Pictured: Jan Rogge and Cinnamon Schultz
Kansas City Actors Theatre has announced the cast and design team for Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “’night, Mother,” which will run January 8th to January 26th at the City Stage in Union Station.
Directed by Sidonie Garrett, who last directed “A Streetcar Named Desire” for Kansas City Actors Theatre, the production will feature Jan Rogge and Cinnamon Schultz.
The design team includes scenic design by Ken Martin, costume design by Mary Traylor, lighting design by Shane Rowse, sound design by David Kiehl, properties design by Deb Morgan, and technical direction by Kyle Dyck.
On a “typical” Saturday night, Jessie, who lives with her mother, calmly announces that she intends to kill herself at the end of the evening. After a life of being labeled as “different,” raising a son who turned out to be no-good, a divorce from a loveless marriage, and more hardship, she’s decided she’s had enough. Her mother realizes she’s serious as the evening unfolds, and what follows in the stark honesty and dark humor from the back-and-forth between mother and daughter.
According to Artistic Chair John Rensenhouse, “’night, Mother” is a show that the company has considered for a while. “It’s pedigree, the fact that it’s from a playwright whose work is rarely seen in the area, and two excellent acting challenges for women have kept the play in consideration,” comments Rensenhouse. “After the death of Kate Spade, a beloved daughter of Kansas City, we felt the time was now right to produce this modern classic once again. In their youth, this play had a profound effect on two members of our Artistic Committee and we hope that people young and old today will be similarly touched by the story.”
“This story is about contemporary life and what does or does not give it value,” says Garrett. “It’s a story about characters whose lives are devoid of so many things that we consider LIFE that they may already be dead in the vacuum in which they exist. The audience will experience what the playwright gives us — a glimpse of this mother and daughter and their shared journey of a lifetime all distilled into the span of a single night.”
Kansas City Actors Theatre’s production of “’night, Mother” will be presented at the City Stage in Union Station from January 8th to 26th. For more information visit kcactors.org.