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The Search for Anno Domini
May 30-June 2

KU distinguished scholar/playwright of African and African American Studies Dr. Peter Ukpokodu will write and produce "The Search for Anno Domini MMXXI-I-VI," in partnership with KC Melting Pot Theater. This timely play explores racial inequity in America bookended by the aftermath of Covid-19 and the current political climate where civil rights for many Americans have been challenged and undermined. The play places different racial groups in the United States on the same platform, face-to-face, to engage in dialogue. Serious topics are laced with humor and presented in the call and response style of theatre. This approach creates a slight distance between the audience and unfolding events so they can see the strangeness of certain actions and discuss meanings and messages. Audiences will engage in talk backs in select performances to engage in conversation about racial equity issues and seek solutions in partnership with the playwright, director, actors, and fellow viewers.
Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 pm*
Friday, May 31 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Jun 1 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Jun 2 at 2:00 pm*
*Talk back after performance
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KCMPT’s 10th Season: 2024 - 2025

The Past as Present

A Tribute to African American Theatre

Seven Guitars
Jawbone Crack Quick
Family Sideshow

KC Melting Pot kicks off its 10th season by paying homage to the enduring legacy of African American theater. Featuring a lineup of compelling plays, we celebrate the ongoing mission and vision of KC Melting Pot Theatre’s founders, Harvey, and Linda Williams, who steadfastly uphold the tradition of African American theater in Kansas City. Inspired by Harry Elam’s illuminating work on August Wilson, “The Past as Present in the Works of August Wilson,” our season title reflects on Wilson’s profound influence within the realm of African American theatrical expression. In our 10th season, we showcase Wilson’s works alongside playwrights Lewis Morrow and Brysen Boyd, continuing the tradition of crafting unapologetic narratives of Black life. Guided by the Williams’ dedication to fostering emerging Black talent, our season also highlights the directorial prowess of Black women, further enriching the tapestry of bringing the rich legacy of Black Arts to the stage.

May 2-11

Edward Albee’s classic play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf follows a middle-aged couple, George and Martha, as they manage the vulnerabilities of their marriage. George, a college professor, and his wife Martha, return to their home after a university faculty party where much alcohol was ingested. They invite a young couple to join them fora night cap. As George and Martha entertain their guests, their toxic marriage begins to unravel at the seams much to their guests’ dismay. Albee’s provocative look at love,marriage, and privilege challenges the thin line between love and hate.
Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 pm
Friday, May 3 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 pm*
Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 pm*
Friday, May 10 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 pm
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KCMPT 2024-2025 SEASON

Seven Guitars by August Wilson
Directed by Melonnie Walker (SEP 2024)
Synopsis: Set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1948, “Seven Guitars” follows the lives of seven African American characters as they navigate love, loss, and the pursuit of their dreams amidst the rhythms of the blues.

Jawbone Crack Quick by Lewis Morrow
Directed by Ile Haggins (DEC 2024)
Synopsis: In this riveting drama, a small-town community grapples with the aftermath of a tragic event, exposing the tensions and secrets that lie beneath the surface of their seemingly idyllic lives.

Fences by August Wilson
Directed by Lynn King (FEB 2025)
Synopsis: “Fences” explores the complexities of family, race, and identity in 1950s Pittsburgh. Troy Maxson, a former baseball player turned sanitation worker, struggles to reconcile with his past while navigating the challenges of fatherhood and marriage.

Family Sideshow by Brysen Boyd
Directed by Nicole Hodges Persley (MAY 2025)
Synopsis: In this dark comedy, a dysfunctional family reunites for a chaotic and absurd night of revelations, confrontations, and unexpected twists, all unfolding under the glow of the family’s carnival sideshow held at the theater.

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