A letter from Cynthia
This season we will present our 300th production and our 58th World Premiere. What a wonderful job I have choosing the best new provocative shows being written today. We are either the first theatre in KC to produce a play after it has had its premiere in New York or we do it first before it plays anywhere else. You will not see a show anywhere else in KC before we do it. You will see it first on one of our two intimate stages featuring the finest local talent in our community.
Last season was the most successful we have ever had. This season is, without a doubt, full of the best contemporary theatre in America. The shows this year are phenomenal! Venus in Fur (ended its Broadway run June, 2012) and Other Desert Cities a Pulitzer Prize finalist) were each nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play last year. And which show did they “lose” to? Clybourne Park! Finishing its Broadway run last summer, it also won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. Water By The Spoonful won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. Seminar (closed in May, 2012) earned an Outer Critics Circle and Drama League nomination for Best Play. By The Way, Meet Vera Stark is written by the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Ruined). Our World Premiere Grounded (first read on the Jerome Stage in June, 2012), is an amazing one woman show about a female fighter pilot in Iraq. This just cannot get any better! Once again we collaborate with UMKC Theatre Department on two productions, combining the next great generation of artists with our professional staff. We have our In-Progress New Play Reading series throughout the year where you can see one of our new scripts in development and our Peek At The Play events where you can learn more about the Unicorn and get a glimpse of the rehearsal process.
My hope is that you come to the Unicorn and discover something about yourself (and the world) that you did not know before. We want you to join in the Unicorn experience!
Cynthia Levin, Producing Artistic Director
Cynthia Levin (PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR) is in her 35th season with Unicorn Theatre where she has served as a director, actor, designer or producer for over 260 productions. At the Unicorn, she recently directed Grounded, Venus in Fur, My Name is Asher Lev, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Soul Collector (world premiere), Hungry (world premiere), Red, Two Jews Walk Into A War…, Distracted, Green Whales (world premiere), Miss Witherspoon, My First Time, The Clean House, Mauritius, 9 Parts of Desire, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, BatBoy: The Musical and the world premieres of rightnextto me (both at the Unicorn and Geva Theatre Center, Rochester, NY), How His Bride Came to Abraham, Light:Damage, Mercy Killing, Innocent Thoughts and Jack and Jill. At Coterie Theatre she has directed Number the Stars, And Then They Came for Me, Frankenstein, Gatherings in Graveyards (I and II), Valley Song and To Kill A Mockingbird. At the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., she directed world premiere readings of The Friendship Of Her Thighs, The Last Pair Of Earlies, Tigers Be Still and White Devil, Loving Mother for the MFA Playwright’s Workshop. Cynthia is a graduate of Park University which also awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in 2002. She is a founding board member of the National New Play Network, an organization dedicated to the development and production of new works. She has been honored with the Pinnacle Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Johnson County Library Foundation and the Human Rights Campaign Equality Award.
Favorite Unicorn Show: My Name is Asher Lev, Falsettoland (and many others)