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

Brother Toad
Welcome to Fear City
 

OriginKC:Monday Night Playwright Series

Playwright Slam

 





OriginKC: New Works Festival

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

You are invited to the 2018 OriginKC: New Works Festival! Join us for the world premiere production of Brother Toad by KCRep’s Mellon Foundation Playwright-in-Residence Nathan Louis Jackson, and Welcome to Fear City by Princess Grace Award winner Kara Lee Corthron, plus a special workshop production of Letters From Freedom Summer presented by UMKC. The Festival Weekend (May 11-12, 2018) will also feature exciting new play readings, deep-dive arts panels, and celebratory parties you won’t want to miss. Tickets to our 2018 New Works Festival productions are ON SALE NOW!


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.

 


MAY 4, 2018 – May 13, 2018

By Ricardo Khan, Denise Nicholas and Sibusiso Mamba
World Premiere

A presentation of the UMKC Theatre Department





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

 

Upcoming Events

Seating is limited for our popular Monday Night Playwright Series. Be sure to RSVP for an upcoming reading in order to reserve your seat.


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
SYTE Project
To Be Announced

KCRep Summer Youth Theatre Ensemble is a free, four-week program open to all young artists ages 13-18 in the Kansas City area. Summer Youth Theatre Ensemble artists engage in an interactive rehearsal process packed full of high-energy games, ensemble-building activities, and playwriting exercises designed to cultivate creative and life skills. Together, they collaborate with KCRep teaching artists to build a performance that is their own and perform it for the public on KCRep’s main stage, Spencer Theatre.



 

Previous Events




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.

 


 

 

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).