2017/18 Season

SEASON TICKETS!

Season tickets are available through October 8. Each 2017/18 season ticket is $100 and includes one ticket to each of the four shows in the regular season: A Soldier’s Play, Memphis, The Colored Museum, and Passing Strange. Buy your season tickets here.

After purchasing your season tickets, please call BRTKC at 816-663-9966 to select your show dates.


In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words is presented by The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City and is a collection of poems, prose, short stories and plays penned by the students of Ruskin High School and Hickman 9th Grade Center as a part of the RiSE – Repertory in School Empowerment – program.

Come hear these students discuss Life, Sexuality and Racial Identity through their unique perspective. Facilitator Shawna Downing and educators Kelly Michale and Brent Nanny, along with Artistic Director Damron Russell Armstrong, join with a team of artist-educators to bring this show to the stage.

DATES: July 22 through July 29, 2017
LOCATION: The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
TICKETS: Available through KC Fringe at kc-fringe.ticketleap.com/in-their-own-words/


A Soldier's Play

A Soldier’s Play takes place at United States Army’s Fort Neal, Louisiana, in 1944 during the time when the military was racially segregated. Captain Richard Davenport, a rare black Army “officer”, has been sent to investigate a killing. Ultimately, Davenport discovers the killer was one of the black soldiers under Waters’ command.

Waters’ men hated him because Waters himself treated Southern black men with utter disdain and contempt. As Davenport interviews witnesses and suspects, he finds out the light-skinned Waters was highly intelligent and extremely ambitious and loathed black men who conformed to old-fashioned racist stereotypes. For that reason, Waters persecuted black soldiers like Private C.J. Memphis, whose broad grin and jive talk made Waters’ blood boil.

The play uses a murder mystery to explore the complicated feelings of anger and resentment that some African Americans have toward one another, and the ways in which many black Americans have absorbed white racist attitudes.

An evening of intrigue, and questions of race, class and soul searching is A Soldier’s Play.

DATES: September 14 thru October 8, 2017
LOCATION: The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
TICKETS: Click here


Memphis

Memphis is a musical by David Bryan (music and lyrics) and Joe DiPietro (lyrics and book). It is loosely based on Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s. It played on Broadway from October 19, 2009, to August 5, 2012. The production won four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

This musical looks at a time when the music business had drawn the line between Music and Race!

DATES: TBA
LOCATION: The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
TICKETS: Not yet available


Kansas City Kids in Action 2nd Annual Benefit

The KANSAS CITY KIDS IN ACTION 2nd annual benefit for The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City’s Educational Component UEI – Urban Educational Initiative – will be held on December 21, 2017 @ 7pm. Watch here for more news about this event.

DATES: TBA
LOCATION: The Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
TICKETS: Not yet available


The Colored Museum

The Colored Museum, a play written by George C. Wolfe, premiered in 1986 under the direction of L. Kenneth Richardson. In a series of 11 “exhibits” (sketches), the review explores and satires prominent themes and identities of African-American culture. This comedy looks at sterotypes with razor sharp wit! Think the comedy duet Key and Peel.

The sketches include:

Git on Board: Miss Pat, a flight attendant, welcomes the audience aboard the fictional “celebrity slaveship,” whose Savannah-bound journey from the Ivory Coast demands that passengers (the audience) are to obey the “Fasten Shackles” sign and are not to rebel. The sketch explores and critiques the history of African Americans, from slavery to the regency of the basketball star.

Cookin’ with Aunt Ethel: Mammy Aunt Ethel hosts a cooking show in which she sings the recipe on how to “bake yourself a batch of Negros.”

The Photo Session: A glamorous black couple wearing “the best of everything and perfect smiles,” retreats from their past/history into a superficial world of narcissistic glamour. The Photo Session is Wolfe’s critique on the images and models of Ebony magazine.

DATES: TBA
LOCATION: The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
TICKETS: Not yet available


Passing Strange

Passing Strange is a comedy-drama rock musical about a young African American’s artistic journey of self-discovery as he travels through Europe!

DATES: TBA
LOCATION: The Arts Asylum, 1000 E. 9th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
TICKETS: Not yet available