The Kansas City premiere of this Tony Award® Nominated Best Play starts August 16th at the City Stage in Union Station
KC-favorites Victor Raider-Wexler, Peggy Friesen, and Craig Benton star in the local premiere of Grand Horizons, from internationally acclaimed playwright and filmmaker Bess Wohl. This supremely funny comedy of “marital malaise,” presented by Kansas City Actors Theatre (KCAT), starts August 16th at the City Stage in Union Station.
Tickets are on sale now at www.kcactors.org/shows/grand-horizons/ or by calling (816) 361-5228!
“Grand Horizons is a sweet, sweet delight. It’s extremely funny, while also asking a few tart questions about comedy itself” (The New York Times). This 2020 Tony Award® nominee for Best Play depicts the surprisingly amicable, and hilarious, end of Nancy and Bill’s 50-year marriage, their ensuing sexual escapades, and the fallout it causes within their family and retirement community. “Playwright Bess Wohl nails the family genre beautifully which provides two hours of solid laughs, while quizzically pondering issues of love and marriage” (Broadway World).
Grand Horizons is directed by Dennis D. Hennessy, Owner and Artistic Director of The New Theatre & Restaurant, who has earned praise recently for his direction of KCAT’s Morning’s at Seven and The Price. Victor Raider-Wexler returns to KCAT’s stage as Bill, after recently being seen in KCAT’s The Price and Eddie: The Friendship That Changed History, a co-production between KCAT and The White Theatre at the J. Peggy Friesen who last graced KCAT’s stage in Morning’s at Seven, plays Nancy; and New Theatre & Restaurant’s beloved Craig Benton will make his KCAT debut as Ben, Nancy and Bill’s eldest son. Joining them will be Matt Leisy, making his KCAT debut (recently seen in The Unicorn’s The Inheritance Parts 1 & 2); Amy Attaway, last seen in KCAT’s I’m Not Rappaport; Tanner Rose, making his KCAT debut (seen recently in The Unicorn’s The Inheritance Parts 1 & 2); and Jan Rogge, last seen in KCAT’s The Price.
Following the first rehearsal, director Dennis D. Hennessy speaks on the themes of Grand Horizons, “Getting older is funny. A lot of people look at life as a tragedy with a little comedy, but it really is comedy with a little tragedy. Dennis believes the audience can find the levity in aging, while others can laugh at the universal themes. “All ages can relate to it. It has something for adults, children, and children of children.”
Lead actor Victor Raider-Wexler echoes similar points on the plays universal themes, “This is a comedy, but it’s not only about aging. Nancy and Bill are older, but the rest are not. It’s not just a comedy about aging, but about human relationships, love, commitment, fidelity, communication, and understanding.”
Grand Horizons is showing from August 16th to September 3rd at the City Stage in Union Station. Ticket prices start as low as $20 and can be purchased online at http://www.kcactors.org/shows/grand-horizons/ or by phone at (816) 361-5228.
Kansas City Actors Theatre
Formed and overseen by a collective of local theatre artists, Kansas City Actors Theatre (KCAT) produces thought-provoking plays that explore, celebrate, and share what it is to be human with sensitivity, intelligence, and humor. KCAT nurtures the local artistic community by employing the finest talents of Kansas City’s diverse professional theatre community, which in turn makes Kansas City a more vibrant, vital place to live and work.
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