Thank YOU for supporting our 7th season!

We've just wrapped up our 7th passionate season at The Living Room, and season 8 is just around the corner! We could not have done this without the support and patronage of people like you! We'd like to offer a sincere and heartfelt thanks from the entire Living Room team for every ticket purchased, every dollar donated, and every smiling face to come through our door over the last seven years. Your continued support is literally the only way The Living Room stays living, so as we prepare for our next set of shows, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. And be sure to like our page on facebook, follow us on twitter, and, most importantly, sign up for our mailing list to get the latest updates and special offers on upcoming shows!
 

 

 

A NEW MISSION

Over the years, we have organically shifted our mission statement to focus on the development of new works by KC born and bred talents; with productions that feature the incredible writers, actors, directors, and designers of our city. We believe that Kansas City deserves to be a "theatre town," a place an artist can truly consider home, where their skills will be recognized, and their work will get an opportunity to shine.

In that spirit, our latest season consisted almost entirely of world-premieres penned by local and expatriate talents, and you can expect many more in the coming year.

In October of 2016 we began the season with Annapurna, Sharr White's heartbreaking and beautiful story of loss, addiction, love, purgatory, and poetry, starring Charles Fugate and Vanessa Severo, directed by Rusty Sneary. Next came our Writer's Den Series, featuring new play readings, our No Sleep November event, and a workshop production of Victor Wishna's new play on art, legacy, and family, Shearwater. Directed by Shawnna Journagan and starring Peggy Friesen, Ellen Kirk, and Ben Auxier. In March we premiered Ron Simonian's politically-charged Trigger Happy, featuring the powerhouse duo of Scott Cordes and Mark Robbins. Next came the hilarious new musical The Ballad of Lefty & Crabbe, by Brian Huther, Ben Auxier, & Seth Macchi, with arrangements by Ryan McCall. Finally, we closed the season with The Tragedy of Macbeth - a three person, 90 minute adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic conceived and directed by Kyle Hatley, who co-starred alongside Natalie Liccardello and Sean Hogge.

Explore more from these shows via the media below, and check back soon for updates on our exciting 8th season! We have so much in store!


ANNAPURNA

by sharr white

 

"The actors wholly embody their roles, and their performances here comprise the raison d’être of White’s play, which explores the nuances and vagaries of a romantic bond...It’s a trek that is, at times, funny, tender, moving and raw. And, under Sneary’s focused direction, the journey with them feels honest and immediate."

- The Pitch


Shearwater

by Victor wishna, part of the writer's den series




"Like [Victor Wishna's] earlier works, Shearwater is clever: awash in natural dialogue, wit and well-drawn characters. And under the direction of Shawnna Journagan, its three cast members — Peggy Friesen, Ben Auxier and Ellen Kirk — make the story their own."

- The Pitch


TRIGGER HAPPY

by Ron Simonian

"Two of Kansas City’s best actors turn a new play by Ron Simonian into a memorable satire that engages viewers with bite, humor and gray matter.

The world premiere of Simonian’s “Trigger Happy” showcases smart, nuanced performances by Scott Cordes and Mark Robbins. It also reflects The Living Room’s commitment to developing new work and getting it on stage."

- KC Studio


THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE

by Brian Huther, Ben Auxier, & Seth Macchi

 

"The writers and actors won me over with the sheer joy of performing and love of theater. And that’s something you can’t fake. The Ballad of Lefty & Crabbe is part of the Living Room’s mission to produce original work by local or expatriate artists. Other theater companies should take note. I suspect this show has a future."

- KC Studio


The Tragedy of Macbeth - adapted by kyle hatley

 

"[Kyle Hatley] strips the play down to its essentials while retaining most of the key dramatic moments and speeches. In Hatley’s hands it becomes a tightly condensed “best of” version of what superstitious theater folk often refer to simply as the Scottish Play."

- KC Studio


Information on our upcoming and home-grown 8th season coming soon!

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