World Premiere productions presented in rotating repertory, April 28 to May 28.


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WHAT WOULD CRAZY HORSE DO

Apr 28 - May 28 at Copaken Stage


A chilling examination of heritage and pride


Anthony and Cleopatra

May 5 - May 14 at Spencer Theatre


Shakespeare's Classic... reimagined.
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Festival Weekend

Our Festival Weekend (May 12-13) will feature readings, panels and parties! You don't have to be a playwright, actor, or director to join the fun... all are welcome! Staged Readings and Panels during Festival Weekend are FREE to the public, all we ask is that you RSVP online. (Performances of WHAT WOULD CRAZY HORSE DO?, MAN IN LOVE, and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA are paid, ticketed events.)



Friday Saturday

9am Coffee Hour
9:30am Welcome and Overview of the Day

10 am, Staged Reading:
Welcome to Fear City  by Kara Lee Corthron

FREE event
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1:00-2:30pm, Panel Discussion
Playwrights’ Forum, a Conversation with Festival Playwrights

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12:30-1:30pm, Panel Discussion
The National Pulse on New Works, Artistic Directors Share Their Philosophy on New Work Development and Production

FREE event
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2pm Copaken Stage Performance
World Premiere Production
Man in Love  by Christina Anderson

TICKETED event

2:45-3:45pm, Panel Discussion
Performers as Writers: A Fox Fellowship Presentation & Conversation

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4:00-5:30pm, Staged Reading
Freedom Summer  by Ricardo Khan with The UMKC Theatre

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4:30pm, Staged Reading
Brother Toad  by Nathan Louis Jackson

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7pm, Welcome Drinks

7:30pm, Spencer Theatre Performance:
Workshop Production by UMKC Theatre
Anthony & Cleopatra  translated & adapted by Christopher Chen

TICKETED event

8pm, Copaken Stage Performance
World Premiere Production
What Would Crazy Horse Do?  by Larissa FastHorse

TICKETED event

9:30pm, Copaken Theatre: PARTY!







National Artistic Leaders

We welcome top national artistic leaders from across the country to our Festival Weekend. Come hear their insights and perspectives on new works during each of our panel conversations.

Molly Smith

Arena Stage, Washington DC
Tim Stanford

Playwrights Horizons, NYC
Chay Yew

Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago
Andrew Russell

Intiman Theatre, Seattle
Aimée Hayes

Southern Rep Theatre, New Orleans
Lue Morgan Douthit

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon

Panel Information


Playwrights’ Forum, a Conversation with Festival Playwrights
Friday, May 12 from 1:00-2:30 pm
Larissa FastHorse, Christina Anderson, Nathan Louis Jackson, Kara Lee Corthron, Ricardo Khan, moderator: Eric Rosen
Copaken Stage Downtown

Performers as Writers: A Fox Fellowship Presentation & Conversation
Friday, May 12 from 2:45-3:45pm
Vanessa Severo, Emilya Cachapero – moderator, Marissa Wolf
Copaken Stage Downtown

The National Pulse on New Works, Artistic Directors Share Their Philosophy on New Work Development and Production
Saturday, May 13 from 12:30-1:30pm
Molly Smith, Tim Sanford, Aimee Hayes, Andrew Russell, Chay Yew, Eric Rosen – moderator, Marissa Wolf
Copaken Stage Downtown

Shakespeare as New Work: OSF’s Play on! Commissioning Program
Friday, May 12 after ANTONY & CLEOPATRA at Spencer Theatre
Lee Douthit
Spencer Theatre at UMKC

Featured Playwrights

Nathan Louis Jackson

BROTHER TOAD
An arresting new play about two families' answers to gun violence in Kansas City.
Kara Lee Corthron

WELCOME TO FEAR CITY
A humorous look at a South Bronx community in 1977 that is trying to get by in the midst of crime, social apathy, poverty, and a new art form that's about to electrify the world.
Ricardo Khan

FREEDOM SUMMER
A powerful new play in progress about the civil rights fight for voting rights.




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