A letter from Cynthia
Welcome to our 42nd Season and our 29th year on Main Street
Theatre at the Unicorn is about moving forward. Instead of looking back, our efforts go into searching for what is new, what is relevant today and what is being dreamed of for tomorrow. Incorporating innovative techniques in our productions helps us tell stories in a unique way. Speaking directly to the human heart and evoking a response is our goal.
We are thrilled you support our effort to make an impact on the community with intelligent, provocative and diverse subject matter. This season we will introduce you to 8 plays that have never been performed in this area and several award winning playwrights who make their Kansas City debut. Our thought provoking stories will entice you to stay afterwards for one of our many talkbacks with the actors and directors and give you something to talk about long after the play is over.
Become involved with the development of new plays alongside the playwright with our In-Progress New Play Reading series. Attending these readings will give you a first glance at the next great play! At least one of these scripts will show up as part of our season the following year. With 62 world premieres under our belt, this season we will produce the first production of How To Steal A Picasso, which was read last year in our reading series and The Ghosts Of Lote Bravo, a rolling world premiere with the NNPN. As one of the original members of the National New Play Network (NNPN), we share playwrights, scripts and world premieres with over 30 theatres throughout the country to insure we are bringing the best in contemporary theatre to Kansas City.
We are excited to collaborate with UMKC Department of Theatre on a production each season, combining the next great generation of artists with our professional staff for an experience that transcends any ordinary event. The Kansas City premiere of Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play by the fascinating Anne Washburn will be our co-production with the University this season.
Travel with us from the past through the present and on to the future as we take you with us to India, across America and on to Mexico for a journey you will not forget.
See you in the lobby!
Cynthia Levin, Producing Artistic Director
Cynthia Levin (PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR) is in her 37th season as the Producing Artistic Director with Unicorn Theatre. Over the years she has served as a director, actor, designer or producer for over 275 productions. At the Unicorn, she recently directed Women Playing Hamlet, Bad Jews, 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, Bat Boy: 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 In The Belly Of The Whale, The Friendship Of Her Thighs, The Last Pair Of Earlies, Tigers Be Still, White Devil and 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 and the Human Rights Campaign Equality Award. She shares her home with Zia (the beagle), Dodger (the cat) and the spirit of the big red dog, Sylvia.
Favorite Unicorn Show: My Name is Asher Lev, Falsettoland (and many others)