August 24, 2014

Project Playwright is underway!

This is about as new and fresh as theatre can get: fully produced plays that existed nowhere--not even the playwright's imagination--a mere 24 hours before. The third annual edition of Project Playwright is underway at the Arts Asylum.

The brainchild of MDC's own Dave Hanson, who co-founded and co-produces the event with Erich McGrew, Project Playwright invites local playwrights to pit their writing skills against each other through three rounds and a final over two weekends (August 23, 24, 30, and 31). The playwrights are given a writing task at 9 p.m. in the evening and must submit a finished 10-minute play to a director and cast by 8 a.m. the next morning. That team has 12 hours to go from page to stage and fully realize the play before an audience and panel that evening. The audience votes along with a panel of judges and has equal influence in deciding the winner.

Since Friday night, Kansas City playwrights Lauren Gardner, Kevin King, Teresa Leggard, Prisca Kendagor, and Bill Rogers have been battling it out and Round One saw Leggard claim the first spot in next Sunday night's final.

Round Two's plays are written, rehearsal is underway, and YOU can be a part of the project. Jump into the action tonight at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30.

The Arts Asylum
1000 East 9th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106

For more information, visit or the project's Facebook page.