William Inge http://kcur.org en Kansas City Actors Theatre Hosts 'Picnic' To Celebrate William Inge's 100th Birthday http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-actors-theatre-hosts-picnic-celebrate-william-inges-100th-birthday <p></p><p>Playwright William Inge, the Independence, Kan. native who went on to win a Pulitzer and an Oscar, would have turned 100 this year. To honor that birthday, <a href="http://www.kcactors.org">Kansas City Actors Theatre </a>is staging <em>Picnic</em>, set in the 1950s in small town Kansas. The rehearsal process has revealed that it's a play much deeper and darker than the company originally believed.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 12:32:21 +0000 Steve Walker 41375 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Actors Theatre Hosts 'Picnic' To Celebrate William Inge's 100th Birthday [VIDEO] In This Scene...'Picnic' http://kcur.org/post/video-scenepicnic <p>In this scene from <em>Picnic</em>, 18-year-old Madge Owens (Emily Peterson), universally acclaimed as the "prettiest girl in town," and her 16-year-old sister, Millie (Alisa Lynn), discuss the upcoming Labor Day picnic.</p><p>Millie, a tomboy, is uncharacteristically wearing a dress. As Madge paints her toenails, Millie interrogates her sister about how to handle boys.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 20:07:18 +0000 Julie Denesha 41501 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] In This Scene...'Picnic' Rare William Inge Plays With Gay Themes Open In Historic Bar http://kcur.org/post/rare-william-inge-plays-gay-themes-open-historic-bar <p>This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of playwright <a href="http://ingecenter.org/william-inge-biography/">William Inge</a>, whose classic plays like <em>Bus Stop </em>and <em>Picnic</em> drew on his formative years in Independence, Kansas. Though never openly gay, he did write a series of short plays featuring gay characters and stories that have seldom been seen. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 31096 at http://kcur.org Rare William Inge Plays With Gay Themes Open In Historic Bar David Henry Hwang Honored At 2012 Inge Festival http://kcur.org/post/david-henry-hwang-honored-2012-inge-festival <p>&nbsp;The four-day <a href="http://ingecenter.org/ingefestival.html">William Inge Theatre Festival</a> in Independence, Kansas includes dozens of plays, readings and workshops, and concludes with a salute to a particular playwright or composer.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 12:52:49 +0000 Steve Walker 15403 at http://kcur.org David Henry Hwang Honored At 2012 Inge Festival 'Bus Stop' Staged In Lee's Summit Eatery http://kcur.org/post/bus-stop-staged-lees-summit-eatery <p>It&#39;s been a decade since the Lee&#39;s Summit area has had its own community theater. A new company, called <a href="http://www.summittheatregroup.com/about-us">Summit Theatre Group</a>, marks its debut with <em>Bus Stop</em>, the William Inge play set in a snowed-in roadhouse diner.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 14131 at http://kcur.org 'Bus Stop' Staged In Lee's Summit Eatery