"Freak Up the Street" at the KC Fringe Festival

I'm producing at play at the 2016 KC Fringe Festival.

Freak Up the Street is a new play written and directed by Billy Blob. Billy is the artist and filmmaker who created the animated sequences in last year's hit Fringe Festival play Voyage to Voyager at the planetarium in Union Station. He enjoyed his Fringe experience so much that he wrote his first play for this year's festival.

Andy Garrison stars as William, a middle aged man who finds it easier to play dead than face his past.  With the help of his time machine, William soon comes face to face with an eccentric childhood neighbor who is William’s most painful memory and possibly his last hope. William Grey Warren, Davis Lee DeRock Jr and Sallie Downing also star in this nostalgic, humorous and mostly true story of childhood. Stage direction by Laura Burt.

Freak Up the Street will be at the Unicorn Theatre's Levin Stage, 3828 Main Street, on the following dates:
  • 11:00pm Friday, July 22
  • 5:00pm Saturday, July 23
  • 8:00pm Monday, July 25
  • 6:30pm Wednesday, July 27
  • 9:30pm Thursday, July 28
  • 8:00pm Saturday, July 30
Tickets are $10 with a $5 Fringe Button (available at the box office). For more information visit www.billyblob.com or for tickets go to www.kcfringe.org

"Sexing Hitler" reading at the Unicorn May 15

I'm happy to announce that the Unicorn Theatre will be doing a reading of Sexing Hitler as part of their In-Progress New Play Reading Series in partnership with the Midwest Dramatists Center. This KC Fringe Festival hit from 2012 has been expanded with about 30 minutes of new material.

Sexing Hitler tells the true story of how the Nazis invented inflatable pleasure dolls to protect troops from contracting syphilis in occupied countries. The play explores Heinrich Himmler's eugenics programs and the Third Reich's plans for global conquest.

The cast for the reading will be Brian Paulette, Amy Attaway, Logan Black, Laura Jacobs, and Andy Perkins. Ian R. Crawford is directing.

The reading is May 15 at 7:30pm at the Unicorn Theatre. Admission is free; donations accepted.

"Hexing Hitler/Sexing Hitler" preview at Johnson County Library

The Unicorn Theatre will present a selection of diverse scenes from local playwrights participating in the In-Progress New Play Reading Series. Hexing Hitler and Sexing Hitler will be getting a short preview in anticipation of a full reading at the Unicorn Theatre on May 15. The other local playwrights include Bryan Moses, Ron Simonian, Vicki Vodrey, David Wayne Reed, and Cynthia Hardeman.

2pm, Saturday, February 13 at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W 87th Street. Free.

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"Khaaaaan! the Musical" concert reading Feb. 8

Prepare yourself for a rockin', time trippin', far out voyage with the crew of the Starship Enterprise when Khaaaaan! the Musical returns to the Writer's Place for a special one night only concert performance of the hit 2010 Kansas City Fringe Festival play. 

The cast includes Jay Coombes and Amy Hurrelbrink reprising their roles, along with new faces Gary Wesche, Curtis Smith, and Pancho Villegas. The reading will be directed by Steven Eubank. Khaaaaan! the Musical was written by MDC playwright Bryan Colley and Tara Varney, with music by Tim Gillespie and Michelle Cotton.

Monday, February 8, at the Writer's Place, 3607 Pennsylvania. The reading begins at 7:00pm and will be followed by a talkback with playwright Bryan Colley and cast. As with all MDC readings, no reservations are required and it's free! Donations appreciated, and CD soundtracks will be available for purchase.

Midwest Dramatists Center Fundraiser

The Writers of Midwest Dramatists Center presents its first ever fundraiser - Seasoned Greetings. For a suggested tax deductible donation (we're now a 501c3!) of $30 per person, you can experience Drinks, Noshes from Johnny's Steak House, Desserts AND a theater experience created that night!

Attendees will be able to bid on either CO-WRITING one of 6 scenes with the MDC writer of his or her choice OR be an actor in the reading of the work created. The actors you'll be sharing your scene with are Matt Rapport, Jake Walker, Bree Elrod, Shawna Pena-Downing, Zachrey York and Ellen Kirk; some of the best talent in Kansas City!

It will be a great start to your Holiday Season!
7pm Saturday, November 7 at the Writer's Place, 3607 Pennsylvania.