KCRep’s 2019/20 season productions range from reimagined classics to a Tony winner for Best Musical. Plus, you’ll see exciting world premieres and a family holiday tradition. Ambitious and satisfying, our 2019/20 season productions bring great stories by great story-tellers to Kansas City. Subscribe today for the best perks and prices!
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
SEP 6 — 29, 2019 • Spencer Theatre
Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Lisa Rothe
Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece packs all the power today as when it premiered in 1955. The story of “Maggie the Cat,” her tormented husband Brick, and their night at patriarch Big Daddy’s birthday party remains a powerful study of character, conflict, and suspense. Even as Big Daddy decries the “mendacity” of others, family secrets and revelations threaten to tear the clan apart. A feast for favorite Kansas City actors, Cat, observes The Kansas City Star, remains “as emotionally true and intense as any modern drama.” You must not miss one of the landmark plays of the 20th century.
for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf
OCT 18 — NOV 10, 2019 • Copaken Stage
Written by Ntozake Shange
Directed by Khanisha Foster
At a time when there were few stories about women of color, poet-activist-novelist-playwright Shange penned a now-seminal and treasured work of American Theatre. Seven African American women, each identified solely by a color, traverse class, gender, sexuality, and geography in this highly personal ‘choreopoem.’ “Remarkable,” says The New York Times, “a joyous celebration” that weaves word and dance into something genuinely special, something to “be savored and treasured.”
JAN 24 — FEB 16, 2020 • Spencer Theatre
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Directed by Lisa Rothe
Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel
Fun Home is the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Inspired by Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic novel, this relatable and moving story has Alison reliving her upbringing with her brilliant and volatile father—a man whose own secrets defined the family—while on her own journey of self-discovery. It’s a musical detective story filled with memorable songs marked by honesty and humor. The New York Times says Fun Home is a “heart-gripping and cathartic” musical that delivers a deeply satisfying emotional wallop.
OriginKC:New Works Festival
MAR 6 – APR 5, 2020 • Copaken Stage
World Premiere productions presented in rotating repertory; presenting the 2019/20 OriginKC: New Works Festival!
Frankenstein — A World Premiere
Written by Kyle Hatley
Directed by Joanie Schultz
A storyteller, accompanied by a live musician, unravels Mary Shelley’s iconic 200-year-old science fiction tale as a haunting and heartbreaking cautionary tale like none other. That this tale is as important today as it was then, speaks to the human condition. “We tell stories because they teach us we’re not alone in our misery, or our fear – or in our joy. And while this story is fictional, it comes from a place of real pain, real loneliness, and real confusion over what it means to be alive.”
Written by Stacey Rose
Directed by Logan Vaughn
Legacy Land, an honorable mention on the 2019 Kilroys List, is an unflinching dark comedic dive into the bizarre legacy that sexual abuse imprints upon the lives of sisters Barbara and Denise. Denise’s unexpected Thanksgiving homecoming upends Barbara and her young lover Marcus’s plans for a cozy weekend. When Denise’s domineering boyfriend Freddie reveals the true reason for the visit, a battle ensues unearthing years of resentment and repressed memories forcing the sisters to choose whether they will succumb to, or overcome their family legacy.
MAR 27 – APR 19, 2020 • Spencer Theatre
Written by Michael Frayn
Directed by José Zayas
“Easily one of the funniest plays ever written,” raves London’s Guardian about Michael Frayn’s 1982 crowd-pleaser that delights in the mayhem of an English theatrical troupe’s production gone horribly wrong. Flubbed lines, missed cues, slamming doors, lost contact lenses, falling trousers, and sardines—flying sardines—have made Frayn’s play-within-a-play a modern comedy classic. Says The New York Times: It “voyages to the outer limits of hilarity.”
Special Holiday Event
A Christmas Carol
NOV 22 – DEC 29, 2019 • Spencer Theatre
Written by Charles Dickens
Directed by Jason Chanos
Kansas City’s beloved holiday tradition returns with all the heart and spectacle you’ve come to love over 39 years. Join Ebenezer Scrooge on his redemptive journey with Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and rediscover the true meaning of the holidays. You’ll meet the Cratchits, Tiny Tim, and the irresistible Fezziwigs, and hear the joyous Candlelight Carol — all this and more, to kindle your Christmas spirit. Share the season with the people you love at A Christmas Carol.