BWW Preview: GHOST-WRITER Makes Its Kansas City Debut

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BWW Preview: GHOST-WRITER Makes Its Kansas City Debut

The Kansas City debut of Michael Hollinger's play Ghost-Writer comes to the Spinning Tree Theatre August 22 through September 7. Artistic Director Michael Grayman directs the production being staged at the Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W. 10 Street.

Hollinger wrote the piece in 2010, which in 2011 won the Barrymore Award. "An absorbing tale. GHOST-WRITER works marvelously well-a finely wrought piece of entertainment that does just what it sets out to do." -Wall Street Journal. "Tantalizing, understated and lovely. This engrossing, old-fashioned play is about the drama of writing-and typing-and creativity and love. People who care about semi-colons (and you know who you are), this show is for you...[An] extraordinary marriage between fiction and theater." -Philadelphia Inquirer.

While working on his new novel, Franklin Woolsey dies mid-sentence, leaving an unfinished manuscript. To the disapproval of the dead novelist wife, and attacked by skeptics and the press Myra Woolsey's secretary continues to type on the novel. Where are the words coming from? Is it Myra's vivid imagination, her 20 years of working for the dead author, or are the words coming from Woolsey himself?

Ghost-Writer is the first production of the 2014-2015 season, the first presented on the stage at Quality Hill Playhouse, and the first mystery produced by Spinning Tree. The three-member cast includes Robert Gibby Brand as Franklin Woolsey, Katie Kalahurka as Myra Babbage, and Jeannie Blau as Vivian Woolsey. Each member of the cast is making their debut performance with Spinning Tree Theatre.

Purchase tickets by calling Spinning Tree Theatre at 816-569-5277 or visit the website. Photo courtesy of Spinning Tree Theatre.

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