KC Fringe: WTF Happened?


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Actors Repertory

Theatre Luxembourg  and 

Kokopelli Theatre Company

Present:  #WTF Happened?  On the Phenomenon of Trump

In the Fringe Festival KC 2018


Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg (Actors Rep), a professional English-language theatre company based in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, is proud to announce the US debut of its critically acclaimed show, #WTF Happened? On the Phenomenon of Trump.

The play, an original solo piece written and performed by Actors Rep Artistic Director Erik Abbott, will be presented for five performances in the Fringe Festival KC 2018 in July on the Musical Theatre Heritage (MTH) main stage at Crown Center in Kansas City, MO.

KC’s Kokopelli Theatre Company will co-produce locally with Actors Rep. #WTF Happened? On the Phenomenon of Trump is the only production appearing in this year’s Fringe from outside the US.

#WTF Happened? On the Phenomenon of Trump was originally commissioned by Théâtre d’Esch in

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Luxembourg. Short segments of the piece were performed in May 2017 as a part of the annual Cultural

Night in the city of Esch-sur-Alzette. Actors Rep produced a revised version of the entire play, directed by Actors Rep Associate Artistic Director Christine Probst, in September 2017 at the Théâtre National du Luxembourg in Luxembourg City.

The production received rave reviews in Luxembourg’s English-language press:

  • “…a series  of perfectly balanced Erik  Abbott  excels in a myriad  of roles the sheer phusicality of his performance, his ability to make each character authencic, make the play a success.   The audience leaves breathless and with new perspectives… and having been highly entertained.” (Duncan Roberts, Delano magazine)
  • “…a very enjoyable night at the theatre… you laugh out loud, but… you think about the uncertain times we are facing…” (Janine Goedert, d’Lëtzebuerger Land)
  • “…vividly brought to life… [a] refreshing performance… we see our own stereotyped views unravel.” (Sarita Rao, Luxembourg Times)
  • “Stupendous show, absolutely stupendous!’ (Wendy Winn, Chronicle.lu)

In this newly revised version, Abbott portrays several Trump supporters from a Coal Miner to a member of Congress. The characters, some of whose monologues are loosely based on published interviews with real voters, present a variety of voices and viewpoints—alternately sympathetic, funny, perhaps frightening—and reveal a complex emotional and cultural tapestry examining the Trump effect in a compelling, theatrical way.

Inspired by the headlines and challenging assumptions across the political spectrum, #WTF Happened? On the Phenomenon of Trump is a dramatic exploration of the curious phenomenon of the Donald Trump Presidency—how the brash billionaire developer and reality television personality blustered his way to the Presidency. It considers his controversial term in office and its effects on the lives and views of his supporters, questioning whether the President represents a new and profound movement in the body politic or just another way to increase the value of the Trump brand.

Fringe performances are: 

  • Friday, July 20th at 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 21st at 4:30 pm
  • Monday, July 23rd at 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 26th at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 28th at 10.30 pm

 All performances are on the main stage at the Musical Theatre Heritage (MTH) at Crown Center:

 2450       Grand Blvd  Kansas City, MO 64108

 For further information:

  • Visit Actors Rep on Facebook (Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg)
  • ActorsRep.lu /  ActorsRep.Erik@gmail.com  /  (+352) 621 304 916

 Erik Abbott (Biography) 

Erik Abbott is an American actor, playwright, director, teacher, and theatre scholar whose professional theatre career spans over forty years. He has performed for theatres throughout much of the US, including the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis (where he was based for many years), The Lost Colony, Theatre IV (now Virginia Repertory Theatre), Troupe America, and the Firehouse Dinner Theater. A member of Actors Equity since 1989, he has a BFA in Acting from the professional acting training program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, an MFA in Writing from Hamline University, and a PhD in Theatre Studies from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Abbott has lived in Europe since 2005 and, since 2009, in Luxembourg, where in 2012 he co-founded Actors Rep. It remains the only fully professional English-language theatre company in the country. He previously worked with Theater am Sachsenring and Theater der Keller in Cologne, Germany, where he lived for a few years.

As a playwright, Abbott is a former Core Member of The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis and a former member of the Center staff. He was a two-time finalist for the Jerome Playwriting Fellowship and his plays have been produced and/or workshopped by theatres including Red Eye Collaboration, The Flood Zone, New World Theatre Club, The Playwrights’ Center, and Actors Rep.

Abbott has published in the academic journals Contemporary Theatre Review and European Stages and is the former theatre critic for the online English-language version of Luxembourg’s national paper, the Luxemburger Wort. He has taught at Brooklyn College, Hunter College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bronx Community College, and The Loft Literary Center.


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