KC MELTINGPOT THEATRE, is a venture to provide a platform for the expression of theatre and arts in Kansas City and its outlying areas. Our pursuit is to produce or assist in producing original works by local writers utilizing local talent, representative of the rich and varied ethnic and life communities in the metropolitan and suburban areas of greater Kansas City.
Since inception we have produced the works of 6 local playwrights, 4 of which were female writers. We've employed 34 local actors and 15 local crew members.
We are dedicated to being a worthy addition to our city's vibrant arts community. Our KC Meltingpot Theatre represents the blending of individual endeavors for the enrichment of us all. KC MeltingPot is the Anchor company at Just Off Broadway Theatre. All performances are held on the KEAIRNES Stage at Just Off Broadway Theatre
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A Christmas Story? by Harvey Williams
November 27 -
Vernon and Eddie, street hustlers, odd job men, they live to just live another day.
LeeVon, Man from farmland, naïve but true of heart, jobless, homeless with not a penny to his name.
Noi, lost, homeless and very pregnant, living with overwhelming torment.
Carmen, Lacy and Shanel, ladies of the streets by night a family by day. All there on that Christmas Eve. Come share that not so silent, not so holy night when:
Street girls sang
A little drummer banged
Bums got wise
And the baby Jesus how she cried.
“On Shoulders Now” A Christmas Story?
KC MeltingPot Production
Dr. Hodges Persley is a professional actor and director and is an advocate for developing the multicultural voices of artists that desire to work in theater, film and television in Kansas City. Hodges Persley has worked with Glen North at The American Jazz Museum and has consulted with The Charlotte Street Foundation as a producer in the entertainment industry. KCMPT and The CO-
The series will be taught by working professional actors, directors and producers in the Kansas City area and will also feature workshops by nationally recognized artists. The goal of this series is to foster a creative environment that recognizes the diversity of human experiences as integral to, not separate experiences from, notions of American identity. Our goal as a producing collective is to mentor diverse communities to become successful cultural contributors to the vibrant Kansas City arts and entertainment scene.
Classes will begin in January 2016.
Nicole Hodges Persley is an actress, director, writer and producer. She teaches courses on Acting, African American theater history, improvisation, devised theater practice, race and performance and transnationalism. She holds an MA in African American Studies and Theater from UCLA and a PHD in American Studies and Ethnicity from The University of Southern California. She is a graduate of Spelman College and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her recent research interests include African American theater, transnational performance, Hip-
Dr. Hodges Persley’s work as a director as been produced at multiple venues, including the Kansas City Fringe Festival, Highways Performance Space, P.S. 122, KU Commons and The University Theatre at KU. She has won best of fringe awards at The Kansas City Fringe festival for directing and acting. Her recent production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun marked the first all black cast in the history of KU’s University Theatre. As a solo performer, her solo play un-
nurturing artists of color in theater arts practice and production. As a writer, she was commissioned by Harvard University’s Hip-
Dr. Hodges Persley is the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Theatre at The University of Kansas. She has published feature articles in American Theatre magazine, and article and book chapters on hip-