Sticky Traps
Sticky Traps

Apr 24 — May 24
Copaken Stage

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Stillwater
Stillwater

May 13 — May 24
Spencer Theatre

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Shows for the 2014-2015 season

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Sticky Traps

Apr 24th — May 24th, 2015

Copaken Stage

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Written by Nathan Louis Jackson
Directed by Kyle Hatley 

In a small town not far from Kansas City, a mother protects her homosexual son’s honor when his funeral is protested by a local church, in a new play by KC Rep Playwright-in-Residence Nathan Louis Jackson (When I Come to Die, Broke-ology). Her actions have unintended consequences that will test her whole family — and the power of their love — in the face of hate.

Appropriate for ages 13 & up.

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Stillwater

May 13th — May 24th, 2015

Spencer Theatre

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An exciting new workshop production inside the Spencer Theatre Scene Shop!

Book & Lyrics by Nathan Tysen

Music by Joe's Pet Project

Originally developed through a workshop with KC Rep and The Living Room Theatre

Directed by Eric Rosen

This rock concert and theatrical fusion revolves around a modern-day, drug-fueled trailer park in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  Rock, pop, and alt-country combine to tell the story of six unbridled twenty-somethings: a drug dealer, his recovering addict ex-girlfriend, and the neighbor who loves her; plus an indie musician on the brink of stardom, his unfaithful girlfriend, and her desperate one-night stand. As the concert unfolds, the two love triangles cleverly and catastrophically intersect. Stillwater is an angst-filled love letter to a generation rebounding from the economic and cultural shocks of the last 10 years. 

STILLWATER features the band Joe’s Pet Project (all proud Kansas natives), helmed by award-winning songwriter Nathan Tysen, lyricist for the Broadway-bound production of TUCK EVERLASTING.

Appropriate for ages 17 and up. 

Stillwater was developed in part at Rhinebeck Writers Retreat.

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Our Town

Sep 5th — Sep 28th, 2014

Spencer Theatre

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"You'll never see a better Our Town 
- or anything else - as long as you live." 
- The Wall Street Journal

 

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Written by Thornton Wilder

Directed by David Cromer

Experience a young woman's journey to discover the magical and often simple moments that knit together a well-lived life. Acclaimed Broadway director and MacArthur Fellow David Cromer presents his innovative and electrifying new production of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic. The New York Times calls David Cromer’s new version “wonderfully intimate…a highly rewarding production.

Appropriate for ages 9 & up.

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The Who & The What

Oct 17th — Nov 16th, 2014

Copaken Stage

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Written by Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Eric Rosen

A poignant and thoughtful new comedy by Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar looks at a family divided by faith, bonded by love and searching for truth in contemporary America. A brilliant young Pakistani-American writer is focused on finishing a controversial novel that bridges the gulf between her modern life and her traditional heritage. But when her conservative father and sister discover her manuscript, they are all forced to confront the beliefs that define them.

This show contains adult language and content. Appropriate for ages 16 & up. 

Groups of 9+: Book now! Contact Rick at 816.235.6122 or groups@kcrep.org to reserve your spot. 

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The Santaland Diaries

Dec 6th — Dec 24th, 2014

Copaken Stage

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Written by David Sedaris
Directed by Eric Rosen
 
Brian Sills returns as America’s favorite irreverent elf Crumpet! David Sedaris’ hysterical tale of elfin’ woe is a hilarious send-up of his brief, misguided career as a Macy’s elf. Featuring an uproarious soundtrack of lively Christmas music, The Santaland Diaries skewers our sentimental love of all things Christmas—the happy children, the gifts, the spritely elves and the good cheer.
 
The Santaland Diaries shows us the other side of what it’s like to work at Santaland, the result is merrily subversive, but always fun!
 
This performance, as a work of satire, contains material that might be objectionable to some audiences. Appropriate for ages 16 and up.
 
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A Christmas Carol

Nov 21st — Dec 26th, 2014

Spencer Theatre

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Based on the book by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Barbara Fields
Directed by Jerry Genochio

Kansas City's favorite holiday tradition is back for its 34th season! 

A ripping good telling of the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the curmudgeonly businessman who requires the intervention of a few spectral guides to understand the true meaning of Christmas and life. Complete with lively musical numbers, ornate costuming, and dashing stagecraft, Dickens' classic tale of hope and redemption continues to remind us what's really worth celebrating - at the holidays, or any time!

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An Iliad

Jan 23rd — Feb 15th, 2015

Spencer Theatre

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Directed by Jerry Genochio 
Written by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare
B
ased on Homer’s The Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles

This retelling of Homer’s epic poem illuminates an ancient classic by taking a harrowing look at the human cost of war. Featuring KC Rep Resident Director Kyle Hatley in a starring role and directed by Producing Director Jerry Genochio, Obie-Award winners Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare (HBO’s True Blood) have created a spellbinding work of theatre spanning three millennia.

"Pure theater: shocking, glorious, primal, and deeply satisfying. – Timeout NY

“Although the narrator throws out snatches of verse at moments of heightened drama, and occasionally even bellows a few lines in the original Greek, most of the story is rendered in casual contemporary language that puts both mortals and gods on our own level.” - The New York Times

Appropriate for ages 13 & up. Contains language depicting scenes of graphic violence.  

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"Hatley invites us on an epic journey that leaves no doubt among viewers that they’ve journeyed to a place they’ve never encountered before."

"The Rep production, directed by Jerry Genochio, is impeccably realized in visual terms."

"The Poet is played by Kyle Hatley, who delivers a performance unique in its balance of physicality, vocal delivery, emotional intensity and smarts."

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Angels in America

Feb 20th — Mar 29th, 2015

Copaken Stage

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Appropriate for ages 17 & up. Contains adult language, sexual content, and nudity.

Written by Tony Kushner
Directed by David Cromer

A world-class revival of a modern classic. The most honored play in a generation, winner of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Angels in America melds love, hate, religion and politics into a uniquely American epic, set against the landscape of the AIDS crisis of the mid-1980s.

Part I: Millennium Approaches and Part II: Perestroika will be presented in rotating repertory at Copaken Stage.

Part 1:  Millennium Approaches – Filled with poetry and haunting imagery, heroism and humanity, Millennium Approaches begins the story of two couples whose lives intertwine in New York City during the mid-1980s. This classic of American theatre begins KC Rep’s epic rotating repertory at Copaken Stage.

Part 2:  Perestroika – This seldom performed work completes the epic story of Angels in America, as eight incredible actors perform in multiple roles. Perestroika provides Kansas City audiences with a rare chance to see Tony Kushner’s work as it was meant to be seen – with the quality you’ve come to expect from KC Rep.

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HAIR

Mar 20th — Apr 12th, 2015

Spencer Theatre

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Book & Lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado

Music by Galt MacDermot

Produced for the Broadway stage by Michael Butler

Originally Produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival Theatre 

Directed by Eric Rosen 

 

DURING A TURBULENT ERA, A NEW KIND OF MUSICAL CHANGED THE LIVES OF MILLIONS. THIS RETROSPECTIVE LOOK AT HAIR OFFERS THE CHANCE TO REMEMBER WHY…
 

KC Rep is proud to present this concert documentary event! Directed by KC Rep’s Artistic Director Eric Rosen, the musical that defined a generation and brought rock music to the theatrical stage, HAIR: Retrospection captures the essence of the revolution and passion of the 1960s. In addition to its legendary score, this production features original Broadway artists, and continues KC Rep’s tradition of reimagining the classic musical. Come experience it at KC Rep! 
 

Contains adult language and situations, and images of brief nudity. Appropriate for ages 17+. 

 

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