Season 6 kicks off with a big, brassy bang! August Wilson’s bluesiest play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, starring KC jazz living legend Eboni Fondren, opens at The Warwick Theatre (3927 Main St.) this Friday, October 1st at 7:30 pm. Tickets are just $30 (senior and student discounts available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org). Runtime: approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes. Strictly-limited engagement from October 1-10.
It’s 1927. Ma Rainey is recording new sides of old favorites in a rundown studio in Chicago. Fiery and determined, she fights to retain control over her music, while her cocky trumpet player Levee dreams of making his own name in the business. More than music goes down in August Wilson’s riveting portrayal of rage, racism, self-hatred, and exploitation.
Please note: Proof of vaccination against Covid-19 or a negative Covid-19 test no more than 48 hours prior to the show is required to attend. Masks are also required to be worn in the theater unless seated. Sanitation stations will be located throughout the building.
Due to construction, parking is limited on Main Street. Plan to park behind The Warwick in the parking lot off of Walnut Street. From there, you’re within walking distance to some BRTKC favorites, including Cafe Trio (American), Ragazza (Italian), Tailleur (European comfort food), and Canary (modern American).
Season tickets available now.
Welcome back to the theatre! For 2021/22, BRTKC is excited to offer a sizzling four-play season, featuring Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Memphis: the Musical, Pass Over (KC premiere), and Redwood (KC premiere). Season ticketholders will also gain free access to all ARC: New Werks Program events, including the workshop presentation of A God*Sibs’ Tale, a new jazz musical by Pamela Baskin-Watson (Libretto/Music/Lyrics) and Nedra Dixon (Libretto/Additional Lyrics). All for the low price of $150.