Now, to the business at hand…
As we hope you know by now, EARTh (Equity Actors’ Readers’ Theatre) is spinning once again. After a hiatus—while we searched for a new home—we have had a wonderful return to action—by continuing to present FREE, one-night-only, script-in-hand, concert-style stage readings of some of the most exciting theatre ever written—utilizing the talents of Greater Kansas City-based professional actors. So far this season, we’ve presented Lawrence and Lee’s Inherit the Wind (9/11/17), Moliere’s The Doctor in Spite of Himself (12/4/17), and Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales (12/18/17).
We’re about to wrap up 2017-‘18 with our 25th presentation (!): Arthur Miller’s The Crucible—a magnificent, chilling—and eerily timely—re-telling of the infamous Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1690s. This reading will be presented Monday evening, March 19th, at Theater Two at Musical Theater Heritage on the third floor of Crown Center in Kansas City, MO. The curtain will be at 7:30PM.
We urge you to come hear Miller’s extraordinary and prophetic play—whose language is some of the most compelling in American theatrical literature. We have assembled a(nother) sensational cast, including (in alphabetical order): Chelcie Abercrombie, Victoria Barbee, Allan Boardman, Madeline Campbell, Claudia Copping, Kevin Fewell, Evan Gamsu, Robert Hingula, Gary Neal Johnson, Marc Liby, Kelly Main, Nancy Marcy, Emmy Panzica, Brian Paulette, Elise Poehling, Marshall Rimann, Vanessa Severo, Jake Walker, Morgan Walker, and William Grey Warren. As you can see, we will have many EARTh Veterans along with some faces new to our audiences.
We hope you can join us to hear Miller’s take on how dark desires and hidden agendas can be played out—through false accusations and desperate finger-pointing—to create a frenzy of mass paranoia and an atmosphere of fear. But, of course, that was way back in Salem in the 1600s. Or during McCarthyism in the early 1950s. That could never happen in today’s enlightened times. Right? Ri-i-i-i-ight.
We hope to see you there, then. Please feel free to share this information—and to bring a friend or two or three. If you’ve not been before, you’re in for a treat. If you’re an EARTh regular, thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you once again.
Best, as always,
Kip Niven Doug Weaver
EARTh’s Production Coordinator EARTh’s Resident Director