Presented in partnership with:
JUNE 17-19, 24-26
THEIS PARK – FREE AT THE GATE
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Parking/Restrooms: Kauffman Memorial Gardens
4800 Rockhill Rd KCMO
Thursday, June 17 -Preview
Friday, June 18 -OPENING NIGHT
Saturday, June 19 -pre-show discussion*
Thursday, June 24
Friday, June 25 -Donor Reception
Saturday, June 26 -pre-show discussion*
*7pm – Community Discussion “Arts in Times of Crisis”
June 19 Featured Speakers: Kimi Kitada (CSF Curatorial Fellow), MO Rep. Emily Weber, Damron Russell (Black Repertory Theatre), MO Sen. Lauren Arthur, Maite Salazar (Poet, Activist), MO Sen. Barbara Anne Washington
June 26 Featured Speakers: Amy Kligman (Charlotte Street Foundation), MO Rep. Ingrid Burnett, MO Rep. Maggie Nurrenbern, Angela Gieras (KC Repertory Theatre), Cynthia Hardeman (Blackbox on Troost)
FREE AT THE GATE
A SMALL PORTION OF SEATS MAY BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE:
Oedipus the King, a Greek Tragedy by Sophocles, tells the story of a pandemic that devastates the city of Thebes. With the city in panic, its leader Oedipus is told that the only way to lift his city from crisis is to investigate the murder of the city’s previous king. Oedipus is forced to confront the circumstances which lead to his rise to power, ultimately leading to dire revelations about his family. While the play is a classic, it reflects on the experiences of a community trying to grapple with the effects of an unchecked pandemic. Oedipus the King examines what it means to hold leaders to account for their actions. This public performance will include pre-show discussions with the director and invited city leaders. The audience will also be invited to take part in a public art installation that acts as the set for the play.
Kansas City Public Theatre is committed to the safety of our staff, actors, crew, volunteers and patrons as they participate in and attend our productions during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to safely begin theater productions, we intend to adhere to the following the guidelines which contain recommendations applicable to our organization in accordance with guidance from local, state, and federal health authorities.
- All employees will be required to wear masks for the entirety of the event.
- Masks are required for all audience members who have not been fully vaccinated.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be made available to audience members
- No food or beverage items will be made available to audience members by Kansas City Public Theatre
- Visitors are discouraged from congregating in large groups
- Audience members who do not RSVP will be required to provide their name and contact information prior to entering the event.