Pay What U Can, is what the Unicorn Theatre is calling the Tuesday and Wednesday night performances of Seminar, the second production of the 2013-14 season. Patrons will be allowed to pay what they can afford on those nights, “In an effort to break down social and economic barriers.” Seminar will be on the main stage of the Unicorn from October 16 through November 10.
Seminar is written by the Pulitzer Prize nominee (for Omnium Gatherum in 2003 and produced by the Unicorn Theatre in 2005) Theresa Rebeck. The Unicorn Theatre production is being co-produced with UMKC Theatre and is directed by Theodore Swetz.
Billed as a dark and provocative comedy it is the story of four New York City novelists who take private writing classes for an internationally known literary figure. What ensues during his unorthodox teachings is romance, comedy and vicious wordplay as each battles for success.
Seminar features Robert Giddy Brand as Leonard, Noah Whitmore as Douglas, Courtney Salvage as Kate, Chioma Anyanwu as Izzy and Logan Black as Martin. The theatre advises patrons that the show does present strong language and brief nudity and according to the Unicorn, “You don’t think we got to 40 by playing it safe, do you?”
Brand has performed in the holiday comedy, Inspecting Carol, at the Unicorn among other theatres in Kansas City. Whitmore recently performed with Egads! Theatre in The Rocky Horror Show and is making his debut at the Unicorn. Salvage is in her third and final year as a graduate actor at UMKC and is also making her Unicorn debut. Anyanwu was last seen at the Unicorn in The Mountaintop. Black is a third year MFA acting candidate at UMKC and was last seen at The Riverside Festival Theatre in Hamlet & The School for Scandal.
This is the 40th Anniversary Season of the Unicorn and the theatre is offering a provocative and cutting-edge season. Other productions include Clybourne Park, Grounded, Other Desert Cities, Water By The Spoonful and By The Way, Meet Vera Stark.
The Unicorn Theatre also has launched a campaign to own the building they currently occupy at 3828 Main in Kansas City. The theater has been in the historic building for 27 years and is beginning the Longevity Campaign. Donations and pledges can be made through the Unicorn Theatre website using the donation form on the Support Us page, or by calling the theatre.