2018. More than 50 visiting playwrights and theater professionals from around the country will be in attendance. Conference events are open to the public.

All events will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn at I-35 and 119th St in Olathe, Kansas, 12080 S. Strang Line Road.

Conference Schedule

Reception - $30
7:00pm Thursday, September 27
Join us in the Pre-Function area for mingling, drinks and snacks, consisting of a variety of cheeses, crackers and fruit. Each playwright will receive a drink ticket for a glass of house wine or domestic beer (there will also be a cash bar). At 8:00pm, we will gather in the ballroom to hear introductions from our adjudicators, Beth Blickers and Sean Grennan, and invited speakers.

Play Readings - Free
Session 1 & 2: 8:30am - 12:45pm Friday, September 28
Session 3 & 4: 1:45pm - 6:30pm Friday, September 28
Session 5: 11:30am-12:30pm Saturday, September 29
Session 6 & 7: 1:30pm - 5:15pm Saturday, September 29

Midwest Comedy Scene Off - Free
7:30pm Friday, September 28
Our writers and guests from the audience will write a quick, one minute scene based on what they draw from the bowl, and have them performed immediately by local actors.

Breakout Sessions - Presenting Playwrights Only
9:00am Saturday, September 29

Dinner Gala - $50 ($80 for two)
7:00pm Saturday, September 29.
The dinner menu is chicken madeira (unless you’ve arranged for a substitute), house salad, bread, seasonal vegetables, garlic mashed potatoes, cheesecake and iced tea. There will be a cash bar in the Pre-Function area.



More conference information here