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Review: “Four Children” is an emotional and moving experience

Review: “Four Children” is an emotional and moving experience

Brandon Clark
October 18, 2021

The Kansas City Actors Theater is now showing “Four Children” at the City Stage at Union Station.  The 65-minute, emotional play is inspired by the journal entries of four young children, each going through hardships and trying to survive genocides in their homelands.  Their...

Nine zoom screens with the five middle ones turned on to a body part with a head in the middle center, arm in the middle left and right screens, chest in the center frame, and a stomach in the bottom middle frame.

UMKC Theatre presents “Antigonick,” a retelling of an ancient classic

Joeli Toscano
March 1, 2021

Five different bodies converge on one screen sharing a head, two separate arms, a torso and a chest to form a digital Zoom beast. This is all par for the course for the play “Antigonick.” Using ingenious digital techniques from director Vanessa Severo and scenic designer...

Shoulders of a person with a white t-shit on. An explosion of blue dust in place where their head should be. All yellow background and over the blue dust are the words Brainstorm: The Inside Life of a Teenage Mind in bold white lettering.

UMKC Theatre and The Coterie Theatre present “Brainstorm: The Inside Life of the Teenage Mind”

Joeli Toscano
February 9, 2021

UMKC Theatre and The Coterie Theatre released a virtual theatrical collaboration online on Jan. 21 titled “Brainstorm: The Inside Life of the Teenage Mind.” The virtual production, written by Ned Glasier, Emily Lim and Company Three, is about the science behind the functioning...

UMKC theatre student Hieu Bui smiling and laughing

UMKC student’s play selected for Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

Hetty Bai
January 25, 2021

When UMKC undergraduate theatre student Hiêú Bùi attended the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in January 2020, he did not expect it to select his own play months later for the same festival.  The KCACTF is a national program that selects...

Students allege unsafe work environment and potential negligent behavior in theatre department

Students allege unsafe work environment and potential negligent behavior in theatre department

Henry Gamber
December 11, 2020

Reports from students within UMKC’s Theatre Department describe a pattern of unsafe work conditions during stage productions. These conditions have caused falls, concussions, and shattered props. Students claim there are safety issues within the department. Michelle Lawson,...

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