The Adventures of Crazy Jane and Red Haired Annie: New Fairy Tales for the Playful, Witty , and Wise

Laura Packer

Show Information:

What happens when you combine magical realism, the wonder and menace of fairy tales, a good dash of wild women, the wisdom of Sesame Street and modern street smarts? You get The Adventures of Crazy Jane and Red Haired Annie. Set in a place that's neither here nor there, a time that's both now and once upon, these curious tales will make you laugh, gasp and reconsider how you see the world.

Join Crazy Jane and Red Haired Annie as they meet the Faerie Queen; find out what happens when you lose the thing that makes you most you; encounter serpents, angels and the devil himself. These stories can be heard as straight-up adventure tales or as the deeper, more meaningful narratives that all good fairy tales are.

Inspired by authors such as Charles DeLint, Neil Gaiman, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, informed by the strangest folktales and myths, and presented with humor, elegance and a sly wink, The Adventures of Crazy Jane and Red Haired Annie are sure to entertain and inspire.

Storyteller Laura Packer has been telling tales since she began talking. Her original stories for grown-ups and families are based in myth and personal experience. She’s appeared at events around the world, has taught in boardrooms and nursery schools, was the 2012 co-recipient of the Brother Blue and Ruth Hill Award, the 2009 Oracle Award for Regional Leadership, the 2016 Best Of Venue at the KC Fringe, and has hosted multiple storytelling venues.


Westport Coffee House

4010 Pennsylvania

Kansas City, MO 64108

Show Times

July 21 - Friday - 6:00pm

July 22 - Saturday - 7:30pm

July 23 - Sunday - 1:30pm

July 25 - Tuesday - 9:00pm

July 28 - Friday - 7:30pm


Spoken Word



60 Minutes


Parental Guidance



  1. Alexis Petri on July 23, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Laura Packer’s stories made me feel rejuvenated, inspired, and I had fun. I loved going on an adventure with Crazy Jane and Red Haired Annie and remembering all the things I know are true. I really connected with her characters and their struggles, feats, and hearts. Laura is talented at her art and skilled at her craft.

  2. Jean on July 23, 2017 at 2:36 am

    Excellent performance by a master storyteller

  3. Linda Newton on July 23, 2017 at 2:39 am

    Laura weaves enchanting tales that draw you in and make you wish you were having adventures along side her characters, Crazy Jane and Red-haired Annie. It has been years since I listened to such a good story teller, and I remember how much I love listening to someone whose words can bring imagination to life. Not only does she entertain but also hints at the keys to human nature that only a good story can contain. Go listen to this wonderful story-teller.

  4. Don Dagenais on July 23, 2017 at 2:44 am

    This is a fun show by an entrancing storyteller who paints great pictures with words; it’s an hour of highly entertaining and imaginative entertainment.

  5. Mary on July 23, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Laura Packer grabs her audience from the start and never lets go. So glad I to hear her weave her tales of Crazy Jane and Red Haired Annie! An unforgettable hour of entertainment by a master storyteller.

  6. Molly on July 24, 2017 at 5:12 am

    So glad I got to see this performance. So much depth to the characters Red Haired Annie and Crazy Jane, and Laura embodies these powerful stories seamlessly. Laura is a talented storyteller!

  7. Br. John on July 26, 2017 at 2:49 am

    So refreshing to always witness Laura work her storytelling craft. Crazy Jane & Red Haired Annie remind me of a fairy tale adventurous, “Thelma and Louise”. A must see show from a master storyteller!

  8. Mary L. Schmidt on July 27, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    What is normal? What is crazy? What is plain? What is wild? Laura takes you on a journey of friendship and love — we all need that right now!

  9. Stu Lewis on July 29, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Laura Packer is a master story-teller, who entrances audiences not only with her voice but with well-timed gestures. I enjoyed her show last year, and this new program is at least equally as good. Unlike last year, when she told several separate tales, this year she told a number of connected tales about a couple of friends who go through a series of adventures. Story-telling (as opposed to monologues) is an art that is generally underappreciated but is being kept alive by people such as Ms. Packer, who will not let it die out. What is amazing is the way in which she brings faeries and other supernatural creatures into stories intended for adults, and the audience totally buys into it. I was totally immersed in the narrative from the very beginning, and my mind never wandered. She saved the best for last, with a conclusion that totally blew me away. I hope she comes back next year–she’ll be at the top of my list.

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