Press release posted by Bob Evans
Fourth Annual Short Play Festival Features Area LGBTQ Writers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Alphabet Soup: Stories from Queer Voices will take the stage at SqueezeBox Theatreon April 12th-15th and 19th-21st. Alphabet Soup, produced by Whim Productions, is an evening of 7 shortplays written by Kansas City LGBTQ writers that explore various aspects of the queer experience in the past, present, and future.
Alphabet Soup debuted in 2015 as part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival and now returns for its fourth iteration. Kevin King, Whim’s Producing Artistic Director, notes that “Whim Productions is proud to once again feature works by LGBTQ writers. We believe it’s vital to provide a platform for onstage representation of diverse voices and experiences. This year’s plays are hilarious and heartbreaking, challenging and inventive. We can’t wait to share them with the Kansas City community.”
This edition of Alphabet Soup presents new plays from first-time and veteran writers.
Due to adult subject matter and nudity, they are recommended for audiences 17 and older.
Lesbians Definitely Not Lost in Space, by Diane Hightower, is a free-wheeling, lusty sci-fi spoof. Diane’s previous works include The Last Michigan, which appeared in the 2016 Kansas City Fringe Festival. This is her third appearance in Alphabet Soup – past works were Lesbian Potluck (2016) and Habitat (2018).
The Great Defagging, by B. Michael McFarland, features two men who descend on the apartment of a recently deceased friend to “de-fag” the place before his mother arrives. B. Michael is an actor who has appeared with Confluence Theatre Company, Maryland’s Olney Theatre Center and Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. Alphabet Soup is his debut as a playwright.
Stretch, by Mark Mattison. Hamstrings aren’t the only things being stretched as Fannie’s decision sparks big changes for her and her son. Stretch evolved during Mark’s time in a playwriting course at The Living Room Theatre. Alphabet Soup is his debut as a playwright. Mark is the development director for the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.
Nah, man. Totally., by Kevin King, features two college dudes whose Mortal Kombat session unleashes surprises. Kevin is a playwright-in-residence with the Midwest Dramatists Center. His work is regularly seen in the Kansas City Fringe Festival and has been featured in The Barn Players’ 6×10 short play festival, the Kansas City Horror Play Fest, and Fishtank Theater’s 12 Plays of Christmas. His play The Swallows was selected for the 2019 William Inge Festival New Play Lab.
Bite Marks, by Emily Swenson. Audiences will spend the night in bed with Maggie and her lovers as they play and navigate polyamory. Emily is resident designer and production manager at Unicorn Theatre, and a playwright-in-residence with the Midwest Dramatists Center. Her play Cam Girl was recently produced by Philadelphia’s Theatre Oblivion, and Walls Suck was an audience favorite in the Kansas City Fringe Festival.
Nothing Without Me, by Isabella Tate, features a young couple who struggle to understand who they are as a pair because they haven’t accepted who they are as individuals. This is Isabella’s third play to appear inAlphabet Soup. Isabella is a director, playwright, and actress at Emporia State University who gained early experience as a member of The Coterie Theatre’s Project Pride.
In Confidence, by Adam Yarbrough, tells the story of a doctoral dissertation focused on gay men in the 1990’s that has unintended consequences. Adam’s previous writing efforts have been focused on corporate, healthcare, and non-profit marketing and communications. Alphabet Soup is his debut as a playwright.
SqueezeBox Theatre. 1519 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO.
DATES & TIMES:
Friday, and Saturday, April 12,13, and 14: 8:00 pm.
Sunday, April 14: 2:00 pm.
Monday, April 15: 8:00pm.
Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20: 8:00 pm.
Doors open 30 minutes before the show. A full bar is available to patrons.
Tickets are $15 (plus a small ticketing fee). Tickets will be available online at www.whimproductions.com and at the door.
Whim Productions, founded by Producing Artistic Director Kevin King in 2011, creates challenging, and evocative queer theater. We focus on providing opportunities for LGBTQ theater artists to tell their own stories and share the diversity of queer experience with Kansas City audiences.