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. Subscriptions are on sale now; Single Tickets go on sale July 29th.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
SEP 6 — 29, 2019 • Spencer Theatre
Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Lisa Rothe
One of the most powerful plays of our time written by one of the giants of American theatre! A southern family celebrates the 65th birthday of their patriarch, but the mood is somber and strange because of the secrets among the gatherers. Filled with everything you’d ever want in a truly great play – conflict, complications, suspense, climax, and a stunning conclusion.
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 almost no stories about women of color, poet, activist, novelist, and playwright, Shange penned a play that has become a 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 intensely personal “choreo-poem” that weaves spoken word and dance.
JAN 24 — FEB 16, 2020 • Spencer Theatre
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Directed by Lisa Rothe
Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and life. Moving between past and present, Alison is introduced to us at three different ages as she relives her unique upbringing at the family’s funeral home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming questions surrounding her father’s hidden past. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, few shows are more honest, relatable, and funny.
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
Barbara is a recluse who has hunkered down for an intimate weekend with her younger lover during a Thanksgiving weekend blizzard. When Barbara’s estranged sister unexpectedly arrives with her fiancé, the reason for the visit is slowly revealed, and the sisters are forced to grapple with secrets, lies, and the painful legacy of their dysfunctional family.
MAR 27 – APR 19, 2020 • Spencer Theatre
Written by Michael Frayn
It is only hours before the opening of a new British farce, and the company is hurriedly running through a final dress rehearsal before the first audience arrives. This play-within-a-play captures a theatre troupe’s production in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening night performance, and a performance towards the end of a less than stellar run. Frayn’s hysterical, precision-timed inner workings looks at flubbed lines, missed cues, slamming doors, falling trousers, ever-mounting comedy, and of course – flying sardines!
Special Holiday Event
A Christmas Carol
NOV 22 – DEC 29, 2019 • Spencer Theatre
Written by Charles Dickens
Directed by Jason Chanos
For the 39th year, KCRep is pleased to announce the return of its special holiday event for children, adults, and patrons from every background! Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly, cold-hearted creditor, continues his stingy ways, even on Christmas Eve. He rejects a dinner invitation from his nephew, Fred; he yells at charity workers; and overworks his earnest employee, Bob Cratchit. Later that evening he is visited one-by-one by the ghost of his dead partner, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come, who show him the errors of his ways until he ultimately discovers what’s really worth celebrating in his life.