Cast for FORTINBRAS by Lee Blessing

Fortinbras by Lee Blessing runs April 19-30. Wednesday-Saturday the show starts at 8ipm. Sunday, April 23 is at 7pm and Sunday, April 30 is a 2pm matinee. For reservations call: 316-686-1282. Dan Schuster directs.

Fortinbras – John Lloyd Stafford III
Horatio – Andrew Johnson
Osric – Viviano Legoretta
Hamlet – Jordan Hill
Claudius – Cameron Carlson
Gertrude – Theresa Dombrowski
Laertes – Aron Pfingsten
Polonius – Bob Lancaster
Ophelia – Linly Stowe
Marcellus/English Ambassador – Mark Schuster
Barnardo – Kevin Sowers
Captain – Jerry Thompson
Polish Maidens – Crystal Meek & Nicole Araiza

Young Fortinbras, a modern man of action, enters during the last scene of Hamlet only to order the bodies of the royal family shuffled off while he devises the best possible media blitz to legitimize his ascension to the throne of Denmark.  Fortinbras makes snap decisions. He has no use for sentimentality – or for the “truth” if it is inconvenient. “Who can understand all this stuff? A ghost appears to Hamlet and tells him his uncle killed his father, so Hamlet pretends to go crazy – or maybe he really does? – and he decides to kill his uncle. But he stalls around, kills a guy who’s not his uncle, gets sent to England, gets rescued by pirates, comes back and kills everybody – including himself. I mean, come ON.”  Fortinbras decides to make up his own story in which they are all killed by a Polish spy.

Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire Opens March 8th

Wichita Community Theatre’s next production is Good People. This gritty drama runs March 8 through March 19, 2017.

“David Lindsay-Abaire pays his respects to his old South Boston neighborhood with this tough and tender play about the insurmountable class divide between those who make it out of this blue-collar Irish neighborhood and those who find themselves left behind. The scrappy characters have tremendous appeal, and the moral dilemma they grapple with—is it strength of character or just a few lucky breaks that determines a person’s fate?—holds special significance in today’s harsh economic climate.” —Variety.

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who’s made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start.

Darian Leatherman directs. Starring Danette Baker, Mark Anderson, Dona Lancaster, Michele Janssens, Quinn Warren.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 12 and a 2pm matinee on March 19. Tickets are $14 or $12 for military/senior/students. There is a special opening night ticket price of $10 for all on March 8, only. Call for reservations 316-686-1282. Wichita Community Theatre is located at 258 N. Fountain.

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Auditions for Skull for a Skull

Auditions for Reader’s Theater playwright competition winner- Skull for a Skull by Lucas Patrick Miller  are Sunday, Feb 26th at 2:00 PM-5:00 PM. (This performance is a table reading only, no memorization needed)
A mostly-true legend has it that Prescott Bush, father of George H.W. Bush, grandfather of George W. Bush, stole Geronimo’s skull to keep in the clubhouse of the Yale secret society, Skull and Bones. Despite repeated lawsuits the skull is never going to be returned, so a group of Native American friends go on a road trip to steal Prescott Bush’s skull for ransom and retribution. Skull for a Skull is a theatrical exploration of racial double standards, the moral and practical consequences of violent protest, and the story of one hell of a road trip. Be warned: “When you change the world, the world changes you back.”
We invite you to join us with no pressure to memorize or remember blocking!

The script requires 4 men and 2 women, and several others to play Earth Spirits & Drum Group
All parts are available!

Show runs for one afternoon only- Sunday, March 12, 2017- 2-5 PM

Directed by Lisa Sillaway Henshall

Reader’s Theater Series

Reader’s Theater Update-

CONTESTS NOW OPEN TO KANSAS PLAYWRIGHTS 13 AND OLDER
Jan 2, 2017 – The time for adult submissions has ended.  We thank all the writers who submitted their work to us. There were 7 qualifying submissions.  We will announce the winner on Jan,. 31st, 2017.  We are still taking submissions for our 13-17 age group.  Remember please that you must have lived in Kansas or are currently living in Kansas to qualify for the contest.  The Reader’s Theatre committee of the Wichita Community Theatre would like to invite Kansas playwrights to enter their 2017 search for full-length plays, with one contest focusing on writers aged 13-17.  The prize is a public reading.
Teen writers have until April 15th to finish and submit their plays.
Check our our Reader’s Theater Series page.
If you need to contact Dana, please email her at readerstheatre@wichitact.org.