For Immediate Release
A new theatre dedicated to engaging the community with active duty military, military veterans, police, fire, and EMS through theatrical production, education, and outreach began May 1st, 2018. With an original production scheduled to open July 20th, 2018 for the 14th annual KC Fringe Festival, written by a local veteran its debut performance hopes to engage the community in a dialogue about civil rights and veterans.
Charlie Mike Theatre Company is unique in its approach of being a theatre specifically dedicated to hiring performers with a military or first responder connection. The first of its kind being founded by a female military veteran, it hopes to connect the community to those who serve it through the medium of theatre.
The theatre’s debut performance is a One-Act play based on true events- written and directed by Amanda S. Cherry an Iowa Army National Guard veteran and former EMT/Firefighter. The play follows a Vietnam veteran and a civil rights activist recalling an eventful encounter they experienced at the San Francisco airport in 1969, where a simple act of kindness changed both of their lives. The event comes full circle when a female soldier serving in Iraq and an African-American man meet in the same airport in 2015, just after the church massacre in Charlotte, South Carolina. The play addresses both the civil rights movement and treatment of veterans over the years, examining how things have changed and how they have remained the same.
Performance Dates and Times:
July 20; 6pm July 21; 4:30pm July 23; 6pm July 26; 7:30pm and July 28; 10:30pm
at the Squeezebox Theatre; 1519 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64108
For more information on tickets please contact KC Fringe Festival www.kcfringe.org
Charlie Mike Theatre Company has announced its upcoming season which includes “Women and War” by Jack Cunningham, dates and location to be announced for a November production. And “Lysistrata” a Greek comedy by Aristophanes, dates and location to be announced for a May production.