‘Bastard’ opens Living Room season

Bastard​ ​is​ ​a​ ​world-premiere​ ​play​ ​by​ ​KC​ ​writer,​ ​visual​ ​artist,​ ​and​ ​musician,​ ​Tyson Schroeder. Bastard​ ​kicks​ ​off​ ​The​ ​Living​ ​Room’s​ ​8th​ ​theatrical​ ​season,​ ​which​ ​will​ ​be​ ​composed entirely​ ​of​ ​new​ ​works​ ​written​ ​and​ ​performed​ ​by​ ​Kansas​ ​City​ ​talents.

This​ ​cathodically​ ​dark​ ​and​ ​surreal​ ​piece​ ​combines​ ​theatre​ ​with​ ​visual​ ​art​ ​as​ ​it​ ​tells​ ​the tale​ ​of​ ​an​ ​artist​ ​torn​ ​by​ ​two​ ​defining​ ​parts​ ​of​ ​himself. BASTARD explores the challenges, sacrifices, and inevitable consequences of the choices made by an artist and his family. Struggles both external and existential define this impactful and fascinating semi-autobiographical new work by writer, musician, and illustrator Tyson Schroeder​.

This world-premiere kicks off The Living Room’s 8th theatrical season, which will be composed entirely of new works written and performed by Kansas City talents. Directed by Living Room co-founder Shawnna​ ​Journagan​, Bastard integrates creative visual art into theatre resulting in a truly affecting and unique audience experience.

Young Bastard, played by Matt​ ​Leonard​, fights for real estate in his own mind with alter-ego Bastard, (Rusty Sneary)​, while his ties to family (Vanessa​ ​Davis​ ​and​ ​Daria​ ​LeGrand)​ hang in the balance. It’s an untraditional story told in an unorthodox way, but intimately relatable to all who have struggled to hold onto a dream.

Running October 11 – 29, 2017 at The Living Room Theatre 1818 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108 General admission $35 Tickets available at thelivingroomkc.com This show is BYOB.

Complete showtimes:

Wednesday, 10/11 – 8:00pm (Preview)

Thursday, 10/12 – 8:00pm (Preview)

Friday, 10/13 – 8:00pm

Saturday, 10/14 – 8:00pm

Sunday, 10/15 – 3:00pm

Wednesday, 10/18 – 8:00pm

Thursday, 10/19 – 8:00pm

Friday, 10/20 – 8:00pm

*No​ ​show​ ​Saturday,​ ​10/21*

Sunday, 10/22 – 8:00pm

Monday,​ ​10/23​ ​-​ ​8:00pm

Wednesday, 10/25 – 8:00pm

Thursday, 10/26 – 8:00pm

Friday, 10/27 – 8:00pm

Saturday, 10/28 – 8:00pm

Sunday, 10/29 – 3:00pm

About​ ​the​ ​cast​ ​and​ ​creative​ ​team:

Tyson​ ​Schroeder​ ​(Playwright) Schroeder has been an active, self-taught artist for over twenty years. He creates stark and visceral images of the human condition, utilizing a wide variety of medium, including watercolor, oil, sculpture, music, writing, and performance. Bastard marks his second full work as a playwright.

Shawnna​ ​Journagan​ ​(Director) Shawnna is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Living Room Theatre. Her years of experience managing, performing, and directing new and raw theatrical works combined with her own background as a visual artist make her a perfect fit for this production, which integrates both worlds.

Matt​ ​Leonard​ (“Young Bastard”) Matt is thrilled to be back at TLR. His previous work here includes appearances in No Sleep November, and as Cinesias in The Death of Cupid. He’s also been seen as Wilson in Red Badge Variations (Coterie), Stanhope in Journey’s End (KCAT), Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (MET), and a million odd staged readings and other theatrical ventures around the city.

Rusty​ ​Sneary​ ​(“Bastard”) In addition to being an active actor in Kansas City, Rusty Sneary is co-owner and Artistic Director of The Living Room where he has also served as director for productions such as Talk Radio, Some Girl(s), Race, H4CKS, Annapurna, Trigger Happy, and The Ballad of Lefty & Crabbe.

Vanessa​ ​Davis​ ​(“Ella”) Vanessa’s previous works include Love Song at The Living Room, The Normal Heart at Off Center and The Ghosts of Lote Bravo at The Unicorn. She is a film and commercial actor and the director of Drama Kids of NKC, an after-school educational program that uses theatre to teach social skills and build confidence.

Daria​ ​LeGrand​ (“Caitlyn”) Daria’s credits include: The Whale (Unicorn Theatre), Chicago (New Theatre Restaurant), Grease (Starlight Theatre), The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Kansas City Actors Theatre), A Christmas Carol (KC Rep), Carousel (KC Rep/The Living Room), Jesus Christ Superstar (Musical Theater Heritage), Chainsaw, Eurydice, The Death of Cupid, Titus Andronicus (The Living Room), West Side Story (Spinning Tree), The Miracle Worker (Denver Center), Spring Awakening (Coterie Theatre)

Image courtesy of The Living Room

Author: Bob Evans

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