Pictured: March 2018 production photo of ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART.
A finalist for the John Cauble Short Play Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART will join the lineup at this year’s KC Fringe Fest.
Performed, directed and designed by both alumni and current students of the University of Central Missouri, and produced by Smashing Frames Productions, a production company formed by Professor of Theatre Dr. Julie Rae Mollenkamp, this one-act play features monologues written by Sean Abley of Hollins University inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen story “The Red Shoes.”
From the press release: “The story centers on the ripple effect caused by the disappearance of a ballet dancer, as told to us in monologues by those affected, near and far. While meeting several characters that were affected in some way or another by the vanished dancer, we come to learn of the inner turmoil she was disguising in every aspect of her life.”
Directed by UCM alumnus Gabriel Livingston, the remount will feature original cast members Lexi Poindexter, Reilly Mullaney, Jackie Price, Alley Pettey, Matthew Briggs, Nathan Endreshak, and Tristan Jordan with Omari Collins, Jessica Baxter and Mattathias Davis joining the Kansas City run.
Stage management is by Elise Marshall and Ethan Anissy will serve as lighting and sound designer.
ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART runs July 21st – July 28th at The Buffalo Room,817 Westport Road in Kansas City, Mo. For more information visit kcfringe.org.