2016-17 Season Announcement

Spinning Tree Theatre proudly announces our 6th season of plays and musicals


By Lanie Robertson. Starring Nedra Dixon.

It’s midnight in March, 1959 at a small Philadelphia bar, 4 months before the death of Billie Holiday. A play with more than a dozen iconic songs including “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit” and “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” along with salty and often humorous reminiscences of the artist’s life, LADY DAY stars Nedra Dixon (Spinning Tree’s BLACK PEARL SINGS! 2015) in a tour de force performance. “By the end, one is filled with an unexpected joy” (The New York Times).

August 11-28, 2016 at The Living Room Theatre



Book by Arthur Kopit. Music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. Starring Vigthor Zophoniasson, Lauren Braton and Judy Simmons. Featuring Devon Barnes, Taylor Harvey, Ashley Otis, Leah Swank-Miller and Ryan Tucker.

Based on Federico Fellini’s semi-autobiographical film 8 ½ and originally directed and choreographed by Tommy Tune, NINE focuses on celebrated filmmaker Guido Contini. Facing a midlife crisis – and without a subject for his newest film – Contini feels heightened pressure from the women in his life. Maury Yeston: “The great secret of NINE is that it took 8 ½ and became an essay on the power of women by answering the question, ‘What are women to men?’ And NINE tells you: they are our mothers, our sisters, our teachers, our temptresses, our judges, our nurses, our wives, our mistresses, our muses.” NINE won the 1982 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2003 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

November 3-20, 2016 at The Living Room Theatre



By Donald Margulies. Starring Charles Fugate and Bob Linebarger.

New production of an audience favorite! Original KC premiere by Spinning Tree in 2013. ‘The adventures of Louis de Rougemont – as told by himself’ was the publishing phenomenon of the 1890s. In his autobiography, which was serialized in Wide World magazine, Englishman de Rougemont described his incredible thirty-year adventure lost in the vast, unexplored wastes of the Australian outback. He sailed the high seas and met exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and an enormous man-eating octopus. Or did he? This 3-actor, multi-character vaudevillian romp “springs to life like a theatrical pop-up book” (The New York Times).

January 19 – February 5, 2017 at Just Off Broadway Theatre



Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by John Weidman.

Widely considered the most controversial musical ever written, ASSASSINS premiered off-Broadway in 1990 at Playwrights Horizons, and won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. A unique vision of America told through its villains instead of its heroes, ASSASSINS imagines the meeting and interaction of 4 successful and 5 would-be presidential assassins from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald.

May 24 – June 11, 2017 at Just Off Broadway Theatre

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