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Arthur Kopit, playwright, librettist, screenwriter, adapter and mentor, a multiple Tony and Drama Desk and Pulitzer Prize nominee, will be the Honoree of the 33rd Annual William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, Kansas, at Independence Community College.
Marty Honig had always thrived on stage, but she hated memorizing lines.
So when she found local improvisational comedy troupe the Roving Imps, she was hooked. With improv, she no longer worries about forgetting what to say; the comedic acting style made popular by the television show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” is completely unscripted.
Tim Vaughn, a trombonist who grew up in Lee’s Summit, is part of the 12-member Asphalt Orchestra, a New York-based alt-marching band that will make its area debut Friday at the University of Kansas’ Lied Center.
Tony-nominated director Moises Kaufman calls the world premiere of Daniel Beaty’s one-man play, “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” a corrective to our cultural history, which “erased” singer/actor/athlete Paul Robeson from popular memory.
When news broke about the death of musician Abigail Henderson, the lead singer in bands such as the Gaslights and Atlantic Fadeout, some of the stories linked to a Tiny Horse music video directed by Mitch Brian and Todd Norris.
Dan Decker, Sara Kennedy and Daniel Lassley delivered award-winning performances on both stages of the Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy during its 2012-13 season. TCT recently presented its Renna Hunter Awards for outstanding acting.
You could say Topeka native Beverly Jo Pryor has made it big time. A world-renowned makeup artist, Pryor has been heavily involved with several major motion pictures and TV shows over the years, working with such stars as Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith on such films as “The Butler” and “Ali” just to name a few.
Stephen Crane’s Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage, captured the fear of war and the reaction of just a few soldiers, demonstrating the anxiety and distress that most likely permeated thousands. For Red Badge Variations, written by Melissa Cooper, five actors will portray the experiences of young American combat soldiers today. The play opens the Coterie Theatre’s 2013-2014 season on Sept. 17 and runs to Oct. 5.
In Pittsburg, the night of dress rehearsal in local community theaters is simply known as "Nikki Nights." That’s the night when, for the past 46 years, Pittsburg Morning Sun reporter Nikki Patrick visited to watch the production and write a review.