Cynthia Levin

Arts & Culture
9:15 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Naughty-Word Alert: The Unicorn's Cynthia Levin On Problematic Play Names

Cynthia Levin, the Unicorn Theatre's producing artistic director.
Credit Unicorn Theatre

Bad Jews, which opened this week at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Mo., is a comedy.

Still, some potential funders weren’t amused. Cynthia Levin, the Unicorn’s producing artistic director, says some philanthropic organizations that have sponsored the Unicorn’s shows declined this time because of the show’s title.

“I understand that,” Levin says. Arts philanthropy is a competitive arena with intensely interested boards of directors, so the name of a production can sometimes work in the Unicorn’s favor – or not.

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5:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

'Venus In Fur' Dissects Power Games Of Dominance And Submission

Vanessa Severo and Rusty Sneary play Vanda and Thomas, an actress and a playwright, in 'Venus in Fur.'
Credit Cynthia Levin / Unicorn Theatre

In its 40th year, the Unicorn Theatre continues its mission of bringing new American plays to Kansas City audiences. Among the themes explored this season are racial identity, family dysfunction, and, with its kickoff production, Venus in Fur, the ever-shifting power dynamic between men and women.

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5:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

'BlackTop Sky' Marks Young Playwright's Homecoming

Playwright Christina Anderson
Maggie Elliot Unicorn Theatre

The world premiere of the play BlackTop Sky, opening this weekend at the Unicorn Theatre, marks a homecoming for its author.

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5:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Ron Simonian Takes Leap Of Faith With 'The Soul Collector'

Kansas City playwright Ron Simonian had his first play produced in 1992 in a warehouse in the Crossroads District.

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5:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Political Theater Gets Loud In 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson'

Shea Coffman and Katie Karel in "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson."
Cynthia Levin Unicorn Theatre

If there's not enough political theater in the run-up to the November elections, the Unicorn Theatre is offering a bit more with its production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, the emo rock musical biography of America's seventh President. 

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The Theater
5:00 am
Fri March 2, 2012

'Hungry' At The Unicorn

L to R: Dina Thomas as Amy and Chioma Anyanwu as Bianca in Unicorn Theatre's world premiere of "Hungry" by Lia Romeo.
Cynthia Levin Courtesy of Unicorn Theatre

The Unicorn Theatre has a long history of developing the work of new playwrights. In the last few years, the Unicorn has established a connection with the up-and-coming talent Lia Romeo.

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8:00 am
Thu March 4, 2010

The Unicorn's "Green Whales" Tackles Tough Subjects with Humor

Actors Vanessa Severo and Anna Safar in "Green Whales."
photo: Cynthia Levin, courtesy of Unicorn Theatre

Though the Unicorn Theater has always been quick to pounce on the most buzzed about plays in New York, it has actually launched many new plays. In fact, a quarter of the shows over the years have had their world premieres in Kansas City. The latest is called "Green Whales," and while it tackles tough subjects in comedic ways, it is giving everyone involved a voice in bringing this new play to fruition.

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