A letter from Cynthia
Welcome to our 41st season and our beautiful, midtown theatre complex which we now own! We premiere new plays for the Kansas City community. With over 300 productions in our history, this season will mark our 60th world premiere. This year we will produce 4 plays on our new “Levin” Stage and 4 on our “Jerome” Stage including 1 new musical, 4 new plays (from recent Broadway and Off Broadway hits), 2 World Premiers and an additional “Season Extra” in December.
The Unicorn is my home and it has become a home for so many people over the years. Artists, season ticket holders and donors are committed to the kind of theatre we do in an effort to make an impact on our community with intelligent, provocative and diverse subject matter. I find thought provoking stories that give you something to talk about on the way home or entice you to stay afterwards for one of our many talkbacks with the actors and directors.
We produce our In-Progress New Play Reading series throughout the year where you can become involved in the development of our new scripts alongside the playwright.
Attending one of these readings might just give you the first glance at the next great play! As a member of the National New Play Network (NNPN), we share playwrights, scripts and world premieres with over 2 dozen theatres throughout the country to insure we are bringing the best in contemporary theatre to Kansas City.
In addition, we are honored to collaborate with UMKC Department of Theatre on two productions each season, combining the next great generation of artists with our professional staff for an experience that transcends any ordinary event.
You do not want to miss a single show this year. Win a truck in Texas, save a tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and explore the graphic pages of Wonder Woman. You won’t see anything else like it in Kansas City.
See you soon!
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)