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Forwarding Kansas City as a major national center for the development and production of new works, our program offers playwrights the financial, creative, and artistic resources required to develop vital, diverse, theatrical work.  The 2016/17 OriginKC: New Works Program is sponsored by the Copaken Family Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.

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ORIGINKC:NEW WORKS FESTIVAL

What Would Crazy Horse Do?
Man in Love
Anthony & Cleopatra
 

ORIGINKC:MONDAY NIGHT PLAYWRIGHT SERIES

Holy Laughter
On Shoulders Now

ORIGINKC: NEW WORKS FESTIVAL

World premiere productions presented in rotating repertory, April 28 to May 28. Save the Date! Our festival weekend of readings, panels, and parties is May 12-13, 2017.  All are welcome!

 

What Would Crazy Horse Do?
WHAT WOULD CRAZY HORSE DO?
WRITTEN BY LARISSA FASTHORSE
DIRECTED BY SAM PINKLETON
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Man in Love
Man in Love
WRITTEN BY CHRISTINA ANDERSON
DIRECTED BY MARISSA WOLF
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Antony and Cleopatra
WRITTEN BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
TRANSLATED and adapted BY CHRISTOPHER CHEN
DIRECTED BY JASON BOHON
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ORIGINKC: MONDAY NIGHT PLAYWRIGHT SERIES

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!

 

 

 

Holy Laughter
by Catherine Trieschmann
Directed by Chip Miller

Monday, February 20 at 7 pm

Spencer Theatre Donor Lounge

In this hilarious and moving new play by Kansas playwright Catherine Trieschmann, a newly donned Episcopal priest must rally her flagging congregation, even as she wrestles with changing sexual mores and her own doubting human heart.

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On Shoulders Now
by Harvey Williams
Directed by Nicole Hodges Persley

Monday March 13 at 7 pm

Spencer Theatre Donor Lounge

Harvey Williams, founding artistic director of KC MeltingPot Theatre, brings us a powerful family story about one man’s memory of life and resilience from beyond the grave.

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Previously this Season

LOUIE LOUIE and LA DOLCE VITA

BY FRANK HIGGINS
DIRECTED BY MARISSA WOLF

November 24, 2016, at 3pm in the Spencer Theatre Donor Lounge

One of Kansas City’s most renowned playwrights, Frank Higgins, brings us a surprising love story inspired by the actual FBI investigation of the rock and roll song, “Louie Louie”.

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NOURA

BY HEATHER RAFFO
DIRECTED BY JOANNA SETTLE

October 30, 2016, at 3pm in the Spencer Theatre Donor Lounge

Internationally acclaimed performer and playwright Heather Raffo (Nine Parts of Desire), brings us a powerful reimagining of A Doll’s House, through the lens of an Iraqi Christian immigrant family celebrating Christmas.

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BROTHER TOAD

BY NATHAN LOUIS JACKSON
DIRECTED BY DERRICK SANDERS

November 7, 2016, at 7pm in the Spencer Theatre Donor Lounge

Mellon Foundation Resident Playwright, Nathan Louis Jackson (Sticky Traps, Broke-ology, When I Come To Die), brings us an arresting new play about two families’ answers to gun violence in Kansas City.

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THE FIT

BY CAREY PERLOFF
DIRECTED BY CASEY STANGL

December 12, 2016, 7pm in the Spencer Theatre Donor Lounge
Playwright and A.C.T. artistic director luminary, Carey Perloff (Kinship starring Cynthia Nixon), brings us the hilarious and chilling world of a Silicon Valley venture capital firm whose star player, Sakina, must wage a daily battle to have her voice heard.

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PLAYWRIGHT SLAM

January 9, 2017, 7pm in the Spencer Theatre Donor Lounge

The Playwright Slam brings together Kansas City’s artistic community for a night of theater 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. January’s theme is La Vie Boheme.

 


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).