Comedic ‘Drunks’ returns to KC stage

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Announcing DRUNKS, Remounted

The play about Hollywood, vanity, and debauchery returns to the KC Stage

KANSAS CITY, Mo. An actress desperate for relevancy, an actor aching for an Oscar, and a screenwriter who just wants respect are sequestered in a hotel room until they agree on script changes for the film they’re making. To complicate things,  the actors have smuggled in huge amounts of booze and coke.

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This is the set-up of KC playwright Pete Bakely’s “play about excess” aptly titledDrunks. After a wildly successful run during the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival, Whim Productions is remounting Drunks this March on Stage 2 at MTH Theater in Crown Center.

“When Pete joined Whim as our Resident Playwright, one of the first things he told me was that he’d extended Drunks from one to two acts. There was no question that Whim would do a remount of the show,” said Kevin King, Whim’s Producing Artistic Director. “I still remember laughing uncontrollably during the original production. And being kind of grossed out during one scene even though I couldn’t stop laughing.” King concluded, “Only Pete could write something that’s simultaneously so depraved and so smart.”

Drunks, Bakely says, is about “the creative spark and the absurd lengths we sometimes go to achieve it.”

Drunks features Rebecca Ralstin, as the actress fighting for legitimacy; Kyle Dyck, as the actor seeking gold; Curtis Smith, as the beleaguered screenwriter; and Emma Carter, as the precocious producer with rabid ambition. The multi-talented Katie Gilchrist helms the new production. Stage management is provided by Megan Kroeger.

Drunks runs from 3/16 – 3/31/2017 at the MTH Theater, Stage 2. 3rd Floor of Crown Center.

Tickets will be $20 (plus a $3 ticketing fee). Watch www.whimproductions.com for details.

ACCOLADES ABOUT THE ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

the audience roared with laughter throughout” – KC Metropolis

“sharp-tongued, ribald humor, and gross-out sight gag” – KC Metropolis

ABOUT PETE BAKELY:

“[W]ith his penchant for the grotesque and wild sexual humor, Bakely is unlikely to see his work produced at the dinner theater anytime soon.” – Robert Trussell

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Whim Productions is a theater company based in Kansas City, Mo. Founded by Producing Artistic Director Kevin King in 2011, the company produces irreverent and campy scripts. It also produces the regular Bard on Booze series, which is Kansas City’s version of the popular Drunk Shakespeare shows. Whim is a mainstay in the KC Fringe Festival and produces the annual LGBTQ+ short play festival Alphabet Soup: Stories from Queer Voices, a collection of slice-of-life short plays from KC-based LGBTQ writers. For more information, visit www.whimproductions.com.



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