Kansas City Repertory Theatre has announced the lineup for its 2020/2021 season, including “In the Heights” and “The Old Man and The Old Moon.”
“I’m especially pleased to be presenting my first season as Artistic Director and cannot wait to share these brilliant stories with Kansas City. From new works to what has become a holiday tradition for 40 years running, our new season is ambitious and expansive,” says Artistic Director Stuart Carden. “It will keep audiences’ toes tapping, their hearts racing and their imaginations soaring with stories and characters that bring the joys and struggles we all share into new, sharper focus. It’s a lineup that will help cement Kansas City’s reputation as a great theater town for artists, writers and audiences.”
Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s 20/21 Season (from the press release):
“The Old Man and The Old Moon”
Sept. 11- Oct. 4 | Spencer Theatre
Written by PigPen Theatre Co.
Directed by Stuart Carden and PigPen Theatre Co.
Who keeps the moon shining bright? In this whimsical brand-new American fable, performed spellbindingly by a live indie-folk band, audiences of all ages will be in awe of The Old Man and The Old Moon.
Charged with the otherworldly task of making the moon glow nightly, The Old Man embarks on an unexpectedly epic adventure of land, sea, and sky. In search of his missing wife, this magical swirling tale of love unfolds before your eyes as our hero endures apocalyptic storms, monsters of the deep, and the fiercest obstacle of all: change.
“The Old Man and The Old Moon” is a blend of resonant storytelling, spirited indie-folk music and inventive puppetry, creating a theatrical experience that will win over generations of theatergoers with its wit, style and depth of emotion. Created by the endlessly imaginative PigPen Theatre Co., who were declared “a phenomenon” by the Boston Herald, and performed to sold-out houses across the nation, KCRep is thrilled to bring this uplifting and joyful production to Kansas City to kick-off our 2020 Season.
Oct. 16 – Nov. 8 | Copaken Stage
Written by Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Bram Stoker
Both terrifying and mouthwatering, Kate Hamill’s take on the timelessly mysterious Bram Stoker’s Dracula reinvigorates this chilling tale as a clever, seductive and unflinching thrill-ride. The infamous Transylvanian Count Dracula is as mesmerizing as ever as he pursues the bright-eyed Lucy with Hamill’s signature style and postmodern wit. Turning this familiar tale of Victorian vampires on its decadent ear, “Dracula” drives a stake through the heart of expectations. Perfect for an entertaining and lip-smacking Halloween treat.
Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”
Nov. 20 – Dec. 27 | Spencer Theatre
Adapted by Geoff Elliott
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Directed by Jason Chanos
For 40 years, Kansas City’s beloved tradition has created holiday memories for families all around our community, with all the heart and spectacle you’ve come to love… start your family tradition this year, and create memories that will last for many Christmas’s to come! Join Ebenezer Scrooge on his redemptive journey with Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and rediscover the true meaning of the holidays. You’ll meet the Cratchits, Tiny Tim, and the irresistible Fezziwigs, and hear the haunting and joyous Candlelight Carol — all this and more, to kindle your Christmas spirit. Share the season with the people you love at “A Christmas Carol.”
Jan. 29 – Feb. 21, 2021 | Spencer Theatre
Written by Marco Ramirez
Directed by Stuart Carden and Stephanie Paul
From playwright Marco Ramirez (Orange is the New Black, Daredevil) comes a story inspired by real-world boxer Jack Johnson who, as a black man at the height of the Jim Crow era, became the heavyweight champion of the world. A knockout award-winning new play and winner of two Obie Awards, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Drama Desk Award, and multiple others, this tour-de-force sold out houses in London, New York and LA. “The Royale” is an electrifying adrenaline rush that shows us the human cost of making history.
OriginKC: New Works Festival
Feb. 19 – March 21, 2021 | Copaken Stage
OriginKC engages audiences with the process of creating theater with two WORLD PREMIERES in rotating repertory and gives emerging and established playwrights the resources to develop scripts for future seasons at KCRep and beyond.
Written by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen
Darren is hard at work on his masterpiece and Edith is hard at work waiting for him to finish it. It seems like she’s been waiting forever. The kids are never around and when they are, they’re full of accusations. Meanwhile, outside their apartment, the waters are rising, rising rising…
“The Vast In-Between”
Written by Laura Eason
The revelation that her neighbor is living a double life launches married, settled Cate out of an emotional slumber into a journey through temptation and deception. “The Vast In-Between” considers marriage’s long and sometimes difficult stretch between “I do” and “Goodbye” exploring how fragile love can be.
“In the Heights”
March 19 – April 11, 2021 | Spencer Theatre
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda
This show-stopping soulful musical portrays the vibrant New York community of Washington Heights where the streets pulse with the sounds and flavor of salsa, merengue, hip-hop, and R & B. A community on the brink of change, the air is full of hopes and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. “In the Heights” is a musical journey sure to capture the heart of all ages with its universal themes of chasing your dreams and finding your true place in the world. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, and Four Tony Awards (Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations).