Pictured: Nathan Bowman
Kansas City Public Theatre (KCPublic) has announced the lineup for the May edition of “First Mondays at the Arts Bar.”
Held the first Monday of every month, May’s free event, titled AN UNCONVENTIONAL EVENING WITH TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, will feature the playwrights more experimental one acts while incorporating Brechtian and Japanese Noh Theatre traditions. The production will be directed by co-founders Elizabeth Bettendorf Bowman and Nathan Bowman.
From the press release: “Famous Missourian, Tennessee Williams, explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage. The autobiographical THE GLASS MENAGERIE brought what Mr. Williams called “the catastrophe of success,” a success capped by A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, one of the most influential works of modern American literature. An extraordinary series of masterpieces followed, including VIEUX CARRE, SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, THE ROSE TATTOO, ORPHEUS DESCENDING and the classic CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF.
May’s First Monday: An Unconventional Evening of Tennessee Williams:
Talk to Me Like The Rain and Let Me Listen: Two unnamed characters, Man and Woman, live in a crumbling flat. He is a drunk, and she is purposefully wasting away-but between them there is an intimacy of desperation. Featuring Rain-Cassidy Ragland (Woman), and Sean McSweyn (Man).
The Strangest Kind of Romance: The proprietress of a Midwest boarding house is giving a tour to a potential tenant who hopes to get a job in the nearby factory. All of the men who have lived there have signed their names on the wall—and one of them left his cat behind. After moving in, the man develops a sort of relationship with the landlady, but his real love is for the cat. Featuring Nathan Bowman (The Little Man), Lusie Cuskey (The Landlady), Patrick Simpson (The Old Man), and Derek Trautwein (The Boxer).
“First Mondays at the Arts Bar” May edition runs the Uptown Arts Bar. For more information visit