"The Man in My Beard" at the 2018 Kansas City Fringe Festival

When janitor Frank Allen gets hit by a ray of experimental science, he finds himself living in the beard of Al Lafrance. There, among the whiskers and crumbs of food, he makes a life for himself, and secretly steers Al - oblivious to the tiny man living in his beard - into making better life decisions. However, when a mad scientist discovers the location of the lab's missing janitor, everything - even love ballads - are in mortal danger!

Warnings: Adult language, ridiculous situations, guitar playing, shadow theatre, and Angry Birds reference. May be offensive to mad scientists.

This international hit by Australian playwright Shane Adamczak was discovered at the Edmonton Fringe Festival in 2017 and is being restaged at the Kansas City Fringe Festival with local funnymen Bob Linebarger and J. Will Fritz. Directed by Tara MF Varney. Special effects by Jill Gillespie and Natalee Merola. Produced by Bryan Colley in association with Weeping Spoon Productions.

Show schedule:
  • Sat, July 21 at 8pm
  • Sun, July 22 at 5pm
  • Mon, July 23 at 8pm
  • Fri, July 27 at 8pm
  • Sat, July 28 at 3:30pm
Performances are at the Arts Asylum, 1000 E 9th Street. Tickets are $10 with a $5 Fringe button (one-time purchase at box office, reusable for all Fringe shows). Advance tickets are available at: https://kc-fringe.ticketleap.com/the-man-in-my-beard/dates

Mountain Scenery by the Colley Family

Artwork from three generations of the Colley family will be on display in the Grand Hall of Union Station as part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival's visual art show. In the competition for the FringePrize is a hand-painted screen by Tom Colley. Bryan and Audrey Colley offer a selection of alpine photographs featuring landscapes from Colorado, Wyoming, Glacier National Park in Montana, and Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks in Canada.

The artwork will be on display July 15-28, 2018, in the Grand Hall of Union Station.

"The Feast" reading May 14 at Midwest Dramatists Center

Deep in the middle ages, two warring factions gather at a royal feast, but assassination plots and comic philandering unravel their plans for peace. "The Feast" was the first play ever written by Bryan Colley, and it was produced by Gorilla Theatre Productions in 1998.

Enjoy a reading of "The Feast" at 7:00pm Monday, May 14, at the Midwest Dramatists Center, 3607 Pennsylvania. This event is free. Donations are encouraged.

The cast includes Bob Allen, Petra Allen, Erika Baker, Coleman Crenshaw, Michael Golliher, Joseph De Maria, Kelli Hahn Morford, Mike Ott, Jeff Smith, and Gary Wesche.

"King Pest" Opera Auditions - Soprano and Tenor Needed

Soprano and tenor needed

Mummer Opera Company will be holding auditions for King Pest, a new opera based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, to be performed at the Kansas City Fringe Festival, July 19-29, 2018

King Pest is from the team that created Red Death, the best attended show of the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival.

Auditions will be held the evening of Sunday, April 1 by Appointment Only

Email Bryan Colley or call 816-217-6547 for an appointment

Auditioners will be provided with a sample recording and score.

Rehearsals will take place in June and July. Performance fees negotiable.

"Variations on a Theme by Tara Varney" Video



Variations on a Theme by Tara Varney is comprised of nine scenes, some humorous and some touching, which all have a common thematic thread. The play was performed at the MTH Theater in Crown Center as part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival, July 20-30, 2017.

Written and directed by Tara Varney. Featuring Amy Hurrelbrink, Parry Luellen, Mike Ott, and Marcie Ramirez. The assistant director is Michael Golliher.