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Kansas City: Actors, Theatre

By Matt Sameck
Producing theatre company Kansas City Actors Theatre's (kcactors.org) presents new and classic radio theatre featuring Kansas City artists alongside an occasional look behind the scenes with the people who work to bring artist-led, local, professional theatre to Kansas City.
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Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre's April Break and Future Preview
Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre is taking a broadcast break in April as we get a head start on a new, exciting batch of content ready for you in our 2021-2022 season of free radio theatre programming! In this update, John Rensenhouse, Kansas City Actors Theatre Artistic Committee Chair, talks about the exciting projects we have coming up for KCART in the next year, from original works like "Ca$h 4 Carnage," more classic radio theatre, and even a new (hopefully live) game show format with Kansas City artists and actors. Listen in on this short update and we'll see you back for new episodes starting on May 14th. We're also re-airing our original historical drama radio serial play, "Kansas City: 1924," on KKFI 90.1 FM in it's entirety in hour-long blocks every Friday from noon to 1 pm from April 2nd through May 7th, so tune in and listen from the beginning!
04:47
April 2, 2021
Kansas City: 1924 - Frigidus in Terra (#12)
Revenge is served cold with the closing of “Kansas City: 1924” in the final episode, “Frigidus in Terra.” Fate trades life for life and future for future as a brutal winter descends on the city and its denizens look forward to the world to come. Featuring Matt Schwader, Scott Cordes, Victor Raider-Wexler (who also Directs), Mike Ott, Mark Robbins, Bri Woods, Jen Mays, Kyle Dyck, Chioma Anyanwu, Brian Paulette, Nedra Dixon, Rusty Sneary, Sam Cordes, Jerry Mañan, Granvile O’Neal, Vanessa Severo, Walter Coppage, Natalie Licardello, and Justin McCoy. Sound Design by Jonathan Robertson. Written by Forrest Attaway.
28:30
March 26, 2021
Kansas City: 1924 - The Reckoning (#11)
Revelation and retribution arrive in “The Reckoning,” episode 11 of “Kansas City: 1924.” Vincent’s true nature is finally revealed and a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions is set into motion. Don’t miss this stirring preparation for the exciting conclusion of “Kansas City: 1924.” Featuring Matt Schwader, Jan Rogge, Ellen Kirk, Scott Cordes, Victor Raider-Wexler (who also directs), Manon Halliburton, Mike Ott, Mark Robbins, Bri Woods, Jen Mays, Kyle Dyck, Chioma Anyanwu, Katie Hall, Katie Gilchrist, Brian Paulette, Nedra Dixon, and Gary Neal Johnson. Sound Design by Jonathan Robertson. Written by Forrest Attaway.
28:30
March 19, 2021
Kansas City: 1924 - Doppelganger (#10)
In “Doppelganger,” the 10th episode of “Kansas City: 1924,” a bold plan is carried out to bring an end to further bloodshed in the cross-town war, but there’s no guarantee – or even faith – that it will work. Meanwhile, shocking revelations come to light and a heartbreaking confrontation is put into motion. Featuring Rusty Sneary, Matt Schwader, Jan Rogge, Ellen Kirk, Scott Cordes, RH Wilhoit, Alisa Lynn, Victor Raider-Wexler (who also directs), Manon Halliburton, Mike Ott, Mark Robbins, and Bri Woods with Sound Design and Engineering by Jon Robertson. Written by Forrest Attaway.
28:30
March 12, 2021
Sorry, Wrong Number (from Suspense)
A bedridden woman listens in on a crossed-wire call, only to get drawn into a mystery deeper than she could have possibly expected. “Sorry, Wrong Number,” is a fun, twist-filled yarn that Orson Welles once referred to as ‘the greatest radio script ever written.’ Featuring Hillary Clemens, Matt Rapport, Jerry Mañan, Peggy Friesen, Damron Russel Armstrong, Teisha Bankston, and Jan Rogge. Directed by Darren Sextro with Sound Supervision by Mary Robinson and Sound Design by Sam Toskin.
28:28
March 5, 2021
Love, Honor, or Murder (from Suspense)
Opportunity knocks when a cabbie’s fare leaves something behind in his taxi, but how far is he willing to go to answer the call? Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre presents the twists and turns of the classic “Suspense” story “Love, Honor, or Murder.” Featuring Cathy Barnett, David Fritts, Marc Liby, Darrington Clark, Joshua Gleason, Austin Taylor Smith, and Kathleen Warfel with Host John Rensenhouse. Directed by Gary Heisserer with Sound Supervision by Mary Robinson and Sound Design by Caleb Stoller.
28:21
February 26, 2021
Comediennes (A KCART Original)
When two performers start chatting during the intermission break of their improv set, they end up getting a lot more personal about comedy than they expected. Written by KC's own Tosin Morohunfola, the radio play “Comediennes” draws from some of his back-stage experiences with improvisers from across the country. Featuring Justin Barron, Katie Karel, and Amber McKinnon. Directed by Shon Ruffin with Sound Supervision by Mary Robinson and Sound Design by Matt Barnes.
28:15
February 19, 2021
The Voice From the Other Side (A KCART Original)
The struggling writer of a 1940’s family radio show is mystified when his episodes start featuring strange dialog he didn’t write. Desperate for answers, he searches for the source of the mysterious interjections. This exciting original story by Jerry Mañan and Kitty Corum is in the spirit of the classic “Suspense” Series and is part Orson Welles, part Twilight Zone! Featuring Jerry Mañan, Kitty Corum, Coleman Crenshaw, Walter Coppage, Victor Raider-Wexler, Drew Squire, and Emma Andrews. Written by Kitty Corum and Jerry Mañan. Directed by John Rensenhouse. Sound Design by Thomas Newby. Sound Supervision by Mary Robinson.
28:45
February 12, 2021
Kansas City: 1924 - Best Laid Plans (#9)
Brazen and desperate schemes take shape this week in “Best Laid Plans,” episode 9 of our original series, “Kansas City: 1924,” by Forrest Attaway. As dust settles on the latest battle for the streets of Kansas City, the combatants nurse their wounds and look for a way forward, with or without further bloodshed. This latest episode in the ongoing historical saga “Kansas City: 1924” features Rusty Sneary, Matt Schwader, Katie Hall, Chioma Anyanwu, Kyle Dyck, Katie Gilchrist, Ellen Kirk, Scott Cordes, Gary Neal Johnson, RH Wilhoit, Alisa Lynn, Granvile O’Neal, Nedra Dixon, Walter Coppage, Justin McCoy, and Victor Raider-Wexler. Written by Forrest Attaway. Directed by Victor Raider-Wexler with Sound Design and Engineering by Jonathan Robertson.
28:15
February 5, 2021
Kansas City: 1924 - Blood (#8)
The dominoes start to fall in "Blood," episode 8 of the historical radio epic, "Kansas City: 1924." As the effects of a crackdown are felt throughout the city, reality comes crashing into fantasy and tensions rise as everyone looks for someone to blame... and someone to hurt. Written by Forrest Attaway and featuring Rusty Sneary, Matt Schwader, Bri Woods, Katie Hall, Chioma Anyanwu, Kyle Dyck, Jerry Mañan, Jan Rogge, Mark Robbins, Mike Ott, Katie Gilchrist, Ellen Kirk, Jen Mays, Sam Cordes, Scott Cordes, Victor Raider-Wexler and host Cinnamon Schultz. Directed by Victor Raider-Wexler with Sound Direction and Design by Jonathan Robertson.
28:40
January 29, 2021
Kansas City: 1924 - The Ides of Summer (#7)
Personal vendettas deepen as the bill for blood comes due in Episode 7 of Kansas City: 1924, “The Ides of Summer.” In this episode, Giovanni’s mob plots their next move after months of sabotage at the hands of Livestock Exchange agents and we see the personal toll of the ongoing conflict. Don’t miss Kansas City’s finest actors in the next chapter of this historical epic. Featuring Ellen Kirk, Cinnamon Schultz, Mark Robbins, Michael Ott, Brian Paulette, Scott Cordes, Rusty Sneary, Nedra Dixon, Justin McCoy, Jan Rogge, Katie Hall, Alisa Lynn, RH Wilhoit, Matt Rapport, Sam Cordes and Victor Raider-Wexler. Written by Forrest Attaway. Directed by Victor Raider-Wexler with Sound Design and Engineering by Jonathan Robertson.
28:32
January 22, 2021
The House in Cyrpress Canyon (from Suspense)
A terrifying mystery unfolds when a chilling manuscript is found in an uncompleted house in the classic Suspense story, “The House in Cypress Canyon,” this week on Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre. Though it only aired once, it is frequently cited as one of the most terrifying stories produced during radio’s Golden Age. This tale – newly produced with Kansas City actors – one you won’t soon forget! Featuring Joe Carr, Val Fagan, Todd Lanker, Ashlee LaPine, Chris Roady, Bradley Thomas, and Hannah Barfoot with Host Walter Coppage. Directed by John Rensenhouse with Sound Supervision by Mary Robinson.
28:30
January 15, 2021
Easy Aces - Jane Takes Up Astrology
When Astrology keeps Goodman Ace from getting ahead at his job, his wife, Jane, decides to see what all the fuss is about. See what’s in the  stars for Jane and Goodman in this new presentation of a comedy radio classic, “Easy Aces.” Featuring Sidonie Garrett, John Rensenhouse, Kathleen Warfel, Phil Fiorini, Damron Russell Armstrong, Jerry Mañan, and Carolyn Russell with Host Walter Coppage under the direction of Darren Sextro. Sound Design by Thomas Newby and Engineering by Mary Robinson.
27:45
January 8, 2021
There's Always Room at the Top (from Suspense)
When a job interview doesn’t go as expected for a young go-getter, she’s given the opportunity to jump on an unforeseen second chance. But what’s really going on behind closed doors? From the classic radio series, Suspense, “There’s Always Room at the Top,” will keep you guessing right through its shocking conclusion! Featuring Cinnamon Schultz, Nedra Dixon, Walter Coppage, Christina Schafer, Karla Fennick, Keenan Ramos, Kendra Keller, and Shea Ketchum with Host John Rensenhouse under the direction of Gary Heisserer. Sound Design and Engineering by Mary Robinson.
28:06
January 1, 2021
The Bickersons Holiday Episode & A Kansas City Actors Theatre Eggnog Party
Holiday fun is here! This episode of Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre features a holiday installment of the comedy classic, "The Bickersons," and an Eggnog Tasting Party with new Kansas City Actors Theatre company members Jerry Mañan and Bri Woods along with Host John Rensenhouse! Whip up a batch of homemade eggnog and enjoy. Find the Joy of Cooking recipe for Uncooked Eggnog here. Featuring Hillary Clemens, Jerry Mañan, Bri Woods, Matt Schwader, and Host John Rensenhouse. Sound Design and Engineering on "The Bickersons" by Mary Robinson and Direction by Gary Heisserer. Sound Engineering for "A KCAT Eggnog Party" by Matt Sameck. "The Bickersons" was written by Philip Rapp. Directed by Gary Heisserer.
28:23
December 25, 2020
Kansas City: 1924 - A Measured Response (#6)
The conflict comes to blows and vengeance gets personal in episode 6 of Kansas City: 1924, "A Measured Response." As more and more Kansas Citians are drawn into the war between the bootleggers and the ranchers, a shocking discovery is made about George and his mysterious belle. Hosted by Cinnamon Schultz and featuring Victor Radier-Wexler (also Director), Ellen Kirk, Jan Rogge, Walter Coppage, Granville O'Neal, Natalie Liccardello, Mark Robbins, Katie Hall, David Fritts, Michael Ott, and Vanessa Severo. Written by Forrest Attaway with Sound Design by Jonathan Robertson.
27:50
December 18, 2020
Kansas City: 1924 - Baseball Season (#5)
After the shocking cliffhanger in the last episode of "Kansas City: 1924," what seems like a break in the weather may turn out to be just be the eye of the storm. In episode 5, "Baseball Season," the turf war between Ma Pritchett and Joey Giovanni threatens to spiral out of control as we learn what has become of Rose and George. Featuring Victor Raider-Wexler (who also directs), Matt Schwader, Scott Cordes, Matt Rapport, R. H. Wilhoit, Ellen Kirk, Jan Rogge, Kyle Dyck, Brianna Woods, Jen Mays, Chioma Anyanwu, Gary Neal Johnson, Brian Paulette, and Sam Cordes. Written by Forrest Attaway and hosted by Cinnamon Schultz. Sound Design by Jonathan Robertson. Written by Forrest Attaway.
28:09
December 11, 2020
Kansas City: 1924 - The Levy Breaks (#4)
In episode 4 of "Kansas City: 1924," a storm rolls in as George and his family seek unconventional help for their problem, the next shot in the cross-town war of businesses lands, and some of Vincent’s mysterious background is brought to light. Featuring Victor Raider-Wexler (who also directs), Walter Coppage, Vanessa Severo, Bri Woods, Justin McCoy, Brian Paulette, Katie Gilchrist, Mike Ott, Jan Rogge, Kyle Dyck, Katie Hall, Chioma Anyanwu, Jen Mays, Scott Cordes, Ellen Kirk, Mark Robbins, Matt Schwader, and Bri Woods. Hosted by Cinnamon Schultz with Sound Design by Jon Robertson. Written by Forrest Attaway.
28:30
December 4, 2020
Cabin B-13 (from "Suspense")
A newlywed couple sets off on a cruise ship with $10,000 for expenses, only to find a very different experience from the romantic honeymoon they expected. First broadcast in 1943, John Dickson Carr's "Cabin B-13" was hailed among the best of the "Suspense" series, was aired three times, and has served as the inspiration for multiple iterations and re-tellings. Featuring Christina Schafer, Logan Black, Robert Gibby Brand, Shawna Peña-Downng, Darren Kennedy, and Mark Robbins. Hosted by John Rensenhouse. Directed by Jan Rogge. Sound Engineering by Mary Robinson.
28:23
November 27, 2020
The Case of the Careless Victim (from Agatha Christie's Poirot Series)
A man is found dead, alone and barricaded in his room in the first American adventure of Agatha Christie’s famous detective, Hercule  Poirot. Follow along with the twists and turns of a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery with Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre! Hosted by John Rensenhouse. Featuring Kathleen Warfel, Robert Gibby Brand, Carolyn Russell, Jerry Mañan, Shon Ruffin, Carla Noack, Greg  Butell, and Weiyi Zhang. Directed by Darren Sextro. Sound Design by Mary Robinson.
28:25
November 20, 2020
Kansas City: 1924 - A Warm Wind (#3)
George searches for a way to work through his problem as new bonds are formed and strengthened amidst shifting alliances. Meanwhile, an unwelcome visitors meet a Kansas City "greeting committee" and the conflict between the mob and the cattlemen reaches City Hall. Hosted by John Rensenhouse Cast - Victor Raider-Wexler as the Narrator; Justin McCoy as George; Walter Coppage as Fritzy; Ellen Kirk as Alice; Scott Cordes as Big Mike; R.H. Wilhoit as George Kelly; Kyle Dyck as Tom; Chioma Anyanwu as Charlee; Katie Hall as Amy Pritchett; David Fritts as Evans; Mike Ott as Police Captain James Sullivan; Bri Woods as Rose; Matt Schwader as Vincent; Brian Paulette as Lockridge; Katie Gilchrist as Farrow. Sound Design by Jonathan Robertson. Directed by Victor Raider-Wexler. Written by Forrest Attaway.
28:00
November 13, 2020
Kansas City: 1924 - The Way Forward (#2)
Tensions continue to rise between mafioso Joey Giovanni and cattle rancher Ma Pritchett in the second episode of our epic historical radio drama as a corrupt city government gets involved. Meanwhile,  Vincent’s role starts to become clearer as Rose and the rest of her  family discover why her brother, George, is so desperate to skip town. Hosted by Cinnamon Schultz Cast – Victor Raider-Wexler as the Narrator; Matt Schwader as Vincent; Scott Cordes as Big Mike; Ellen Kirk as Alice; Jen Mays as Clementine; Walter Copapge as Fritzy; Granville O’Neal as Ellis; Bri Woods as Rose; Justin McCoy as George; Gary Neal Johnson as Col. Wesley; Jan Rogge as Ma Pritchett; Chioma Anyanwu as Charlee; Kyle Dyck as Tom; Mark Robbins as Joey Giovanni. Directed by Victor Raider-Wexler. Sound Design by Jonathan Robertson. Written by Forrest Attaway.
27:49
November 6, 2020
Kansas City: 1924 - The Ties That Bind (#1)
In the opening episode of Forrest Attaway's “Kansas City: 1924," "The Ties That Bind,” a mysterious and well-connected stranger arrives to the heyday of Prohibition-era Kansas City to find himself quickly embroiled in both the lively characters of the nightlife and a growing feud between the mob and the cattle ranchers. Hosted by Cinnamon Schultz Cast - Victor Raider-Wexler as the Narrator; Matt Schwader as Vincent Esposito; Scott Cordes as Big Mike; Mark Robbins as Joey Giovanni; Ellen Kirk as Alice; Mike Ott as Police Captain James Sullivan; Jan Rogge as Ma Pritchett; Kyle Dyck as Tom; Bri Woods as Rose; Justin McCoy as George. Directed by Victor Raider-Wexler. Sound Design by Jonathan Robertson.
27:07
October 30, 2020
Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre: Easy Aces - Jane Goes to a Psychiatrist
Conceived in Kansas City, the classic radio comedy “Easy Aces” follows the cheerfully absurd martial misadventures of Goodman and Jane Ace. Here Jane visits a Psychiatrist to talk about her problems, some of which may actually exist! Featuring John Rensenhouse, Sidonie Garrett, Kathleen Warfel, Cinnamon Schultz, Nedra Dixon, and David Hall. Hosted by Walter Coppage. Directed by Darren Sextro. Sound Design by Mary Robinson.
28:01
October 23, 2020
Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre: A Murderous Revision
Have you ever just wanted to kill your boss? In this entry from the  classic “Suspense” series, a scriptwriter for the fictional radio series, “Murder, Please,” is driven to the edge by a meddling producer in this week's episode of Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre. Hosted by Walter Coppage and featuring David Fritts, Matt  Williamson, Todd Lanker, Ashlee LaPine, Shawna Peña-Downing, Kris  Stoker, and Nedra Dixon. Directed by John Rensenhouse. Sound Design by Mary Robinson.
27:43
October 16, 2020
Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre - The Bickersons: The Honeymoon Is Over
John and Blanche Bickerson are perfectly suited for each other, just in  their own special way. Full of wit and rejoinders in the tradition of  classic comedies like “The Honeymooners,” Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre presents Philip Rapp’s classic radio comedy, “The Bickersons.”  Featuring Hillary Clemens as Blanche, Matt Schwader as John, Nedra Dixon  as Dr. Hershey, and Justin Barron as the Cop and Mr. Guernsey. Directed by Gary Heisserer. Sound Design by Mary Robinson.
28:58
October 9, 2020
Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre Preview
Hosts John Rensenhouse, Walter Coppage, and Cinnamon Schultz preview the series to come, including preview excerpts of future episodes,  interviews with “Kansas City: 1924” playwright Forrest Attaway;  experienced stage, film, and radio actor Victor Raider-Wexler; and  director Darren Sextro. Featured Actors: David Fritts & Matt Williamson in “A Murderous  Revision;” Ellen Kirk & Matt Schwader in “Kansas City: 1924;”  Hillary Clemens & Matt Schwader in “The Bickersons;” and Sidonie  Garrett, Nedra Dixon and John Rensenhouse in “Easy Aces.” Sound Design by Matt Sameck.
28:58
October 2, 2020
The Invisible, Omni-Present Hand - Stage Management with Equity Stage Manager Alex Murphy
Anyone involved in professional theatre will tell you: A good Stage Manager is invaluable in getting a production to run smoothly. The Stage Manager begins official work on a production before almost anyone else, and is the one who works the longest, shepherding the production until even after the final curtain comes down. But what, exactly, does a Stage Manager do? What do they not do? In this episode, Alex Murphy, an Equity Stage Manager who has worked extensively in Kansas City, talks with Matt Sameck, Kansas City Actors Theatre Director of Marketing and Development, about what the Stage Manager contributes to a production, why he loves it, and what he wishes both the back-stage people and the audience knew about what he does.
21:17
August 28, 2020
Sarah M. Oliver - Costume Design, The Secret Character Trait
A costume is one of the most subtly revealing things to define a character, with some costuming going all the way down to the contents of a character's pockets! Costume Designer Sarah M. Oliver has designed and created costumes for most every professional theatre company in Kansas City. In this episode, Sarah talks about how she got started in costuming, her process for working on a show, and some of her proudest and strangest moments in theatre. And how the subtle art of creating artificial sweat stains refined her loved ones' appreciation for the full extent of costume design.
30:05
July 24, 2020
Victor Raider-Wexler, Part 2 - Breaking Into Hollywood and Tales From A Regular Day Player
In the second part of a two-part conversation, KC-based actor Victor Raider-Wexler - who started acting on stage long ago in New York City,  made regular appearances on hit shows like Seinfeld and The King of Queens during a time in Hollywood, and has recently performed on many Kansas City stages after moving to town - talks about how he broke into Hollywood and shares some stories from the sets of the famous shows he appeared on with the likes of Jason Alexander and Leah Remini.
24:10
May 29, 2020
Victor Raider-Wexler, Part 1 - KC Theatre and an Artist's Mission
In the first part of a two-part conversation, KC-based actor Victor Raider-Wexler - who started acting on stage long ago in New York City, made regular appearances on hit shows like Seinfeld and King of Queens during a time in Hollywood, and has recently performed on many Kansas City stages after moving to town - talks about how he came to find the KC theatre scene and his participation with Kansas City Actors Theatre as a guiding voice among his peers.
27:22
May 20, 2020
John Rensenhouse - Play Selection and KCAT's Season 16
Kansas City Actors Theatre Director of Development and Marketing, Matt Sameck, and Artistic Committee Chair (and well-known Kansas City-based actor), John Rensenhouse talk about the process KCAT's "ten-headed Artistic Director" of an Artistic Committee goes through to select a season. They also discuss KCAT's coming 16th Season, the motivation behind the selection of the plays, and - God willing and the creek don't rise - what to look forward to in the coming year. Find more out about KCAT's coming season - and subscribe yourself - at www.kcactors.org/season-16/
24:59
April 15, 2020