KC Melting Pot Theatre Announces 2019-2020 Season
March 08, 2019
KCMPT's 2019-20 lineup features some of the greatest names in African American theater: August Wilson, Lorraine Hansberry, and Ntozake Shange and newcomer Lewis J. Morrow. Newly minted Artistic Director Nicole Hodges Persley states "We wanted to give our audiences a "Greatest Hits" of African American theater. (more...)
Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley Appointed As Artistic Director For KC Melting Pot Theatre
February 26, 2019
Harvey Williams, Founder and Executive Director of KC Melting Pot Theatre (KCMPT) in Kansas City announced that Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley has been appointed as Artistic Director. After three years as Associate Artistic Director, Hodges Persley has helped to position KCMPT as a theater company to watch in the Kansas City regional theater landscape. Under her creative influence, the company has produced timely and thought-provoking shows such as the revivals of Angelina W. Grimke's 1916 anti-lynching play Rachel and Amiri Baraka's 1964 Obie award-winning play Dutchman as well as cutting edge new American voices such as Pulitzer Prize winner Dominique Morriseau and emerging playwright Lewis J. Morrow. Hodges Persley draws season inspiration from an eclectic array of sources from historic social and arts movements to #Black Lives Matter and African American music genres. (more...)
A Raisin in the Sun is, according to The New York Times, the play that changed American theater forever. First produced in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun asks what happens to people whose dreams are constantly deferred. The Youngers are an African-American family living in a tiny apartment on Chicagos south side. Mourning the loss of their patriarch, Big Walter, the family awaits the arrival of an insurance check from his life insurance policy for $10,000 that will be the seed money to start a new life for them all. As every family member dreams of what to do with the money, Lena Young, family matriarch, decides to use a portion to buy a home in the all-white Clybourne Park. The Youngers must decide who they are as their move to a better life is threatened by racial intolerance. This production, directed by Nicole Hodges Persley, celebrates the 60th anniversary of Hansberrys ground-breaking play that still resonates today.