Burnt by the Sun starts out like a lyrical masterpiece by Chekhov and then is hit by violence so sudden and so shocking that, to us, it echoes of 9/11/. The Russian/French movie, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, is brilliantly adapted for the stage by Peter Flannery.
“Already a classic,” declared the enchanted critics when it premiered at the Royal National Theatre in London. Beautiful, full of wonderful characters, funny and deeply moving, Burnt by the Sun is not to be missed.
Opens on May 3rd and runs through May 12th in Studio 116, Olson Performing Arts Center.
Ask about student pricing! Contact the Central Ticket Office at 235.6222 for details.
It’s Kansas City in the autumn of 1947 and Jackie Robinson has just integrated major league baseball. The Satchel Paige All-Stars from the Negro Leagues are gearing up to play the Bob Feller All-Stars from the majors in a thrilling off-season match-up. But there’s a storm brewing. Baseball is about to change, and so is America
This play is about some of the greatest stars of the Negro Leagues baseball era. It’s about jazz and about the historic district at 18th and Vine. It’s a snapshot of America in extraordinary times and at the verge of extraordinary change. Bur ultimately, it’s about people, just trying to cope with it all…just like us.
With music by UMKC’s own jazz-legend Bobby Watson, this is sure to be an All-Star show! Remember, students get cheap tickets! Call 235-6222 for more information. The Show opens April 19th and runs through April 28th. More details–and samples of the music!–can be found at their website.
Number One Magazine, the annual student-run literary journal at UMKC, will celebrate the release of its latest issue with a launch party on Friday, April 19, at 3:30 p.m. as part of the alumni week celebrations. The free event will be held on the patio of the University House (5101 Rockhill Road), the home of New Letters magazine, BkMk Press, and the public radio show New Letters on the Air. There will be music, light refreshments, short readings by contributors, and free copies of Number One Magazine.
In honor of UMKC’s 80th anniversary and a legacy of previous releases of Number One dating back to the 1940s, this new, expanded issue has more than 50 additional pages. The longer format extends its spectrum of voices and content, featuring comics for the first time and offering more creative nonfiction and plays. Included works on beauty, future technologies, parenthood and drug manufacture add to Number One’s exploration of the new literary pursuits of UMKC students.
Congratulations to contributors Megan Cross and Jimmy Grist, who each received awards new to Number One. Cross’ short story “The Inn at Crescent Mountain,” a narrative about an innkeeper’s disintegrating marriage written in the style of magical realism, won the John Latosi Award for Creative Writing, named in memory of the New York poet and journalist. Grist’s collection of comics featuring stories of an inter-species friendship and the cultural critique of an intergalactic food critic, punctuated with their humorous final panels, won the Lena Vaughn Award for the Visual Arts, named in memory of the prolific Iowa painter. Attendees will be treated to a reading by Cross and will be able to view a display of Grist’s works. Both artists will be presented with their $100 prizes. The event will also feature the presentation of the Craig M. Workman Award for Performance Media to Teresa Leggard for her play about the competing values of education and maintaining a relationship.
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Join the UMKC Theatre Department for the Undergraduate production of Drums in the Night, which runs from April 5th through April 14th in Studio 116, the Olson PAC.
The primal drums of revolution threaten–or promise–to snatch Anna from her man on the night of her engagement part. Reflecting the disillusionment of returning WWI German troops, this comic drama eerily foreshadows one soldier’s reappearance…where does he fit in this jagged world, and which beat will he follow–that of the drums or of his heart?
Remember, students tickets are just $6! Contact the Central Ticket Office at 816.235.6222 for more details!
Food. From mother’s milk to no-carb diets, there is little that is so essential, so political, so much on our minds than “our daily bread.” In this world premiere, the cast and creative team interviewed local farmers, chefs, parents, and many others to discuss issues that touch our palates and our plates. A unique theatrical events, Eat This! serves up issues as well as a meal–cooked onstage and shared with the audience!
Never has there been so much attention focused on the food industry. From celebrity chefs and reality food competitions to obesity, GMOs and “pink slime,” Eat This! strives to create dialogue and respond to our citizens’ plea to “show me.”
Written and directed by Assistant Professor Stephanie Roberts, the show runs March 1-10 in Studio 116, Olson Performing Arts Center. Student tickets are just $6!
A Harvesters donation barrel will be available each night of the production. Bring 2 items to donate and receive a FREE coupon to attend a future UMKC Theatre show!
Thanks to Bread KC for production assistance!
An ominous gift. A murderous take kept secret for fourteen years. A world spiraling out of control. Gene Slater’s 21st birthday sets the wheels of fate in motion on a darkly comic rollercoaster ride to hell!
UMKC Theatre presents David Lindsay-Abaire’s twisted tale of love and revenge–an absurd trip that is a theatrical experience unlike any other!
Show runs November 30 through December 9 in Studio 116, Performing Arts Center. Tickets will sell out fast–buy them on-line. For more information, call Central Ticket Office at 235-6222.