Apr 6, 2006    #001
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

UMKC Theatre Presents 'The Trial'

Regarded as one of the most significant novels of our time, the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s (UMKC) Theatre Department brings Franz Kafka’s “The Trial” to life this February. The performances are Feb. 4-Feb. 18. Previews are Thursday, Feb. 2, and Friday, Feb. 3. Kenneth Albers, resident director and actor at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, directs the production.

“The Trial” tells the story of a respectable bank officer and ordinary man named “Josef K” who is arrested and charged with an unspecified crime he did not commit. “K,” unaware of why he’s on trial, tries desperately to find an explanation and a way out of his situation.

Written in 1914, but not published until after Kafka’s death in 1924, “The Trial” explores many themes, including the dangers of excessive bureaucratic power, the psychological impact of guilt and the vulnerability felt by many minorities in modern society. The story predates Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Communist regime, in which tales such as those told in “The Trial” were common, but continues to be relevant in the 21st Century.

Albers directed Molière’s “The Imaginary Invalid” and “The Misanthrope” at the Missouri Repertory Theatre, along with performing as Big Daddy in Tennessee William’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” “K” is played by David Jones, a second-year Master’s of Fine Arts student who played “Earnest” in “The Importance of Being Earnest” last year. Also appearing in “The Trial” is Ben Newman (“The Maids’ Tragedy”), David White, Samuel Gaines, and Toccarra Cash (“The Darker Face of the Earth”).

Performance Dates and Times

Thursday, February 2, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 3, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 4, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 5, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 8, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 9, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 11, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 17, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.

Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m. All Performances will be held at the Union Station H&R Block City Stage. Show times are subject to change.

Single tickets for Union Station productions are available by calling Union Station at 816-460-2020 or through the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222.

Ticket prices are:

Adult: $15-18

College Students $10

High School Age and Younger: $6

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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