Pictured: Spencer Theatre. Photo courtesy of The KC Rep.
Update 4/4/2017: Kansas City Rep has announced Stephen Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD as the chosen musical for their 17/18 season. Directed by Eric Rosen the production will run March 23rd – April 15th 2018.
The Kansas City Repertory announced a partial line-up for their 17/18 season at an event this evening for donors and subscribers. The season features several plays and musicals slated for Spencer Theatre and Copaken Stage, including a world premiere musical, and the recent Broadway hit, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME.
“The theater is one of the last places where we still sit together in a room and have a collective experience. My hope is that our 2017/2018 season at Kansas City Rep will start conversations with artists, with audiences and within the city itself,” said Eric Rosen, Artistic Director. “These plays and musicals celebrate the exhilarating scope of storytelling and the brave and bold themes that have marked our theater company since 1964. They are immediate, important, ingenious, highly entertaining, and very much speak to this moment in time.”
KC Rep’s Partial 17/18 Season (from the press release):
BETWEEN THE LINES – World Premiere
Music and Lyrics by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the book by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
An enchanting new musical that asks the questions – what would happen if the lines between fiction and fantasy become blurred with reality? When the handsome hero for her favorite book literally starts speaking to her, Delilah thinks she’s found the perfect escape from the humdrum and challenging life of a middle school outsider. Constantly on the outs with the ‘in’ crowd, Delilah needs to find a friend who truly understands.
By August Wilson
The winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play that same year, Fences is set in 1950s Pittsburgh against the backdrop of a rapidly changing America. Perhaps the most highly-regarded of Wilson’s soaring ten-play cycle, it tells the gripping story of an African-American father and son and the hopes and dreams to which they desperately cling. Powerful and poetic, Fences is a true American classic.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
By Charles Dickens
Adapted for the stage by Barbara Field.
This perennial holiday favorite returns to Spencer Theatre. Now in its 37 th season, it is a Kansas City staple, but always with a KCRep twist! Ebenezer Scrooge is an old miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in this classic tale meant for the entire family to embrace and enjoy.
A second-holiday show will be announced at a later date.
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
Adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens
Based on the best-selling book by Mark Haddon
Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best New Play, Curious Incident tells the story of 15-year- old Christopher, a boy with an extraordinary brain who is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped for dealing with everyday life. When Christopher falls under suspicion for killing the neighbor’s dog, he sets out on a journey to find the real culprit that will change his life forever.
SEX WITH STRANGERS
By Laura Eason
Olivia is an obscure novelist on the cusp of 40; Ethan is a famous 28-year old blogger. When these two strangers collide at a remote B&B, a steamy romance erupts as a winter storm rages outside. Passion, intellect and secret agendas clash in this smart, tantalizing take on modern love and the ever-blurring line between public and private in our digital age.
A yet-to- be-determined spring musical will be announced at a later date. The musicals up for consideration are AMERICAN IDIOT, SWEENEY TODD, OKLAHOMA, and FALSETTOS.
ORIGINKC: New Works Festival
Umbrella dates for the New Works Festival are April 27-May 27, 2018. More information on the schedule will follow at a later date.
BROTHER TOAD by Nathan Louis Jackson. Mellon Foundation Resident Playwright and Kansas City, KS resident, Nathan Louis Jackson (Sticky Traps, Broke-ology, When I Come To Die), brings us an arresting new play about two families’ answers to gun violence right here on our own streets.
WELCOME TO FEAR CITY by Kara Lee Corthron. It’s July 1977 and the South Bronx is HOT: from a heat wave, from this new thing that would come to be known as “hip-hop,” and from an astounding number of fires burning the borough to the ground. FEAR CITY looks at a community trying to get by in the midst of crime, social apathy, poverty, and a whole new art form that’s about to electrify the world.