Kansas City Actors Theatre Announces 15th Season Slate & Partial Casting Kansas City Actors Theatre Announces 15th Season Slate & Partial Casting
The Kansas City Actors Theatre has announced its lineup of plays for 2019-2020 at the City Stage in Union Station. The company’s 15th season... Kansas City Actors Theatre Announces 15th Season Slate & Partial Casting

The Kansas City Actors Theatre has announced its lineup of plays for 2019-2020 at the City Stage in Union Station.

The company’s 15th season kicks off in May with Paul Osborn’s portrait of four sisters in a 1938 Midwestern town “Morning’s at Seven,” directed by Dennis Hennessy. Following in August is the KCAT’s first foray into Ibsen with “A Doll’s House,” directed by Darren Sextro. September brings Gary Heisserer’s production of Athol Fugard’s apartheid-era “‘Master Harold’ …and the Boys.” Closing out the season in January is Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “’night, Mother,” directed by Sidonie Garrett.

KCAT will also produce a fifth to-be-announced production that will not be included in season ticket packages. Partial casting for each production is included below.


Kansas City Actors Theatre’s 2019-2020 Season (descriptions from the press release):

Morning’s at Seven”
By Paul Osborn
Directed by Dennis Hennessy
May 22 – June 9, 2019
City Stage at Union Station

A much-loved, but rarely-performed classic, Paul Osborn’s “Morning’s at Seven” is a charming portrait of life in a small Midwestern town in 1938. The story follows a quartet of sisters living near each other and the comic chaos of their lives and considers some of the unique issues of aging. The show will be directed by the New Theatre’s Dennis Hennessy, who previously directed “The Gin Game” and “I’m Not Rappaport,” and will feature Deb Bluford, Greg Butell, Krista Eyler, Peggy Friesen, Jeannine Hutchings, Gary Neal Johnson, Merle Moores, Victor Raider-Wexler, and Mark Robbins (a KCAT co-founder).

“A Doll’s House”
By Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Darren Sextro
August 7 – 25, 2019
City Stage at Union Station

“A Doll’s House” will be KCAT’s first production of Ibsen; it’s a show the company has previously targeted, and is happy to finally present. A scandal when it was first staged 140 years ago, it is the story of a married woman seeking to carve out her own place in the world. Still startlingly relevant, this show will be sure to feature the type of actor-first performances audiences have come to expect from KCAT. “A Doll’s House” will be directed by Darren Sextro, who previously directed “Skylight,” “My Old Lady,” and “Crimes of the Heart” for KCAT, and its cast features Hillary Clemens, Todd Lanker, Christina Schafer, Tyler Alan Rowe, Brian Paulette, and Carla Noack.

“‘Master Harold’… and the Boys”
By Athol Fugard
Directed by Gary Heisserer
September 11 – 29, 2019
City Stage at Union Station

The season’s third production is Athol Fugard’s semi-autobiographical account of growing up in South Africa during the apartheid era. A surprising and subtle reflection on how institutional racism and bigotry affects all of those living within it, this production stands to be an unforgettable classic in its own right. Its cast includes Walter Coppage (KCAT co-founder), Arthur Clifford, and Khalif Gillette.

“‘night, Mother”
By Marsha Norman
Directed by Sidonie Garrett
January 8 – 26, 2020

A Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Marsha Norman’s “’night, Mother” is the story of a woman driven to her breaking point. A harsh reflection on modern life and its purpose, the psychological exploration of this show will leave an indelible impression. “’night, Mother” will be directed by Sidonie Garrett, who previously directed “A Streetcar Named Desire” for KCAT, and will feature Jan Rogge and Cinnamon Schultz.

Season subscriptions are available now at kcactors.org or by calling 816-235-6222.

Jason Epperson

Jason is a producer, manager, and designer with 17 years of experience in Chicago, New York, and in the touring market. In 2015, he founded Lotus Theatricals - the publisher of Performink, and an independent commercial producing company - with Abigail Trabue.

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