Melting Pot presents ‘Funnyhouse of a Negro’


Press Release posted by Bob Evans

KCMPT presents a revival of Adrienne Kennedy’s 1964 Obie Award-winning play Funnyhouse of a Negro at Just Off Broadway Theater May 3rd – May 18th.

Directed by Nicole Hodges Persley, Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro is an avant-garde one-act drama about a young African American college student named Negro Sarah who desperately wishes that she was white.

We see inside Sarah’s distorted reality in her one-room apartment in New York’s Greenwich Village where she talks to her “multiple selves” who are famous people of history including Jesus, The Duchess of Hapsburg, Queen Victoria, and Patrice Lumumba. As Sarah’s mind twists and turns between reality and fantasy, the audience walks through the funnyhouse of her mind to experience her violent rejection of her blackness and a toxic engagement with whiteness that leads to a point of no return in this captivating one act.

Kennedy’s fantastical play explores the psychological trauma of race and identity in America. The play is amazingly salient in this current moment over 50 years after Kennedy’s Obie award for this work. Funnyhouse of a Negro has become one of the most studied of Adrienne Kennedy plays.

The show is rarely performed due to the extraordinary demands of the staging and the text. Local audiences will have the rare opportunity to experience the show’ in Kansas City.

Jabrelle Herbin – Negro Sarah
Collin Fewell – Funnyhouse Man
Lanette King – Queen Victoria Regina
Terraye Watson – Patrice Lumumba
Laura Jacobs – Funnyhouse Lady/Mother
Khyrstal Coppage – Duchess of Hapsburg
Lewis Morrow – Jesus
Timothy Burks – Father

All productions held on the Keairnes stage at:
Just Off Broadway Theatre
3051 Central in Penn Valley Park
Kansas City MO.  64108

Performance Dates/Times:
Friday, May 3 at 7:30 pm – Opening
Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 pm – Talk Back following performance
Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 pm – Talk Back following performance
Friday, May 10 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 11 at 2:00 pm – Talk Back following performance
Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 pm – Talk Back following performance
Friday, May 17 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 pm – Closing

General admission $25.00
Seniors (60+)/Students – $20.00
Community Nights – $15.00 (Thursdays Only)
Group discounts and Press comps available
Tickets can be purchased at or calling 816-226-8087

About KC Melting Pot Theatre
KCMPT, currently in their 5th season, has become Kansas City’s premier African American theater company.  The creative team at KCMPT is leading the way by providing opportunities for local acting talent, and a playwright in residence program to develop the work of emerging playwrights.  By exploring new and classic theatrical works, the company features complex stories of African American life that offer audiences a lens through which we realize our shared humanity.

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