By Philippe Bowgen
16 May 2014
KC Rep bills the 2014-15 season lineup as theatre to "transform cultural, artistic, and political paradigms." Rosen celebrates the 50th season by compiling "both familiar stage classics and innovative new plays."
Cromer will open the season with his acclaimed version of Thornton Wilder's Our Town Sept. 5-28 as director. Cromer returns to the rep as a director after mounting The Glass Menagerie in the 2008-09 season.
Artistic director Rosen will then stage Pulitzer Prize winner Akhtar's new play The Who and the What (Oct. 17-Nov. 16), which focuses on a Pakistani-American writer and her encounter with a young Islamic convert who bridges the gulf between her modern life and her traditional heritage.
Homer's epic poem will roar into the rep next in Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson's new telling of An Iliad, directed by Jerry Genochio and starring associate artistic director Kyle Hatley, Jan. 23-Feb. 8 2015.
Griffin, a veteran at the rep, directs both parts of Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches and Part II: Perestroika Feb. 20-March 29. Griffin said in a statement, "No play in my lifetime has been more important than Angels in America. I lived through this time and I knew what it was. There is so much stimuli in this play … you will never forget it."
Sticky Traps, the first new work by Nathan Louis Jackson as the Rep's Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence, closes out the season April 24-May 24. Hatley directs the story of a grieving mother in a small town near Kansas City fighting back against a church protesting her son's funeral. Hatley and Jackson have teamed up as director and writer at the rep before on Jackson's plays When I Come to Die and Broke-ology.
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