Arthur Miller’s “…finest drama since The Crucible” (NY Newsday) opens Kansas City Actors Theatre’s 18th Season. Examining the price we put on family, security, and life itself when estranged brothers reunite to sell the belongings of their late father. This Tony Nominated Best Play, features an all-star cast of KC favorites. THE PRICE runs for TWO WEEKS ONLY from May 25th to June 5th at the City Stage in Union Station.
KCAT regular Victor Raider-Wexler stars as Gregory Solomon, the octogenarian furniture dealer trying to make a deal, while offering his years of accumulated life advice. Victor was last seen on KCAT’s stage in Four Children and Morning’s at Seven. Making his KCAT debut is Jason Chanos as Victor Franz, a beat cop on the edge of retirement who is forced to deal with his unhappy wife, his absent brother, and the decisions in his life that have led him to where he is. Jason currently serves as the Associate Artistic Director of the KCRep/UMKC Theatre Partnership, where he serves as both a producer for the KCREP and assistant professor in voice at the UMKC Professional Actor Training Program.
Jan Rogge returns to KCAT’s stage as Esther Franz, unhappy wife to Victor Franz who wishes Victor could have done something more with his life. Jan was last seen on KCAT’s stage in The Pests and ‘night, Mother. Founding member of Kansas City Actors Theatre Mark Robbins rounds out the cast as Walter Franz, Victor’s successful brother, and the reason for his resentment. Mark Robbins was most recently seen on KCAT’s stage in Morning’s at Seven and King Lear.
THE PRICE is directed by Dennis D. Hennessy, co-owner and co-operator of the New Theatre & Restaurant which opened in 1992. Dennis has directed over 100 productions across the United States, including St. Nicholas, Morning’s at Seven, I’m Not Rappaport, and many others on KCAT’s stage.
Scenic design by Gene Emerson Friedman; costume design by Sarah M. Oliver; lighting design by Selena Gonzalez-Lopez; sound design by Thomas Newby; properties design by Shawnna Journagan; and stage management by Mackenzie Goodwin.
Kansas City Actors Theatre is thrilled to be returning to a full season of live productions and can’t wait to delight all season long with “Great Actors. Smart Plays.”
Tickets and information at wwww.kcactors.org/shows/the-price/ or by calling 888.343.6946!
Season 18 Continues through January, 2023:
“Suspense, anyone? The old fashioned kind? Who’s for good, clean fun?” (The New York Times) KCAT returns to the mysterious world of Agatha Christie for: Spider’s Web. A classic ‘whodunnit’ story that is sure to thrill audiences of all ages. July 20th to 31st at the Goppert Theatre at Avila University. Next, from KC-native Calvin Trillin comes this theatrical adaptation of his 2006 New York Times Best Selling memoir About Alice. Trillin paints a moving portrait of his wife and the daily experience of loving, being loved by, and ultimately losing a loved one. “Sometimes we come across a piece of first-person writing that shocks us back into a restorative innocence vis-à-vis the human heart.” (The New York Times). August 17th to 28th at the City Stage in Union Station. From Tony Award Nominated playwright Colman Domingo comes Dot, chronicling a West Philadelphia family dealing with the matriarch’s recent diagnoses with Alzheimer’s. “[Dot] tackles the subject with intelligence, heart, and humor.” (Theatre Mania). September 7th to 18th at the City Stage in Union Station. Closing out the 18th Season comes Smart People, written by Lydia R. Diamond, winner of the Lorraine Hansberry Award Winner for Best Writing. “Smart People is very funny because it reflects a very sympathetic human foible: the desire to resolve our racial conflicts without messing things up every time we open our mouths.” (Broadway World). January 18th to 29th at the City Stage in Union Station.