Andy Parkhurst, Managing Director of Spinning Tree Theatre in Kansas City announced, on Friday March 1, the 2013-2014 Season programs. Spinning Tree is a not-for-profit professional theatre company, which was formed in April of 2011. Many of the productions are performed at the Off Center Theatre at Crown Center in Kansas City.
The first program of the season is the Kansas City premiere of “Stick Fly”, written by Lydia Diamond. The play is brings on stage an African-American family that gathers at Martha’s Vineyard for a weekend. Two brothers bring their respective girlfriends and tensions raise as the new comer’s voice their views of race and privilege. Things come to a head when secrets are brought to the surface.
“Motherhood Out Loud” by Beth Henley, Lisa Loomer, Theresa Rebeck, Cheryl L. West and others is also a Kansas City premiere. Anyone who has ever been a parent will enjoy the humorous, unpredictable event as the cast touches on topics such as adoption, surrogacy, gay parenting and stepmothers. Spinning Tree will be partnering with a soon-to-be-announced local charitable organization from women to bring this Off-Broadway hit to Kansas City.
Set in 1900 “A Little Night Music” from the book by Hugh Wheeler is the third production of the season. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim the play was inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film “Smiles of a Summer Night”. A Little Night Music is centered on the affairs of actress Desiree Armfeldt and the men who love her.
From their current season, Spinning Tree Theatre will be producing “Hello Again”, an adult musical fantasy by Michael John Lachiusa at the Off Center Theatre. This is a Kansas City premiere and will run May 9 through the 26th.