The Kansas City Repertory Theatre has announced the full schedule for the 2018/2019 Monday Night Playwright Series.
The series features a line-up of new and returning playwrights including Christina Anderson, Bennett Fisher, Greta Oglesby, Andrew Rosendorf, Bianca Leigh and Playwright in Residence Nathan Louis Jackson, who will also host the Playwright Slam.
“This season’s Monday Night Playwright Series, featuring innovative, adventurous new plays, offers something for everyone.” says Associate Artistic Director and Director of New Works Marissa Wolf. “We welcome back a few of our beloved artists, including KC natives Nathan Louis Jackson and Christina Anderson both of whom write plays that offer a love letter to their hometown. We’re featuring incredible KCRep actor-playwrights Bianca Leigh (MAN IN LOVE), and Greta Oglesby (A RAISIN IN THE SUN, FENCES) who bring humor, music, and breathtaking honesty to their new plays. We also look forward to supporting the powerful, moving plays by Bennett Fisher and Andrew Rosendorf, who offer fresh, bold voices in the American theatre landscape.”
“The Monday Night Playwright Series is a highlight of our season,” says Interim Artistic Director Jason Chanos. “This relevant new work speaks to the central questions of our time, supporting our mission to be at the heart of a great theatre town. I’m excited to build on our past success and welcome this
extraordinary line up of talent to KCRep.”
The 2018/19 Monday Night Playwright Series includes (from the press release):
Monday, September 10
“the ripple, the wave that carried me home” by Christina Anderson
Directed by Marissa Wolf
Over three generations, the Collen family fights to integrate public pools in a Kansas town. It is a battle that defines them, almost destroys them, and changes them forever. Weaving a powerhouse fugue of voices and memories, Anderson offers a love letter to her hometown of Kansas City through both searing honesty and buoyant transcendence.
Monday, December 10
“Damascus” by Bennett Fisher
Directed by Melissa Crespo
When Lloyd, a stranded white kid, begs Hassan, a Somali American airport shuttle driver, to take him across state lines to catch a rerouted flight, the two wary companions set out on a heart-pounding journey through the Midwestern winter. Victory Garden’s outgoing Artistic Associate Bennett Fisher
brings us a high-stakes, road-rage thriller that delves full-force into the misguided politics of terrorism.
Monday, January 7
“Handprints” by Greta Ogelsby
Directed by Chip Miller
You’ve loved Greta Ogelsby’s tour-de-force performances in KCRep’s A Raisin in the Sun and Fences, and now you can hear her take the stage for a night with her own incredible story of growing up in a Holy Roller family. Oglesby weaves images of her childhood with breathtaking original songs, and playful storytelling that will have you laughing and crying in one breath.
Monday, January 28
“Mermaid” by Andrew Rosendorf
Directed by Chip Miller
When nine-year-old Everett Berger tells the family that she’s a girl – having been gender assigned boy at birth — the Berger family’s good liberal values are put to the test. A lyrical thought-provoking meditation on gender identity, McKnight Fellow recipient Andrew Rosendorf brings us a profoundly moving play on one family’s journey to support their child.
Monday, February 11
Untitled New Play by Bianca Leigh
From dating to grandchildren to late night conversations over junk food, Bianca Leigh’s new play interweaves the lives of three trans women who find connection in the triumphs and struggles of daily life. Last seen at KCRep in the OriginKC: New Works Festival’s “Man in Love”, Bianca Leigh offers a
hilarious, moving, and important look at how we create family.
Monday, March 4
A New Untitled Play by Nathan Louis Jackson
Stay tuned for a new play hot-off-the-presses by KCRep’s Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence, Nathan Louis Jackson.
KCRep’s Monday Night Playwright Series is a free public events that take place on the UMKC campus at the Spencer Theatre Donor Lounge. For more information visit kcrep.org.