Artist to Watch: Elroy Hawkins

It’s sad when Kansas City loses a talented performer to a larger market. It’s gratifying when we get one back. Elroy Hawkins (stage name L Roi Hawkins) has returned to the area after 20 years away, appearing in The Black Repertory Theatre Company’s 2017 productions of “Stickfly” and “A Soldier’s Story,” and in the Unicorn’s March 2018 “Informed Consent.”

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An Interview with the LAST DAYS OF SUMMER Creative Team

An Interview with the LAST DAYS OF SUMMER Creative Team

At the start of rehearsals for Last Days of Summer, KCRep Associate Artistic Director/New Works Director Marissa Wolf sat down with the creative team to discuss the processes for bringing this new musical to life. Playwright Steve Kluger, Director Jeff Calhoun, and Composer Steve Howland reflect on baseball, musicals, and Kansas City. Marissa Wolf: I’d […]

Eugene O’Neill’s Life at Tao House

I visited Eugene O’Neill’s home, Tao House, in Danville, California, where he lived from 1937 to 1943. It is now a national historic site that thousands of visitors flock to every year. It is a special feeling to step inside the home where he wrote his most personal and successful plays, including The Iceman Cometh, […]

Four Companies. Four Choreographers. Four World Premieres.

Four Companies. Four Choreographers. Four World Premieres.

Since New Dance Partners launched in 2013, the annual showcase has staged 17 world premiere dances for Kansas City audiences — and has become a powerful and innovative player on the local dance scene. This year will be no different, as New Dance Partners showcases four world premieres from four world-renowned choreographers, with each new work staged by a different professional dance company from the Kansas City area.

Ramsey Lewis Heads Up Star-Studded Folly Jazz Lineup

Jazz is an oft misunderstood art form. Far too many folks are wary of it, uncertain about how to process a music whose very nature involves going to unpredictable places. Some even wonder if they need to read a book about jazz before attending a concert. Such worries are not only unfortunate, but also irrelevant […]

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