Press release posted by Bob Evans
Theatre for Young America is excited to present our 2019-2020 Season! The first show of the season is the hilarious show Dragons Love Tacos, by Ernie Nolan. Directed by Artistic Director, Valerie Mackey, the first production of our season opens October 8th and runs until November 9th, 2019. The cast features J. Will Fritz, Amy Hurrelbrink, Eric Johansen, Franci Talamantez-Witte, Kieran Ford, and Ian Von Fange.
Based on the popular book by Adam Rubin, this very funny story has audiences raving! You know what Dragons really love? Tacos of course! A boy and his dog are watching a TV show about dragons when they unexpectedly get caught up in the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ of what to serve to dragons to eat. Dragons love tacos, but if they accidentally eat spicy salsa… watch out! Kids and adults alike will enjoy this fiery fun production about the importance of family, friendship and communication.
About the Author: Adam Rubin is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of ten critically-acclaimed picture books, including the Those Darn Squirrels trilogy, Dragons Love Tacos, Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel, Secret Pizza Party, Robo-Sauce and El Chupacabras. He spent ten years working as a creative director in the advertising industry before leaving his day job to write full-time. In between writing projects, he designs and collects optical illusions, puzzles and games. Adam currently lives in Barcelona, Spain.
About the Playwright: Ernie Nolan is a director, choreographer and playwright dedicated to reimagining stories for young audiences. As producing artistic director of Emerald City Theatre in Chicago, where he has directed more than 20 productions, he created the Emerald City PlayGround, a process to develop new TYA plays. Nolan’s work as a TYA playwright has been featured both nationally and internationally at such theatres as Emerald City Theatre; First Stage, Milwaukee; Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia; Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando, Fla.; and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C. He has written commissions for Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo, Md.; La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, Calif.; and The Milwaukee Zoological Society. Nolan currently serves as the vice president of communications for TYA USA/ASSITEJ. A graduate of both the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Program (BFA, musical theatre) and The Theatre School at DePaul University (MFA, directing), Nolan has been awarded an Ann Shaw Fellowship and was selected as one of DePaul University’s “14 Alumni Under 40” in 2011.
All performances take place on the City Stage, located on level B in Union Station. Union Station is located at 30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO.
Season, single, or group rate tickets may be reserved by calling Theatre for Young America at 816.460.2083. Group and single tickets may also be purchased from Union Station at 816.460.2020 or reserved online at www.unionstation.org. The single ticket price is $12.00. Groups of 15 or more are $5.50 per person with a reservation. For information about our season or other programming visit our website at www.tya.org.
Theatre for Young America History:
Theatre for Young America (TYA) began in 1974 at the Waldo Astoria Dinner Playhouse.
In 1977, the troupe became an independent organization and moved to Overland Park, Kansas, where it performed for 17 years in a converted cinema theatre. During this time the organization grew from 4 productions to 7 or 8 per season, added drama classes, summer workshops and summer productions, and outreach workshops in schools. TYA operated in the Mission Center Mall from 1994 to 2003.
Today TYA performs on the City Stage at Union Station, the Wonderscope Children’s Museum and Avila University. Since our beginning in 1974 we have worked to create each child’s lifelong relationship with theatre. Our ultimate goal, then and now, is to encourage the educational and emotional growth of young people through our arts-based experiences.
To reach this goal TYA has produced over 200 productions, including dozens of new and commissioned plays, plus many of the most acclaimed plays for young audiences by established playwrights. TYA has developed dozens of new plays and musical plays based on classic children’s literature, historical figures and current social issues, such as child sexual abuse, child care, and conflict resolution.
Theatre for Young America is a professional theater company, which primarily employs local actors, many of whom are members of Actors Equity Association.
Theatre for Young America, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) corporation. Gifts are tax deductible.