KC MeltingPot Theatre has announced their 6th season, including works from Kansas City-area African American playwrights Michelle Tyrene Johnson and Harvey Williams.
The season kicks off with August Wilson’s RADIO GOLF, the most contemporary of August Wilson’s 10-play cycle chronicling African-American life in the 20th century. Michelle Tyrene Johnson’s THE GREEN BOOK WINE CLUB TRAIN TRIP follows, with a time-bending story of an African American women’s book club on a train journey revisiting the similarities between a Jim Crow past and the present.
Harvey Williams’ ON SHOULDERS NOW tells the story of an extended family in the subcultures of American life, exploring life on the streets, poverty, and immigration to reveal the ways marginalized communities find sanctuary spaces. The season wraps up with a revival of Adrienne Kennedy’s 1964 Obie Award-winning play FUNNYHO– USE OF A NEGRO. Written during the Black Arts Movement, the avant-garde piece reflects on racial identity and the effects of internalized racism on the Black community.
The season is entitled “Journey Now,” asking audiences to “consider how social, cultural and political circumstances shape our realities and how power limits who can rise above those challenges.” All productions will be performed on the Keairnes stage at Just Off Broadway Theatre 3051 Central in Penn Valley Park, Kansas City, Missouri.
For more info, visit kcmeltingpot.com.
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