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Fall 2019

Eurydice (Sarah Ruhl)

Sept. 20-22, 27-29
Bodker Black Box Theatre
Directed by Penny Weiner*

In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine.  Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love.

*Guest Director Penny Weiner has been acting, directing, writing and producing for the theater in Lawrence, Topeka and Kansas City since 1983. She taught for the theatre department at Washburn University (Topeka) for 27 years. At Washburn she directed a wide variety of incredible plays from classical to modern, including original works and devised events. She developed a playwriting program for the department and participated regularly in Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival events at the regional and national levels. Since retiring, Penny has helped create an “alternative” series for Theatre Lawrence, offering new and provocative works in secondary spaces, as well as teaching an Osher Institute class and tending to granddaughter Sylvie. She has worked extensively with InPlay Theatre (Kansas City) and received her MFA from UMKC. Penny is delighted to work with the talented folks at Johnson County Community College.

Farragut North (Beau Willimon)

Nov. 15-17, 22-24
Polsky Theatre
Directed by Beatte Pettigrew

Stephen Bellamy is a wunderkind press secretary who has built a career that men twice his age would envy.  During a tight presidential primary race, Stephen’s meteoric rise falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives.  Farragut North is a timely story about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it.  The play is loosely based on former Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 Democratic primary election campaign for U.S. President.

Spring 2020

Ming Lee and the Magic Tree

Jan. 31-Feb. 2
Bodker Black Box Theatre
Directed by Erik Meixelsperger

This children’s play is performed in traditional Chinese style and tells the story of a Prince who will be allowed to marry the Princess of the Stars, but only if he can find a happy man. In his search, the Prince gives Ming Lee, a stonecutter, a circle of wishes, each of which Ming Lee thinks will make him happy. But, during his journey, he discovers fine hats do not make a fine head.

Blithe Spirit (Noël Coward)

April 24-26, May 1-3
Directed by Kip Niven*

Socialite and novelist Charles Condomine invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, who continually tries to disrupt Charles’ marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

*Guest Director Kip Niven, a Kansas City native and KU alum, has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in regional theaters and as an artist-in-residence, as well as in over a dozen feature films, 100+ network television shows, and numerous national, regional and radio commercials. Twenty-three years ago, Kip returned to KC where he’s appeared at The Coterie, Starlight Theatre, KC Rep, New Theatre, MTH, Kansas City Actors Theatre, and Spinning Tree Theatre, to name a few! This summer (2019), Kip will reprise his role/s as Uncle Henry/The Gate Guard in The Wizard of Oz at Starlight Theatre, and will join the Zanies in Right Between the Ears at the KC Fringe Festival. In addition to acting, Kip also teaches his Musical Theatre Audition Technique Workshop/Master Class at colleges, universities and theater companies across the U.S.