Kathy Kane and Patty Whitlock
Mother of the Maid Opens the MET’s Season
“Well, it’s sure been a minute,” said MET Producing Artistic Director Karen Paisley. “It’s been too long. Reconnecting with each other is a healing experience, and we are so eager to get back on the boards and get dozens of local artists back to work. We were a week from opening the KC premiere of Jane Anderson’s ‘Mother of the Maid’ when the pandemic shutdown came. Now, a year and a half later, on Sept. 9 we’ll get to open — real voices in real time — Live theatre is back.”
The 111-year-old Warwick theatre at 3927 Main St. hosts each production. Renovations continue, but big changes have opened the space, allowing for more flexible staging and increased capacity. “The architects at BNIM and the contractors from Total Interiors have done an outstanding job helping us create a unique and versatile space,” said Bob Paisley, Co-Founder. It’s going to be exciting dreaming up ways to use all the extra room.” Ample parking is available, a full lobby bar installed, ADA lobby restroom, new HVAC heating and cooling throughout the building and a new kitchen for custom catered events.
“Warwick is a terrific asset to the arts community, providing another much-needed venue in town,” said Karen Paisley. Audiences really enjoy the space. Performers love it too.
MOTHER OF THE MAID opens the season. The haunting Irish ghost tale The WEIR follows; then the wonderful musical OLIVER is up in November.
MET’s 16th MAINSTAGE Season includes:
- Mother of the Maid, by Jane Anderson (September 2021) Kansas City premiere — the story of the teenage Joan of Arc, from the perspective of her mother
- Oliver! by Lionel Bart (November 2021) 8-timeOscar-winning family-friendly musical
- The Sea Horse, by Edward J. Moore (March 2022) rugged romance in a run-down 1970s waterfront bar
- Flyin’ West, by Pearl Cleage (April 2022) African American women pioneers set in 1880s Kansas
- The Nowhere Girl, Kansas City premiere by Karen Paisley (May 2022)
Individual tickets and ticket packages are on sale at metkc.org or call the box office at 816.569.3226