Unicorn announces 2019-2020 lineup


Press release posted by Bob Evans

Unicorn Theatre’s
2019 – 2020 Season Announced

 Unicorn Theatre, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Cynthia Levin, announces the 46th season of thought provoking new plays that will delve into today’s most pressing social issues and reflect on our history through a modern lens. This season will include a new musical, a world premiere and two new comedies. The new season will open September 4th, 2019.

 Subscriptions and memberships for the new season are on sale now with monthly payment plans available for as low as $19 per month (for 10 months). In addition to a full line-up of new plays, the Unicorn will also continue the In-Progress New Play Reading Series, bringing scripts in development and under consideration for production in upcoming seasons before the public.

 WHO’S YOUR BAGHDADDY, or how I started the Iraq war

A New Musical

Music and book by Marshall Pailet, lyrics and book by A.D. Penedo

Directed by Sarah Crawford

September 4th through September 29th 2019

Inspired by a true story, Baghdaddy, is a boisterous and irreverent new musical that opens with a handful of mid-level government cronies in a support group for people who started the Iraq War. Crashing through time and remixing musical styles, this hilarious new musical takes a hard look at the hubris, assumptions and questionable intelligence that led to one of the most colossal military blunders in recent history.


By Lucas Hnath

Directed by Darren Sextro

October 16th through November 10th, 2019

Nora Helmer is back. After slamming the door on her way out all those years ago, Nora has come home with one really awkward favor to ask. This bitingly funny sequel to Ibsen’s revolutionary masterpiece examines the roles people choose to play, and those they feel forced into… a conversation with about 140 years of momentum behind it. A must-see for anyone who’s ever tried to be married.


By Theresa Rebeck

Directed by Cynthia Levin

December 4th through December 29th, 2019

In 1897, the international stage celebrity Sarah Bernhardt set out to tackle her most ambitious role yet: Hamlet. This performance could catapult her to godly heights or be the end of Bernhardt’s illustrious career. All of Paris was wondering what would happen, but the indomitable Bernhardt would not let anything hold her back. In a fierce exploration of women, power and the desire to create a lasting legacy, Theresa Rebeck’s new play is full of high comedy and human drama.


(Title To Be Announced)

January 22, 2020 through February 9, 2020


By Christopher Demos-Brown

Directed by Damron Russel Armstrong

March 4th through March 29th, 2020

Winner of the prestigious Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play of 2016, this explosive new drama examines our nation’s racial divide through the eyes of an estranged, interracial couple. Over the course of one evening, the couple’s disparate backgrounds collide as they confront an unexpected crisis involving their son, the police and an abandoned car.


By Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell, based on the book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal

Directed by Ian R. Crawford

April 15th through May 10th, 2020

How negotiable is a fact? The ultimate showdown between fact and fiction takes the stage in this unexpected comedy. In a world of fake news, one determined young fact checker is keen to make a name for himself. His demanding editor has given him a big assignment: apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by an unorthodox author. Together, they take on the high-stakes world of publishing in this new comedy.


By Josh Harmon

Directed by Cynthia Levin

June 3rd through June 28th, 2020

Bill and Sherri are the white, progressive-and-proud headmaster and dean of admissions at Hillcrest, a mid-tier New Hampshire boarding school. Over the last fifteen years, they’ve worked to diversify the school’s mostly white population. But when their high-achieving son Charlie’s Ivy League dreams are jeopardized, the family’s reaction blasts open a deep rift between their public values and private decisions. A no-holds-barred look at privilege, power and the perils of whiteness from the author of BAD JEWS.

  Season Subscriptions and memberships are now on sale. Call 816-531-7529 EXT. 10 or buy in person at the box office located at 3828 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64111.

About Unicorn Theatre

Founded in 1974, Unicorn Theatre enhances the Kansas City community by developing and producing high-quality, thought-provoking plays that have never been seen in the region. We illuminate social issues by shining a light on diversity and inclusive stories which include race, religion and gender identity. Unicorn creates opportunities for the advancement of emerging and established actors, directors, playwrights, designers, technicians and administrative staff.

Unicorn Theatre is under the artistic and executive leadership of Producing Artistic Director Cynthia Levin, who joined the company in 1979. From a newly expanded home in the Midtown neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri, the Unicorn houses two stages—The Levin Stage (formerly The Main Stage) and The Jerome Stage (added in 2008).  After a year-long capital campaign Unicorn Theatre was able to purchase the building outright in 2014.

A fully professional not-for-profit theatre, the theatre operates under agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. The Unicorn is a founding member of the National New Play Network, an alliance of not-for-profit professional theatres that champions the development, production and continued life of new plays for the American theatre; and is a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group, Inc., the national service organization for the not-for-profit professional theatre.

Financial assistance for this theatre has been provided by The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; corporate and foundation gifts; and the generous individuals throughout the community we serve.

 Unicorn Theatre / 3828 Main Street / Kansas City, MO 64111

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