A Little More Alive
A Little More Alive

Apr 11 — May 11
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Shows for the 2013-2014 season

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A Little More Alive

Apr 11th — May 11th, 2014

Copaken Stage

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Don't miss this world premiere musical! 


Written by Nick Blaemire
Directed by Sheryl Kaller

In this captivating new pop musical, two estranged brothers reunite at their mother’s funeral.  An unexpected discovery upends every memory they have - and it becomes their mission to learn the truth about their family. But on the way, Nate and Jeremy find that no one is exempt from the grey area between right and wrong.

Acclaimed director Sheryl Kaller (Mothers and Sons, Next Fall) and a stellar cast ignite an energetic soundtrack of pulse-pounding grooves and lush ballads in this touching original story by one of America’s most exciting young playwrights.

Show contains drug usage, mature language, and adult themes. Viewer discretion is advised.



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The Tallest Tree in the Forest

Aug 30th — Sep 28th, 2013

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Written by Daniel Beaty

Directed by Moises Kaufman

Co-produced with La Jolla Playhouse in association with Tectonic Theater Project.

As an internationally-renowned vocalist and star of stage and screen, Paul Robeson was one of the best known African American artists in the world in the early 20th century. Through his singing and acting talent, he became enormously popular and wealthy; but as a champion for human rights, he became controversial to his people and his country. Featuring excerpts from some of Robeson’s signature songs, The Tallest Tree showcases award-winning playwright and performer Daniel Beaty in a stunning piece that explores the bold choices that defined Robeson’s remarkable life.
Appropriate for ages 13 & up.
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The Foreigner

Oct 11th — Nov 3rd, 2013

Spencer Theatre

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Written by Larry Shue

Directed by Jerry Genochio

Charlie Baker needs to get away, and his friend Froggy knows just the place - his favorite fishing lodge in rural Georgia. To give Charlie much needed peace and quiet, Froggy convinces the locals Charlie doesn’t understand English. But the plan backfires when the lodge’s inhabitants reveal deep secrets and diabolical plans in front of their quiet foreign guest. Nonstop hilarity ensues and builds to an outrageously funny climax in this wild and wacky comedy.
Appropriate for ages 9 & up.


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The Santaland Diaries

Nov 29th — Dec 24th, 2013

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Written by David Sedaris

Directed by Jerry Genochio

Show extended due to popular demand!
Starring Brian Sills as Crumpet the Elf
Featuring Claybourne Elder & Shanna Jones as The Shenanigans
America’s favorite irreverent elf Crumpet arrives in Kansas City! David Sedaris’ hysterical tale of elfin’ woe is a hilarious send-up of his brief, misguided career as a Macy’s elf. The show 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 22nd — Dec 26th, 2013

Spencer Theatre

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Written by Charles Dickens

Directed by Kyle Hatley

Kansas City’s favorite holiday tradition returns for a 33rd Season!

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Romeo and Juliet

Jan 17th — Feb 9th, 2014

Spencer Theatre

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Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Eric Rosen

Romeo and Juliet is a co-production with UMKC Theatre, with generous support from the Hall Family Foundation
Passion. Vengeance. Despair. Love. Romeo and Juliet transcends all centuries. A tale of dangerous rivalries and star-crossed lovers, Shakespeare’s most thrilling and romantic play is a masterpiece of poetry and emotion. In the midst of a bloody feud, fragile love unfolds. Defying their warring families and their closest friends, two young lovers risk everything to be together. With stunning visuals and daring swordplay, this production will inspire and enthuse audiences of all ages.
Appropriate for ages 9 & up.

"★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "
- The Examiner

"Magnificent" "Masterfully done"
- Broadway World

"So relevant… I highly recommend it"
- Moleskin Blog

- KC Star




Kansas City Repertory Theatre's production is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation
a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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When I Come to Die

Feb 14th — Mar 16th, 2014

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Written by Nathan Louis Jackson

Directed by Kyle Hatley

From Kansas City Rep’s new Playwright-in-Residence Nathan Louis Jackson (Broke-ology), comes a stunning, thought-provoking story about the power one action can have over a life and the unique precipice from which meaning and redemption can be attained.  Damon Robinson, a death-row inmate, struggles to find faith and understanding about why his life has been spared after he survives a lethal injection. Befriending the prison’s chaplain he sets about using his unexpected time on earth in search of answers.   Appropriate for ages 13 & up.


Kansas City Star calls this show, "the strongest in the season" and "splendid" in new review! Read the review. 

"The end result is a riveting evening of theater. You won’t get it out of your head." 
- Robert Trussell, Kansas City Star theatre critic

"★ ★ ★ ★ ★"
- The Examiner


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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Mar 14th — Apr 6th, 2014

Spencer Theatre

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Three siblings. One hot mess.

Written by Christopher Durang

Directed by Eric Rosen

Winner of two Tony awards including the 2013 Award for Best Play, Broadway’s smash-hit Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a wacky comedy the New York Times calls “Deliriously funny! Comic acting raised to the level of high art!”

Vanya and his sister Sonia live the quiet life at the farmhouse where they grew up. But their sister Masha escaped many years ago to become a famous movie star. When Masha returns unannounced with her twenty-something boyfriend Spike, so begins an unforgettable weekend of rivalry, regret and hilarious racket. By the end of their impromptu family reunion, this lovable bunch won't ever be the same!

With a nod to Chekhov, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is an irresistible comedy appropriate for ages 13 and up!


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Critics are raving about Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike!

From Kansas City Star:

"Undeniably funny"

"Inspired comic performances"

"Tom Aulino... impressive"

"Vanessa Severo chalks up yet another inspired performance as Cassandra"



From The Examiner:

"Five stars!"

"So funny"

"Super talented cast"


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