May 12, 2019

Bryan Colley and Tara Varney's "Hexing Hitler" Reading May 20


Hexing Hitler
by Bryan Colley and Tara Varney

Join us for our May 2019 Monday Night Reading

Monday, May 20 / 7:00 p.m.
Second Presbyterian at 55th and Brookside

318 E 55th St / KCMO / 64113
The Midwest Dramatists Center will present a reading of Bryan Colley and Tara Varney's new full-length version of "Hexing Hitler" at 7pm, May 20 at the Second Presbyterian Church at 55th and Brookside (318 E 55th St). The reading is directed by Tara Varney and the cast includes Gary Wesche, Shelley Wyche, J. Will Fritz, Emma Carter, and Michael Golliher.

An hour-long version of "Hexing Hitler" was produced at the 2011 Kansas City Fringe Festival, and it has now been expanded into a full-length 90 minute play. It is a true story as told in a 1941 photo essay from "Life Magazine" about a party that gathered in a remote Maryland cabin to put a curse on Adolf Hitler and end World War II using witchcraft.

Leading the hexing was the successful writer William Seabrook, who popularized the word "zombie" in 1927, when he published a book, "Magic Island," about his adventures in Haiti, which served as the basis for the film "White Zombie" in 1932. Throughout the 1930s he was a best-selling author, world traveler, and journalist. He was also fascinated with witchcraft, black magic, and the occult. Along with writing about voodoo rituals on the island of Haiti, he wrote about eating human flesh in the jungles of Africa, battling alcoholism in an asylum, and joining a Bedouin tribe, much like T.E. Lawrence in "Lawrence of Arabia."

A companion play by Colley and Varney, "Sexing Hitler," was also expanded to full-length and presented in a staged reading at the Unicorn Theatre in 2016. It details the true story a Nazi program led by Heinrich Himmler to create inflatable pleasure dolls, intended for standard issue to Nazi soldiers. Along with connecting thematic threads, both plays are designed to use the same cast.

Come give feedback on our short plays,
and enjoy a night of local theatre!


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May 9, 2019

KC Public Theatre Producing "Her Own Devices" by Lindsay Adams


Madeleine, a young girl born with a mysterious and powerful autoimmune disorder, has spent her entire life in a lab as a test subject, but her doctors are still no closer to finding a cure. Meanwhile every night the King of Germs visits her in her dreams and tries to touch her with his contaminating hand. She enlists the help of her imaginary friend the Robot to fight him off and soon must make a choice whether to leave the only home she’s ever known. “Her Own Devices” is a world of robots and nightmares, lab coats and Samba dances that explores the power of imagination in a young girl who refuses to be defined by her disability.

7:30pm May 10, 11, 17, 18 and 2pm May 19 at the Capsule, 1664 Broadway.

All performances free at the door. Directed by Elizabeth Bettendorf Bowman

Find out more at the KC Public Theatre

May 2, 2019

Teen Playwrights: Send in Your Plays for the 2019 MDC Youth Readings

This year we are adding an exciting addendum to the Midwest Dramatists Conference, the Midwest Dramatists Conference Youth (MDCY).

On Sunday, September 29 we will present eight plays by local young playwrights. Writers in grades 6 through 12 from the Kansas City metro area are encouraged to submit their plays. There are no fees associated with this opportunity, but playwrights must be in attendance to have their plays read. Submissions will be capped at 100.
Plays must have no more than three characters and be no more than 10 pages of script with standard formatting.
Please send scripts to director@midwestdramatists.org as a blind submission (no name or other identifying information), with contact details listed in the email, and putMDCY” in the subject line of the email. Scripts that fail to follow the submission guidelines will be disqualified. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2019, and selected playwrights will be notified on or around July 15, 2019.
Please watch our Facebook page and website for further details.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Olathe, Kansas, 12080 S Strang Line Road.