Fresh from concluding a successful capital campaign to purchase their building, Kansas City’s Unicorn Theatre continues its tradition of bold new plays with the announcement of their 41st consecutive season which includes six proven plays and two world premier plays.
Last April, executive artistic director, Cynthia Levin, announced her plan to launch a capital campaign to purchase the building so the Unicorn Theatre would remain in its current location as long as it continues to thrive. Unbeknownst to Levin, the capital campaign proved extremely successful and ended one month ahead of schedule and the building is now purchased.
According to Levin, the building was in need of a new roof, and that will be one of the priorities. But, with building ownership, Levin said the cost of producing plays and maintenance would decrease tremendously. With all that behind her, Levin secured the rights to eight plays to be offered next year.
In keeping with her plan and tradition of bold new plays, the lineup includes two brand-new world premiere plays, “Lasso of Truth,” and “Women Playing Hamlet.” The 2014-15 season is as follows: “Hands on a Hardbody,” “Bad Jews,” “I’ll Eat You Last,” “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” “Lasso of Truth,” “Women Playing Hamlet,” “Cock,” “Tribes.”
The plays for next year, dates and other info are as follows:
“Hands on a Hardbody"
Book by Doug Wright
Lyrics by Amanda Green, Music by Trey Anastasio & Amanda Green
Directed by Missy Koonce
Sept. 3-28 on the Levin Stage
Based on the acclaimed documentary, 10 Texans, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it.
By Joshua Harmon
Directed by Cynthia Levin
Oct. 22-Nov. 16 on the Jerome Stage
Daphna, a “Good Jew” reunites with her cousins on the day of their grandfather’s funeral. When her cousin brings home his non-Jewish girlfriend and declares ownership of their grandfather’s Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl ensues.
“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”
By Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Cynthia Levin & Co-Produced with UMKC Theatre
Dec. 3- 28 on the Levin Stage
The lives of two American Marines and an Iraqi translator are forever changed by an encounter with a quick-witted tiger who haunts the streets of war-torn Baghdad attempting to find meaning, forgiveness and redemption amidst the city’s ruins.
“I’ll Eat You Last”
By John Logan
Directed by Sidonie Garrett
A Season Extra Dec. 11-28 on the Jerome Stage
For more than 20 years, Sue Mengers's clients were the talk of the town, and her dinner parties were the envy of Hollywood. Now, you're invited into her glamorous Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish, dirty secrets and all the inside showbiz details only Sue can tell you. Her clients were the biggest names in show business: Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Burt Reynolds, Ali McGraw, Gene Hackman, Cher, Candice Bergen, Ryan O'Neal, Nick Nolte, Mike Nichols, Gore Vidal, Bob Fosse.
“Lasso of Truth”
A Rolling World Premiere by Carson Kreitzer
Directed by Johnny Wolfe and Co-Produced with UMKC Theatre
Jan. 28- Feb. 15 on the Levin Stage
This multimedia theatrical experience explores the history of the inventor of the lie detector test
and the two women he lived with who inspired his legendary creation; Wonder Woman.
“Women Playing Hamlet”
A World Premiere by William Missouri Downs
Directed by Ian R. Crawford
March 4- 29 on the Jerome Stage
Jessica can’t believe she’s been cast as Hamlet because she auditioned for Ophelia. Hundreds of
women have played the melancholy prince but Jessica struggles to find herself in the role and
answer the question, "To be or not to be?"
By Mike Bartlett
Directed by Jeff Church
April 22- May 17 on the Jerome Stage
When John takes a break from his boyfriend, he accidentally meets the girl of his dreams. A
humorous fight, fueled by indecision, ensues as he decides the right way to straighten this out.
By Nina Raine
Directed by Theodore Swetz
June 3-28 on the Levin Stage
In this dysfunctional comedy, Billy, deaf since birth, meets his girlfriend and a larger Deaf -
community, it sparks a struggle for self-identity and a rebellion against his eccentric family.
Season subscriptions are now on sale. Call The Unicorn Theatre at 816-531-PLAY (7529) EXT. 10, or buy in person at the box office located at 3828 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111. Special subscription rates are available for students and patrons under age 30.