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.

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OriginKC:New Works Festival

Brother Toad
Welcome to Fear City
Letters from Freedom Summer



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, Kansas resident, Nathan Louis Jackson (Sticky Traps, Broke-ology, When I Come To Die) asks us to bear witness to the humanity behind the choices made regarding guns and family in our City’s black community.

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April 27, 2018 – May 27, 2018

By Kara Lee Corthron
Regional Premiere

In this electrifying and alive story, a South Bronx boy searches for his poetic voice and wrestles with his identity. His neighborhood fights to survive following the 1977 blackout that rattled New York City and jump-started the hip-hop revolution.

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MAY 4, 2018 – May 13, 2018

By Ricardo Khan, Denise Nicholas and Sibusiso Mamba
World Premiere

A presentation of the UMKC Theatre Department
Additional Support: The Hall Family Foundation Theatre Enhancement Fund

In the charged summer of 1964, college students from across the U.S. came together to fight for voting rights in Mississippi, a state known for intimidating and terrorizing Black Americans out of their right to vote. Letters from Freedom Summer celebrates the courage and resilience of the young people who changed the fate of this nation.

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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!

Sponsored by Rick & Barbie Dierks and T. J. & Willard Snyder

 



 

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.

 


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).





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