At this moment, we do not foresee the COVID-19 virus affecting our ability to stage our enchanting and entertaining 20/21 season, and we hope that we can count on your support now for the incredible shows beginning this fall at KCRep. From enchanting new other-worldly stories to hip contemporary favorites by some of the most celebrated and beloved playwrights across the industry, we think our 2020/21 is going to pack a punch, and leave you thirsty for more — all while taking you to new heights! Subscribe (or renew your existing subscription!) today for the best perks and prices… it’s a great way to support your local theatre community. We can’t wait to see you this fall at KCRep!
The Old Man and The Old Moon
Sept 11 – Oct 4, 2020 • Spencer Theatre
A New Musical Folktale by PigPen Theatre Co.
Directed by Artistic Director Stuart Carden & PigPen Theatre Co.
Who keeps the moon shining bright? In this whimsical brand-new American fable, performed spellbindingly by a live indie-folk band, audiences of all ages will be in awe of The Old Man and the Old Moon.
Charged with the otherworldly task of making the moon glow nightly, The Old Man embarks on an unexpected epic adventure of land, sea, and sky. In search of his missing wife, this magical swirling tale of love unfolds before your eyes as our hero endures apocalyptic storms, monsters of the deep, and the fiercest obstacle of all: change.
The Old Man and the Old Moon is a blend of resonant storytelling, spirited indie-folk music and inventive puppetry, creating a theatrical experience that will win over generations of theatregoers with its wit, style and depth of emotion. Created by the endlessly imaginative PigPen Theatre Co., who were declared “a phenomenon” by the Boston Herald, and performed to sold-out houses across the nation, KCRep is thrilled to bring this uplifting and joyful production to Kansas City to kick-off our 2020 Season.
Oct 16 – Nov 8, 2020 • Copaken Stage
Written by Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Bram Stoker
Both terrifying and mouthwatering, Kate Hamill’s take on the timelessly mysterious Bram Stoker’s Dracula reinvigorates this chilling tale as a clever, seductive and unflinching thrill-ride. The infamous Transylvanian Count Dracula is as mesmerizing as ever as he pursues the bright-eyed Lucy with Hamill’s signature style and postmodern wit. Turning this familiar tale of Victorian vampires on its decadent ear, Dracula drives a stake through the heart of expectations. Perfect for an entertaining and lip-smacking Halloween treat.
Jan 29 – Feb 21, 2021 • Spencer Theatre
Written by Marco Ramirez
Directed by Stuart Carden and Stephanie Paul
From playwright Marco Ramirez (Orange is the New Black, Daredevil) comes a story inspired by real-world boxer Jack Johnson who, as a black man at the height of the Jim Crow era, became the heavyweight champion of the world. A knockout award-winning new play and winner of two Obie Awards, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Drama Desk Award, and multiple others, this tour-de-force sold out houses in London, New York and LA. The Royale is an electrifying adrenaline rush that shows us the human cost of making history.
OriginKC:New Works Festival
Feb 19 – Mar 21, 2021 • Copaken Stage
World Premiere productions presented in rotating repertory; presenting the 2019/20 OriginKC: New Works Festival!
Written by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen
Darren is hard at work on his masterpiece and Ethel is hard at work waiting for him to finish it. It seems like she’s been waiting forever. The kids are never around and when they are, they’re full of accusations. Meanwhile, outside their apartment, the waters are rising, rising rising…
The Vast In-Between
Written by Laura Eason
The revelation that her neighbor is living a double life launches married, settled Cate out of an emotional slumber into a journey through temptation and deception. The Vast In-Between considers marriage’s long and sometimes difficult stretch between “I do” and “Goodbye” exploring how fragile love can be.
In the Heights
Mar 19 – Apr 11, 2021 • Spencer Theatre
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda brings us In the Heights! This show-stopping soulful musical portrays the vibrant New York community of Washington Heights where the streets pulse with the sounds and flavor of salsa, merengue, hip-hop, and R & B. A community on the brink of change, the air is full of hopes and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights is a musical journey sure to capture the heart of all ages with its universal themes of chasing your dreams and finding your true place in the world. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, and Four Tony Awards (Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations).
Special Holiday Event
A Christmas Carol
Nov 20 – Dec 27, 2020 • Spencer Theatre
Based on the book by Charles Dickens
Adapted for the Stage by Geoff Elliott
Directed by Jason Chanos
Celebrating 40 years of holiday magic at KCRep! For 40 years, Kansas City’s beloved tradition has created holiday memories for families all around our community, with all the heart and spectacle you’ve come to love… start your family tradition this year, and create memories that will last for many Christmas’s to come! 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 haunting and joyous Candlelight Carol — all this and more, to kindle your Christmas spirit. Share the season with the people you love at A Christmas Carol.