Current Season

All shows are performed at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3pm on Sundays,

2nd Thursdays are Pay-What-You-Can Performances

14th Annual Playwrights & Artists Festival

November 17, 18, 19  /  24, 25, 26  (All at 8pm)

$15 per night or $25 for the entire weekend

This festival is an important part of our season.  The festival is about inspiration and interpretation. We challenge playwrights to look at our three chosen pieces of artwork and see where inspiration takes them and each of the journeys are unique.  After blind reading the plays they had to whittle those 90 down to six plays, 2 for each artwork.  And this year we are happy to bring back the element of music to the collaboration.

Now it is you, our audience, whose turn it is to come and be a part of the process.  For a playwright there is nothing better than seeing their work fleshed out onstage.  And in seeing it also receive feedback about their work.  Each night of the weekend we choose one artwork and the two plays inspired by it.  The plays are performed after which there will be a talkback that includes the playwright, the composer, the director and actors. We also like to include our artists if possible.  This makes for an exciting night of theater.

Friday, November 17 – Art by Joseph Q. Daily, MARIA’S WISH – Plays are A Thorn by Seamus Lucason & The Last Virgin by Shirley Goodman
Saturday, November 18– Art by Orazio Salati, OUT OF THE SHADOWS – Plays are Do or Don’t Do by Adara Alston & Dear Lentil by Kerri Quinn
Sunday, November 19 – Art by Gordon Lee, DISCO SHRINE – Plays are The Moka Pot by James Menges & Morally Inclined by Kris Tabor

Friday, November 24 – Art by Joseph Q. Daily, MARIA’S WISH – Plays are A Thorn by Seamus Lucason & The Last Virgin by Shirley Goodman
Saturday, November 25 – Art by Gordon Lee, DISCO SHRINE – Plays are The Moka Pot by James Menges & Morally Inclined by Kris Tabor
Sunday, November 26 – Art by Orazio Salati, OUT OF THE SHADOWS – Plays are Do or Don’t Do by Adara Alston & Dear Lentil by Kerri Quinn

And enjoy original music compositions, based on the artworks, by local composers coordinated by Strange Fangs Song Factory.

 

Celtic Christmas

December 9 – 7-10pm

$50

Join us for yuletide mirth and merriment at our annual fundraising event at Atomic Tom’s on State Street!  It’s an evening of Irish music, food, drink & laughter to warm the holiday heart.

Here is just some of the fine entertainment we’ll have:
The Stoutmen
B.C. Celtic Pipe & Drums
Comedy by Gleason’s Groaners
Ample Guinness, Harp & domestic beer, wine, and sodas
Silent & Live auctions of one-of-a-kind items

True West by Sam Shepard

February 9, 10, 11  / 15*, 16, 17, 18  /  23, 24, 25

Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm
Thursday, February 15th is Pay-What-You-Can Night which starts at 8pm

Finalist 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

This American classic explores alternatives that might spring from the demented terrain of the California landscape.  Sons of a desert-dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script.  Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has sold to producer Sal Kimmer when Lee, a demented petty thief, drops in.  He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee’s trashy Western tale.

“True West has […] arguably become Shepard’s signature piece, the leanest, most pointed of his full-length works.” – David Krasner, A Companion to Twentieth Century American Drama.

“Shepard’s masterwork […] It tells us a truth, as glimpsed by a 37-year-old genius.” – New York Post

“It’s clear, funny, naturalistic. It’s also opaque, terrifying, surrealistic.  If that sounds contradictory, you’re on to one aspect of Shepard’s winning genius; the ability to make you think you’re watching one thing while at the same time he’s presenting another.” – San Francisco Chronicle

True West premiered at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco on July 10, 1980.

The Mercy Seat by Neil LaBute

April 13, 14, 15  /  19*, 20, 21, 22  /  27, 28, 29

Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm
Thursday, April 19th is Pay-What-You-Can Night which starts at 8pm

The world has changed overnight.  It is September 12, 2001, Ben Harcourt finds himself in the New York downtown apartment of his lover and boss, Abby Prescott.  His cell phone rings incessantly, haunting their conversation as Ben and Abby explore the choices now available to them in a world that is now completely different from the day before.  The tragedy outside uncovers the turmoil inside, that exists in them both.

KCACTF Region 1 Finalists

May 10, 11, 12, 13

KNOW’s production is the first time the best young playwrights of the northeast region of the KCACTF get to see their work performed onstage outside of academia.  Be there when it happens!

The plays will be staged at 8:00pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a matinee at 3:00pm on Sunday.  See all three any night for a mere $15.  On Saturday, May 12th there will be talkback with our guests, playwrights, actors, and directors.  Join us!

Tortured, Tender, and Triumphant – An Evening with Tennessee Williams

June 15, 16, 17  /  21*, 22, 23, 24  /  29, 30, July 1

Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm
Thursday, June 21st is Pay-What-You-Can Night which starts at 8pm

27 Wagons Full of Cotton
27 Wagons Full of Cotton
is a 1946 one-act that Williams referred to as “a Mississippi Delta comedy.”  In it, Jake, a middle-aged, shady cotton gin owner burns down the syndicate mill.  Silva Vicarro, the syndicate superintendent is suspicious of Jake but cannot prove it.  He seeks his revenge in the form of Jake’s wife, Flora.  Elia Kazan’s controversial 1956 film Baby Doll was based on this play.

The Pretty Trap
Derived from the final act of The Glass Menagerie, The Pretty Trap brings us to dinner with the Wingfield family and gentleman caller Jim Delaney, but with what Williams calls “a lighter treatment and a different ending.”

Interior: Panic
A stunning precursor to A Streetcar Named Desire that takes you on a different path.  Written the year before, it begins the story of Blanche and her journey.  The characters have different names, but they are all recognizable. Could Blanche find happiness?

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