Mark Robbins 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' Good People http://kcur.org/post/good-people <div><p></p>Economic struggles, loyalty to friends and endless hopes of coming out on top in America. Those are the central themes of the play&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><em>Good People</em></strong>, a&nbsp;2011 Tony Award nominee for best play. &nbsp;It recently was presented in St Louis, and now has a debut in Kansas City at the </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Unicorn Theater</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Bill Anderson & Matthew Long-Middleton 32654 at http://kcur.org Good People [VIDEO] The Ghostly Specters Of 'A Christmas Carol' http://kcur.org/post/video-ghostly-specters-christmas-carol <p>Charles Dickens' <em>A Christmas Carol</em> opens on a "cold, bleak, biting" Christmas Eve.</p><p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 22:45:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 29335 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] The Ghostly Specters Of 'A Christmas Carol' The Mystery Of Irma Vep http://kcur.org/post/mystery-irma-vep <p>Mummies, ghosts, and werewolves - oh my!&nbsp; The new production at the <a href="http://www.kcrep.org" target="_blank">Kansas City Repertory Theatre</a> is a real scream.</p><p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Jabulani Leffall & Jeffrey Harvey 27478 at http://kcur.org The Mystery Of Irma Vep 'Irma Vep' A Show Dependent On Clothes Encounters http://kcur.org/post/irma-vep-show-dependent-clothes-encounters <p>The Kansas City Repertory Theatre's latest production, The Mystery of Irma Vep, features eight characters of both sexes, including the Lord and Lady Hillcrest, their maid and butler, and a couple of surprise visitors. Because the license for the show stipulates that it can only be cast with two actors of the same gender, it requires a dizzying amount of split second costume changes that depend on both a skillful designer and dressers with laser focus.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:04:05 +0000 Steve Walker & Julie Denesha 26288 at http://kcur.org 'Irma Vep' A Show Dependent On Clothes Encounters Kansas City Actors Theatre's 'The Mousetrap' A Killer Show http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-actors-theatres-mousetrap-killer-show <p>When Kansas City Actors Theatre started fishing for a theme for the launch of its eighth season, the founders first picked one play, then tailored a similar one around that. They are now poised to give audiences what they're calling its "Summer of Mystery."</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 18:42:58 +0000 Steve Walker 22141 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Actors Theatre's 'The Mousetrap' A Killer Show KCAT Tackles Four Works by Harold Pinter http://kcur.org/post/kcat-tackles-four-works-harold-pinter <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53581f15e5c75-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53581f15e5c75-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53581f15e5c75-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-982538.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City Actors Theatre, or KCAT, has built a reputation for designing its seasons around a specific theme or playwright. In past years, the company studied marriage by mounting four different plays about it, and spotlighted Missouri-native Lanford Wilson by staging his three "Talley" plays.</p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:45:00 +0000 Steve Walker 2279 at http://kcur.org KCAT Tackles Four Works by Harold Pinter Actors Revisit Roles in KC Actors Theatre's "True West" http://kcur.org/post/actors-revisit-roles-kc-actors-theatres-true-west <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53581f15e3f15-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53581f15e3f15-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53581f15e3f15-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-915602.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – There are many theatre roles - say, Romeo and Juliet - that should probably be retired from an actor's repertoire by the time they're 30. But what happens when actors return to roles they played much earlier in their careers?</p> Thu, 29 Jul 2010 14:20:00 +0000 Steve Walker 1850 at http://kcur.org Actors Revisit Roles in KC Actors Theatre's "True West"