World Premiere productions presented in rotating repertory, April 19 to May 19.

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Apr 19 - May 19 at Copaken Stage

After suffering polio as a child, a grisly bus accident in her teens that left her with permanent injuries and in almost constant pain, and an addiction to Morphine, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo’s life is explored in this astonishing play by KCRep’s Fox Fellowship Resident Actor Vanessa Severo. Through beautiful physicality and raw honesty, the triumphs and challenges of the now-celebrated painter and wife of the equally-renowned artist, Diego Rivera, is unearthed in the brave new work.

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Apr 20 - May 19 at Copaken Stage

Three characters are playfully positioned next to one another. They each have their own sense of reality, and maybe even sanity, around a terrorist suspect and a love affair being conducted exclusively via email. Which of these people are grounded in reality? Who is telling the truth? Who is to blame? Playwright Dipika Guha looks at the slippery slope regarding culpability and expectations, using absurdist humor as a powerful tool.

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Launch Weekend

OriginKC: Launch Weekend (May 3-5) 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 Launch Weekend are FREE to the public. (Performances of FRIDA... A SELF PORTRAIT and UNRELIABLE are paid, ticketed events.

Friday, May 3 Saturday, May 4 Sunday, May 5

9:00am Continental Breakfast
9:30am Welcome and Overview of the Day

9:00am Continental Breakfast

9:45am New Work Panel
New Work: Why and How
Panelists: Cynthia Levin, Nan Barnett, Martine Kei Green-Rogers & Kelly Miller

10am Collaborators' Forum
A Conversation with Festival
Playwrights & Directors

Playwrights: Dipika Guha, Kyle Hatley, Stacey Rose & Vanessa Severo
Directors: Ailin Conant, Joanie Schultz & Logan Vaughn

10:45am Coffee Refill & Snack

11:00am Staged Reading:
Frankenstein by Kyle Hatley
Post-Show Conversation Facilitator: Jeff Meanza

11:15am Coffee Refill & Snack

11:30am: Conversation and Celebration:
Nathan Louis Jackson

Guests: Angela Gant, Kyle Hatley, Jeff Church

1:00pm Lunch for all participants

12:45pm Break

2:00pm Unreliable by Dipika Guha
Post-Show Conversation Facilitator: Kelly Miller


New Work Panel
New Work: Deepening the Conversation
Panelists: Ailin Conant, Jeff Meanza, Jose Rivera, Joanie Schultz

2:00pm Frida...A Self Portrait by Vanessa Severo
Post-Show Conversation Facilitator: José Rivera

4:00pm Coffee Refill and Snack

4:30pm Staged Reading:
Legacy Land by Stacey Rose
Post-Show Conversation Facilitator: Martine Kei Green-Rogers

6:00pm Break

8:00pm Opening Night:
Unreliable by Dipika Guha

8:00pm Opening Night:
Frida... A Self Portrait by Vanessa Severo

9:45pm Post-Show Party

9:30pm Post-Show Party

Arriving at Copaken Stage

Parking for festival events downtown is free in the Copaken Stage garage. We also encourage all guests to consider using public transit: Copaken Stage is mere steps from the KC Streetcar Line.