Film Classics Presents: Heaven So Far  was Whim Productions' inaugural show. An original play by Kevin King, the production created the atmosphere that the audience was watching a Masterpiece Theater-style program, hosted by Carlotta Holmes (played by Kansas City drag icon, De De DeVille). Though the production spoofed the "housewife drama" genre, the fictional movie "Heaven So Far" was presented by Carlotta as a legitimate film of the '50s.

"Heaven..." tells the story of Victoria Perkins (played by Stefanie Stevens), a 1950s housewife, animal-rights activist and hostess-extraordinaire, whose life is forever altered by the arrival of Manuel, a traveling Mexican handyman (played by Francisco "Pancho" Javier Villegas) financing his journey to Canada. As Victoria fights to save the natural beaver habitat in County Park from the heartless actions of City Hall, Manuel becomes deeply entwined in the idyllic life of Victoria and her husband, Mortimer (played by Jeff Smith).

There's passion, drama, and lots of "winking" sexual innuendo (some stemming from the subplot about Victoria's efforts to save the beaver).

Film Classics Presents: Heaven So Far  was the 7th best-attended production in the 2011 Fringe Festival and the Best in Venue at the Unicorn Theatre.

 

Praise for Film Classics Presents: Heaven So Far 

"Terse dialogue...wacky staging... very, very funny" - Robert Trussell, Kansas City Star

"Stylish…silly…funny" - Grace Suh, The Pitch

Film Classics Presents: Suspicion was the second production in the Film Classics Presents series. Presented in 2012 as part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival, this installment spoofed classic film noir movies with a bit of His Girl Friday  thrown in. This time around, the Film Classics Presents hostess was Faye Chantilly-Greyson, played by Chadwick Brooks.

Suspicion tells the story of Rachel Rochelle (played by Stefanie Stevens, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Working; The Fairy Princess DIE-aries), a wealthy socialite / aviatrix; her current beauCharles (Matthew McAndrews, The Salvation of Iggy Scrooge; Carousel; Zombie Prom) part of the Special Prosecutor’s Office; and her former lover, Marshall (Francisco ‘Pancho' Javier Villegas, Lucky Duck; The Wrestling Season), who also happens to be a smuggler. Add in mommy issues, a mysterious mob bossana shady clientand youve got the perfect recipe for Suspicion!

Stevens and Villegas were in the first Whim Productions show, Film Classics Presents: Heaven So Far. Also returning was Genewa Stanwyck, a drag queen regularly seen as part of the line-up at Missie B’s. Stanwyck starred as Mother Worthington. Rounding out the ensemble was Dana Joel Nicholson (National Touring Company of Book of MormonA Bucket Of Blood; Evil Dead: The Musical; Tribute to Pink Floyd's THE WALL) as the mysterious Fritz.