March 3 – April 2, 2017
Kansas City premiere
Written by Nick Payne
Directed by Eric Rosen
If you could hit rewind on a relationship, you might discover the nuances of choice and destiny, and how the two intersect. This spellbinding, heartbreaking love story removes the boundaries of time and space, delving into the infinite possibilities of a couple’s relationship to reveal how the slightest change in conversation might send you down an entirely different path. The scene re-sets again and again, in a fascinating look at love and life from one parallel universe to the next.
ORIGINKC: MONDAY NIGHT PLAYWRIGHT SERIES
OCTOBER 24 ,2016 – MARCH 13 ,2017
SPENCER THEATRE DONOR LOUNGE | UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY
KC Rep is thrilled to announce a fantastic line-up of new play readings in our OriginKC: Monday Night Playwright Series. Featuring top local and national playwrights, the Monday Night Playwright Series offers script-in-hand readings of new plays on their journey to becoming fully-realized stage productions. Step into the world of a new play as it’s being built and meet the playwrights at this crucial step in the playwriting process.
This event is FREE and open to the public but tickets are required. Please reserve your tickets today for this script-in-hand reading by one of KC’s top playwrights.
A RAISIN IN THE SUN
March 24 – April 16, 2017
Written by Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Marissa Wolf AND Chip Miller
The classic story of the Younger family remains universally relevant and deeply relatable more than 60 years after it first hit Broadway. In pursuit of the American Dream, this dynamic African American family wrestles with the push to assimilate into a white Chicago neighborhood, and the pull of their cultural roots. These opposing forces both unite and divide the family, as each grapples with the social issues that challenge their identity – and the personal choices that will determine their future.
April 28 – May 28, 2017 – Copaken Stage
WHAT WOULD CRAZY HORSE DO?
A World Premiere
Written by Larissa Fasthorse
Directed by Sam Pinkleton
KC Rep proudly presents the world premiere of a new play by preeminent Native American writer Larissa FastHorse. Twin siblings, the last members of their tribe, have just lost their grandfather when the KKK comes knocking with hopes of forming an alliance to ensure the continuation of their race. A chilling look at the notion of racial purity, this story reveals the challenges contemporary Native Americans face when fighting extinction in a world that seems to have already forgotten they exist. The siblings attempt to find their voices in the outside world, while preserving the heritage that is now theirs alone to carry forward.
MAN IN LOVE
A World Premiere
Written by Christina Anderson
Directed by Marissa Wolf
In a segregated Depression-era city, rent parties rage above, while men hungry for work and love roam the streets. A string of murders occurs but no one suspects the killer is the quiet, charming librarian, Paul Pare Jr. Reactions vary across the city, and as we watch the word spread from person to person, we wonder if the killer’s violence will extend to those closest to him. Written by Kansas City native Christina Anderson the story examines a world where a criminal and his victims can get lost in the crowd.
SEPTEMBER 9 – OCTOBER 2, 2016
MUSIC BY ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
LYRICS BY TIM RICE
DIRECTED BY ERIC ROSEN
There’s no shortage of theatrics in U.S. politics but if you’re looking to escape the drama of our election year, come travel back to the times of Argentine political leader Eva Peron. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this rock opera explores the role of women in politics, the power of populism and the romantic rags-to-riches story of Evita’s life and charity work. Playful storytelling tempers the serious subject matter, turning this classic show into a celebration of one politician’s ability to connect with people and the issues that mattered most.
The Invisible Hand
October 14 – November 13, 2016
Kansas City Premiere
Written by Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Jerry Genochio
Forget what you know about global terrorism and human nature, and prepare for a new perspective that’s equally frightening and enlightening. Like a game of chess, two captors and their American hostage maneuver through life in a holding cell, where the hostage tries to negotiate his way out using stock market secrets. This intense show reveals the complicated truth behind our simple perceptions of good versus evil, as we discover the invisible hand that moves the global market and shifts the power to those you least want to have it.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
NOVEMBER 18 – DECEMBER 24, 2016
BASED ON THE BOOK BY CHARLES DICKENS
ADAPTED BY BARBARA FIELDS
DIRECTED BY JERRY GENOCHIO
Kansas City’s favorite holiday tradition is back for its 36th season, presented in the magnificent new Spencer Theatre! A ripping good telling of the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the curmudgeonly businessman who requires the intervention of a few spectral guides to understand the true meaning of Christmas and life. Complete with lively musical numbers, ornate costumes, and dashing stagecraft, Dickens’ classic tale of hope and redemption continues to remind us what’s really worth celebrating – at the holidays, or any time!
THE SANTALAND DIARIES
DECEMBER 8 – 24, 2016
WRITTEN BY DAVID SEDARIS
ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY JOE MANTELLO
STARRING CLAYBOURNE ELDER
DIRECTED BY ERIC ROSEN
David Sedaris’ hysterical tale of elfin’ woe is a hilarious send-up of his brief, misguided career as a Macy’s elf. Last year’s hit production returns, featuring a hilarious score of twisted holiday favorites against the twisted landscape of Sedaris’s unmatched wit. The Santaland Diaries skewers our sentimental love of all things Christmas—in a production that has become a beloved part of KC Rep’s annual celebration of the darker side of the holidays.
SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM
JANUARY 27 – FEBRUARY 19, 2017
LYRICS AND MUSIC STEPHEN SONDHEIM
DIRECTED BY ERIC ROSEN
Nominated for both London’s Olivier Award and Broadway’s Tony Award for Best Musical, Side by Side by Sondheimcelebrates the music and lyrics of Pulitzer, Tony, and Academy Award-winning Stephen Sondheim, arguably the most important musical theater composer in American history. Side By Side ran in London and New York for well over a thousand performances, making it one of the most successful musical revues of all time. A glittering evening of music, comedy, and song, the show features beloved hits from Gypsy, West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music and Pacific Overtures.