Pictured: The Arts Asylum
The Barn Players have announced the finalization of plans to become a flagship tenant at the Arts Asylum in downtown Kansas City, MO starting in 2018.
With potential future redevelopment scheduled for their current location in Mission, Kansas, this new move across state lines will give their audience easier highway access, and put the arts organization in a better position to serve the great Kansas City community, according to the recent press release.
“Thanks to the generosity of the Main Street Credit Union we’ve enjoyed a tremendous 14-year run in Mission, KS,” says Board of Directors President Vida Bikales. “We will still have a significant presence in Johnson County, KS with our youth programs. Barn Jr. will continue to rehearse at St. Pius in Mission and will perform at the Bishop Miege High School North Campus (aka Horizon Academy) in Roeland Park, KS. The Barn Kids program will be condensed to one three-week summer session and will be housed in the larger and newly renovated Bishop Miege theater on their main campus.”
Of their new partnership Korey Childs, chief operations officer of the Arts Asylum says, “We are excited to welcome The Barn Players to the downtown Kansas City core as a flagship partner. We are committed to providing safe spaces for Kansas City artists to create and we believe the addition of The Barn Players and their patrons will continue to elevate the thriving downtown Kansas City art scene.”
We are thrilled to be moving to a location where we will be surrounded by other theater companies, visual artists, musicians and students involved in the arts. This collaboration in a newly renovated theater, will bring a new energy and more creative opportunities to The Barn Players,” adds Bikales.
“In choosing our 2018 season, we wanted to continue to bring to the stage that great mix of shows that The Barn is known for while embracing the exciting challenge of our new venue,” comments Artistic Director Eric Magnus. “We are featuring two Kansas City musical premieres: ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ and ‘Rock of Ages’, plus a Barn favorite from our past ‘Urinetown’, a timeless Tony Award-winning musical ‘Chicago’ and a ground-breaking play that hasn’t been staged in Kansas City in over 25 years, ‘Torch Song Trilogy.’ We close our 2018 season with the 11th Annual ‘Six by Ten Minute Play Festival.’ As you can see, we are going to be keeping busy.”
For more information on The Barn Players visit thebarnplayers.org.