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History

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    Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the professional theatre in residence at UMKC, continues its five-decades long tradition of producing works which are compelling, passionate and imaginative.

    The Rep was founded in 1964 by Dr. Patricia McIlrath, a tireless crusader for excellent theatre. Her vision was to establish a training program where theatre students could work side by side with professional actors, designers and directors. Within a few years of its founding, the Rep became affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association and formally took the name Missouri Repertory Theatre.

    James Costin also played a vital role in the growth and success of the theatre and served as its longtime administrator from its founding until his retirement in 2000. George Keathley was appointed artistic director after Dr. McIlrath’s retirement in 1985 and served until 2000. That same year, Peter Altman joined the Rep as producing artistic director and he served for seven years. Eric Rosen was appointed artistic director in November 2007 and 2008-09 was his inaugural season.

    The Rep moved into the Helen F. Spencer Theatre in the new UMKC Performing Arts Center (now designated the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center) in 1979; that same year marked the not-for-profit incorporation of Missouri Repertory Theatre. In 2004, the Rep’s Board of Directors voted to rename the company Kansas City Repertory Theatre to better reflect its identity, location and audience.

    The Rep’s long-held dream to establish a second, smaller theatre was realized in 2007 when Copaken Stage opened in downtown Kansas City, expanding the theatre’s performance options and further establishing the Rep as a leader in Kansas City’s arts community.

    For a comprehensive history about the founding of the Rep, please visit http://cas.umkc.edu/theatre/about.shtml

  • Performance History

    1964-65

    • The Corn is Green
    • Private Lives
    • 1965
    • Twelfth Night
    • Tartuffe
    • Candida
    • The Lady's Not for Burning

    1981-82

    • The Three Sisters
    • Talley's Folly
    • Picnic
    • The Good Person of Szechwan
    • A Christmas Carol
    • The Royal Family
    • Loose Ends
    • Crown of Thorns
    • Macbeth

    1997-98

    • Blithe Spirit
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Later Life
    • The Comedy of Errors
    • The Gospel at Colonus
    • Les Liaisons Dangereuses

     

    1966-67

    • Marat/Sade
    • She Stoops to Conquer
    • Crime on Goat Island
    • Camille

    1982-83

    • Antony and Cleopatra
    • Hay Fever
    • The Magnificent Yankee
    • Terra Nova
    • A Christmas Carol
    • The Innocents
    • Translations
    • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

    1998-99

    • The Royal Hunt of the Sun
    • A Christmas Carol
    • The Last Night of Ballyhoo
    • The Miracle Worker
    • Laughter on the 23rd Floor
    • WMKS: Where Music Kills Sorrow
    • The Shorts Fest

    1967-68

    • The Physicists
    • You Can't Take It with You
    • The Importance of Being Earnest
    • Richard III

    1983-84

    • Sea Marks
    • The Importance of Being Earnest
    • The Dresser
    • The Speckled Band
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Life with Father
    • Retro
    • Trio
    • The Taming of the Shrew

    1999-2000

    • Picasso at the Lapin Agile
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Inherit the Wind
    • Gross Indecency
    • The Sea Gull
    • Master Class

    1968-69

    • Oedipus Rex
    • The Miser
    • Aegina
    • Philadelphia, Here I Come!
    • The Glass Menagerie
    • The White House

    1984-85

    • Strider
    • True West
    • Come Back, Little Sheba
    • Fifteen Strings of Cash
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Romeo and Juliet
    • Crimes of the Heart
    • Masters of the Sea
    • Peter Pan

    2000-01

    • Major Barbara
    • Sisters Matsumoto
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Machinal
    • Blood Wedding
    • Company

    1969-70

    • The Father
    • Our Town
    • A Flea In Her Ear
    • Look Back in Anger
    • The Taming of the Shrew
    • J.B.
    • Blithe Spirit

    1985-86

    • Agamemnon
    • Foxfire
    • Side by Side by Sondheim
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Fallen Angels
    • Master Harold.and the Boys
    • Othello

    2001-02

    • The Philadelphia Story
    • Morning Star
    • A Christmas Carol
    • The Winter's Tale
    • Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright
    • Joe Turner's Come and Gone

    1970-71

    • The Skin of Our Teeth
    • Harvey
    • Indians
    • Exit the King
    • The Tempest
    • Arms and the Man
    • Spoon River Anthology

    1986-87

    • Brighton Beach Memoirs
    • Equus
    • Fool for Love
    • A Christmas Carol
    • A Class "C" Trial in Yokohama
    • And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little
    • The Glass Menagerie

    2002-03

    • Incognito
    • Saint Joan
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Guys and Dolls
    • The Triumph of Love
    • Indian Ink
    • 2 Pianos, 4 Hands

    1971-72

    • Measure for Measure
    • The Subject Was Roses
    • The Waltz of the Toreadors
    • The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
    • The School for Wives
    • An Enemy of the People
    • See How They Run

    1987-88

    • Dracula
    • Educating Rita
    • End of the World
    • A Christmas Carol
    • All My Sons
    • The House of Blue Leaves
    • The Curious Adventures of Alice

    2003-04

    • Front Page
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Metamorphoses
    • It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues
    • Liliom
    • Living Out

    1972-73

    • Murder in the Cathedral
    • Cat Among the Pigeons
    • Barefoot in the Park
    • Long Day's Journey into Night
    • The House of Blue Leaves
    • Borstal Boy
    • Angel Street
    • Tartuffe

    1988-89

    • The Great Sebastians
    • The Emperor Jones
    • The Immigrant
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Tons of Money
    • The Road to Mecca
    • The Tempest
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    2004-05

    • Pirates of Penzance
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Two Trains Running
    • Little Women
    • A Young Lady From Rwanda
    • The Voysey Inheritance
    • Carter's Way

    1973-74

    • Straight Up
    • Pygmalion
    • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    • Othello
    • Hedda Gabler
    • Jabberwock
    • Charley's Aunt
    • The Fourposter

    1989-90

    • Jekyll!
    • Absent Friends
    • Woody Guthrie's American Song
    • Love Letters
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Born Yesterday
    • Of Mice and Men
    • Amadeus

    2005-06

    • Man and Superman
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Give 'Em Hell, Harry
    • A Raisin in the Sun
    • Hank Williams: Lost Highway
    • The Trip to Bountiful
    • Room Service

    1974-75

    • The Rivals
    • Peg O' My Heart
    • That Championship Season
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream
    • Peer Gynt
    • Androcles and the Lion
    • The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

    1990-91

    • Our Town
    • A Moon for the Misbegotten
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Billy Bishop Goes to War
    • Fences
    • Richard III
    • The Boys Next Door

    2006-07

    • Jitney
    • A Christmas Carol
    • King Lear
    • Love, Janis
    • Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure
    • The Syringa Tree
    • Under Midwestern Stars
    • 2 Pianos, 4 Hands

    1975-76

    • Born Yesterday
    • The Cherry Orchard
    • Much Ado about Nothing
    • The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia
    • A Streetcar Named Desire
    • Well of the House
    • Dear Liar
    • I Am Black

    1991-92

    • King Lear
    • I'm Not Rappaport
    • A Christmas Carol
    • The Lady from Maxim's Lady Day at
    • Emerson's Bar & Grill
    • A View from the Bridge
    • The Cocktail Hour

    2007-08

    • Bad Dates
    • Doubt
    • A Christmas Carol
    • A John Denver Holiday Concert
    • To Kill a Mockingbird
    • A Marvelous Party
    • Gee's Bend
    • The Drawer Boy

    1976-77

    • The Rainmaker
    • The Morgan Yard
    • The Drunkard
    • Don Juan of Flatbush
    • The Great White Hope
    • The Heiress
    • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    • Once in a Lifetime

    1992-93

    • Romeo and Juliet
    • Broadway Bound
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
    • Rough Crossing
    • The Death of a Salesman
    • The Fantasticks
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    2008-09

    • Clay
    • Radio Golf
    • A Christmas Carol
    • The Glass Menagerie
    • The Arabian Nights
    • Winesburg, Ohio
    • The Borderland
    • A Flea in Her Ear

    1977-78

    • The Glass Menagerie
    • The Orphans
    • The Misanthrope
    • Old Times
    • Mary Stuart
    • The Hostage
    • The Morning Star
    • Purlie Victorious
    • The Imaginary Invalid
    • All My Sons

    1993-94

    • M. Butterfly
    • La Vie, L'Amour: Piaf
    • A Christmas Carol
    • The Foreigner
    • Julius Caesar
    • The Gin Game
    • Whisper in the Mind

    2009-10

    • Into the Woods
    • Palomino
    • A Christmas Story, the Musical
    • Around the
      World in 80 Days
    • Broke-ology
    • Bus Stop
    • Venice

    1978-79

    • Julius Caesar
    • Light Up the Sky
    • The Shadow Box
    • The Sea Gull
    • Rashomon
    • The Happy Hunter
    • Bus Stop
    • The Little Foxes

    1994-95

    • Dancing at Lughnasa
    • The Deputy
    • A Christmas Carol
    • If We Are Women
    • The Imaginary Invalid
    • Paul Robeson
    • Treasure Island

    2010-11

    • Saved
    • Harriet Jacobs
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Another American: Asking & Telling
    • Circle Mirror Transformation
    • Cabaret
    • Peer Gynt

    1979-80

    • Hamlet
    • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
    • The New York Idea
    • The Chalk Garden
    • Oh Coward!
    • The Visit
    • Twelfth Night
    • Hamlet
    • Look Homeward, Angel

    1995-96

    • A Delicate Balance
    • A Christmas Carol
    • The Belle of Amherst
    • Almost September
    • Antigone
    • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    2011-12

    • August: Osage County
    • The History of Kisses
    • A Christmas Carol
    • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    • The Great Immensity
    • The Whipping Man
    • Little Shop of Horrors

     

    1980-81

    • Medea
    • What Every Woman Knows
    • The Learned Ladies
    • Catsplay
    • Lady Audley's Secret
    • Night of the Iguana
    • Wings
    • A Perfect Gentleman

    1996-97

    • The Misanthrope
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Oleanna
    • Three Tall Women
    • Oedipus the King
    • All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

    2012-13

    • Pippin
    • The Mystery of Irma Vep (A Penny Dreadful)
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Death of a Salesman
    • Clay
    • Waiting for You On the Corner of [13th and Walnut]
    • Carousel
    • American Buffalo

     

     

    2013-14

    • The Tallest Tree in the Forest
    • The Foreigner
    • A Christmas Carol
    • The Santaland Diaries
    • Romeo and Juliet
    • When I Come to Die
    • Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
    • A Little More Alive

     

 

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