Pictured: Just Off Broadway Theatre
KC MeltingPot Theatre has announced the lineup for their 17/18 season. inspired by communities empowered to
According to the press release, the upcoming season is inspired by communities empowered to action in the wake of Black Lives Matter and the rise of the alt-right. The four productions will asks audiences to reflect and consider how they can influence change.
The season begins with the World premier of 2121, from KC MeltingPot Artistic Director, Harvey Williams (pictured), followed by Dominique Morisseau’s SUNSET BABY, Lisa Thompson’s SINGLE BLACK FEMALE, and concluding with a workshop production of AIN’T NOT SUCH THING AS MIDNIGHT BLACK by playwright in residence, Lewis Morrow.
KC Melting Pot Theatre’s 17/18 Season (from the press release):
By Harvey Williams
September 29th – October 14th.
2121 captures the rhythm of a city still struggling with the aftershocks of the subprime lending crisis of America’s banks in 2008. Williams’ riveting play explores the residual effects of a national financial crisis on Main Street. 2121 chronicles how an underserved community grapples with class dynamics in a broken economy where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
By Dominique Morisseau
December 1st – 16th, 2017
SUNSET BABY follows Kenyatta Shakur, a former Black Revolutionary, and political prisoner, who seeks to reconcile his past with his estranged daughter Nina, a bawdy, opinionated young woman who is on the wrong path. Living in the shadow of her recently deceased mother, Nina must grapple with who she is as her father discovers who he might become to her in a time of mourning and reconciliation.
SINGLE BLACK FEMALE
By Lisa Thompson
February 23 – March 10th, 2018
SINGLE BLACK FEMALE is a comic look at the burdens and stereotypes that Black women must carry in order to be legible as women, citizens and life partners. Written by Lisa Thompson, this two woman play features thought provoking comic vignettes that interrogate the emotional state of black women grappling with their value and status in America.
AIN’T NO SUCH THING AS MIDNIGHT BLACK
May 25th – June 9th, 2018
AIN’T NO SUCH THING AS MIDNIGHT BLACK is a compelling glimpse at contemporary responses to anti-black violence told through the lens of Ellington Mc Cloud, a thirty something black professional who organizes a re-segregation movement to protect African Americans from anti-black violence.
All productions will be held Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central in Penn Valley Park, Kansas City Mo. 64108. For more information visit kcmeltingpot.com.