In Their Own Words class of 2023

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Company Name: The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City

City/State: Local

Genre: Spoken Word, PG

Ratings: PG - Parental Guidance Suggested

Playwright: Students from Ruskin, Grandview and Center High Schools

Premiere: Yes

Warnings: Gender Identity, Abuse

Venue: The Arts Asylum

Show Times:

Fri, 7/21 7:30 PM
Sat, 7/22 3:00 PM
Sun, 7/23 6:00 PM
Sat, 7/29 4:30 PM


Original works written by students of The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City RiSE - Repertory in School Empowerment Program in Conjunction with the South Kansas City Performing Arts Academy


Students from Ruskin, Grandview and Center High School

Past Fringe Shows:

In Their Own Worlds class of 2022, 2019

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  1. Jen on July 22, 2023 at 11:41 pm

    Great show! I love how the actors bring the writing of the students to the forefront and highlight these incredible young talents.

  2. Kristin France on July 23, 2023 at 9:36 pm

    Could be called, In Their Own Words: A Love Story. Each poem and play is a reflection on the dynamic of love—-seeking that connection with another or uncovering that relationship to one’s own self.

    The performance holds a mirror to what it’s like to navigate American society as a young person in the 2020s. The student performing their own work was especially arresting.

    Can’t wait to watch this program evolve in future festivals and performances <3<3<3
    One more chance to see it—-catch it if you can !!

  3. Dave Negrau Black on July 27, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    RiSE (Repertory In School Empowerment) was started by founder of The Black Repertory Theater of KC. Years later, we have seven performers doing dramatic readings written by students from Ruskin, Center, and Grandview High Schools.

    I remember writing assignments when I was in school, but I don’t remember anything this raw, insightful, and meaningful. Hear in their own words what it’s like to wrestle with appearances, acceptance, the girl in the mirror, being judged, an unusual dream, relating to music (and interesting soundtracks between readings), love and cookies, homeless adventures, home filled with love to and from Mom, the kind of love when you talk for hours and days at a time.

    It’s comforting to know that arts and schools are interacting, sharing, supporting, growing this way. Hope RiSE rises at Fringe every year. These stories are important and are a treat to be heard.

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