SHOW BY GENRE

COMEDY

Staged

How do you create a terrible play? First, you gather eight improv actors. Next, you ask them to devise a 20 minute nonsensical play designed to alienate an audience. Then, you convince 20 people to come see “the best play you’ve ever written” – and you film their reactions. Welcome to Staged, the show that is also a prank. Cast includes Lyd Noll, Jack McElroy, Charles Gidney, Liddy Hade, Abby Palen, Patrick Parker, Amanda Monyhan, and Noah Buyak.

Mamihlapinatapai

Mamihlapinatapai is an experimental short film that blends different art forms to express the thoughts of two love-stricken people waiting for the other to make the first move.
Starring Na’Tori McConnell and Charles Jackson Jr.

Written & Directed by Charles Jackson Jr.

Produced by Charles Jackson Jr.

Executive Produced by Kelly Rhoads

Special Thanks to Kierra Conner

Triple Bypass: 3 Ten Minute Plays About Living for Death & Dying for Life

WINNER! Most Viewed Show (Elgin Virtual Winter Mini Fringe 2021)
“CAPTIVATING!”-Theatre Association of South Australia

Consisting of 3 short plays, we take the audience on a journey of emotions ranging from fear & hate to delight & joy. Our video production is fully staged and it is also available in a captioned version for the hearing impaired.

Seeking Dignity (Drama)-Darnell puts out a controversial ad online, a mysterious girl appears at his door claiming to offer him what he desires. As her plan unfolds, will he truly want what he has been looking for? Close to Black (Ethereal)-Two young women meet as strangers, realize they have common talents & struggles, and must now help each other take the terrifying steps towards peace. Tango-ed Web (Comedy)- They say we dance through life, some unlikely friends in the jungle are about to tap, sashay, and waltz out of a sticky situation!

The Most Random Sketch Show with Kat & Sarah

Ha! I have your attention now! From the writer of 2019 best venue “Let me explain my blackness: Addressing black womens thoughts through comedy” is back with another show! “The Most Random Comedy sketch show with Kat & Sarah” is a show filled with a variety of different comedy sketches that you could relate to. From break ups to escaping those unwanted car warranty calls you’ll be sure that you wouldn’t want to miss this!

The Fabulous King James Bible

In the 1500’s the historically gay King James I proposed a new translation of the bible, birthing the most popular version to date. But why? In this hilariously historically inaccurate play, King James questions the role of the church and the scripture in order to make way for his new translation, much to the chagrin of two high priests who are nothing if not traditional. The fast-paced and witty banter provide an accessible look as to how this translation came to be, and asks the question: Why can’t religion be a bit more fabulous?

The Comical Heathen

This one-person show combines Jerry’s love of teaching with his passion for comedy. Based on his podcast of the same name, this show is part “Tedtalk”, part comedy, part podcast, and ALL religious satire! Jerry covers a range of topics, such as book burnings, evangelicals, and evolution deniers, and uses his erudite brand of biting wit to deconstruct them all the way to the ground! The show includes a lively Q&A that audiences always enjoy.

Tales of a Reluctant World Traveler

Sixteen weeks, four continents, three bungee jumps, and I couldn’t come home soon enough. This is the story of how a Boston homebody turned a solo trip around the globe into a comedy novel and an acclaimed one-man play. A one-hour performance featuring a travel slide show, story-telling, and an off-kilter author talk. A must-see for book lovers, writers, travelers, kvetches, and misanthropes.

ROAR: A New Musical

ROAR: A New Musical
Written by Kevin & Allison Cloud
Produced by Bodhi Theatre
Directed by Heidi Van
Music Directed by Jeremy Watson

Stage Manager: Shayla Leggs
Assistant Stage Manager & Video Editor: Matthew Koehler
Lighting Design: Micah Thompson
Sound Design: Mark Johnson
Costume Design: Athena Louise Hyacinth
Set Design: Heidi Van

ROAR, a family musical, tells the story of Sarah the Bear, who like many bears before her has been forced by humans to perform as a dancing bear. But Sarah has an impossible dream. She longs to break free from the system of oppression and establish herself as an equal to the humans as the world’s first dancing and singing bear. The problem is that everywhere Sarah turns, her voice is silenced.

As a last resort, Sarah runs off to the circus to pursue her dream, discovering too late that the circus is run by a family of evil clowns. The clowns imprison Sarah and force her to continue performing for their show as a dancing bear.

Sarah continues to pursue her impossible dream, and eventually her dream grows bigger as she inspires other captive bears to raise their voices until they are heard. United, the power of their collective voice triumphs over the oppression they have endured.

Featuring:
Darcie Hingula as Sarah
Cameron Mabie as Joey
Jasmine Lowe as Mama/Bonnie
Robert Hingula as Papa/Harold
Tim Ahlenius as Clarence
Cody Boehm as Daisy
Timothy Houston as Reggie
Brock Hatton as Frankie
Kirsten Nicole Myers as Lulu
Spencer Thompson as Evil Clown Joe
Melissa Trierweiler as Female Understudy
Fisher Stewart as Male Understudy

Follow ROAR:
Website: www.roarthemusical.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RoartheMusical
Instagram: @RoarMusical

See more Bodhi Theatre:
Website: www.BodhiTheatre.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BodhiTheatre
Instagram: @BodhiTheatre

We want to give a SPECIAL THANK YOU to all the artists who gave of their time and talent to help us raise enough funds to pay actors, staff, and designers. You are all heroes! We also want to extend gratitude to The Black Box and their staff for accommodating us throughout the audition, rehearsal, fundraising, and filming process.

For a more detailed list of THANK YOUs, go to www.BodhiTheatre.com/Projects

On the Concept of Irony (with No Reference to Socrates)

What happens when human folly runs face-first into apocalypse? Stolen placentas, political genies, sad puppies, Elder Gods, cryogenically frozen comedians…welcome to this year’s grotesque anthology of comic horror, with no mention whatsoever of a certain ancient Greek philosopher.

Molière than Thou

“Molière Lives!” Molière’s cast has all come down with food poisoning! Unable to refund the audience’ money, he offers instead to share what bits he’s kept tucked away in his memory, given the King’s quirky demands for command performances! Winner of the 2020 Young-Howze Pre-Pandemic Adaptation award, just in time for Molière’s 400th birthday! “Best Adapted Work” (San Francisco Fringe) “Moliere has never been more accessible.” (Aislesay.com) “The audience is enthralled.” (nytheatre.com)

DANCE

The CommUNITY Dance Cypher

In hip hop and street style dance forms, a cypher is where dancers gather around to participate in dance. Spectators are welcome to join the circle to enjoy the movement, celebrate the culture and create comraderie. While this is not a true cypher, the hope is that you, the viewer, gather around your screen and enjoy the movement and high energy from the dancers. This collection of pieces from choreographer Maya Tillman-Rayton has been recorded on stage prior to and during the pandemic. All pieces are hip hop and street style choreography and features dancers from Lawrence and Kansas City.

When

Based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless advice in his poem, “If,” and produced by Alden Miller of Alchemy Film Company, this innovative “dancical” follows the journeys of four characters as they work to overcome obstacles in their stories of romantic relationship, entrepreneurship, job loss, and rising above pettiness to become who they are meant to be. With the charm and inspiration you expect from every VidaDance Company show, you’ll finish the film knowing what’s possible “When.”

RhythmScape – Indian Classical Dance Experience

Showcasing the intricate and spellbinding art of story telling from Northern India ‘Kathak’. Known for its intricate gestures, rhythmic footwork and pirouette’s Kathak brings to life creative expressions from centuries of performing artists. Experience traditional compositions performed by local KC artist in full grandeur.

BASCULE: Balancing Art and Passion

KC Aerial Arts Training Company presents Bascule, an aerial and acrobatic variety show comprised of vignettes created by company members. Born from passion and shaped by the artistic medium of choice, each piece is a story, a message, an adventure the performers have been dreaming to share. Each piece is a balance of skill and imagination.

DRAMA

Mamihlapinatapai

Mamihlapinatapai is an experimental short film that blends different art forms to express the thoughts of two love-stricken people waiting for the other to make the first move.
Starring Na’Tori McConnell and Charles Jackson Jr.

Written & Directed by Charles Jackson Jr.

Produced by Charles Jackson Jr.

Executive Produced by Kelly Rhoads

Special Thanks to Kierra Conner

Triple Bypass: 3 Ten Minute Plays About Living for Death & Dying for Life

WINNER! Most Viewed Show (Elgin Virtual Winter Mini Fringe 2021)
“CAPTIVATING!”-Theatre Association of South Australia

Consisting of 3 short plays, we take the audience on a journey of emotions ranging from fear & hate to delight & joy. Our video production is fully staged and it is also available in a captioned version for the hearing impaired.

Seeking Dignity (Drama)-Darnell puts out a controversial ad online, a mysterious girl appears at his door claiming to offer him what he desires. As her plan unfolds, will he truly want what he has been looking for? Close to Black (Ethereal)-Two young women meet as strangers, realize they have common talents & struggles, and must now help each other take the terrifying steps towards peace. Tango-ed Web (Comedy)- They say we dance through life, some unlikely friends in the jungle are about to tap, sashay, and waltz out of a sticky situation!

The kNew-Born

The kNew-Born (2021)A Digital Pathway Production
Camera/Editing: Denny Eugene Dey
Actor: Poet t.l. sanders
Characters: Terry Dean, Dr. Dennis, Dr. James Dean, Skoomo

Known as “The Dean” of the state penitentiary—Terry, a prodigious felon and a prodigal father, is offered another chance to earn parole. Over the years, his violent crimes against prison staff and fellow inmates, his continuous abuse and distribution of drugs and contraband, and his blatant disregard for prison rules have prevented any possibility of release. Now, as he seeks freedom, Terry hopes; he strives; he reaches out from within to become a better man than he has ever been. With coercive coaching from a crazy counselor named Dr. Dennis, might Terry win this fight against himself?

As the prequel to the solo show and published work, kNew: The Poetic Screenplay, The kNew-Born uses poetic elements as precedence for plot and character development. This film—equal to its stage-ready sequel—invites you to experience conscientious compassion for a convict slash drug addict who craves a connection with his children.

What did reviewers think of kNew: The Poetic Screenplay?

“Intense, gripping . . . a one-two punch . . . written in fire and delivered with thunder,” writes reviewer Kelly Luck.

“Equally as riveting as For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” says Victor En Yu Tan, UMKC professor of lighting.

“Go see it! Poet t.l. sanders’ kNew is masterful! This is probably the highest quality performance I’ve seen in my 9 years of Fringe attendance– don’t miss it! Powerful, beautifully acted, and a testament to perseverance and determination for a chance at a genuine life.”
~Laura Marcus Mountjoy

kNew is a powerful storytelling performance that will leave you astounded by Sanders’ unparalleled talent as a writer and performer. The caliber of his creativity, stage presence, and delivery deserve to be elevated to a broader stage and audience-Look out Broadway, this is one for you! I’m reminded of the phenomenal 1975 theater performance of Tony Perkins in “Equus.” An absolutely masterful show that most certainly IS the BEST of the BEST!
~Teresa Bronston Mckinley

Come see, The kNew-Born for yourself!

Safe

“Safe” tells the story of a nun trapped in a house on the top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere during the pandemic era. She faces the fear of death and the doubt of the existence of God.

Rosegold

Horror/ StorytellingMeet Jamie. She is an alcoholic. She is a survivor. And she is haunted by unspeakable darkness. In today’s meeting, it is her turn to speak. We all have reasons we drink, but some reasons are more horrifying than others.
“‘Rosegold’ is not a conventional horror story; Donna Kay Yarborough is so confident, she even mocks the clichés of the genre… an intense experience and essential viewing.” –David Cunningham, British Theatre Guide

ROAR: A New Musical

ROAR: A New Musical
Written by Kevin & Allison Cloud
Produced by Bodhi Theatre
Directed by Heidi Van
Music Directed by Jeremy Watson

Stage Manager: Shayla Leggs
Assistant Stage Manager & Video Editor: Matthew Koehler
Lighting Design: Micah Thompson
Sound Design: Mark Johnson
Costume Design: Athena Louise Hyacinth
Set Design: Heidi Van

ROAR, a family musical, tells the story of Sarah the Bear, who like many bears before her has been forced by humans to perform as a dancing bear. But Sarah has an impossible dream. She longs to break free from the system of oppression and establish herself as an equal to the humans as the world’s first dancing and singing bear. The problem is that everywhere Sarah turns, her voice is silenced.

As a last resort, Sarah runs off to the circus to pursue her dream, discovering too late that the circus is run by a family of evil clowns. The clowns imprison Sarah and force her to continue performing for their show as a dancing bear.

Sarah continues to pursue her impossible dream, and eventually her dream grows bigger as she inspires other captive bears to raise their voices until they are heard. United, the power of their collective voice triumphs over the oppression they have endured.

Featuring:
Darcie Hingula as Sarah
Cameron Mabie as Joey
Jasmine Lowe as Mama/Bonnie
Robert Hingula as Papa/Harold
Tim Ahlenius as Clarence
Cody Boehm as Daisy
Timothy Houston as Reggie
Brock Hatton as Frankie
Kirsten Nicole Myers as Lulu
Spencer Thompson as Evil Clown Joe
Melissa Trierweiler as Female Understudy
Fisher Stewart as Male Understudy

Follow ROAR:
Website: www.roarthemusical.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RoartheMusical
Instagram: @RoarMusical

See more Bodhi Theatre:
Website: www.BodhiTheatre.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BodhiTheatre
Instagram: @BodhiTheatre

We want to give a SPECIAL THANK YOU to all the artists who gave of their time and talent to help us raise enough funds to pay actors, staff, and designers. You are all heroes! We also want to extend gratitude to The Black Box and their staff for accommodating us throughout the audition, rehearsal, fundraising, and filming process.

For a more detailed list of THANK YOUs, go to www.BodhiTheatre.com/Projects

Qaddafi’s Cook

Two Mexican chefs, followers of Mama Ayahuasca and Jack Daniels, caught in the tailspin of Libyan dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, world’s bloodiest foodie and alleged designer of the Lockerbie crash. Is it the culinary big time or high stakes espionage? Inspired by true events, premiered at Hotel California in Baja, where co-authors Belville and Ambrosi first met. Critics raved, “Intense and charming…beautifully connects food, passion, and power.” Staged for Latin American Season, Actors Centre, London.

On the Concept of Irony (with No Reference to Socrates)

What happens when human folly runs face-first into apocalypse? Stolen placentas, political genies, sad puppies, Elder Gods, cryogenically frozen comedians…welcome to this year’s grotesque anthology of comic horror, with no mention whatsoever of a certain ancient Greek philosopher.

My Dear Debbie

A 50’s style sitcom with a twist. Join Debbie as she and her best friend Bev engage in comedic hijinks that always land them in a bit of hot water. After all, not everything is black and white.
Written and Directed by Casey Tregeagle

Laughing at Funerals

A One Man Show about dealing with the loss of loved ones and how awkward funerals are. With a mix of comedy and drama, Ryan McChesney takes us through the journey he had in dealing with a crisis of faith after watching his mom succumb to cancer while his dad battled an alcohol addiction which eventually took his life. Ryan will also take us through the subsequent funerals that followed and how weird and awkward it is to be a grieving party at a funeral.

FILM

#txtzero

UPDATED *FINAL* COPY FROM MY 2 AM SUBMISSION (80 words 500 characters)
​In the midst of an international virtual tour (during a global pandemic), Brian Feldman has recorded a video variation of one of his signature projects for the KC Virtual Fringe Festival. “#txtzero” is a performance video featuring a mysterious character named txt (pronounced “text”) who sits at a desk waiting for a script to arrive. It’s the worst show you won’t write all year. Please Note: Unlike all previous LIVE versions of “#txtshow,” this recorded video contains zero audience interaction.

Mamihlapinatapai

Mamihlapinatapai is an experimental short film that blends different art forms to express the thoughts of two love-stricken people waiting for the other to make the first move.
Starring Na’Tori McConnell and Charles Jackson Jr.

Written & Directed by Charles Jackson Jr.

Produced by Charles Jackson Jr.

Executive Produced by Kelly Rhoads

Special Thanks to Kierra Conner

The kNew-Born

The kNew-Born (2021)A Digital Pathway Production
Camera/Editing: Denny Eugene Dey
Actor: Poet t.l. sanders
Characters: Terry Dean, Dr. Dennis, Dr. James Dean, Skoomo

Known as “The Dean” of the state penitentiary—Terry, a prodigious felon and a prodigal father, is offered another chance to earn parole. Over the years, his violent crimes against prison staff and fellow inmates, his continuous abuse and distribution of drugs and contraband, and his blatant disregard for prison rules have prevented any possibility of release. Now, as he seeks freedom, Terry hopes; he strives; he reaches out from within to become a better man than he has ever been. With coercive coaching from a crazy counselor named Dr. Dennis, might Terry win this fight against himself?

As the prequel to the solo show and published work, kNew: The Poetic Screenplay, The kNew-Born uses poetic elements as precedence for plot and character development. This film—equal to its stage-ready sequel—invites you to experience conscientious compassion for a convict slash drug addict who craves a connection with his children.

What did reviewers think of kNew: The Poetic Screenplay?

“Intense, gripping . . . a one-two punch . . . written in fire and delivered with thunder,” writes reviewer Kelly Luck.

“Equally as riveting as For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” says Victor En Yu Tan, UMKC professor of lighting.

“Go see it! Poet t.l. sanders’ kNew is masterful! This is probably the highest quality performance I’ve seen in my 9 years of Fringe attendance– don’t miss it! Powerful, beautifully acted, and a testament to perseverance and determination for a chance at a genuine life.”
~Laura Marcus Mountjoy

kNew is a powerful storytelling performance that will leave you astounded by Sanders’ unparalleled talent as a writer and performer. The caliber of his creativity, stage presence, and delivery deserve to be elevated to a broader stage and audience-Look out Broadway, this is one for you! I’m reminded of the phenomenal 1975 theater performance of Tony Perkins in “Equus.” An absolutely masterful show that most certainly IS the BEST of the BEST!
~Teresa Bronston Mckinley

Come see, The kNew-Born for yourself!

On the Concept of Irony (with No Reference to Socrates)

What happens when human folly runs face-first into apocalypse? Stolen placentas, political genies, sad puppies, Elder Gods, cryogenically frozen comedians…welcome to this year’s grotesque anthology of comic horror, with no mention whatsoever of a certain ancient Greek philosopher.

JUDAS

JUDAS is coming! Hot off a successful run at Orlando Fringe, hear this all-new testament about his savior and (spoiler alert!) lover in a sinful, spirited, and sassy romp that reveals the truth, revs up the sex appeal, and makes the Good Book even better. There will be mystery, there will be murder, there will be loooooove– but most importantly, one of you will betray him! Just kidding, but this is definitely NOT your mother’s Bible story!

Joy of Life/OK it’s OK it’ll be OK

Joy of Life is a short film shot in 2019, 2020, and 2021, and completed in 2021. The film explores the emotionless desert of schizophrenia as seen firsthand from its director, Alexej Savreux. The film was originally conceived as a video art exhibit but subsequently expanded into more substantive and deeper territory including existential philosophy, Taoism, religious humanism, epistemology, and poetry and psychoanalysis. The film was shot with the input and advice of Savreux’s colleague and friend, photographer and filmmaker, Tonia Indigo Hughes, a professor of film and photography in the Kansas City region. Focused on themes of post-industrial society alienation, the marginalized artist, and the resilient village eccentric, Joy of Life dives deep inside a curious mind completely consumed with such an absurdly complex and bizarre syndrome.

IFCKC Presents: Film at the FRINGE

The Independent Filmmakers Coalition of Kansas City is proud to present a selection of films from some of our community’s brightest and most talented storytellers! As this program contains films from several genres including drama, horror, and comedy, Viewer Discretion is Advised.

Faring Through the Ages

Living through your 20s is an unfortunate, frustrating privilege. Roommates Emmie & Rob can attest to this. Their story tells of many tragedies, questions, progress, and accidents. They can help each other through life’s most difficult stages, or they can provoke each other’s destruction. These two Millennials are trying their best, but is that enough in a chaotic world? Featuring Briana Van Deusen & Austin Taylor Smith. Written by Emmeline McCabe. Directed by Casey Jane.

DramaUrge

If art is made, but no one is around to see it, is it still valuable? In this film, a dramaturge battles a lackluster crew and voices of doubt as he attempts to create his masterpiece in the most challenging of times. Created by and featuring writer/actor Forest Kinsey, this one-man-show captures the very necessary component art plays in survival.

MUSIC

The Black Creatures in A Mezzopiano Afternoon

Symbiotique Duo

Symbiotique is the electroacoustic duo of Michael Eaton (saxophones) and Seth Andrew Davis (guitar, laptop/electronics). The group focuses on the compositions of Davis & Eaton and free improvisation. The duo released their self-titled debut record in May 2020, on their label Mother Brain Records. Their performance on Fringe is an extension of the same material they recorded on their second album, The Maximal Effect. This performance features Michael Eaton on tenor saxophone and Seth Andrew Davis on laptop/live electronics.

The kNew-Born

The kNew-Born (2021)A Digital Pathway Production
Camera/Editing: Denny Eugene Dey
Actor: Poet t.l. sanders
Characters: Terry Dean, Dr. Dennis, Dr. James Dean, Skoomo

Known as “The Dean” of the state penitentiary—Terry, a prodigious felon and a prodigal father, is offered another chance to earn parole. Over the years, his violent crimes against prison staff and fellow inmates, his continuous abuse and distribution of drugs and contraband, and his blatant disregard for prison rules have prevented any possibility of release. Now, as he seeks freedom, Terry hopes; he strives; he reaches out from within to become a better man than he has ever been. With coercive coaching from a crazy counselor named Dr. Dennis, might Terry win this fight against himself?

As the prequel to the solo show and published work, kNew: The Poetic Screenplay, The kNew-Born uses poetic elements as precedence for plot and character development. This film—equal to its stage-ready sequel—invites you to experience conscientious compassion for a convict slash drug addict who craves a connection with his children.

What did reviewers think of kNew: The Poetic Screenplay?

“Intense, gripping . . . a one-two punch . . . written in fire and delivered with thunder,” writes reviewer Kelly Luck.

“Equally as riveting as For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” says Victor En Yu Tan, UMKC professor of lighting.

“Go see it! Poet t.l. sanders’ kNew is masterful! This is probably the highest quality performance I’ve seen in my 9 years of Fringe attendance– don’t miss it! Powerful, beautifully acted, and a testament to perseverance and determination for a chance at a genuine life.”
~Laura Marcus Mountjoy

kNew is a powerful storytelling performance that will leave you astounded by Sanders’ unparalleled talent as a writer and performer. The caliber of his creativity, stage presence, and delivery deserve to be elevated to a broader stage and audience-Look out Broadway, this is one for you! I’m reminded of the phenomenal 1975 theater performance of Tony Perkins in “Equus.” An absolutely masterful show that most certainly IS the BEST of the BEST!
~Teresa Bronston Mckinley

Come see, The kNew-Born for yourself!

My Favorite Things: “The Chocolate Mixtape”

They say, “Life is like a Box of Chocolates” And Cia Michelle Is back at it with her impeccable “dark chocolate” vocals! This show is the follow up to previous seasons of “My Favorite Things” but with a smoother concept, as Cia will present My Favorite Things: “The Chocolate Mixtape”. You will be moved by Cia’s timeless voice as she covers sophisticated and “tempered chocolate” versions, of all genres of music within her selections. With guests performing beside her, Cia will cover songs about life, living and loving along with new original music! The playlist will give you quiet storm vibes, with genres from Jazz, R&B, Country, Pop, Indie, Soft Rock and more. Sit on the couch with us, get cozy, and get ready to enjoy this music box of delicacies!

Here’s Why Beatboxing Will Change Your Life

Beatboxing is creating drum sounds using your lips, teeth, tongue, and throat muscles. SKIPPY, also known as Luke Harbur, has practiced this skill for 15 years, performing solo and in ensembles, hosting workshops and lectures, and coaching performance across the United States. His 50-minute, self-produced show, “Here’s Why Beatboxing Will Change Your Life,” gives offers a detailed history, interactive lesson, and professional demonstration of the art form. All ages welcome!

MUSICAL

The Black Creatures in A Mezzopiano Afternoon

Symbiotique Duo

Symbiotique is the electroacoustic duo of Michael Eaton (saxophones) and Seth Andrew Davis (guitar, laptop/electronics). The group focuses on the compositions of Davis & Eaton and free improvisation. The duo released their self-titled debut record in May 2020, on their label Mother Brain Records. Their performance on Fringe is an extension of the same material they recorded on their second album, The Maximal Effect. This performance features Michael Eaton on tenor saxophone and Seth Andrew Davis on laptop/live electronics.

The kNew-Born

The kNew-Born (2021)A Digital Pathway Production
Camera/Editing: Denny Eugene Dey
Actor: Poet t.l. sanders
Characters: Terry Dean, Dr. Dennis, Dr. James Dean, Skoomo

Known as “The Dean” of the state penitentiary—Terry, a prodigious felon and a prodigal father, is offered another chance to earn parole. Over the years, his violent crimes against prison staff and fellow inmates, his continuous abuse and distribution of drugs and contraband, and his blatant disregard for prison rules have prevented any possibility of release. Now, as he seeks freedom, Terry hopes; he strives; he reaches out from within to become a better man than he has ever been. With coercive coaching from a crazy counselor named Dr. Dennis, might Terry win this fight against himself?

As the prequel to the solo show and published work, kNew: The Poetic Screenplay, The kNew-Born uses poetic elements as precedence for plot and character development. This film—equal to its stage-ready sequel—invites you to experience conscientious compassion for a convict slash drug addict who craves a connection with his children.

What did reviewers think of kNew: The Poetic Screenplay?

“Intense, gripping . . . a one-two punch . . . written in fire and delivered with thunder,” writes reviewer Kelly Luck.

“Equally as riveting as For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” says Victor En Yu Tan, UMKC professor of lighting.

“Go see it! Poet t.l. sanders’ kNew is masterful! This is probably the highest quality performance I’ve seen in my 9 years of Fringe attendance– don’t miss it! Powerful, beautifully acted, and a testament to perseverance and determination for a chance at a genuine life.”
~Laura Marcus Mountjoy

kNew is a powerful storytelling performance that will leave you astounded by Sanders’ unparalleled talent as a writer and performer. The caliber of his creativity, stage presence, and delivery deserve to be elevated to a broader stage and audience-Look out Broadway, this is one for you! I’m reminded of the phenomenal 1975 theater performance of Tony Perkins in “Equus.” An absolutely masterful show that most certainly IS the BEST of the BEST!
~Teresa Bronston Mckinley

Come see, The kNew-Born for yourself!

My Favorite Things: “The Chocolate Mixtape”

They say, “Life is like a Box of Chocolates” And Cia Michelle Is back at it with her impeccable “dark chocolate” vocals! This show is the follow up to previous seasons of “My Favorite Things” but with a smoother concept, as Cia will present My Favorite Things: “The Chocolate Mixtape”. You will be moved by Cia’s timeless voice as she covers sophisticated and “tempered chocolate” versions, of all genres of music within her selections. With guests performing beside her, Cia will cover songs about life, living and loving along with new original music! The playlist will give you quiet storm vibes, with genres from Jazz, R&B, Country, Pop, Indie, Soft Rock and more. Sit on the couch with us, get cozy, and get ready to enjoy this music box of delicacies!

Here’s Why Beatboxing Will Change Your Life

Beatboxing is creating drum sounds using your lips, teeth, tongue, and throat muscles. SKIPPY, also known as Luke Harbur, has practiced this skill for 15 years, performing solo and in ensembles, hosting workshops and lectures, and coaching performance across the United States. His 50-minute, self-produced show, “Here’s Why Beatboxing Will Change Your Life,” gives offers a detailed history, interactive lesson, and professional demonstration of the art form. All ages welcome!

SPOKEN WORD

Mamihlapinatapai

Mamihlapinatapai is an experimental short film that blends different art forms to express the thoughts of two love-stricken people waiting for the other to make the first move.
Starring Na’Tori McConnell and Charles Jackson Jr.

Written & Directed by Charles Jackson Jr.

Produced by Charles Jackson Jr.

Executive Produced by Kelly Rhoads

Special Thanks to Kierra Conner

Worst Cruises Ever!

Fringe veteran Mike Speller offers two theatrical tales of ‘life at sea’: the tragic and the comic. One fateful day for The Flying Dutchman means centuries of punishment. The other Oddyssey is a kooky cookie version (literally) because Mr. O runs a food truck with the worst luck.

These Confessing Animals

These Confessing Animals interweaves the poetic, prose and musical narratives of vastly unique women to reveal their exceptional and distinctive response to the challenges posed by these monumental times. Produced by Poet Jen Harris, These Confessing Animals is a film collaboration between Confessing Animals Podcast and The Writing Workshop KC community.

The kNew-Born

The kNew-Born (2021)A Digital Pathway Production
Camera/Editing: Denny Eugene Dey
Actor: Poet t.l. sanders
Characters: Terry Dean, Dr. Dennis, Dr. James Dean, Skoomo

Known as “The Dean” of the state penitentiary—Terry, a prodigious felon and a prodigal father, is offered another chance to earn parole. Over the years, his violent crimes against prison staff and fellow inmates, his continuous abuse and distribution of drugs and contraband, and his blatant disregard for prison rules have prevented any possibility of release. Now, as he seeks freedom, Terry hopes; he strives; he reaches out from within to become a better man than he has ever been. With coercive coaching from a crazy counselor named Dr. Dennis, might Terry win this fight against himself?

As the prequel to the solo show and published work, kNew: The Poetic Screenplay, The kNew-Born uses poetic elements as precedence for plot and character development. This film—equal to its stage-ready sequel—invites you to experience conscientious compassion for a convict slash drug addict who craves a connection with his children.

What did reviewers think of kNew: The Poetic Screenplay?

“Intense, gripping . . . a one-two punch . . . written in fire and delivered with thunder,” writes reviewer Kelly Luck.

“Equally as riveting as For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” says Victor En Yu Tan, UMKC professor of lighting.

“Go see it! Poet t.l. sanders’ kNew is masterful! This is probably the highest quality performance I’ve seen in my 9 years of Fringe attendance– don’t miss it! Powerful, beautifully acted, and a testament to perseverance and determination for a chance at a genuine life.”
~Laura Marcus Mountjoy

kNew is a powerful storytelling performance that will leave you astounded by Sanders’ unparalleled talent as a writer and performer. The caliber of his creativity, stage presence, and delivery deserve to be elevated to a broader stage and audience-Look out Broadway, this is one for you! I’m reminded of the phenomenal 1975 theater performance of Tony Perkins in “Equus.” An absolutely masterful show that most certainly IS the BEST of the BEST!
~Teresa Bronston Mckinley

Come see, The kNew-Born for yourself!

One Easy Lie

People mean well. Until they don’t. “The best storyteller in the US” (Orlando Sentinel) spins an intricately woven story of deception & greed in this escapist thriller. Set in a seaside town at the most eastern point of the US, a new father is forced to ask himself: Is something a crime if no one ever knows of it? Not to be missed! Previous KC Fringe show: DELIRIUM (2020 Producer’s Pick award). “A verbal magician.” -NOW Magazine, Toronto. For more, visit: www.MartinDockery.com.

On the Concept of Irony (with No Reference to Socrates)

What happens when human folly runs face-first into apocalypse? Stolen placentas, political genies, sad puppies, Elder Gods, cryogenically frozen comedians…welcome to this year’s grotesque anthology of comic horror, with no mention whatsoever of a certain ancient Greek philosopher.

Joy of Life/OK it’s OK it’ll be OK

Joy of Life is a short film shot in 2019, 2020, and 2021, and completed in 2021. The film explores the emotionless desert of schizophrenia as seen firsthand from its director, Alexej Savreux. The film was originally conceived as a video art exhibit but subsequently expanded into more substantive and deeper territory including existential philosophy, Taoism, religious humanism, epistemology, and poetry and psychoanalysis. The film was shot with the input and advice of Savreux’s colleague and friend, photographer and filmmaker, Tonia Indigo Hughes, a professor of film and photography in the Kansas City region. Focused on themes of post-industrial society alienation, the marginalized artist, and the resilient village eccentric, Joy of Life dives deep inside a curious mind completely consumed with such an absurdly complex and bizarre syndrome.

Haunted

Of all the things that have haunted me, nothing has been more relentless than the echo of my own fading voice. This genre-defying tale is two parts ghost story, one part dug-up history, and all parts personal saga. From the hills of southeast Missouri where the civil war still lingers like mist in the early morning, I have been running for my life—only to chase the specter of myself right back where I started. Settle in around the campfire, wrap yourself up tight, and have a listen. If you dare.

Grýla – Not for Children

Grýla is an Icelandic Christmas ogress, who eats the bad children.
Imagine if she were really real.

And imagine her story – in verse! Like a happy Christmas poem, that bubbles and rhymes like a nursery tale. You may laugh – though nervously. And you may doubt the truth, until the very last word.

“Grýla – Not for Children” takes you to your childhood, your innocence, and your fears. She’ll arrive in the evening, and meet her nemesis, the village priest. Between the two of them, is only mystery.

STORYTELLER

The Black Creatures in A Mezzopiano Afternoon

Symbiotique Duo

Symbiotique is the electroacoustic duo of Michael Eaton (saxophones) and Seth Andrew Davis (guitar, laptop/electronics). The group focuses on the compositions of Davis & Eaton and free improvisation. The duo released their self-titled debut record in May 2020, on their label Mother Brain Records. Their performance on Fringe is an extension of the same material they recorded on their second album, The Maximal Effect. This performance features Michael Eaton on tenor saxophone and Seth Andrew Davis on laptop/live electronics.

The kNew-Born

The kNew-Born (2021)A Digital Pathway Production
Camera/Editing: Denny Eugene Dey
Actor: Poet t.l. sanders
Characters: Terry Dean, Dr. Dennis, Dr. James Dean, Skoomo

Known as “The Dean” of the state penitentiary—Terry, a prodigious felon and a prodigal father, is offered another chance to earn parole. Over the years, his violent crimes against prison staff and fellow inmates, his continuous abuse and distribution of drugs and contraband, and his blatant disregard for prison rules have prevented any possibility of release. Now, as he seeks freedom, Terry hopes; he strives; he reaches out from within to become a better man than he has ever been. With coercive coaching from a crazy counselor named Dr. Dennis, might Terry win this fight against himself?

As the prequel to the solo show and published work, kNew: The Poetic Screenplay, The kNew-Born uses poetic elements as precedence for plot and character development. This film—equal to its stage-ready sequel—invites you to experience conscientious compassion for a convict slash drug addict who craves a connection with his children.

What did reviewers think of kNew: The Poetic Screenplay?

“Intense, gripping . . . a one-two punch . . . written in fire and delivered with thunder,” writes reviewer Kelly Luck.

“Equally as riveting as For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” says Victor En Yu Tan, UMKC professor of lighting.

“Go see it! Poet t.l. sanders’ kNew is masterful! This is probably the highest quality performance I’ve seen in my 9 years of Fringe attendance– don’t miss it! Powerful, beautifully acted, and a testament to perseverance and determination for a chance at a genuine life.”
~Laura Marcus Mountjoy

kNew is a powerful storytelling performance that will leave you astounded by Sanders’ unparalleled talent as a writer and performer. The caliber of his creativity, stage presence, and delivery deserve to be elevated to a broader stage and audience-Look out Broadway, this is one for you! I’m reminded of the phenomenal 1975 theater performance of Tony Perkins in “Equus.” An absolutely masterful show that most certainly IS the BEST of the BEST!
~Teresa Bronston Mckinley

Come see, The kNew-Born for yourself!

My Favorite Things: “The Chocolate Mixtape”

They say, “Life is like a Box of Chocolates” And Cia Michelle Is back at it with her impeccable “dark chocolate” vocals! This show is the follow up to previous seasons of “My Favorite Things” but with a smoother concept, as Cia will present My Favorite Things: “The Chocolate Mixtape”. You will be moved by Cia’s timeless voice as she covers sophisticated and “tempered chocolate” versions, of all genres of music within her selections. With guests performing beside her, Cia will cover songs about life, living and loving along with new original music! The playlist will give you quiet storm vibes, with genres from Jazz, R&B, Country, Pop, Indie, Soft Rock and more. Sit on the couch with us, get cozy, and get ready to enjoy this music box of delicacies!

Here’s Why Beatboxing Will Change Your Life

Beatboxing is creating drum sounds using your lips, teeth, tongue, and throat muscles. SKIPPY, also known as Luke Harbur, has practiced this skill for 15 years, performing solo and in ensembles, hosting workshops and lectures, and coaching performance across the United States. His 50-minute, self-produced show, “Here’s Why Beatboxing Will Change Your Life,” gives offers a detailed history, interactive lesson, and professional demonstration of the art form. All ages welcome!

THEATRE

In Their Own Words

Since its inception, The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City has emphasized programming for young people. BRTKC’s community of talented professionals have offered terrific programming with an emphasis on writing to Kansas City metro area schools and their students. RiSE – The Repertory in Schools Empowerment program – was launched in 2016 at Ruskin High School and Hickman 9th Grade Center and continues with great success. With a focus on playwriting we take students from outline to production with their original works. The following is a collection of works developed in this covid year.

Worst Cruises Ever!

Fringe veteran Mike Speller offers two theatrical tales of ‘life at sea’: the tragic and the comic. One fateful day for The Flying Dutchman means centuries of punishment. The other Oddyssey is a kooky cookie version (literally) because Mr. O runs a food truck with the worst luck.

Triple Bypass: 3 Ten Minute Plays About Living for Death & Dying for Life

WINNER! Most Viewed Show (Elgin Virtual Winter Mini Fringe 2021)
“CAPTIVATING!”-Theatre Association of South Australia

Consisting of 3 short plays, we take the audience on a journey of emotions ranging from fear & hate to delight & joy. Our video production is fully staged and it is also available in a captioned version for the hearing impaired.

Seeking Dignity (Drama)-Darnell puts out a controversial ad online, a mysterious girl appears at his door claiming to offer him what he desires. As her plan unfolds, will he truly want what he has been looking for? Close to Black (Ethereal)-Two young women meet as strangers, realize they have common talents & struggles, and must now help each other take the terrifying steps towards peace. Tango-ed Web (Comedy)- They say we dance through life, some unlikely friends in the jungle are about to tap, sashay, and waltz out of a sticky situation!

ROAR: A New Musical

ROAR: A New Musical
Written by Kevin & Allison Cloud
Produced by Bodhi Theatre
Directed by Heidi Van
Music Directed by Jeremy Watson

Stage Manager: Shayla Leggs
Assistant Stage Manager & Video Editor: Matthew Koehler
Lighting Design: Micah Thompson
Sound Design: Mark Johnson
Costume Design: Athena Louise Hyacinth
Set Design: Heidi Van

ROAR, a family musical, tells the story of Sarah the Bear, who like many bears before her has been forced by humans to perform as a dancing bear. But Sarah has an impossible dream. She longs to break free from the system of oppression and establish herself as an equal to the humans as the world’s first dancing and singing bear. The problem is that everywhere Sarah turns, her voice is silenced.

As a last resort, Sarah runs off to the circus to pursue her dream, discovering too late that the circus is run by a family of evil clowns. The clowns imprison Sarah and force her to continue performing for their show as a dancing bear.

Sarah continues to pursue her impossible dream, and eventually her dream grows bigger as she inspires other captive bears to raise their voices until they are heard. United, the power of their collective voice triumphs over the oppression they have endured.

Featuring:
Darcie Hingula as Sarah
Cameron Mabie as Joey
Jasmine Lowe as Mama/Bonnie
Robert Hingula as Papa/Harold
Tim Ahlenius as Clarence
Cody Boehm as Daisy
Timothy Houston as Reggie
Brock Hatton as Frankie
Kirsten Nicole Myers as Lulu
Spencer Thompson as Evil Clown Joe
Melissa Trierweiler as Female Understudy
Fisher Stewart as Male Understudy

Follow ROAR:
Website: www.roarthemusical.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RoartheMusical
Instagram: @RoarMusical

See more Bodhi Theatre:
Website: www.BodhiTheatre.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BodhiTheatre
Instagram: @BodhiTheatre

We want to give a SPECIAL THANK YOU to all the artists who gave of their time and talent to help us raise enough funds to pay actors, staff, and designers. You are all heroes! We also want to extend gratitude to The Black Box and their staff for accommodating us throughout the audition, rehearsal, fundraising, and filming process.

For a more detailed list of THANK YOUs, go to www.BodhiTheatre.com/Projects

On Account of Sex

Fringe stalwarts Bryan Colley and Tara Varney invite you to meet the women who persisted for over seventy years to add four words to the Constitution. Leaders of the women’s suffrage movement join together to relate their struggles and debate their cause in winning the right to vote. This online reading filled with humor and songs of the era was recorded for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and features Shelley Clark Wyche, Amy Hurrelbrink, Marcie Ramirez, and Stefanie Stevens.

Molière than Thou

“Molière Lives!” Molière’s cast has all come down with food poisoning! Unable to refund the audience’ money, he offers instead to share what bits he’s kept tucked away in his memory, given the King’s quirky demands for command performances! Winner of the 2020 Young-Howze Pre-Pandemic Adaptation award, just in time for Molière’s 400th birthday! “Best Adapted Work” (San Francisco Fringe) “Moliere has never been more accessible.” (Aislesay.com) “The audience is enthralled.” (nytheatre.com)

JUDAS

JUDAS is coming! Hot off a successful run at Orlando Fringe, hear this all-new testament about his savior and (spoiler alert!) lover in a sinful, spirited, and sassy romp that reveals the truth, revs up the sex appeal, and makes the Good Book even better. There will be mystery, there will be murder, there will be loooooove– but most importantly, one of you will betray him! Just kidding, but this is definitely NOT your mother’s Bible story!

It’s Now or Never: My Life in the Middle Ages

A fast-paced one-man show about navigating middle age, looking for love and connection, and trying to make it as a writer/storyteller. A series of humorous and poignant true stories about dealing with midlife–lost hearing, lost romance, and the challenge of sleeping through the night–while staying awake enough to follow one’s creative dreams.

Hell, MT

When Mallory wakes up in a remote Montana town in a house that is definitely not her own, she does her best to cope with her new way of life.

Grýla – Not for Children

Grýla is an Icelandic Christmas ogress, who eats the bad children.
Imagine if she were really real.

And imagine her story – in verse! Like a happy Christmas poem, that bubbles and rhymes like a nursery tale. You may laugh – though nervously. And you may doubt the truth, until the very last word.

“Grýla – Not for Children” takes you to your childhood, your innocence, and your fears. She’ll arrive in the evening, and meet her nemesis, the village priest. Between the two of them, is only mystery.

VARIETY

This Podcast Is… Uncalled For – Patrick Poe

“This Podcast Is… Uncalled For” is a podcast hosted and produced by Mike Czerniewski. It is a mostly interview-based podcast that explores different aspects of the host’s life and introduces the audience to some very interesting people. In this episode, we interview Patrick Poe, a Kansas City-based filmmaker, comedian and podcaster (First Timers Movie Club).

This Podcast Is… Uncalled For – Chris Hurt

“This Podcast Is… Uncalled For” is a podcast hosted and produced by Mike Czerniewski. It is a mostly interview-based podcast that explores different aspects of the host’s life and introduces the audience to some very interesting people. In this episode, we welcome Chris Hurt back to the podcast. Chris is an experienced local improvisation actor and an expert in geek culture.

This Podcast Is… Uncalled For – Jessica Whitfield

“This Podcast Is… Uncalled For” is a podcast hosted and produced by Mike Czerniewski. It is a mostly interview-based podcast that explores different aspects of the host’s life and introduces the audience to some very interesting people. In this episode, we interview Jessica Whitfield, a Kansas City-based actress, writer, and standardized patient (don’t worry – she explains this one).

Laughing at Funerals

A One Man Show about dealing with the loss of loved ones and how awkward funerals are. With a mix of comedy and drama, Ryan McChesney takes us through the journey he had in dealing with a crisis of faith after watching his mom succumb to cancer while his dad battled an alcohol addiction which eventually took his life. Ryan will also take us through the subsequent funerals that followed and how weird and awkward it is to be a grieving party at a funeral.

Here’s Why Beatboxing Will Change Your Life

Beatboxing is creating drum sounds using your lips, teeth, tongue, and throat muscles. SKIPPY, also known as Luke Harbur, has practiced this skill for 15 years, performing solo and in ensembles, hosting workshops and lectures, and coaching performance across the United States. His 50-minute, self-produced show, “Here’s Why Beatboxing Will Change Your Life,” gives offers a detailed history, interactive lesson, and professional demonstration of the art form. All ages welcome!