Baseball and jazz act as the backdrop for UMKC Theatre’s “Kansas City Swing.” The play takes place in the fall of 1947 as the baseball season is winding down, and tells a story of hope, uncertainty and an America on the threshold of change.
Directed by Tony Award-winning Ricardo Khan, this UMKC Theatre show opens on April 24 and runs through April 28 at the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo.
Co-written by Khan and award-winning author Trey Ellis, the story begins as the Satchel Paige All-Stars are preparing to play the Bob Feller All-Stars as part of a Negro Leagues “barnstorming” showdown. Across the state, the St. Louis Cardinals are going against Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Both are historic events; yet only one game is truly remembered.
A storm is brewing – baseball and America will soon never be the same again.
Khan is a visiting professor who writes and directs a UMKC Theatre performance every two years. Khan also wrote and directed “Quindaro,” and directed “Train to 2010” for UMKC Theatre.
While the storyline is based upon factual events, the play is a dramatization. Khan and Ellis explore a variety of themes, including the eventual decline of the Negro Leagues, racial integration and Kansas City history.
Tickets: Single ticket prices are: Adult, $15; Senior (60+), $10; Non-UMKC Student, $10; UMKC Faculty/Staff, $10; UMKC Student, $6. For tickets, call the Central Ticket Office at (816) 235-6222 or purchase online at www.umkctheatre.org (additional fees apply with online ticket purchase).
All-Star Reception: Free with reserved ticket to the show. 6:15 p.m. April 25 in the PAC lobby, UMKC Campus. Dinner and drinks provided. Menu includes: Specialty hot dogs from NY Dawg Pound (veggie option available). potato salad, baked beans, chips and soda. Meet the design team and view their production designs.