Nov 9, 2007    #163
Contact: Angela Turner

Separation and reunion theme of upcoming UMKC Theatre production

In the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Theatre’s upcoming production, “Goodnight Children Everywhere,” three sisters and their brother reunite in London after being separated during World War II. As the parentless siblings play “house,” a fragmented family structure is revealed. The production runs from Nov. 30 through Dec. 9.

The play has adult themes and scenes, including incest, and is not for children. Children under 16 will not be admitted.

In this play written by Richard Nelson, the German bombing campaign against British cities has led to four siblings being separated for their safety.

It is now 1945. The children's mother died in an air raid, their father fell in France and the siblings are now five years older.

Seventeen-year-old Peter’s three older sisters have re-established themselves in the family's South London apartment and are welcoming their little brother’s return from Canada. However, the war has disturbed their shared memories and skewed the local male-to-female ratio.

“This theme of separation and reuniting is especially pertinent today, as we have so many American soldiers separated from their families for a year or more at a time,” said the play’s director Ron Schaeffer. “They’re not separated just once, but several times.”

Schaeffer – whose credits include “On The Verge” at the Unicorn; “The Gin Game” at the 39th Street Theatre; and “The Sweet Bye ‘N Bye” for the Missouri Repertory Second Stage – said the production is dedicated to American soldiers who have been separated from their families for multiple tours of duty in Iraq and to their families.

The cast includes four master of fine arts acting students and two undergraduate students. The design team consists of graduate design students.


Friday Nov 30 7:30 p.m. Saturday Dec 1 7:30 p.m. Sunday Dec 2 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Dec 4 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday Dec 5 7:30 p.m. Thursday Dec 6 7:30 p.m. Friday Dec 7 7:30 p.m. Saturday Dec 8 2 p.m./7:30p.m.


Sunday Dec 9 2 p.m.

“Goodnight Children Everywhere will be performed at The Performing Arts Center, Studio 116, 4949 Cherry Street. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for students and $5 each for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased by calling 816-235-6222.

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 engagement. UMKC has been designated as Missouri’s Campus for the Arts.


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