KCAT Announces Expanded Five Show 17/18 Season KCAT Announces Expanded Five Show 17/18 Season
Kansas City Actors Theatre has announced their 17/18 season which includes five shows, a first for the company, and a co-production of King Lear... KCAT Announces Expanded Five Show 17/18 Season

Kansas City Actors Theatre has announced their 17/18 season which includes five shows, a first for the company, and a co-production of King Lear with UMKC’s Theatre department and directed by two-time Tony Award winner Ed Stern.

Featuring a tangled murder mystery, a family in fallout, a mad king, a lonely romantic, and a night where a past love comes to call, these five stories were chosen to create a season that is, according to the press release, personal to members of the ensemble, but also to the KC theater community.

Kansas City Actors Theatre’s 17/18 Season (from the press release): 

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
By Agatha Christie
Dates: August 9-27, 2017
Location: H&R Block City Stage at Union Station
Director: John Rensenhouse
Ten suspicious and malicious souls are alone on an island when murder ensues in Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. Considered by many to be Christie’s masterpiece, she described it as her most difficult mystery to write. It’s the ultimate stylish, witty, and nerve-wracking whodunit with a built-in puzzle that keeps you guessing.

A LIE OF THE MIND By Sam Shepard
Dates: September 13 – October 1, 2017
Location: H&R Block City Stage at Union Station
Director: Cinnamon Schultz
This story of two families linked by an act of violence is marked by Shepard’s measured humor, heart, and steady eye in examining humanity’s potential for both compassion and destruction. This play’s first off-Broadway production in 1985 won both the Drama Desk Award and the New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best Play and is generally considered to be among Shepard’s greatest works.

KING LEAR
(presented in partnership with UMKC Theatre)
Dates: October 13 – 22, 2017
Location: Spencer Theater in the James Olson Performing Arts Center
Director: Ed Stern
October delivers a new take on Shakespeare’s KING LEAR, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Ed Stern. Starring Theodore Swetz with a cast that includes Mark Robbins, Peggy Friesen and Logan Black, this classic tale of tragic hubris, sibling rivalry, and heated passions will be produced in a renewed partnership between KCAT and UMKC Theatre.

SEA MARKS
by Gardner McKay
Dates: January 10 – 28, 2018
Location: H&R Block City Stage at Union Station
Director: Jan Rogge
Like KCAT’s production of My Old Lady last season, this romantic comedy examines loving relationships in all their complications. It’s the story of a fisherman from a remote Irish island who falls in love with a woman he’s seen only once. As he attempts to woo her by mail, she falls in love with his words. As these two people from very different worlds meet, they realize they must also reflect on what it is to know who they are and where they belong.

SKYLIGHT
By David Hare
Dates: May 23 – June 10, 2018
Location: H&R Block City Stage at Union Station
Director: Darren Sextro
Sparks of another sort fly in the final show of the season. Abandoned love and clashing social views collide with wit and wisdom when an older, successful restaurateur comes to visit his much younger former mistress, a schoolteacher in a poor London neighborhood. Over the course of the evening (and the on-stage preparation of an actual meal), they revisit what brought them together and pushed them apart in this love affair that, strangely enough, reflects our world today. One of David Hare’s finer works, SKYLIGHT has won both the Olivier Award for best play and a Tony Award for Best Revival.

For more information, or to purchase season subscriptions, visit kcactors.org.

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