The African Company presents Richard III in partnership with Heart of America Shakespeare


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (October 12, 2016) – Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City (BRTKC) opens its first fully-staged production of The African Company Presents Richard III on Friday, October 15 at the Fishtank Theatre, 1715 Wyandotte.

The performance is part of BRTKC’s inaugural year as a not-for-profit theatre organization in the Kansas City community.

An Opening Night Gala is scheduled for Friday at Affäre Restaurant, 1911 Main. Dianne Cleaver, Licia James, and Nedra Dixon will host the progressive event with BRTKC Executive Artistic Director Damron Armstrong. Gala attendees will enjoy a 2-course dinner before the show, and are invited to a post-show dessert bar with the actors following the 7:30 p.m. performance.

The African Company Presents Richard III brings BRTKC together with Heart of America Shakespeare Festival (HASF), as the production is part of HASF’s “25 for the 25th”, their 25th anniversary celebration series. HASF Executive Artistic Director Sidonie Garrett directs.

“The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City’s mission to give voice to neglected and new works of the African-American experience in the American Theatre Canon is reflected in the choice to produce Carlyle Brown’s play about the African Company in New York City in 1821.

This play tells us that there are many ways to tell a story. The use of Shakespeare’s language juxtaposed with the language written by the playwright, show us two things; that Shakespeare’s stories are for everyone, and that good storytelling comes from every culture and is told in many languages. All people can find parts of themselves reflected in stories that transcend differences in race and culture.” Garrett stated.

The production features Teddy Trice, Rufus Burns, George Forbes, Amber McKinnon, Meredith Wolfe, Andy Perkins, and Ben Auxier. Performances are offered Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. The show runs through October 30. Talkbacks with the actors will follow the October 16 and 23 productions.

Tickets are on sale at the BRT website or are available in person at the theatre the day of the show.

About The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City

Founded in 2016, BRTKC is a non-for-profit organization designed to impact the Kansas City community. Each production will be tasked to give life to the neglected stories virtually untold in Kansas City. In an effort to bridge the gap between the rich realities of black experiences and the incomplete depiction displayed in most media outlets.

BRTKC recognizes that only through shared experiences and true depictions can we come together as one strong community. Both the lack of stories told through minority perspectives and the presence of minorities in Kansas City theatre are what gave birth to this company. BRTKC equally focuses on education and the inclusion of black youths in theatre. The Black Rep is currently taking educational programs throughout the Kansas City Metro area schools: implementing scholarships, internships, and mentorships.

Information in making donations to the Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City and details of the inaugural season can be found on BRTKC’s website 


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