Kate Hamill’s LITTLE WOMEN Kicks Off Kansas City Actors Theatre’s Season 19

Named one of the most produced playwrights by the American Theatre Wing for the fifth year in a row, Kate Hamill has made a name for herself across the nation for her feminist, female-centered adaptations of classic novels. In Kate Hamill’s Little Women, you get all the touchstones of the original novel, while adapting it for a 21st century audience, as Jo March and the rest of the March sisters grow up during the Civil War and strive to be brave, intelligent, and imaginative young women. “An ingenious compassion of Alcott’s novel that is by turns funny and painfully poignant; it touched me to the heart.” (The Wall Street Journal) This exciting new adaptation features an incredible cast of KC favorites. LITTLE WOMEN runs through June 11th at the City Stage in Union Station

Chioma Anyanwu stars as Amy March, the youngest of the March sisters. Opinionated and spunky; a perfect little lady-except for her temper; Chioma was last seen on KCAT’s stage in Dot and The Pests. Teisha M. Bankston stars as Beth March, the second-youngest March sister. Very sweet and very shy, full of empathy and love for all; Teisha was last seen on KCAT’s stage in Spider’s Web. Hillary Clemens stars as Jo March. the second-oldest March sister. Extremely ambitious, very smart (and knows it); Hillary was last seen on KCAT’s stage in Spider’s Web and A Doll’s House. Christina Schafer stars as Meg March, the eldest March sister. More grown than the rest, who acts as Marmee’s second in the house. Christina was last seen on KCAT’s stage in A Doll’s House and The Pests.

Coleman Crenshaw plays John Brooks, Laurie’s awkward tutor; Mr. Dashwood, the not-so-nice publisher; and a third role you won’t want to miss! Coleman has been seen on KCAT’s stage in Blithe Spirit and Crimes of the Heart. Karla Fennick plays Hannah, the March family’s longtime housekeeper; and Mrs. Mingott, the very-rich party hostess. Karla has been seen on KCAT’s stage in A Streetcar Named Desire. Phil Fiorini plays Mr. Laurence, Laurie’s grandfather and guardian; and Robert March, father to the March girls who has been fighting in the Civil War. Phil has been seen on KCAT’s stage in Spider’s Web and The Realistic Joneses.

Carla Noack plays Marmee March, the matriarch of the the March family; and Aunt March, the privileged Great-Aunt to the March sisters. Carla has been seen on KCAT’s stage in A Doll’s House and The Realistic Joneses. Jerry Mañan is the final member of the cast of Little Women and plays Laurie, the new-in-town young neighbor who finds a family in the Marches. Jerry has been seen on KCAT’s stage in Dot and The Pests..

LITTLE WOMEN is directed by Darren Sextro, who has directed more than 40 productions regionally, including Spider’s Web, A Doll’s House, Skylight, My Old Lady, and Crimes of the Heart on KCAT’s stage.

Scenic design by Kelli Harrod; costume design by Nancy Robinson; lighting design by Zoe Spangler; sound design and original music by Mary Louise Robinson; properties design by Eric Palmquist; stage management by Caroline B. Jackson; and assistant directed by Emily Shackelford.

Kansas City Actors Theatre is thrilled to present all four shows during Season 19 at the City Stage in Union Station and can’t wait to delight all season long with “Great Actors. Smart Plays.”

Tickets and information at wwww.kcactors.org/shows/little-women/ or by calling (816) 361-5228!


Season 19 Continues through January, 2024:

Coming up after LITTLE WOMEN, comes GRAND HORIZONS from August 16th to September 3rd. This hilarious comedy about aging stars Victor Raider-Wexler and Peggy Friesen and is directed by Dennis D. Hennessy. From September 13th to October 1st, the gripping drama from MacArthur Fellow Dominique Morisseau: SKELETON CREW. Starring Nedra Dixon, and directed by Ile Haggins. The final show of Season 19 is the classic Victorian thriller GASLIGHT (ANGEL STREET) by Patrick Hamilton. Famous for it’s 1944 Academy Award Winning adaptation; it will be directed by Cinnamon Schultz and star John Rensenhouse!

Subscribe to the whole season and find out more at www.kcactors.org/season-19/