Narcissism and You

Are all performers narcissists? Is that a bad thing? Bill Harrison explores the relationship between a performer and a healthy bit of narcissism.

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Amy Attaway on Typecasting, Penguin Chats, and Having the Soul of an 87-Year-Old

Abigail Trabue profiles KC actor Amy Attaway on her career to date and her current production of WHAT WOULD CRAZY HORSE DO? in which she plays a KKK member at KCRep.

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Inside DISGRACED Part One: Immediacy, Relationships and Truth – A Director Prepares

This story has an immediacy about it and touches people in Kansas City as it does in every town and city in the US. We are all discussing and grappling with these questions, issues, and feelings every day.

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Inside KING LEAR Part One: The Fool – A Work in Progress
Pictured: Theodore Swetz and Peggy Friesen in rehearsal for KING LEAR. Photo by Matt Sameck.  In this 3-part series, PerformInk takes you inside Kansas City Actors Theatre’s production of KING LEAR through blog posts written by the people behind the scenes. To read past “Inside” articles click here By Peggy Friesen... Read more
In Theory: Casting Familiar Faces with Sidonie Garrett

The single most important part of planning to tell a story is considering who your storytellers might be.

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Required Reading: Goodnight Sweet Prince

The time has come to replace “Hamlet” as the theatrical standard-bearer.

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Inside THE REALISTIC JONESES Part Four: Comedy and Balance with John Rensenhouse

John Rensenhouse, the Director of Kansas City Actors Theatre’s production of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses, is no stranger to any form of theater. Comedy, however, presents an interesting challenge, especially when you need to balance it with a healthy dose of realism and pathos.

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Self-Blame: Abuse, Misogyny and Shame

One issue I did not explore in detail at the time is the tendency for people to blame themselves when they are under the kind of duress that’s caused by feeling trapped in an untenable or threatening situation.

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Inside THE REALISTIC JONESES Part Three: Designing Silence

In this 4-part Inside series, PerformInk Kansas City takes you behind the scenes of Kansas City Actors Theatre’s production of THE REALISTIC JONESES through blog posts written by the people behind the scenes.

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Inside THE REALISTIC JONESES Part One: A Director Prepares

But, oh, it could go so wrong! It is scary and intimidating to prepare for a production of a play such as this. It is amazingly delicate. The play is labeled a comic drama. The drama coming from its central subject – dying and death.

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