Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Unicorn Theatre 2012-2013 Season

Unicorn Theatre, under the artistic leadership of Producing Artistic Director Cynthia Levin, announces the 39th season of bold new plays. The new season will open September 5, 2012 and includes seven regular season shows. In addition to a full line up of new productions to Kansas City, the Unicorn will also continue the In-Progress New Play Reading Series which brings scripts in development to be read that are being considered for production in upcoming seasons. Also announced, the Unicorn’s annual fall gala will take place Saturday October 6, 2012. More details on the season, including casting, and the gala will follow this summer. Subscriptions are on sale by calling the box office at 816-531-7529 ext., in person at 3828 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111 and soon can be purchased online at www.UnicornTheatre.org. There are discounted subscriptions for students and patrons Under 35.


The Motherf**ker With the Hat
By Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Sidonie Garrett
September 5-30, 2012
On The Jerome Stage
Veronica and Jackie have been in love since 8th grade. Jackie, out on parole, is newly sober. Veronica is anything but. When Jackie finds a mysteriously placed man’s hat in Veronica’s apartment, he suspects that she is having an affair and the emotional boxing match begins. Introduce Jackie’s A.A. Sponsor and his wife, along with Jackie’s hilariously fastidious cousin Julio, and you have a high-octane rollercoaster ride on stage. This play was a 2011 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play and closed on Broadway in June 2011.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Written by Alex Timbers
Music and lyrics by Michael Friedman
Directed by Cynthia Levin
Co-Produced with UMKC Theatre
October 10-November 2, 2012
On The Mainstage
Andrew Jackson kicked British butt, shafted the Indians and smacked down the Spaniards all in the name of these United States−who cares if he didn’t have permission? An exhilarating and white-knuckled look at one of our nation’s founding rock stars, this infectious Emo Rock musical recreates and reinvents the life of “Old Hickory,” from his humble beginnings on the Tennessee frontier to his days as our seventh Commander-in-Chief. It also asks the question, is wanting to have a beer with someone reason enough to elect him? What if he’s really, really hot?

Inspecting Carol
By Daniel Sullivan and The Seattle Repertory Theatre
Directed by Theodore Swetz
Co-Produced with Kansas City Actors Theatre in partnership with UMKC Theatre
November 28-December 23, 2012
On The Mainstage
With a mix of Noises Off and Waiting for Guffman, this season we take you behind the scenes of an obligatory Yuletide classic. A struggling Midwestern theatre company is mounting its annual production of A Christmas Carol when they learn their government funding, and their future is on the line. When a wide-eyed wannabe actor gets mistaken for an inspector from the National Endowment for the Arts, good intentions backfire, the production goes horribly awry, and hilarity ensues.

A World Premiere
BlackTop Sky
By Christina Anderson
Directed by Mykel Hill
January 23-February 10, 2013
On The Jerome Stage
Klass, a homeless young man, sets up residence in the courtyard of a housing project where Ida Peters lives. Triggered by a confrontation between a local street vendor and the police, they quickly develop a precarious bond. Inspired by the Greek myth “Leda and the Swan,” BlackTop Sky explores the concept of love, violence, and seduction.

My Name is Asher Lev
By Aaron Posner
Adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok
Directed by Cynthia Levin
April 17-May 12, 2013
On The Mainstage
This moving story follows the journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents and community, young Asher realizes he must make a difficult choice between art and faith. This stirring adaptation of a modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist.

By Katori Hall
Director TBA
June 5-23, 2013
On The Mainstasge
Taking place on April 3, 1968, this play is a gripping reimagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy. This play closed on Broadway in January 2012.

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