Posted by Bob Evans
KC’s Annual LGBTQ+ Short Play Showcase Returns for its 5th Year
Reviving after COVID, Whim Productions takes the stage with Alphabet Soup: Theatre from Queer Voices from Oct. 15-23 at Unity Performing Arts Center with an evening of seven short plays written by Kansas City metro LGBTQ writers. The plays explore wide-ranging themes told through a queer lens.
“We’ve been waiting patiently since the spring of 2020 to bring these plays to the stage,” Kevin King, Whim’s producing artistic director, said. “We’re so happy to finally share these works with audiences!”
The last Alphabet Soup played to sold-out houses in 2019. This year’s showcase features plays written by favorites from past years and some writers new to the festival. King noted that, as with previous years, 2021’s line-up features a writer who had never written a play before. He credits the script workshops that are part of the festival for attracting beginning playwrights. “Before the plays go on stage, the selected writers participate in a workshop process where we discuss scripts and provide facilitated feedback – all to help writers evolve their works,” King said. “This gives new writers the courage to submit their plays. It’s also a fantastic community builder.”
The plays are selected by a committee through a blind-reading process. For this festival, which would’ve been 2020’s production, Whim received a record number of scripts. “It’s great to see our submission numbers steadily grow,” said Diane Hightower, who serves as Whim’s outreach coordinator.
Alphabet Soup: Theater from Queer Voices is the first production on the main stage in Unity Performing Arts Center, a new performance venue. “We’re excited and honored to be part of the re-awakening of this fantastic stage,” King said. The stage is in the former Eden Alley restaurant space in the lower level of the Unity Temple on the Plaza (707 W. 47th St. Kansas City, MO 64112).
Additional Key Information:
- All 7 plays are presented each night.
- Recommended for audiences 17 and older due to adult subject matter and partial nudity.
- Audiences are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear face coverings.
- This production is supported in part by Charlotte Street Foundation.
- Tickets are available now.
This year’s playwrights are:
John Adams (he/him) – The Damp, Dark Room Just Off the Parlor Joel Barrett (he/him) – Pink Baby. Blue Blanket.
Diane Hightower (she/her) – Operation Find the Selkie
Kraig Kensinger (he/him) – Late Nite Interaction
Kevin King (he/him) – What Happens at Jock Night
Em Swenson (she/her) – Step Zero
Adam Yarbrough (he/him) – All the Best Ones
Visit whimproductions.com for full details about the plays.
COVID PROTOCOL: For the safety of the community, all patrons will be required to show proof of vaccination at the venue. Patrons are required to wear face coverings inside the venue.
TICKETS: $20. Available online at www.whimproductions.com and at the door.
VENUE: Unity Performing Arts Center, lower level of Unity Temple on the Plaza 707 W 47th St, Kansas City, MO 64112
DATES & TIMES: Doors open 30 minutes before performances.
Friday, October 15 8 pm
Saturday, October 16 8 pm
Sunday, October 17 2 pm
Monday, October 18 8 pm
Friday, October 22 8 pm
Saturday, October 23 8 pm
Advanced sales and credit purchases are encouraged. For contact tracing, contact information will be gathered from anyone entering the venue.
Weather permitting, concessions may be sold in an outdoor courtyard for consumption outside. No concessions or beverages will be allowed inside.
Whim Productions 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