Forwarding Kansas City as a major national center for the development and production of new works, our OriginKC: New Works Program offers playwrights the financial, creative, and artistic resources required to develop vital, diverse, theatrical work, including our popular Monday Night Playwright Series events. Step into the world of a new play as it’s being built, and meet fantastic playwrights whose work electrify stages across the country! Supporting hot local and national playwrights, Monday Night Playwright Series brings to life script-in-hand readings of future hit shows. All events are FREE and open to the public – all are welcome!

KCRep is Underwritten in part by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. This project is supported in part by the City of Kansas City, MO Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund and The Copaken Family Fund.

Sponsored by Rick and Barbie Dierks

 

2018/19 Season


Monday, December 10 at 7PM
Damascus by Bennett Fisher

When Lloyd, a stranded white kid, begs Hassan, a Somali American airport shuttle driver, to take him across state lines to catch a rerouted flight, the two wary companions set out on a heart-pounding journey through the Midwestern winter. Victory Garden’s outgoing Artistic Associate Bennett Fisher, brings us a high-stakes, road-rage thriller that delves full-force into the misguided politics of terrorism.

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Monday, January 7 at 7PM
Handprints by Greta Ogelsby

You’ve loved Greta Ogelsby’s tour-de-force performances in KCRep’s A Raisin in the Sun and Fences, and now you can come hear her take the stage for a night with her own incredible story of growing up in a Holy Roller family. Oglesby weaves images of her childhood with breathtaking original songs, and playful storytelling that will have you laughing and crying in one breath.

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Monday, January 28 at 7PM
Mermaid by Andrew Rosendorf
Directed by Chip Miller

When 9-year old Everett Berger tells the family that she’s a girl – having been gender assigned boy at birth — the Berger family’s good liberal values are put to the test. A lyrical, thought provoking meditation on gender identity, McKnight Fellow recipient Andrew Rosendorf brings us a profoundly moving play on one family’s journey to support their child.

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Monday, February 11 at 7PM
Untitled New Play by Bianca Leigh

From dating, to grandchildren, to late night conversations over junk food, Bianca Leigh’s new play interweaves the lives of three trans women who find connection in the triumphs and struggles of daily life. Last seen at KCRep in the OriginKC: New Works Festival’s Man in Love, Bianca Leigh offers a hilarious, moving, and important look at how we create family.

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Monday, March 4 at 7PM
Untitled New Play by Nathan Louis Jackson

Stay tuned for a new play hot-off-the-presses by KCRep’s Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence, Nathan Louis Jackson.

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Previous Events


Monday, October 29 at 7PM
Playwright Slam

The Playwright Slam brings together Kansas City’s artistic community for a night of theatre revelry in which everyone is invited to participate. The public is invited to bring a 1-3 page script that will be read out loud by actors chosen from the audience.
The theme is FRIGHT NIGHT.


Monday, September 10 at 7PM
the ripple, the wave that carried me home by Christina Anderson

Over three generations, the Collen family fights to integrate public pools in a Kansas town. It is a battle that defines them, almost destroys them, and changes them forever. Weaving a powerhouse fugue of voices and memories, Christina Anderson (Man in Love), offers a love letter to her hometown of Kansas City through both searing honesty and buoyant transcendence.


Monday, August 28 at 7PM
Fall Playwright Slam
Co-hosted by Nathan Louis Jackson and Marissa Wolf

The Playwright Slam brings together Kansas City’s artistic community for a night of theatre revelry in which everyone is invited to participate. The public is invited to bring a 1-3 page script that will be read out loud by actors chosen from the audience. August’s theme is The Solar Eclipse.

Bring enough photocopies for the number of actors in your play and a stage directions reader. Keep it anonymous; no names on the script, please. We will collect scripts at the top of the evening and read as many as we can in a night. Actors will be chosen from the audience!


Monday, September 18 at 7PM
The Misdirection of Mr J’s Chil’ren by Jennifer Baker
Directed by Sidonie Garrett

Investigating the mystery of her grandfather’s disappearance, a young Black woman confronts a white man about their families’ buried history. With a fresh voice in the Kansas City scene, Baker offers a powerful story of loss and redemption.


Monday, October 16 at 7PM
FRIDA…A Self-portrait by Vanessa Severo

Experience an exhilarating ride into the world of artist Frida Kahlo’s passionate, tumultuous life. KCRep’s Fox Fellowship Resident Actor, Vanessa Severo, brings a raw, breathtaking immediacy to the portrait of this luminary artist.

Sponsored by T. J. & Willard Snyder

Vanessa Severo and Kansas City Repertory Theatre are participants in the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships, funded by the William & Eva Fox Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group.


Monday, November 6 at 7PM
Laid to Rest by Donnetta Lavinia Grays

When his fatal shooting stirs a community into fevered protest, Vanda’s son Clarence becomes yet another hashtag in the ongoing fight against police brutality. Grays takes us into a riveting world of a community’s response to violence and a mother’s journey of activism and healing.


Monday, January 8 at 7PM
Redwood by Brittany Allen
Directed by Chip Miller

When Meg and Drew–a perfectly happy interracial couple–discover that their families were once connected as slaves and masters in antebellum Kentucky, they’re forced to acknowledge ghosts. A hip-hop dance class Greek chorus and opinionated, long-dead ancestors appear to guide the couple as they decide how ancient grievances ought to affect their modern relationship. Allen, part of the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood collective, brings us a time and space-bending dramedy of manners gone very far South.


Monday, February 19 at 7PM
Unreliable by Dipika Guha

Gretchen is a lawyer who represents terrorist suspects. Or is she? Her mother says she’s a secretary. And she might be falling in love with one of her clients. Did we mention lives are on the line? Playwright Dipika Guha, currently under commission at Manhattan Theatre Club and South Coast Rep, brings us a wild ride with this funny, moving absurdist play that keeps the audience guessing.


Monday, March 12 at 7PM
Spring Playwright Slam
Co-hosted by Nathan Louis Jackson and Marissa Wolf

The Playwright Slam brings together Kansas City’s artistic community for a night of theatre revelry in which everyone is invited to participate. The public is invited to bring a 1-3 page script that will be read out loud by actors chosen from the audience.

Bring enough photocopies for the number of actors in your play and a stage directions reader. Keep it anonymous; no names on the script, please. We will collect scripts at the top of the evening and read as many as we can in a night. Actors will be chosen from the audience!


Monday, March 26 at 7PM
Click by Jacqueline Goldfinger
Directed by Marissa Wolf

This fast, bright, dizzying epic play follows a group of college students involved in a frat rape that goes viral. As we spin forward in time over 15 years, the characters create virtual reality identities that blur time and space. Goldfinger, 2017 Yale-Horn Drama Prize for Emerging Playwright, offers a Sherlock and Moriarty like heart pounding thriller you won’t want to miss.


Monday, April 9 at 7PM
Black Butterflies by Darren Canady
Directed by Lauren Spencer

Following the life of three teenage girls in juvenile detention, Black Butterflies offers a searing, beautiful look at resilience and humanity from within a broken education and justice system. Award winning Kansas City playwright Darren Canady, offers a riveting drama that will leave you breathless.


 

Script Submission Policy:

Unfortunately, due to the volume of scripts received, we are unable to accept or to respond to unsolicited submissions.  We have strong relationships with new play development centers across the country and we strongly encourage you to pursue relationships directly with these organizations, including Mid-West Dramatists Center (KC), Playwrights’ Center (MN), The Lark (NY), Playwrights Foundation (SF).