Melting Pot opens with ‘2121’

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KCMPT’s 2017-2018 season is inspired by communities empowered to action in the wake of Black Lives Matter and the rise of the alt-right by creating a season that asks audiences to reflect and consider how they can influence change.  KCMPT is proud to present the first show of their 2017-2018 season, the World Premier of 2121, from KC Melting Pot Artistic Director, Harvey Williams. 2121 captures the rhythm of a city still struggling with the aftershocks of the subprime lending crisis of America’s banks in 2008. Williams’ riveting play explores the residual effects of a national financial crisis on Main Street. 2121 chronicles how an underserved community grapples with class dynamics in a broken economy where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

Williams’ 2121 is followed by award winning playwright Dominique Morisseau’s Sunset Baby, an energized and timely piece that asks us to consider where our personal and political perspectives intersect. Sunset Baby follows Kenyatta Shakur, a former Black Revolutionary and political prisoner, who seeks to reconcile his past with his estranged daughter Nina, a bawdy, opinionated young woman who is on the wrong path. Living in the shadow of her recently deceased mother, Nina must grapple with who she is as her father discovers who he might become to her in a time of mourning and reconciliation.

Our third offering this season, Single Black Female, is a comic look at the burdens and stereotypes that Black women must carry in order to be legible as women, citizens and life partners. Written by Lisa Thompson, this two woman play features thought provoking comic vignettes that interrogate the emotional state of black women grappling with their value and status in America.

Last, is our workshop production of Ain’t No Such Thing as Midnight Black by playwright in residence, Lewis Morrow. Ain’t No Such Thing as Midnight Blackis a compelling glimpse at contemporary responses to anti-black violence told through the lens of Ellington Mc Cloud, a thirty something black professional who organizes a re-segregation movement to protect African Americans from anti-black violence. Morrow is a self-taught playwright from Kansas City, KS who has won several playwriting awards.

KCMPT is proud to produce plays that offer a critical response to social issues that affect diverse communities. Fusing plays that represent archival, contemporary and local voices, KC Melting Pot Theatre provides a community space that inspires exciting dialogues, incubates talent and offers fierce performances that are alive with possibility.

All productions will be held at:
Just Off Broadway Theatre
3051 Central in Penn Valley Park
Kansas City Mo. 64108

Performance Dates/Times for 2121:
Friday, September 29 at 7:30 pm – Opening Reception
Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 pm
Thursday, October 5 at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 6 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 7 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, October 12 at 2:00 pm
Friday, October 13 at 7:30 pm – Cast Party
Saturday, October 14 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Contact: Harvey Williams
816-226-8087
meltingpotkc@gmail.com

Tickets:
General admission – $25.00
Seniors (60+)/Students – $20.00
Community Nights – $15.00 (Thursdays only)
Group discounts and Press comps available
To purchase tickets on-line visit http://www.kcmeltingpot.com/
To purchase tickets by phone call 816-226-8087




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