Posted by Bob Evans
Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Announce Cast of
Sam Cordes and Bri Woods In Kansas City Premiere to Kick off 2021-2022 Season
Kansas City Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Stuart Carden today announced the cast of Mary’s Wedding, the Kansas City premiere to kick off the 2021-2022 season. Sam Cordes (Charlie) and Bri Woods (Mary) will head up the two-member cast. Audiences may remember Bri from her recent performance in last season’s A Christmas Carol. Sam Cordes comes from Kansas City theatre royalty, as the son of much beloved actor Scott Cordes and arts advocate Lisa Cordes. Written by Stephen Massicotte and directed by Stuart Carden, performances begin August 27th and run through September 19th on the south grounds of the National WWI Museum and Memorial.
Carden stated, “I can’t imagine a more meaningful return to theatre than this extraordinary love story set during WWI and performed against the backdrop of the iconic National WWI Museum and Memorial. And with Bri and Sam, two superb Kansas City actors who are also a real- life couple bringing Mary and Charlie’s story to life, I cannot wait to share this adventurous and beautiful story with all of you.”
SAM CORDES (Charlie) KCRep: Pride and Prejudice, Pippin, A Christmas Carol. Local: King Lear, Henry V, Julius Cesar
(Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); Hir, RED, Farragut North, Mineola Twins (Unicorn Theatre); Wrestling Season,
Ben Franklin’s Apprentice, Everyday Heroes (The Coterie); 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (New Theatre); Talk
Radio (The Living Room). Regional: Richard Oberacker’s ACE, As You Like It, Hound of the Baskervilles, Much Ado About Nothing (Nevada Conservatory Theatre);Bad Jews, Diary of Anne Frank (Nevada Jewish Repertory Theatre); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Foreigner, Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, The Game’s Afoot (Okoboji Summer Theatre).
Education: BFA, Stephens College; MFA, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Upcoming: 2022 Agile Rascal Bicycle Touring
BRI WOODS (Mary). KCRep: A Christmas Carol, A Raisin in the Sun, School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play, Welcome to Fear City, Between the Lines. New York: Floyd Collins (Lenfest Center for the Arts.). Regional: Godspell (Starlight Theatre). Local: Who’s Your Baghdaddy, or how I started the Iraq War (The Unicorn); Lefty and Crabbe (Living Room Theatre); Garfield: A Musical with Cattitude (The Coterie); Big River (Musical Theatre Heritage); Harvey and Angel Street (Kansas Classical Theatre). Awards: Recipient of the Jon T. Eicholtz and Barbara Eden Full-Ride Performance Scholarship.
Training: Yale Summer Acting Conservatory, 2018. Education: University of Kansas, 2018. Ms. Woods is currently a Member of Kansas City Actors Theatre and serves on the board, the artistic committee, strategic planning committee, and co-chair of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee. AEA Member.
Aug. 27 – Sept. 19, 2021 | outdoors on the south grounds of the National WWI Museum and Memorial Written by Stephen Massicotte
Directed by Artistic Director Stuart Carden
Tickets: $30 General Admission
Under the stars on the grounds of the National WWI Museum and Memorial, the poetry of this love story will fill your heart.
“Moving and charming” – Toronto Star
“Tender-hearted romance…weaves a theatrical spell of hope, regret and memory.” – Variety
“Tonight is just a dream . . . it begins at the end and ends at the beginning.”
On the night before her wedding, Mary dreams of a thunderstorm, during which she unexpectedly meets Charlie sheltering in a barn beside his horse. With innocence and humor, the two discover a charming first love. But the year is 1914, and the world is collapsing into a brutal war. Together, they attempt to hide their love, galloping through the fields for a place and time where the tumultuous uncertainties of battle can’t find them. A play with a heart as big as the skies that serve as its stage, Mary’s Wedding is an epic, unforgettable story of love, hope, and survival.
For more information about the 2021-2022 season, call Ticketing Services, 816-235-2700, or visit https://kcrep.org/. Single tickets for Mary’s Wedding, Ghost Light and A Christmas Carol will go on sale Monday, July 12. The rest of the productions will go on sale in the fall. For group ticket sales, call 816-235-6122.
KCRep’s 2021-2022 season is underwritten by the Hallmark Corporate Foundation, The McDonnell Foundation, Inc., Missouri Arts Council (a state agency, whose gift is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts), Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, Shubert Foundation, and University of Missouri Kansas City.
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