Jan 4, 2007    #001
Contact: Nick Barron

UMKC Theatre fills February

The University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) Theatre offers two February productions, one set in 21st-century America, the other in 4th-century B.C.E. Greece. UMKC Theatre presents “The Secret Life of Losers,” an offbeat comedy about growing up and getting out. Written by Megan Mostyn-Brown, a graduate of Northwestern University, the play tells the story of Neely, a 19-year-old abandoned by her mother. Left with her game-show-loving meth-addicted brother, a best friend with a baby he doesn’t want, and a lame job at the local Amoco, Neely’s life takes a turn when a new cop shows up on the scene and forces this small town girl to finally start living. This production is part of the UMKC Theatre “Festival of N.O.W. (New Original Work).” “The Secret Life of Losers” opens Feb. 15 and runs through Feb. 24, with previews Feb. 10 – Feb. 14. All performances will be at the H&R Block City Stage at Union Station. For a detailed performance schedule, click here. For their spring production, the UMKC Theatre Undergraduate Program presents “The Trojan Women,” written by the Greek playwright Euripides. Set during the Peloponnesian War, the play is part of a trilogy, the other writings being “Alexandros” and “Palamedes.” The play tells the story of what happened to the women of Troy after the legendary city has been sacked. “Trojan Women” is directed by Ron Schaeffer and is performed at Grant Hall Theatre on the UMKC campus. Preview performance is Feb. 21 (7:30 p.m.), with regular 7:30 p.m. performances Feb. 22-24. Two 2 p.m. performances will be held on Feb. 24-25. UMKC Theatre has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top graduate theatre training programs in the country. The program trains a select group of highly talented actors, designers, stage managers and dramaturgs for careers in the performing arts. Graduates from the UMKC program are invited to the most prestigious New York competitions and auditions to exhibit their work and secure positions with national and international performing companies. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and is a member of the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA). 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. # # # 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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