Playing Dress-Up: Kansas City Style!

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Company Name: Karen E. Griffin and Mary L. Schmidt

City/State: Local

Genre: Spoken Word

Ratings: PG (parental guidance suggested)

Premiere: Yes

Warnings: Adult language, Adult subjects

Venue: Sparkle Room

Show Times:

Fri 7/22 6:00 PM
Sat 7/23 10:30 PM
Tue 7/26 6:00 PM
Thu 7/28 6:00 PM
Sat 7/30 9:00 PM


You are invited to wear your finest threads or fabulous vintage finds for a night of Playing Dress-Up. Two of Kansas City’s fashionistas will share scenes and stories about life, family & what they wore. You may know Nelly Don but what about the other women behind the "seams"?


Name Role
Karen E. Griffin Producer/Performer
Mary L. Schmidt Producer/Performer

Past Fringe Shows:

Show When/Where
Playing Dress-Up: The Stories & Clothes of Our Lives Kansas City Fringe 2014
The Mosquito Radio Hour Kansas City Fringe 2015-18

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  1. Tim Mooney on July 26, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Mary & Karen take on questions of the essence of dressing up, both from the perspective of those enjoying the product and the producer…. In two monologues, they capture what it means to wear special clothes, and to create the experience of clothing. We are left with the special relationship of clothing laborer to fabric artist, and the world of expectations that divided the two.

    • Playing Dress-Up on July 28, 2022 at 8:35 am

      Thank you – so lovely to see you in the audience!

  2. Chip on July 27, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    Beautifully staged, emotionally engaging, I recommend.

    • Playing Dress-Up on July 28, 2022 at 8:39 am

      And we thank you for coming to our Show!

    • Jessica Whitfield on July 30, 2022 at 10:09 pm

      I’m so glad I was able to attend Saturday night’s performance. This program is both educational and entertaining. Karen E. Griffin’s performance brought tears to my eyes in the most powerful piece I have seen at this year’s fringe. I won’t give away the twist to this story in case they bring this piece back again, but your mind will be blown. Bravo ladies. Bravo

  3. Jamie Mayo on July 28, 2022 at 8:02 am

    Two masterful storytellers bring Kansas City fashion history to life through the sharing of their personal connections to it. A wonderful mix of story and art.

  4. Playing Dress-Up on July 29, 2022 at 9:33 am

    You are a master storyteller- your support is much appreciated!

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