October 31, 2022

Lezlie Revelle Zucker's "Night at the Palace" Reading Nov 7

This month MDC is invited to a special workshop reading of a new musical by Lezlie Revelle Zucker and MDC founder David Hanson.

Night at the Palace 

7:30pm Monday, November 7, 2022
Congregation Beth Torah
6100 W 127th St, Overland Park, KS 66209

Sophie Grace is a pop star for the ages now at the end of her career. Maia is struggling singer at the beginning. Both are booked tonight at the Palace theater to sing about family, fame, and failure. It's two concerts forty years apart but simultaneously happening now because there's always a little magic when it's A Night At The Palace.

Franci Talamentez-Witte – Sophie Grace
Natalee Merola – Maia
Larry Goodman – Darrell

Artistic Team
Lezlie Revelle Zucker – Lyricist, Composer, Musical Director
David Hanson – Librettist, Director
Susie Adams – Accompanist

September 7, 2022

Dan Born's "Unghosting the Chromosome" Reading on Sep. 12

The Midwest Dramatist Center is once again presenting live stage readings by its MDC playwrights.

This month's reading is Unghosting the Chromosome by Dan Born. It will be held at Prospero's Books at 1800 W 39th Street at 7:30pm on Monday, September 12, 2022.

Unghosting the Chromosome is based on the life of a little known but ground-breaking scientist from the turn of the 20th century, Walter Sutton. Sutton's theories of the chromosome, developed while he was still an undergraduate at the University of Kansas, established a theoretical basis for Mendel's famous experiments and laid the foundation of for the modern science of genetics. While at KU, he also found the time to be a member of that school's very first basketball team. 

The play was developed from a play by Stanley Nelson, Professor of Anatomy at KUMC. 

  • Michael Golliher - Walter Sutton
  • Jake Golliher - John Sutton
  • J. Will Fritz - Clarence McClure
  • Meredith Wolfe - Anna McClure
  • Shawn Franklin - Livingston

 Come join Dan Born for the exciting return of MDC's live readings.

May 12, 2021

Kevin King's "Hyenas" online reading for Dramatists Guild Footlights

An online reading of Hyenas, a full-length play by Kevin King (he/him) as part of Kansas City/Missouri Dramatists Guild Footlights on Wednesday, May 19 at 7 p.m. CST. Please stick around after the reading for a live talk-back with the writer!

Tony wasn’t looking for love, especially not from someone 20 years younger, but might’ve found it in Joey. Joey wasn’t looking for a daddy but might have found one in Tony. Mara, Tony’s best friend, just wanted to work on her dissertation and get some good coffee. Eric, Joey’s roommate, just wanted to keep his job as a barista and maybe get Joey’s attention.

Due to adult language and frank discussions of sex and sexuality, this reading may not be appropriate for audiences under 16. Running Time: Approx. 2 hours


  • Chris Griswold (they/he) as Tony
  • Max Richards (he/him) as Joey
  • Laura Jacobs (she/they) as Mara
  • Nyx Ciel (they/them) as Eric
  • Stage Directions read by Adam Yarbrough (he/him)
  • Directed by Phil Kinen (he/him)

This reading is free online. 

Watch it here

DG Footlights is a program, created and moderated by the Dramatists Guild, that connects dramatists with free space in which to hold a public reading of a new work that is currently in development. This initiative operates on a space-grant model: a representative from the Guild will arrange for a venue to donate space during allocated dates and times, and will ensure that the space is available for dramatists to use to present a self-produced reading to the public, with an optional feedback session following the reading. Attendance is always free and open to all.