In a segregated Depression-era city, rent parties rage above, while men hungry for work and love roam the streets. A string of murders occurs but no one suspects the killer is the quiet, charming librarian, Paul Pare Jr. Reactions vary across the city, and as we watch the word spread from person to person, we wonder if the killer’s violence will extend to those closest to him. Written by Kansas City native Christina Anderson the story examines a world where a criminal and his victims can get lost in the crowd.
Meet the Cast & Company
About the writer
Christina Anderson’s plays include "The Ashes Under Gait City," "Good Goods," "Blacktop Sky," "Hollow Roots," "How to Catch Creation" and "Drip." Her work has appeared at The Contemporary American Theater Festival, Penumbra, Yale Rep, A.C.T., The Public Theater, Crowded Fire and other theaters all over the country. American Theater Magazine selected her as one of the 15 up-and-coming artists 'whose work will be transforming America’s stages for decades to come.' For two consecutive years, her plays have appeared as one of the top recommendations on The Kilroy’s List, an annual industry survey of excellent new works by female playwrights. Born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, Anderson obtained her B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A from the Yale School of Drama’s playwriting Program.
About the director
In her first year as Director of New Works/Associate Artist at Kansas City Rep, Marissa launched OriginKC, a program that supports the creation, development, and production of new work from a diverse body of major national playwrights. Following the world premiere of Fire in Dreamland by Rinne Groff (co-commissioned by The Public Theater and Berkeley Rep) as part of the 2016 OriginKC new works festival, Marissa will direct Man in Love by Christina Anderson for the 2017 OriginKC new works festival. Additional directing credits at KC Rep includes The Diary of Anne Frank and A Raisin in the Sun. Marissa previously served as the Artistic Director of Crowded Fire Theater in San Francisco for six season, where she developed and produced work by a vanguard of top emerging playwrights including Christina Anderson, Lauren Gunderson, Young Jean Lee, Christopher Chen, Aditi Brennan Kapil, Caridad Svich, Thomas Bradshaw, and Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. Other directing credits include Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, Shotgun Players, Cutting Ball Theatre, The Magic Theatre, and Berkeley Playhouse. Marissa was nominated Best Director by Broadway World San Francisco and the Bay Area Critics Circle Award. Marissa previously held the Bret C. Harte Directing Internship at Berkeley Repertory Theatre for two years. Marissa has her degree in drama from Vassar College, and received additional training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
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