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New play, 'When I Come to Die' opens at Kansas City Repertory Theatre

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When I Come to Die, written by Kansas City’s own Nathan Louis Jackson, directed by Kyle Hatley, opens Feb. 21, at 8p.m. at the Copaken Stage in downtown Kansas City, MO.

Previewing Feb. 14, playwright-in-residence Nathan Louis Jackson’s new play, When I Come to Die, directed by the Rep's Associate Artistic Director Hatley, runs Feb. 14 through March 16, at Copaken Stage, 13th and Walnut streets.

When I Come to Die is a thought-provoking story about the power one action can have over a life, and the depths from which meaning and redemption can be attained,” a spokesman for the KC Rep said. “After surviving a lethal injection in prison, death row inmate Damon Robinson struggles to find faith and understanding of why his life has been spared. Befriending the prison's chaplain, he sets about using his unexpected time on earth searching for answers.”

A graduate of Kansas State University, Jackson did his graduate work at The Juilliard School. In addition to When I Come to Die (Lincoln Center Theater, 2011), his works include Broke-ology, about a Kansas City, Kansas family (Lincoln Center Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Kansas City Rep, staged by Kyle Hatley in 2010), The Mancherios and The Last Black Play.

Jackson has received commissions from Lincoln Center and Roundabout Theater Company, participated in the Kennedy Center Summer Play-writing Intensive and attended the Sundance Institute Playwright's Retreat. His television projects include Resurrection (currently on ABC), Southland (NBC), Lights Out (FX) and Shameless (Showtime). He is a two-time winner of the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award a recipient of the Mark Twain Comedy Play-writing Award and has been awarded the Kennedy Center's Gold Medallion.

Hatley is an actor, director and playwright and also serves as the Rep's Associate Artistic Director. His Rep directing credits include Carousel, Little Shop of Horrors, Broke-ology, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Borderland, and A Christmas Carol since 2010. Further, he acted in The Glass Menagerie, The Whipping Man and Death of a Salesman at the KC Rep.

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