Kansas City Actors Theatre will conclude it’s 12th season with the regional premiere of Will Eno’s THE REALISTIC JONESES.
Directed by John Rensenhouse, the production features Brian Paulette, Carla Noack, Phil Fiorini, and Ashley Pankow.
Winner of two Drama Desk Special Awards, THE REALISTIC JONESES connects two suburban couples who have much more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities and, ultimately, confront mortality.
THE REALISTIC JONESES made its Broadway debut in 2014, making it the most contemporary play KCAT has ever produced. The company has faith that Will Eno, who was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005, will become a classic in his own right. “We’re breaking new ground, but this is an important playwright who has never been produced professionally in the region, which fits in perfectly with the theme of our season of regionally-neglected stories” says Rensenhouse. “We find we are most successful when doing things that our artists are passionate about, and Brian Paulette and I were both very passionate about this play.”
“It’s bizarre and quirky, and sad, and funny – and it almost doesn’t make sense,” says Actor and KCAT Board Member Paulette. “But then you let go, and some deeper part of your brain says, ‘Yes, I get it.’ These are people we can relate to, dealing with life, mortality, and existence, but in a sublimely lighthearted way.”
THE REALISTIC JONESES concludes a season that included I’M NOT RAPPAPORT, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and MY OLD LADY.
Additionally, Kansas City Actors Theatre recently announced their 13th season which includes an expanded five-show season, a first for the company.
THE REALISTIC JONESES runs May 24th through June 11th at the H&R Block City Stage in Union Station. For more information visit kcactors.org.