Shows for the 2011-2012 season
Sep 16th — Oct 9th, 2011
Written By:Tracy Letts
Directed By: Eric Rosen
The Rep's Eric Rosen directs this 2008 Pulitzer and Tony Award winner, which Variety described as a bold undertaking with dramatic momentum and acid-drenched wit. A raucous, dark comedy that enjoyed celebrated runs on Broadway and London's West End, August: Osage County will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, enthralled by a dysfunctional family reunited by tragedy.
Oct 21st — Nov 20th, 2011
Written, directed and performed by David Cale
Songs by David Cale
Nov 19th — Dec 26th, 2011
Written By: Charles Dickens
Directed By: Kyle Hatley
Last season for the 30th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol the Rep gave the venerable holiday show a new look and feel, while staying true to Dickens’ Victorian London sensibilities about hope, redemption and the meaning of Christmas which The Pitch magazine described as “a feast of a holiday show!” The new turntable set, special effects and audience interaction all return this year, along with a cast of Kansas City’s favorite veteran and up-and-coming actors, led by everyone’s favorite Scrooge, Gary Neal Johnson. You will also experience a few additional surprises in the 2011 production of Kansas City’s favorite holiday entertainment. "Combines the familiar and the new into a compelling tale!" – Kansas City Star
Appropriate for All Ages.
Jan 20th — Feb 19th, 2012
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
Written by Laura Eason
Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen
Labeled “Sassy, ingeniously staged and deeply affecting” by the New York Times this is a new adaptation of Mark Twain’s American literary narrative The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by acclaimed playwright Laura Eason and veteran director Jeremy Cohen. Together they have created a work that is full of imagination and fresh theatrical style. Growing up in a small Missouri town on the banks of the Mississippi River, young Tom spends his days making mischief, avoiding school and famously tricking others into doing his chores. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a classic coming-of-age story that will fire the imaginations of young and old alike.
SPECIAL EVENT: Tom Sawyer Treasure Hunt
Sunday, February 19, 1:00pm
Spencer Theatre Lobby
Parents, Teachers Pirates, one and all!
Kansas City Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has been extended with performances running now until February 19th! But what’s even more fun… KC Rep is thrilled to be hosting The Tom Sawyer Treasure Hunt!
Just like Tom Sawyer himself, kids can partake in a bit of adventure as they learn to battle pirates while searching for clues that lead to buried treasure! Appropriate for kids aged 6 to 12, the Tom Sawyer Treasure Hunt begins at 1pm and is included with your purchase of one adult chaperone ticket and a specially priced $10.00 children’s ticket. After the treasure hunt has ended, enjoy the final performance of the Mark Twain classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in the Spencer Theatre one last time. It’s a surefire afternoon of interactive theatrical fun! We hope to see you there!
To order tickets call the KC Rep box office at 816-235-2700. Ticket purchase to the 2pm performance is required to participate in the treasure hunt.
This production of Tom Sawyer is produced through special arrangement with Hartford Stage and in collaboration with Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
Appropriate for all ages.
Feb 17th — Mar 18th, 2012
Music & Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Book by Steven Cosson
Directed by Steven Cosson
Acclaimed innovative theatre company, The Civilians has been celebrated for its endlessly
inventive and entertaining spin on the most pressing issues of our time. The company now
brings its provocative and groundbreaking approach to storytelling to the Rep for
the world premiere of The Great Immensity, an original musical that is part mystery
and part morality tale. Woven into the story about two sisters’ global journey
are authentic interviews with top scientists, indigenous community leaders and
those who have been touched by the reality of climate change, deforestation and
The Great Immensity is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and was developed at Princeton University in partnership with the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Lewis Arts Center/Princeton Atelier.
The Great Immensity is the recipient of an "Edgerton Foundation New American Plays" award.
Recommended for ages 13 and up. Contains strong language.
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Mar 16th — Apr 8th, 2012
Box Office: 816.235.2700
Written by: Matthew Lopez
Directed By: Eric Rosen
Fresh from its New York debut where the show was so well received it was extended three times, comes a new work rooted in the largely unknown but true history of Jewish slaveholders in the South. This extraordinary new play is a powerful exploration of lives that come unraveled as the ravages of slavery are revealed at the close of the Civil War. The Whipping Man is one of the most original and thrilling new plays on the history of race, religious identity, and what it means to be free. "Emotionally potent" - The New York Times
Appropriate for high school and up.
Apr 20th — May 20th, 2012
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Box Office: 816.235.2700
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith
Directed by Kyle Hatley
Following on the huge success of the Rep’s smash hit musical revivals of Cabaret and Into the Woods, Associate Artistic Director Kyle Hatley pushes the boundaries of Mother Nature as he takes on another American classic. Long before Bill Gates made nerds trendy, there was Seymour Krelborn, a hapless florist searching for love, aided by a gigantic plant with an insatiable appetite for human blood. With music reminiscent of 1960s Motown and true to its original roots – Roger Corman’s 1960s black comedy film and the subsequent Off-Broadway show – Little Shop of Horrors is a love story about what happens when botany goes horribly wrong. Set in the intimate Copaken Stage in downtown Kansas City’s Power & Light District, Little Shop of Horrors promises to become a Kansas City cult favorite.
Appropriate for middle school and up.
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