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.  The 2017/18 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

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OriginKC: New Works Festival

Regional & World premiere productions presented in rotating repertory at Copaken Stage.

April 27, 2018 – May 27, 2018

By Nathan Louis Jackson
World Premiere

Mellon Foundation KCRep Resident Playwright and Kansas City, KS resident, Nathan Louis Jackson (Sticky Traps, Broke-ology, When I Come To Die), brings us an arresting new play about two families’ from different stations in life as they search for answers to gun violence right here on our own city streets.


April 27, 2018 – May 27, 2018

By Kara Lee Corthron
Regional Premiere

It’s July 1977 and the South Bronx is HOT — from a heat wave, from this new thing that would come to be known as “hip-hop,” and from the number of fires burning throughout the borough. WELCOME TO FEAR CITY takes a jarring, yet hopeful and funny, look at a community trying to get by in the midst of crime, apathy, poverty, and a whole new art form that’s about to electrify the world.


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!

Sponsored by Rick & Barbie Dierks

Monday, August 28 at 7PM
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.

Jennifer Baker is proud to be working with KCRep for her first professional reading of her play The Misdirection of Mr. J’s Chil’ren. A native of Kansas City, Jennifer studied playwriting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts under the tutelage of playwrights Leslie Lee and Paul Selig. Jennifer was also fortunate to be a former first round finalist in the Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Competition. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

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.

Vanessa Severo KC Rep: Roof of the World, A Christmas Carol, Vanya, and Sonia, and Masha, and Spike, August: Osage County, Cabaret, Lot’s Wife, A Christmas Story, The Musical! Local: Gypsy (Musical Theatre Heritage); Venus in Fur, The Motherf***er with the Hat, Green Whales, The Clean House, Bright Ideas (Unicorn Theatre); Frida…a self portrait, Annapurna, Master of the Universe, Black Bird, Burn This, The Death of Cupid (The Living Room); The Wiz (choreographer), The Miracle Worker, 2005-06 Artist In Residence (The Coterie); Black Pearl Sings, West Side Story (Spinning Tree Theatre); Much Ado about Nothing, Twelfth Night (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Absurd Person Singular, Taking Sides, Desdemona (Kansas City Actors Theatre); I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (American Heartland Theatre); Rumors (New Theatre); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (EGADS! Theatre); Motherfreaking Hood (Moonshine Variety). AEA Member

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.

Donnetta Lavinia Grays Brooklyn based actor and playwright. Her plays include LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE (2017 Kilroys List. 2017 Colorado New Play Summit. 2015 National New Play Network New Play Showcase. 2015 Todd McNerney National Playwriting Contest Winner. 2014 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Semifinalist), LAID TO REST (2017 Kilroys List Honorable Mention. 2017 Space on Ryder Farm Creative Residency. 2017 Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep. New York Theater Workshop Mondays @ 3), THE REVIEW OR HOW TO EAT YOUR OPPOSITION (2013 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Finalist), THE NEW NORMAL and THE COWBOY IS DYING. Her work has been read or developed by Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Labyrinth Theater Company, New York Theater Workshop, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Portland Stage Company, Pure Theatre Company, [the claque], Naked Angels, Classical Theater of Harlem, Slant Theater Project, terraNova Collective, Theatre 4 the People, TOSOS, The Group Lab and Coyote REP. She is a 2016-2018 Time Warner Foundation WP Playwrights Lab Member, a member of the Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit and is the inaugural recipient of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. She is also a Civilians R&D Group and terraNova Collective Groundbreakers Playwright group alumna.



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).