David Cromer's Our Town Launches KC Rep's 50th Season Tonight

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David Cromer, Gary Griffin and Ayad Akhtar are among the highlights of Kansas City Rep's 50th anniversary season – kicking off with Cromer's Our Town Sept. 5.

KC Rep bills the 2014-15 season lineup as theatre to "transform cultural, artistic, and political paradigms." Artistic director Eric Rosen celebrates the 50th season by compiling "both familiar stage classics and innovative new plays."

Cromer's acclaimed version of Thornton Wilder's Our Town runs through Sept. 28; Cromer serves as director. He returns to the Rep after mounting Tennessee WilliamsThe Glass Menagerie in the 2008-09 season.

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The rest of the KC Rep season follows below: Artistic director Rosen will 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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