FRINGE: ‘Huck Finn & the Quest for the Winding Wind’


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July 21 – July 29


“Huck Finn & The Quest for the Winding Wind” written and directed by Phil Kinen is an original tale of a 60-year old Huckleberry Finn embarking on a journey with his Apache Indian companion to find the Winding Wind is a production of the Kansas City Fringe Festival at the Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Penn Valley Drive in Kansas City Missouri, playing Friday, July 21 through Saturday, July 29.


Actor, storyteller and balloonist, Huckleberry Finn is burned out with life.  Enter Iktomi, a young Apache Indian who regales Huck with the Legend of the Winding Wind.  The mythic wind is said to be able to lift an object off the ground, take it on a circular journey and then return it back to the same place it started.  The two embark to find the Wind in New Mexico Territory where unexpected encounters with Indian attacks, wild creatures and other dark unknowns plague our heroes as they unite in a special and surprising relationship.


From the unconventional and daring mind of Phil Kinen, “Quest for the Winding Wind” is the fourth play of a six play cycle entitled, “The Huck Eternal Cycle”, that follows Huck Finn during different stages of his life.  This production is a follow up work to the last two year’s Fringe hit, “Never Ever After”; where in Huck Finn spent the last summer of his youth with Peter Pan; and “Been Finn” that found a 52-year old Huck meeting his 20-year old bastard son for the first time.


This year, Kinen takes on the role of Huck and the play features the return of Jake Leet as the Indian, Iktomi.  Leet, who portrayed a 14-year old Huck in “Never Ever After” and the son, Ben, in “Been Finn” states that this year’s production “has been quite an enthralling and thought-provoking process to be a part of.   Being privileged to have already participated in his first two plays at the Fringe Festival, I have developed a unique frame of reference upon which to build my observations of the three so far as a whole. The most intriguing aspect to this process is and will be working with Phil Kinen on stage for the first time as an actor. His energy and overall enthusiasm will serve only to thrill and delight audiences.”


“Huck Finn & The Quest for the Winding Wind” will transport its audiences on a light hearted and incredibly humorous venture far out into the New Mexican desert for an extravagant quest alluding to a Don Quixote style character dynamic. The production is an adult themed show due to adult content and strong language.


“Huck Finn & The Quest for the Winding Wind” plays six performance throughout the festival with an opening on Friday, July 21 at 6:30 pm; followed by Saturday, July 22 at 8:00 pm; Monday, July 24 at 9:00 pm; Wednesday, July 26 at 9:30 pm; Thursday, July 27 at 6:300 pm; and Saturday, July 29 at 3:00 pm.


Tickets are $10.00 and are available at the Kansas City Fringe website or at the Just Off Broadway box office.

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