MET produces award-winning play

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MET Season Continues with The Sea Horse,

by Edward J. Moore

  •  1974 Drama Desk Award – Outstanding New Playwright
  • 1974 Drama Desk Award – Outstanding Performance   
  • 1974 Obie Award – Distinguished Performance

“A primal powerhouse of full-blooded drama” — Windy City Times

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Gertrude is a tough, independent woman, who doesn’t need anyone… or so she claims. Gertrude has encased her heart behind a facade of toughness following a failed marriage. All is fine until Harry comes home from sea. You see, Harry has a dream; he wants to buy a charter fishing boat and to have a son… with Gert. The Sea Horse is a stormy romance filled with humor and drama. courtship as they fight, make up, fight again, spin dreams, deflate them, make love, and reveal locked up secrets.

 The play features Dawn Youngs as Gertrude Blum, the fatalistic owner of the Sea Horse Tavern in a small Northern California fishing seaport.  Matt Leonard is Harry Bales, the dreamer looking to change his life before it’s too late.  Bob Paisley directs. Stage Manager, Rebecca Ralstin.

 The Sea Horse will be presented in the Warwick Lobby.  Seating is limited to 30.

 The Sea Horse evolved from a scene which Edward J. Moore wrote as an exercise in Uta Hagen‘s famed acting class into a 40-minute Off-Off Broadway showcase version and then finally into a full length Off-Broadway play. It was originally produced in 1974 by New

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York’s Circle Rep at The Westside Theater and went on to be one of the best American plays of the season. Conchata Ferrell (best known for her role as Berta the housekeeper on the television show Two and a Half Men), gained recognition and collected several Off-Broadway prizes, including the Drama Desk Award for best actress in a play and an Obie, for her performance as the disillusioned waterfront-bar owner.

 Performances:

Thu, March 3, 7:30

Fri, March 4, 7:30

Sat, March 5, 7:30

Sun, March 6, 2:30

Thu, March 10, 7:30

Fri, March 11, 7:30

Sat, March 12, 1:30

Sat, March 12, 7:30

Sun, March 13, 2:30

Tickets available on the website, metkc.org

Dawn Youngs – Gertrude

Dawn holds a BA in Performing Arts from American University and an MFA in Acting from UMKC.  She has worked as an actor and director for theaters across the country with special focus in Shakespeare and New Works. She most recently directed The Tempest for Benedictine College Theater Department and was last seen on stage in The Living Room Theater’s No Sleep November, a 24-hour playwrighting festival.  Dawn was last seen at the MET in the 2019 production of The Cherry Orchard.  She currently serves as Manager of Patron Services and Special Events at MTH Theater in Crown Center.

Matt Leonard – Harry

Matt is a carpenter, an actor and a philosipher.  This is Matt’s fifth production with  MET having performed in The Kentucky Cycle, Pride’s Crossing, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail.  He has performed with The Living Room, multiple readings with Horsehead Productions and onstage at the Kansas City Fringe.

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Bob Paisley – Director  

John Robert Paisley is an award-winning actor and director, working with theatres across North America, UK and Australia. Bob has played such challenging roles as Teach in American Buffalo, the title role in Faustus (LA Dramalogue Award), Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Heisenberg in Copenhagen, The Man in The Event, and the 42nd President in Bill Clinton Hercules. He has directed productions for Fringe festivals in Kansas City, Bedford, UK, Adelaide, Australia and Edinburgh, Scotland.  He is the 2020 BroadwayWorld.com Best Director Award Winner in the Kansas City Region for MET’s production of The Shawshank Redemption

For more information, contact Bob Paisley at jrobertpaisley@gmail.com.




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