VOICES KC, Vol. 1 Apr. 8-9, 2016


# VOICES KC (Vol. 1) 

April 8th and 9th, 2016 at The Buffalo Room 

Westport Center for the Arts Theatre presents the first in a series of readings showcasing the work of Kansas City artists. Vol. 1 will feature two plays by nationally recognized Kansas City-based playwrights Nathan Louis Jackson and Michelle T. Johnson. These plays speak with wit and urgency to issues of race and racism in our community and society at large.

Friday, April 8th:

The Last Black Play

by Nathan Louis Jackson

Doors at 6:30pm

Show at 7:30pm


Saturday, April 9th:

Trading Races: From Rodney King to Paula Deen

by Michelle T. Johnson

Doors at 6:30pm

Show at 7:30pm

Both readings will be held at The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Road (inside the Westport Flea Market).

Food and drink service is available in the Buffalo Room, cash and credit accepted.

Tickets: $10 per reading

Tickets are available at the door (cash or credit) or online at http://voiceskc.brownpapertickets.com


Nathan Louis Jackson, playwright: The Last Black Play


Nathan Louis Jackson is the Mellon Foundation playwright in residence at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and has just been renewed for the program’s second three-year residency. Plays include: Broke-ology (LCT and Williamstown Theatre Festival), When I Come to Die(LCT, Kansas City Repertory Theatre), Sticky Traps (Kansas City Rep.), The Mancherios, The Last Black Play. Participated in The Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive, William Inge 24 Hour Play Festival, Ebony Theater’s “The Word” (monthly poetry slam), Kansas State Speech Team. Directing: The Colored Museum, The Island (Ebony Theatre). Awards: Two-time AFA Prose Interpretation Champion, two-time Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award Winner, Mark Twain Comedy Playwriting Award, ACTF Region V Best Acting Partner, President of Ebony Theatre, Recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Gold Medallion. Television: “Resurrection” (ABC) “Shameless” (ShowTime), “Lights Out” (FX), “Southland” (NBC). Education: BS, Kansas State University; The Juilliard School.


Michelle T. Johnson’s Trading Races: From Rodney King to Paula Deen will be presented on Saturday, April 9th at 8pm at The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport Rd (in the Westport Flea Market). Doors will open at 6:30pm, and food and drink are available in The Buffalo Room. Tickets are $10 at the door or online.


Michelle T. Johnson, playwright: Trading Races…

MichelleTJohnsonVOICESphotoMichelle T. Johnson is a former journalist and attorney and is currently a local and national diversity and inclusion consultant, as well as writer of the freelance column “Diversity Diva.” Johnson has had plays in playwriting festivals locally and nationally, including in Houston, Texas, Medford, Connecticut and Louisville, Ky, as well as in four NYC festivals for her plays “Wiccans in the Hood,” “The Negro Whisperer,” “Trading Races: From Rodney King to Paula Deen” and “Echoes of Octavia.” In 2014, the award-winning production “Trading Races” and “Wiccans in the Hood” were produced by Philadelphia’s BrainSpunk Theater, leading to BrainSpunk making Johnson their Playwright-in-Residence. Johnson’s “Echoes of Octavia,” which has been produced by KC Melting Pot Theater, will be in the 2016-2017 season of NYC’s Rhymes Over Beats Theater Company. Most recently, Johnson’s play “Justice in the Embers,” co-produced with StoryWorks, KCPT, and The Living Room Theater, had a successful production in Kansas City and with a run in San Francisco scheduled for Summer 2016.