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Nicole Hodges Persley is the Associate Artistic Director of the KC Meltingpot Theatre. She is a transplant to Kansas City from Los Angeles, California. Hodges Persley has directed shows at renown venues including P.S. 122 in New York, Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles and now Just Off Broadway Theatre in Kansas City. Her local directing credits include critically acclaimed productions of A Raisin in the Sun, Welcome to Arroyo’s, Sister Cities, and A Comedy of Sorrows. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at The University of Kansas with a forthcoming book in 2017 on Hip-hop Theater entitled Sampling and Remixing Hip-hop in Contemporary Theater and Performance. Please join us in November 2016 for her production of Angelina Grimke’s Rachel and in February 2017 for Leroi Jones’ The Dutchman.
Warren Deckert, Technical Director/Designer -- Warren’s 45 years of theatre experience include being the Artistic/Technical Director for Great Bend Community Theatre, technical director/designer for the Bethel College Drama Department and union membership in I.A.T.S.E., Local 190, Wichita, KS. He has designed the lighting and/or sets for over 170 productions. Currently he is an assistant house manager for Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the resident technical director/designer for KC MeltingPot Theatre and technical director for Just Off Broadway Theatre. In Kansas City he has directed Bernice At Bay/The Butterfly Effect, Gidion’s Knot, and “Sue Aside...” (KC Fringe Festival), Waiting To Be Invited and The Taste Test (co-productions with KC MeltingPot).
Beverly and William hail from the south and have been married for 45 years. Their love has endured the storms of living; family, friends, success and loss. They have raised their children and served their community only to find themselves facing the secrets and pains of their relationship in their golden years. As they work to escape the ghosts of their past, they are reminded of what really matters in the life and home they have built together.
Angelina Grimke’s anti-lynching play Rachel is one of the first plays written by an African American woman to be produced for the stage. Produced by the NAACP in March 1916 and published in 1920, Rachel tells the story of Rachel Loving, a hopeful young woman coming of age who imagines a life helping others and raising a family. Rachel’s life is never the same after she discovers the devastating effects of racism on the children she cares for and the truth about the deaths of her late father and brother.
Harvey Williams is the founder of KC MeltingPot Theatre. He has directed "The Frowning Vajayjays of Shady Pines", "White Sangria", "Echoes of Octavia", "On Shoulders Now", the 2013 production of "The Session" and the 2015 production of "Old School". Harvey is a member of the Screen Actors’ Guild and Actors’ Equity.