2009-2010 Season:Descriptions courtesy of Kansas City Repertory Theatre
INTO THE WOODS (This is a change from the previously announced "Grand Hotel")
Sept. 12 - Oct. 4, 2009 - Spencer Theatre
Directed by Moisés KaufmanMusic & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine Choreography by Daniel Pelzig
This brilliant musical by the great contemporary composer Stephen Sondheim will be interpreted by one of the American theatre's most acclaimed and aesthetically daring directors, Tony nominee Moisés Kaufman. Into the Woods re-tells the fairy tale stories of the Brothers Grimm a princess who must run at midnight and loses her shoe, the childless couple that must lift a curse by an evil witch, a boy and his beanstalk, and that little girl in the red cloak on her way to grandmother's house in a musical that explores both the whimsy of wishing and the darker side of the forest. As thrillingly re-imagined by the incomparable Moisés Kaufman, this is a journey Into the Woods unlike any you've seen before! Recommended for pre-teens and up.
PALOMINOA Kansas City Rep World Premiere!
(This is a change from the previously announced "M. Proust")
Oct. 9 - Nov. 15, 2009 - The Sprint Copaken Stage Series
Written, Performed, and Directed by David Cale
Palomino is a brilliant new play that follows Kieren McGrath, a beautiful, literate, and mysterious Irish Central Park carriage driver. Kieren dreams of writing a book, and when the opportunity to become an escort to rich, lonely women in NYC comes up, he's found his subject. Or has he? Mr. Cale is an Obie Award-winning author and virtuoso performer whose accomplished and inspiring monologues have been featured on NPR, "This American Life" and "The Next Big Thing" and on BBC Radio 4's "Afternoon Play." As a lyricist, his words have been performed by Elvis Costello, Deborah Harry and the Jazz Passengers. Strong language and adult situations.
"David Cale...is a spellbinder. Fascinating as he is to watch, and exquisite as his verbal imagery can be, it is Cale's gifts as a storyteller that hold an audience rapt." -- San Francisco Chronicle
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS Jan. 22 - Feb. 14, 2010 - Spencer Theatre
Written and directed by Laura EasonAdapted from the novel by Jules Verne A Co-Production with CenterStage
Jules Verne's beloved classic is transformed into a theatrical epic by Laura Eason and the Lookingglass Theatre Company of Chicago, one of the greatest physical theatre companies in the world and originators of Metamorphoses and The Arabian Nights.
The staid and resplendently wealthy Phileas Fogg has taken a gentleman's wager that the world cannot be crossed in 80 days. So confident is he in his calculations that it is possible that he wagers his entire fortune on the fact that he and his unreliable but ever-faithful valet can pull off this dazzling feat. Follow Fogg in a whirlwind race aboard steamships, locomotives, and pachyderms as he discovers countless exotic locales, from Calcutta to Hong Kong. Will bandits, an act of chivalry, a herd of buffalo, or an unrelenting inspector from Scotland Yard keep him from his impossible task? With a brilliant style of theatricality that has dazzled audiences in Chicago, you will experience the unimaginable fun of an elephant chase, a storm at sea, a speeding ice sled, a buffalo chase and many other marvels. Don't miss this marvelously fast paced, family-friendly adventure based on Jules Verne's classic story. Recommended for all ages.
BROKE-OLOGY Feb. 19 - Mar. 21, 2010 - The Sprint Copaken Stage Series
Written by Nathan Louis JacksonDirected by Kyle Hatley
In this emotionally powerful new work, playwright Nathan Jackson -- trained at Juilliard but true to his Kansas City, Kansas roots -- has turned to his hometown as the setting for this absorbing family drama. Meet the King family, an African-American family living in a lower middle class neighborhood in KCK. The King family is used to being broke, but when their father is diagnosed with a serious illness, sons Ennis and Malcolm must clearly decide where their loyalties lie. Malcolm is the first in his family to attend college, a testament to his mother, who died when the boys were young but not before passing on her ambitions for them to have a better life. Ennis, who stayed behind, has become a scholar of "broke-ology," the study of being broke and staying alive. Now, with his father sick and his brother urging him to stay, Malcolm struggles to decide whether it is best to stay or go. Strong language and adult situations.
"thematically rich, structurally deft, and emotionally complex." The Boston Globe
BUS STOPMar. 12 - Apr. 4, 2010 - Spencer Theatre
Written by Kansas native and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright William IngeDirected by Steve Cosson
The greatest playwright to come out of Kansas and undoubtedly one of the most important American writers of the 20th century, William Inge was known for his realistic, funny, and moving works revolving the cities of the Central Plains. Bus Stop, one of his greatest comedies, tells the story of the night a March blizzard traps eight strangers in a small cafe 30 miles west of Kansas City. A bus driver falls for the bus stop proprietress, a young local girl becomes fascinated by a professor running away from his failed life back east, and a chorus girl tries to escape a reckless cowboy determined to marry her. As the evening wears on, lives are changed, love is lost and found, and strangers find ways to keep each other warm on the coldest Kansas night. Adult situations .
VENICE - A NEW MUSICALA Kansas City Rep World Premiere!
Apr. 9 - May 9, 2010 - The Sprint Copaken Stage Series
Written by Matt Sax & Eric RosenDirected by Eric Rosen
Matt Sax and Eric Rosen, creators of the phenomenal Clay, join forces again to tell a new story of struggle and redemption. Venice tells the story of two brothers who must lead a city out of a terrorist war. Though both are haunted by the memory of their mother, a leader of Venice whose call for peace was silenced in a massive attack on the city, one brother chooses to follow in his mother's footsteps and the other sets out to see his brother's plans undone. An operatic story of war, love, treachery and the quest for peace, Venice boasts a powerful and highly original score of hip hop music, R & B, art song and opera that will make your heart pound. Strong language and violence.
Rep Special Event!A Kansas City Rep Pre-Broadway World Premiere! A Christmas StoryNov. 20 - Dec. 27, 2009 - Spencer Theatre
Directed by Eric RosenBook by Joseph RobinetteMusic and lyrics by Scott Davenport RichardsProduced by Gerald Goehring, Michael F. Mitri & Michael Jenkins
Based on the Warner Brothers Movie "A Christmas Story" and Jean Shepherd's novel "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash"
The most beloved Christmas movie of all time has been adapted for the stage and is quickly becoming one of the most highly anticipated shows in the theatrical world. This classic holiday tale centers around a mischievous, bespectacled boy in small town America in an earlier, carefree time. Ralphie has one dream: getting a BB-gun for Christmas, despite repeated (and now-infamous) warnings of "You'll shoot your eye out, kid!" In the weeks before the big holiday, Ralphie, his friends and family get into all kinds of situations--including run-ins with a yellow-eyed bully, a tongue frozen to a lamp post, a bar of soap in the mouth, a garish "major award" in the form of mannequin leg lamp, and a Chinese Christmas dinner. A Christmas Story, The Musical unforgettably captures every child's holiday wonder with deliciously wicked wit, a nostalgic eye and a heart of gold. It's a Christmas present that audiences of all ages will be sure to embrace and cherish for years to come. Recommended for all ages.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times