2018-19 Season

Graduate Productions

Dracula

by Mitch Brian
Newly adapted from the novel by Bram Stoker
Directed by John Rensenhouse

Oct. 12-Oct. 21
Co-Produced with Kansas City Actors Theatre
Spencer Theatre

Sensuous. Seductive. Sinister. Kansas City Actors Theatre presents its first-ever original production in this fresh adaptation, commissioned by Kansas City Actors Theatre, of Bram Stoker’s gothic classic, “Dracula.” Produced in partnership with UMKC Theatre, this classic tale of obsession and desire arrives just in time for the Halloween season. Directed by John Rensenhouse after his record-breaking KCAT production of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” last season, “Dracula” promises wickedly delicious fun, thrills, theatrical magic and intense performances.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck
Directed by Jason Chanos

Oct. 19-Nov. 11
Design Co-Production with KC Rep
Copaken Stage

A pair of migrant workers in Depression-era California move from town to town in search of work, and dream of buying land and owning a ranch someday. Straight-shooter George protects Lennie, whose sweet, simple-mindedness is juxtaposed by his formidable strength. When the two find work on Curly’s ranch, a series of tragic events lead to one of the most heartbreaking conclusions in American literature. John Steinbeck’s classic text explores the decay of the American dream, and the enduring kindness that bond friends together for life.

 

The Wolves

by Sarah De Lappe
Directed by Heidi Van

Nov. 28-Dec. 30
Co-Production with Unicorn Theatre
Jerome Stage

A Pack of Warriors. Left Quad. Right Quad. Lunge. A fierce girl’s soccer team warms up for games and practice. From the safety of their indoor soccer field, the team kicks around everything from balls to politics. Each one struggles to hang on to her individuality while remaining a part of the group. Take a first-hand look at nine young women exploring who they are and who they want to become in a complicated world.

 

Secret Soldiers:

Heroines in Disguise

by Wendy Lement
Directed by Jeff Church

Jan. 22-Feb. 10
Co-Production with The Coterie

True accounts of four women who, for different reasons, served as men in the Civil War. Woven into this unique and interactive play: early suffrage movement as well as the formation of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment (the first African American regiment in U.S. history) and Harriet Tubman.

The Game of Love and Chance

by Pierre De Mariveaux
Translated and adapted by Stephen Wadsworth
Directed by Theodore Swetz

Apr. 26-May 5
PAC 116: Studio Theatre

Unrequited love, mistaken Identities and the uncontrollable power of love make up the heart of of this hysterical romantic comedy.  This play will tickle your funny bone as it challenges your heart and mind. 

 

New Work: TBA

A co-production with KC Rep
as part of Origins KC: New Works Festival

May 3-May 12
Spencer Theatre

 

Undergraduate Productions

Women

by Chiara Atik
Directed by Nicole Marie Green

Oct. 5-Oct. 14
Grant Hall Theatre

Jo March really thinks she could be the voice of her generation. But being a “little woman” in 1800s New England is just so hard, you know? Women is a hilarious, and entertaining mash-up of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women in the style HBO’s Girls. A contemporary spin on a timeless classic, you’ll never look at these “little women” the same way again.

The Tempest

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Scott Stackhouse

Mar. 8-Mar. 17
PAC 116: Studio Theatre

A raging storm crashes a ship on a remote island in the sea, igniting a revenge plot twelve years in the making. Sorcery and spirits abound in this epic tale of romance and betrayal. Considered by many to be Shakepeare’s farewell to the stage, The Tempest explores the path through darkness and isolation to the freedom of forgiveness.

 

Playwright Project

Playwrights & Directors: TBA

Apr. 11-Apr. 14
Grant Hall 105: Light Lab

Staged premieres by our talented undergraduate, graduate and/or alumni playwrights performed by undergraduate actors.