Explorers Club Opens Jan. 25, 2017

Wichita Community Theatre’s next production is The Explorers Club by Nell Benjamin. This witty spoof runs January 25 through February 5, 2017.

“You don’t have to be British to lose your composure and howl with laughter at THE EXPLORERS CLUB a witty spoof of all those bold Victorian adventurers who ravaged foreign lands and annihilated indigenous cultures in the name of science.” —Variety.

“…the most impressive act of mixology belongs to playwright Nell Benjamin, whose comedy recipe goes a little like this: two parts Blackadder, one part Monty Python, a dash of Shaw, shake wildly and garnish with fresh feminist ire.” —Time Out NY. “

You’ve probably seen movies about great explorers and their exploits but The Explorers Club shows the explorers at home in their prestigious London club in 1879. The Club is in crisis because their acting president wants to admit a WOMAN, and just as important – their bartender is TERRIBLE. True, this female candidate is brilliant and has discovered a legendary Lost City But to let in a WOMAN could shake the very foundation of the British Empire! Plus, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? What is MAN to do?

Directed by Dona Lancaster with the following cast: Garrett Sigman, Theresa Dombrowski, Cameron Carlson, Robert Barnes, Steve Miotto, Mark Schuster, Paul Savage, Chris Solwecki, and Viviano Legorreta.

Performances are at 8 pm. Wednesday through Saturday and 7 pm. on Sunday, January 29 and a 2pm matinee on Sunday, February 5. Tickets are $14 for adults or $12 for military/senior/students (sales tax included). There is a special opening night ticket price of $10 for all on January 25th only. Call for reservations 316-686-1282. Wichita Community Theatre is located at 258 N. Fountain.

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Auditions for Good People

Auditions for Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire are Saturday, January 28th and Sunday, Sunday, January 29th, 2017. Both days auditions will begin at 2:00 PM.
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 made it out of Southie, might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and un-shakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.
We invite you to join the fun!
The script requires 2 men and 4 woman
All parts are available!

Show runs from March 8 –19, 2017

Directed by Darian Leatherman

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.