For the 9th year, Kansas City will host International theatre from the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals. These shows tour the world, showcasing incredible talent in design, playwrighting and performance.
Returning British artists, Guy Masterson and Pip Utton will headline this December’s Invasion. Olivier Award winning director Masterson, nephew to Richard Burton, has played Kansas City with his solo shows Animal Farm, Under Milk Wood, The Half, Shylock and American Poodle. Guy will kick off our holiday season with a performance of his solo show, A Christmas Carol. Utton’s previous Invasion shows include his embodiment of Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Maggie Thatcher, Francis Bacon and Charles Dickens. Pip will present his latest Edinburgh Fringe show, Einstein as well as his 2018 show, And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You.
Newcomer Clara Francesca is an international performing artist based in New York. Her work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Manifesting Mrs. Marx will be featured in this year’s Invasion. Bob Paisley, Director of Central Standard Theatre will remount his 2019 Adelaide Fringe show, The Professor for its Kansas City debut.
The Invasion runs Dec 2 through 8 at the historic Warwick Theatre in Midtown Kansas City. The Warwick was originally built as a 1,000 seat cinema in 1912. In 2016, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre purchased the vacant building and is renovating the venue as a performance space.
Join us from 5:00 – 8:00 at The Warwick Lobby Bar as we kick off our Holiday season and welcome this years Invaders to Kansas City.
·Clara Francesca &Alexis Kandra
We’ll have cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a rendition of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales with Guy Masterson. Rounding out the evening, we’ll toast the season with Guy’s world famous eggnog (from a recipe handed down from the middle ages).
Dec 3 @ 7:30
Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson, veteran of many smash hit solo works such as Under Milk Wood, Animal Farm and Shylock, now brings us Dickens’ classic festive fable. Famed for bringing multiple characters to vivid life, Masterson recreates Scrooge, Marley, the Fezziwigs, Tiny Tim et al in an enchanting, performance that will dazzle and linger long in the memory. Guaranteed to get you into the Christmas Spirit – in many more ways than one!
“Masterson’s production is an understated warning and a celebration of the hope for human kind. A Christmas Carol for our time.” (Public Review – 27/11/17))
Dec 5 @ 7:30, Dec 6@ 9:00
In his inimitable way Pip Utton brings the most famous of all scientists to life with his passions for science, religion, women, music and all of life! Pip is one of the world’s most respected performers of solo theatre and a Fringe legend. Over the past two decades he has written and performed some of the most internationally successful solo shows, Adolf, Churchill, Chaplin, Playing Maggie, Dickens and And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You.
Since his first Fringe in 1992, his plays and performances have gone on to international acclaim and recognition garnering five-star reviews and awards everywhere. Most recently, in 2018 Pip was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Turkish Ministry of Culture.
Dec 8 @ 2:00
Pip Utton, one of the world’s foremost solo performers (Adolf, Churchill, Chaplin, Playing Maggie) delivers his moving and affectionate performance about the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s.
Pip is famed for his skill in breaking the fourth wall and speaking directly to an audience, involving them in the emotions of his performance. Based on his personal experience of seeing his mother deteriorate and die with Alzheimer’s and on intensive research, Pip’s character takes the audience with him on a journey full of smiles, laughter, respect and tears.
‘Nothing I can say about this show will do it enough justice’ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Broadway Baby
Dec 5 @ 9:00, Dec 7@ 9:00
Journey into the soul of a woman betrayed by her husband, philosopher Karl Marx.
Manifesting Mrs. Marx is a biographical non-biography. Jenny Marx is subverting the telling of the story of Jenny Marx by another, to tell the story of Jenny Marx herself. It is about a woman trapped inside history books. It is an homage to all people trapped inside their bodies, trapped inside the delusion of what society tells them their limitations must be, trapped inside the body of a man, trapped inside the body of who she once was: ostentatious stratification. We witness the character’s birth and destruction, endured through the psychosis of her trauma and times.
Clara Francesca invites you into a genre of “theatre jazz: where the stage is highly self-aware”.
Central Standard Theatre
@ Warwick Theatre
3927 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
Dec 6 @ 7:30, Dec 7 @ 7:30
The University’s most peculiar professor has made a remarkable discovery. He’s thrilled – but why is his lecture today even stranger and wilder than usual? Come attend an odd, surreal comedy about Dickens, shipwrecks, the Venus de Milo, fainting poets and the fate of Western Culture.
Bob Paisley remounts his 2019 Adelaide Fringe show for a KC Premiere.