2014-15 Season Announcement

Because of your continued support, Spinning Tree Theatre is expanding from 3 productions to 4 in our fourth season, 2014-15!

GHOST-WRITER

a play by Michael Hollinger
KC Premiere
August 22 – September 7 at Quality Hill Playhouse
 
 

1919 New York City. Novelist Franklin Woolsey dies mid-sentence, but his secretary Myra continues to take dictation. Attacked by skeptics, the press and Woolsey’s jealous widow, Myra sets out to prove she is more than just an artful forger. Spinning Tree’s first mystery is smartly funny…and features a trio of KC’s finest actors.

“An absorbing tale. GHOST-WRITER works marvelously well.” –  Wall Street Journal

“This engrossing, old-fashioned play is about the drama of writing – and typing – and creativity and love. People who care about semi-colons (and you know who you are), this show is for you. An extraordinary marriage between fiction and theatre.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

 

VIOLET

book and lyrics by Brian Crawley
music by Jeanine Tesori
based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts
KC Premiere
November 6-23 at Just Off Broadway Theatre

 

Set in the American South of 1964, VIOLET follows the journey of a young woman accidentally scarred by her father. Violet travels by bus from her home in North Carolina to a televangelist in Oklahoma she believes will cure her. She meets several interesting characters along the way, including a young black soldier who helps Violet learn about real beauty and love. One of the most acclaimed Off Broadway shows of the 1990’s, VIOLET will premiere on Broadway this spring, starring Tony Award winner Sutton Foster. Spinning Tree Theatre is one of the first regional theatres to produce VIOLET following its limited Broadway engagement.

“VIOLET has the most powerful score of any musical in years.” – New York Daily News

“A genuine sincerity and sweetness that can pierce through one’s skepticism…blessed with some lovely indigenous music…a smart amalgam of country, church and blues.” – Seattle Times

“Here is a truly charming and meaningful new American musical: VIOLET.” – New York Post

 

BLACK PEARL SINGS!

a play by Frank Higgins
KC Premiere

March 5-22 at Just Off Broadway Theatre

 

Susannah, a song collector for the Library of Congress, travels the country seeking little-known melodies. When she encounters Pearl in a Texas prison, she discovers a musical treasure trove rooted in the African tradition. Pearl must decide whether or not to give away her ancestors’ songs for a chance at her own freedom. Music unites strangers in a powerful story that explores America’s racial divisions and the attempts of two women to bridge them. Written by Kansas City’s own Frank Higgins, Spinning Tree Theatre is proud to offer the Kansas City premiere of BLACK PEARL SINGS!

“Reaches into the soul of a nation and pulls at the heart and mind…involving and emotionally charged.” – Herald Tribune

 

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

music by Jerry Bock
lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
book by Joseph Stein
based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories
April 23 – May 10 at Just Off Broadway Theatre

 

This 1965 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book never fails to inspire audiences. With songs including “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “Sabbath Prayer,” FIDDLER ON THE ROOF deals universally with the changing of traditions from both inside and outside a community. Spinning Tree Theatre presents an intimate re-telling of one of the world’s favorite musical comedies with all the heart and humor you’ve come to expect. Featuring, as always, a cast of Kansas City’s finest professional actors, singers and dancers. L’Chaim!

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