Heidi Van

5:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

KC Fringe Festival Inspires Creative Challenges

Actors Jake Walker and Diana Watts rehearse their lines, as a husband and wife in a sinking boat, at the Fishtank.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

This year’s KC Fringe Festival includes dance, theater, visual arts, spoken word, fashion, and film; in 11 days, there are just over 360 shows in 19 venues.

Artists often describe Fringe as an opportunity to take on new roles: to direct, to write, to produce. But sometimes, it's also a chance to have some fun.

Connecting to the Kansas City theater community

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5:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

The Fishtank Stages Arthur Miller Play In Birdies

Birdies, a lingerie and bridal shop, is located on W. 18th Street in the Crossroads.
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On some occasions, a play calls out to be staged somewhere other than a theater. For example, last year, a production of William Inge's "Bus Stop,"  which is set in a diner, was performed in one in Lee's Summit.  This weekend, an Arthur Miller one-act about a man shopping for intimate apparel for his mistress will be mounted in a Crossroads boutique that specializes in that kind of women's wear.

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5:44 am
Thu August 23, 2012

2012 Charlotte Street Fellows Inspired To Collaborate

Performing Artist Award Fellows Patrick Conway and Heidi Van
Steve Walker/KCUR

Since 2008, the Charlotte Street Foundation has recognized creative Kansas Citians who, within their various genres, consistently produce original and innovative work that often falls outside the mainstream. 

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1:30 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

New Charlotte Street Award Fellows: Patrick Conway & Heidi Van

Charlotte Street Foundation recently announced two artists, Heidi Van and Patrick Alonzo Conway, were selected as this year's 2012 Generative Performing Artists Award Fellows.

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8:57 am
Fri November 4, 2011

"Bump" Brings Faux Celebrity Back to The Fishtank

When President Obama announced two weeks ago that the United States would be withdrawing troops from Iraq by the end of the year, the other top news trending that week was that Lindsay Lohan would be posing for Playboy. The fact that the latter story garnered as much attention as the former didn't escape a trio of local theater artists who are returning to The Fishtank with a new play featuring the fictional troubled celebrity whose Kansas City debut last winter left her desperate for more attention.

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11:55 am
Mon July 21, 2008

KC Fringe Festival Presents Clown Ballet with a Serious Message

THE COPPELIA PROJECT: a clown ballet in three acts. Featuring Kalen Compernolle, Vanessa Severo, Marisa Mackay, and Ric Averill (as Dr. Coppelius)
photo: Charles Stonewall

EXTENDED RUN: August 1 - 3, American Heartland Theatre. At performance spaces throughout the city, over 50 events make up this year's KC Fringe Festival, a celebration of the off-beat, nontraditional, and avant-garde.

When people think of stories about mortal men who create life from inanimate objects, Frankenstein and Pinocchio come immediately to mind. Less well-known is the 1870 ballet, Coppelia, about a creator of dolls who come to life.

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