Civilians' The Great Immensity, Plus August: Osage County, Whipping Man to Play KC Rep

News   Civilians' The Great Immensity, Plus August: Osage County, Whipping Man to Play KC Rep
The Great Immensity, the world-premiere musical by The Civilians' Michael Friedman and Steven Cosson, will debut at the Kansas City Repertory as part of the 2011-2012 season. Also scheduled are the heralded dramas August: Osage County and The Whipping Man.

Tracy Letts' Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning family drama August: Osage County will open the season Sept. 16-Oct. 9. KC Rep artistic director Eric Rosen will helm the volatile play about a large Oklahoma family who gather together during a crisis.

David Cale's solo play with music, The History of Kisses, will follow, running Oct. 21-Nov. 27. Here’s how KC Rep bills the developing work: "A writer sequesters himself in an oceanfront motel to finish a collection of seaside erotic stories, and soon finds that he has been drawn into the romantic and sexual goings-on around him. From the tender confessions of lost lovers, to an obsessed sea-shanty singer, to the surprising encounters that define modern love, The History of Kisses is a passionate, hilarious and moving exploration of what it means to fall in love by the sea."

Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol, directed by Kyle Hatley, will follow, with performances scheduled for Nov. 18-Dec. 26. The Laura Eason adaptation of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer will run Jan. 20-Feb. 12, 2012, under the direction of Jeremy B. Cohen.

The Great Immensity, featuring a book and direction by Cosson and a score by Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Saved), will play its premiere run Feb. 17-March 18, 2012, prior to a New York engagement and national tour.

Here's a look at how the work is billed: "While searching for her missing sister, a young woman embarks on a harrowing international search that takes her from the tropics of Panama to the Canadian Arctic. Throughout the story, we meet an assortment of people – both fictional and real – whose lives have been deeply affected by the realities of climate change, the unlikely topic for this unconventional new musical. Woven into the story are authentic interviews with top scientists, indigenous community leaders, tour guides and others who have been touched by the reality of global climate change, deforestation and endangered ecosystems." Matthew Lopez's The Whipping Man, which played a critically praised run Off-Broadway this past winter, will be directed by Rosen March 16-April 8, 2012.

According to KC Rep, "Rooted in the largely unknown but true history of Jewish slaveholders in the South, this extraordinary new play is a powerful exploration of lives that come unraveled as the ravages of slavery are revealed in the wake of the Emancipation Proclamation. The Whipping Man is one of the most original and thrilling new plays on the history of race, religious identity, and what it means to be free."

The final work will be the Alan Menken-Howard Ashman musical Little Shop of Horrors, which will run April 20-May 20, 2012. Hatley will direct the audience favorite about a man-eating plant from outer space and the hapless employees of a shabby flower shop.

For tickets visit KCRep.

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