2019 KC FRINGE: Mercy


Press Release posted by Bob Evans


Kansas City, Mo – Lending experience from their performance for Open Spaces KC, local arts group CAGKC is set to premiere their original psychological horror production, Mercy, at the City Stage in Union Station for the 2019 Kansas City Fringe Festival.

Mercy presents a four-actor ensemble delving into the complexities of mob dynamics, and the manifold moral ramifications of vigilante justice. The production presents a nuanced exploration of violence in an age of booming true crime popularity.

The original score is furnished by noted local composer Tim Harte. Harte made history as the first student accepted into the UMKC Conservatory using a computer as his primary instrument. Recently his Thomas Kinkade Suites were performed with a 12 piece ensemble at the Fishtank Theatre.

Directed by performance artist and choreographer Katarina Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick has performed and presented work across the region, recently with the Kansas City Contemporary Dance Company.

Written by Kansas City locals Sean Russell and Charlie Weitkamp. Weitkamp is a five time Fringe Festival producer whose work Trench Warfare was performed at the National World War I Museum and Memorial for Open Spaces KC. Russell is the owner of a web-based media company and an active member of the local entrepreneurial community.

Kylor Greene, producer and lighting designer, has worked with Kansas City Actors Theater, Musical Theater Heritage, and Theater for Young America, among other local companies.

“We see this as an immensely interesting and underutilized genre,” said Fitzpatrick. “Horror often leans on tired tropes of shock and gore, rather than examining the underpinnings of human behavior. Mercy is an opportunity for us to explore the motivations and pressures that push individuals to violence. The frightening consequences drive a tense, edge-of-your-seat experience.”

Mercy will be performed at the City Stage at Union Station and runs for approximately 50 minutes. Performance dates and times are as follows.

July 20th at 6:00 PM

July 22nd at 9:00 PM

July 24th at 7:30 PM

July 25th at 6:00 PM

July 27th at 7:30 PM

Tickets are $10 after a one-time purchase of a $5 Fringe Festival Button.


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