Whim's Producing Artistic Director selected to join Midwest Dramatists Center

Kevin King, Whim Productions' Producing Artistic Director, has been selected to join the Midwest Dramatists Center. The MDC is playwright collective that is "a creative home, family and support for emerging playwrights to further the growth of their art and the impact of that art on the greater theater community." 

King joins Jennifer Baker, Lavinia Roberts, and Emily Swenson in the 2018 class of MDC writers. According to an MDC release, "These writers make up the fifth class for the nascent playwriting development organization. They will join eight other writers who comprise the current residents and represent the institution’s desire to find and support new voices in theater."

The new members join the existing playwrights. They include Lindsay AdamsDan BornDarren CanadyEmma CarterBryan ColleyMichelle Tyrene JohnsonLezlie Revelle, and Vicki Vodrey.

Whim's putting on a Pastiche!

Whim's putting on a Pastiche!

We're seriously looking forward to the show we have coming up May! It's called Pastiche. Several Kansas City-based playwrights are teaming up to write a single play, 10 pages at time. Kevin King, Whim's Producing Artistic Director, started out the piece and then passed it on to another playwright. Successive writers will be adding to the script throughout April and May. The final product will go up May 26 at the Buffalo Room! Nobody knows how this is going to end up! Get your tickets now!

Drunken Shakespeare: MacDrunk - The Scottish Play

We've scheduled a fundraiser event in support of our upcoming season. It'll be drunken insanity! On Sept 9th, at the Buffalo Room, we're staging Macbeth like you've never seen it before.

We're going to name a couple of the actors as "designated drinkers." They'll start out the night with a few shots. And we'll make them drink at other key points during the show.

We'll also have a drinking game for the audience. And... we're going to take suggestions from the audience for drinking game rules for the actors!

Why call it MacDrunk and not Macbeth? Superstition, that's why! Why do this Shakespeare play first? Because people want to see Evel Knievel jump over 16 semis, not a Ford Festiva.

We'll post a ticket link soon. Tickets will be just $10!

Whim will Co-Produce "Lesbians Beyond the Fringe" on Sept 16

Whim Productions has signed on to co-produce Lesbians Beyond the Fringe, an evening of two theatrical works by Jamie Mayo and Diane Hightower. Join us at the Center for Spiritual Living on Sept 16 for this evening of works exploring the intersection of sexuality, innocence, shame, and love.

We'll present Jamie Mayo's storytelling piece Impenetrable Innocence and Diane Hightower's one act play The Last Michigan. Both shows debuted in this year's Kansas City Fringe festival.

About Impenetrable Innocence:

"What if the sunshine, undulating red and orange across your eyelids, slides down a little lower, lights a sweet fire in your belly? What if your fingers dancing across your friend’s arm light a fire down low in her belly? What if what makes you feel alive is cast into the shadows, staining your experience of sex? Can you find your way back to that light that first warmed your body when you were a child? I’ve got stories. Come a little closer and I’ll whisper them in your ear."

About The Last Michigan:

"Annie is driven to the edge by her cravings for physical touch; Michelle struggles to feel more confident about her cancer-ravaged body. What starts out as a carefree journey to the annual women's music festival of Michigan turns into unanswered questions about what makes a relationship work. This new play follows two lesbians deep into a forest full of feminists."

We'll have ticketing info and more details up soon! Advance tickets are $10 and tickets are $15 at the door.

Note: This is evening is recommended for Mature Audiences for sexual content and adult themes.

Whim Names Pete Bakely as Playwright-in-Residence

We are excited to name Kansas City-based playwright Pete Bakely as Whim's Playwright-in-Residence! 

Since 2011, Pete’s work has been regularly seen as part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival: Jet Propulsion (2011), Skillet Tag (2012), Drunks (2014) and Upskirt/Charlie’s Enormous C*ck (2016).

Skillet Tag, in addition to the Fringe Production, received the Rockhurst Plays In Progress award and was produced at The Living Room Theater in Kansas City and MadLab Theater in Columbus Ohio. The Columbus production was given an honorable mention as "Best of The Year" from local media.

As Playwright-in-Residence, Pete is developing new works for production. This includes an extended version of Drunks which Whim will produce in Spring 2017. Pete will also  provide feedback on play selection for Whim's future productions.