Unicorn Theatre Presents MISS WITHERSPOON, Opens 12/4

Unicorn Theatre's 36th season of BOLD NEW PLAYS continues with Miss Witherspoon by Christopher Durang opening December 4. This absurdly funny story of the afterlife follows Veronica in her search for eternal peace. Instead, she finds herself in the Bardo (a Tibetan Buddhist netherworld) with an all-too-perky spirit guide who forces her to reincarnate in a dizzying array of roles from trailer-park infant to playful golden retriever. Miss Witherspoon is the second of three productions co-produced by Unicorn Theatre and the UMKC Theatre. These co-productions allow graduate student actors and designers to work alongside theatre professionals. Other Unicorn/UMKC co-productions include the current main stage play Farragut North and the world premiere of Green Whales to be mounted in March.

Miss Witherspoon runs December 4th, 2009 through January 3rd, 2010 with previews on December 2nd and 3rd. The show plays Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm. There is a Saturday Matinee at 3:00pm on December 5th and 26th and January 2nd. There will be a special performance on New Year's Eve that will include light appetizers and drinks at 7pm and a toast with the cast following an 8pm performance. There is no show on December 24th or January 1st. There will be an 8pm performance on December 25th. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 816-531-PLAY (7529), online at www.UnicornTheatre.org or at the box office located at 3828 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111.

Christopher Durang'S other plays include A History of the American Film, The Actor's Nightmare, The Nature and Purpose of the Universe, ‘Dentity Crisis, The Vietnamization of New Jersey, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Beyond Therapy, Baby With the Bathwater, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Laughing Wild, Titanic, Sex and Longing, The Idiots Karamazov, Miss Betty's Summer Vacation and Adrift in Macao. He has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Early in his career, he won a Guggenheim, a Rockefeller, the CBS Playwriting Fellowship, the Lecompte du Nouy Foundation grant and the Kenyon Festival Theatre Playwriting Prize. In 1995 he won the prestigious three-year Lila Wallace Readers Digest Award; as part of his grant, he ran a writing workshop for adult children of alcoholics. Since 1994 he has been co-chair with Marsha Norman of the Playwriting Program at the Juilliard School in Manhattan. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council.

Miss Witherspoon is Co-Directed by Cynthia Levin (Unicorn Producing Artistic Director) and Steven Eubank (Previously at Unicorn: choreographer for tick...tick...BOOM and The Great American Trailer Park). The cast features Jan Rogge as Veronica (Recently at Unicorn: The Clean House and Bug), Amy Urbina as Maryamma (Unicorn Debut; UMKC Graduate Student), Dina Kirschenbaum as Mother 1 and Mother 2 (Unicorn Debut; UMKC Graduate Student), Matthew Rapport as Father 1, Father 2 and others (Previously at Unicorn: A House With No Walls, Fuddy Meers, Slight Defect, Arms and Legs, At the Feet of Doves, and Mojo), and Helen Gonzalez as Teacher and Woman in Hat (Unicorn Debut; UMKC Graduate Student). The design team includes scenic design by David Hawkinson (Unicorn debut: UMKC Graduate Student), lighting design by SeifAllah Cristobal (Unicorn Debut; UMKC Graduate Student), sound design by Daniel Warneke (Unicorn Debut; UMKC Graduate Student), costume design by Sasha Ehlers (Unicorn Debut; UMKC Graduate Student), properties design by Panela Leung (Unicorn Debut; UMKC Graduate Student), dramaturgy by Megan A. Baker (Unicorn Debut; UMKC Graduate Student) with Jinni Pike as Stage Manager (Previously at Unicorn: My First Time, bare, The Velvet Rut, and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You) and Emilie Weilbacher as Technical Director (Unicorn Debut; UMKC Graduate Student).

Unicorn Box Office

Box Office Information
Phone: 816-531-PLAY
Website: www.UnicornTheatre.org
Address: 3828 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

Box Office Hours
Performance Weeks
Mon. 12pm-5pm
Tues-Sat. 12pm-8pm
Sun. 1:30pm-3pm

Non-Performance Weeks
Tues.-Fri. 12pm-5pm

Show Times and Ticket Prices for Miss Witherspoon
Previews 7:30pm: Start at $20
Tuesday-Thursday 7:30pm: Start at $25
Friday and Saturday 8:00pm: Start at $30
Sunday Matinee 3:30pm: Start at $25
Saturday Matinee December 5th and 26th and January 2, 3:00pm: Start at $25
*A $2.50 per ticket box office fee is added for all phone, web and walk up sales.

Tickets Online
Tickets may be purchased 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.UnicornTheatre.org. An online service fee applies to every order.

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