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Opera A Night of Arias

A NIGHT OF ARIAS

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Directed by Dr. Reginald Pittman

The Opera production this semester is a Concert of Arias, Duets, and Trios. 22 singers will be performing highlights from the operatic repertoire. Selections will be from The Magic Flute, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, The Elixir of Love, Hansel & Gretel, The Tales of Hoffmann, Die Fledermaus, and many more. 

Jazz District

Produced in collaboration with Ebony Theatre

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Written by Logan Myles Stacer; directed by Darrington Clark.

In the spirit of its historic namesake, JAZZ DISTRICT celebrates the past of Kansas City’s 18th & Vine while putting it face-to-face with a story of its future. During a COVID-induced gap year, Langston, a young artist, must decide whether his next steps will be in the direction of higher education or helping run his Grandfather's plant shop. Between cypers with shrubbery and family fallout, we unpack what it means be young, Black, and have a choice.

This is Logan Myles Stacer's debut play. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Ho Ho No

Release date: Dec. 10

 Winter Pains, or Ho Ho No by the Writer's Room 2016

An irreverent look at the holiday season with songs and monologues. "Get the Hallmark hell-films out! Shove cinnamon sticks up your nose. Santa's coming, without a doubt, So get ready, Ho Ho Hoes."

Contains explicit language. 

Directed by Jerry Jay Cranford.

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Gratitude Episode

Release date: Nov. 26

The Gratitude Episode, by alumni writers

Submissions from various Theatre alums who call Kansas and K-State home. A "must-hear" appreciation piece about K-State, the great state of Kansas, the land, and it's people. Directed by professor of theatre Jennifer Vellenga.

 

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 Release date: Nov. 12

ONE DEAD; ONE DYING is set in Springfield, Missouri, 1931-1932 and follows the events surrounding the Young Brothers Massacre on January 2nd, 1932, known as the deadliest single law enforcement gunfight in the 20th century. The tragedy shaped national law enforcement procedures regarding the capture and approach of known criminals. Written by Laura Camien ('94); adapted for podcast and directed by Jerry Jay Cranford.

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Release date: Oct. 29

 

Choke and Other Tales of the Weird and Unusual by alumni writers

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In Choke, a mother and daughter encounter a stranger while driving across a bridge. Their fate is revealed by two cops investigating the scene of the incident. Directed by current student Hunter Parker. Written by Dan Shea ('97)

The following are directed by faculty member Chuck Leonard:

In Her Velcro Voice, a young father is struggling with the greatest loss he has ever faced, until he finds solace from an unexpected source, his radio hobby. The atypical, unruly young priest from his church, comes to check on him and finds a surprise when he visits him in his basement. Written by Cody O'Hare ('18)

Kill Grimm explores what you do when the flight runs out and all that's left is fight. It's an empty graveyard, "a freak in a dog mask" and you! Written by Blake Cordell

Leave No Trace follows a trip to the woods by three friends fleeing their psychopathic roommate. Will they get out alive? Written by Mitchell J. Ward ('16)

Pr(a/e)ying Mantis examines the conflict between moral and instinctual choices through the eyes of Will, a practicing vegetarian and religious praying mantis. Written by Andrea Browne ('20)

Return to Abandoned, by Jonah Kirkhart ('18), blends a tale of the old west, a lonesome man trying to find and save his wife, and a church where something evil seems to be occurring.

 

 

 

Shakespeare's Macbeth

Release date: Oct. 15

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

A brave Scottish general returns home from battle and receives a prophecy from a trio of witches. Consumed by ambition, Macbeth sets out on a path of murder that wracks him with guilt and paranoia. Directed by assistant professor of theatre David Mackay.

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Coming Soon

In Process

Release Date: April 29, 2021

IN PROCESS will feature scenes and musical selections from works created by 4 K-State alumni: Blake Cordell, Charissa Bertels, Tim Aumiller and Alex Wakim. Each piece is very creative,unique and still in process. Some have had readings, some are still in the works, some have won awards and a couple have even been workshopped here at K-State.

INN-DEPENDENT
Book, music and lyrics by Blake Cordell

In this present-day homage to the musicals of the 40s, there are bouncy tunes, tap-dancing and the high stakes of losing a family business surrounding a boy meets boy love story. Blake Cordell wanted to portray a world where the queer romantic core was accepted and not the battle to be fought much like the Mickey and Judy movie musicals.

THE UNCIVIL ONES
Book and lyrics by Christian Duhamel Additional book by Charissa Bertels Music by Ayomi Okada

Three strong, independent females seek to find their place in the male dominated society of the Civil War. High drama and a blue-grass/Appalachian-inspired score combine to explore themes of freedom, equality, and intersectional feminism featuring the historical figures Dr. Mary Walker, the only female to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor; Mary Jane Richards Bowser, a Union spy during the Civil War and Jennie (Levi) Hook, a trans male who fights for the Union.

THE YEAR AFTER
By Tim Aumiller and Scott Schneider

A quintet of New Yorkers confront the realities of seeking love, losing love and enduring relationships in a time of personal and political chaos in 2017, the year after.

AN AMERICAN IN BEIRUT
Music and Lyrics by Alex Wakim Book by Chantal Bilodeau Original Concept developed with Jonah Kirkhart

It is the story of a first-generation Lebanese-American who returns to Beirut to uncover the stories of the past and explore what it means to live in two different cultural worlds while also dealing with a budding romance.

Styx

Hate The Player

Release date: May 6, 2021

STUDENT NEW WORKS written and directed by Ian Boyd-Duncan and Meghan McGeehee

Styx by Ian Boyd-Duncan

A spa. A lifetime. A river. When Oakley, a young person on the verge of a major crossroads in life takes a float therapy trip to meditate, they begin to navigate a rushing stream of memories and life paths with a mysterious fisherman named Ron, who has seen the world under a unique perspective. Together, they attempt to navigate the river of life in the new short play Styx by Ian Boyd-Duncan

Hate The Player by Meghan McGeehee