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Kansas City: Actors, Theatre

By Matt Sameck
Producing theatre company Kansas City Actors Theatre (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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Return to Dust (from Suspense)
Airing this Friday at noon on KKFI 90.1 FM is the FINAL weekly episode of Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre. From the Suspense Radio series comes “Return to Dust” by George Bamber, inspired by Richard Matheson’s novel “The Shrinking Man.” James Howard has made an incredible scientific discovery. While attempting to create a bio-chemical agent that shrinks cancer cells, an inadvertent lab accident has caused James to shrink to only 1-foot tall, and he’s still shrinking! He is desperate to contact Dr. Bader, the only competent scientist who could reverse the process. Will Dr. Bader receive his message before James Howard returns to dust? Featuring Walter Coppage, Kendra Keller, and Keenan Ramos. Directed by Gary Heisserer, sound design by Gianna Agostina, sound supervision by Mary Robinson, and hosted by John Rensenhouse. As we return to a full season of five incredible productions (www.kcactors.org/season-18/) KCART will no longer be airing weekly on KKFI 90.1 FM. KCART will return with special episodes throughout Season 18, and you can listen to this week’s episode as well as 60+ other incredible episodes, at www.kcactors.org/kcart/! -- KCART is made possible in-part by, the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, the Kansas City Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, Theater League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation. Special thanks to Valerie and Mark Andruss.
28:07
March 25, 2022
KCART Amplify: LGBTQ+
This Friday at noon on KKFI 90.1 FM Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre is proud to present the "KCART AMPLIFY: LGBTQ+" series where young writers are given the chance to experience the process of producing their radio play from start to finish. Featuring short radio plays from three local young writers from the LGBTQ+ community. "This is who I am" by Anna Hampton; "Not a Girl and Not Yours" by Charlie Parsons; and "My Pleasure" by Landon Hudson. Directed and hosted by Phil Fiorini, featuring Erdin Schultz-Bever, Ahafia Jurkiewicz-Miles, R.H. Wilhoit, Phil Fiorini, Bee Givens, and Darrington Clark. Sound design by Mary Robinson. -- KCART is made possible in-part by, the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, the Kansas City Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, Theater League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation. Special thanks to Valerie and Mark Andruss
29:00
March 18, 2022
Written Off by Victor Wishna
This Friday at noon on KKFI 90.1 FM don’t miss this week’s episode of Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre featuring “Written Off” by local favorite playwright Victor Wishna! Frank, an aging soap opera star has blurred the line between his character and himself over the years. When he finds out his character is being ‘written off’ the show, he struggles to come to terms with the fact that his character is dying in this radio comedy farce. Featuring Phil Fiorini, Nedra Dixon, and Matt Schwader. Directed by Jan Rogge, sound design and music by Mary Robinson and hosted by John Rensenhouse. -- KCART is made possible in-part by, the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, the Kansas City Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, Theater League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation. Special thanks to Valerie and Mark Andruss.
28:59
March 11, 2022
Personal Call (by Agatha Christie)
This Friday at noon, Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre returns to the weird and wonderful world of Agatha Christie in “Personal Call,” on KKFI 90.1 FM. From May of 1954, James and Pamela Brent are hosting a dinner part, when James is pulled away to answer a call. James is shocked when the woman on the other end claims to be his departed wife Fay, who is waiting at the exact spot of her untimely demise. Pamela insists they go and meet her as requested, and in the process discover a disturbing truth. Featuring Christina Schafer, Cody Proctor, Karla Fennick, Jan Rogge, Logan Black, Weiyi Zhang, and Jerry Mañan. Directed by Darren Sextro, with sound design by Mary Robinson. Hosted by Teisha Bankston. Produced by arrangement with Concord Theatricals and Agatha Christie Ltd. -- KCART is made possible in-part by, the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, the Kansas City Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, Theatre League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
28:38
February 25, 2022
Summer Night (from Suspense)
This week Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre returns to the Suspense Radio Series with “Summer Night” airing this Friday on KKFI 90.1 FM. This episode was aired live on KKFI on Friday February 11th as part of the KKFI Pledge Drive! Aired July 15th, 1948 “Summer Night” tells about a small town with The Lipstick Killer on the loose. Anna reaches out to her old friend Helen who she hasn’t spoken to in four years. Anna wants Helen to come over because she doesn’t feel safe in her own home, the Lipstick Killer has struck twice already, and she’s worried she could be next. Helen finds the request strange, but remembers that Anna was always a bit strange. Soon Helen will find out how strange Anna really is. “Summer Night” is written by Robert L. Richards adapted from a short story by Ray Bradbury. Featuring Jessica Andrews, Hannah Barfoot, Vanessa Davis, and Trevor French. Directed and hosted by John Rensenhouse. Sound Design by Sam Toskin. -- KCART is made possible in-part by, the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, the Kansas City Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, Theatre League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
30:15
February 14, 2022
Butter in a Lordly Dish (by Agatha Christie)
This week Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre returns to wonderful world of Agatha Christie in “Butter in a Lordly Dish,” airing this Friday on KKFI 90.1 FM. Sir Luke Enderby is a lawyer who became well known for prosecuting the serial killer Henry Garfield in the heavily publicized ‘Blondes on the Beach’ case. Having only just returned from another successful case, Enderby leaves his wife to meet up with his new flame Julia Keene for an isolated night in a cottage in the countryside. As the night progresses Julia Keane reveals more about herself as Enderby realizes it is too late. Featuring Krista Eyler, Justin Barron, Jan Rogge, Kay Noonan, Teisha Bankston, Weiyi Zhang, and Trevor French. Written by Agatha Christie; directed by Darren Sextro. Sound design by Mary Robinson. Hosted by Walter Coppage Produced by arrangement with Concord Theatricals and Agatha Christie Ltd. -- KCART is made possible in-part by, the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, the Kansas City Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, Theatre League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
28:57
January 28, 2022
Easy Aces - Jane Gets a Loan for Her Brother
Airing Friday at noon on KKFI 90.1 FM, Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre returns with another episode of "Easy Aces - Jane Gets a Loan for Her Brother." Originally airing circa 1940, "Easy Aces" is a comedic look at real-life couple Jane and Goodman Ace, and the family and friends they deal with every day. In this week's episode, Jane's good-for-nothing brother Paul needs money for his ten year wedding anniversary. After Goodman denies Paul the money, Jane and Paul go to the Confidential Loan Company and Jane takes charge of getting her brother a loan, by any means necessary. Featuring Sidonie Garrett & John Rensenhouse as Jane and Goodman Ace. Featuring Walter Coppage, Jan Rogge, Freddy Acevedo, Phil Fiorini, Trevor French, and Barb Nichols. Directed by Darren Sextro and sound design by Mary Robinson. Hosted by Teisha Bankston. — KCART is made possible in-part by, the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, the Kansas City Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, Theatre League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
28:57
January 07, 2022
The Shop Around the Corner
This week on Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre (KCART), we bring you a  romantic holiday classic, “The Shop Around the Corner,” airing this  Friday at Noon on KKFI 90.1 FM. Klara and Martin are two shop clerks battling the Christmas sales  season and each other. They don’t get along at all–except in the  anonymous love letters they’re unknowingly exchanging! The 1940 MGM movie and abridged radio version originally starred  Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan. “The Shop Around the Corner” is  adapted from “Parfumerie” by Miklos Lazlos, and also inspired the  musicals “In the Good Old Summertime” and “She Loves Me” and of course  the 1998 Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan classic “You’ve Got Mail!” KCART’s rendition of “The Shop Around the Corner” features Bri Woods,  Sam Cordes, Khalif J. Gillett, and John Rensenhouse. Directed by  Hillary Clemens, sound design by Halley Sylvester, and sound supervision  by Mary Robinson. Hosted by Matt Schwader. Happy Holidays! — KCART is made possible in-part by, the Richard J. Stern Foundation  for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the  Miller-Nichols Foundation, the Kansas City Neighborhood Tourist  Development Fund, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, Theatre League, and  the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
28:08
December 24, 2021
Climate Change Theatre Action on KCART
Airing this Friday (12/17) on KKFI 90.1 FM, Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre presents four short plays as a part of Climate Change Theatre Action. "The Oysters" by Miranda Rose Hall brings attention to the plight of the oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. Filtering the water and building reefs the Eastern Oyster is plagued by overharvesting and the pollution of the bay. http://www.mirandarosehall.com/ "all of us were born in the crisis" by Australian playwright David Finnigan is a poetic look at the super volcano that erupted 75,000 years ago, and how humanity bands together to persevere. https://davidfinig.com/ "The Penguin" by Canadian playwright Nicolas Billon is a comedic short play about cognitive dissonance and the mental gymnastics climate deniers put themselves through. https://nicolasbillon.com/ "What We Give Back" by Madeline Sayet is a critique of how saving the planet has become incentivized, rather than something we all must do to truly heal our planet. https://www.madelinesayet.com/ Featuring Karla Fennick, Ellen Kirk, Freddy Acevedo, Teisha Bankston, Merle Moores, Bri Woods, and Weiyi Zhang. Directed by Jan Rogge, John Rensenhouse, Jerry Mañan, and Gary Heisserer. Hosted by John Rensenhouse. Sound engineering by Gianna Agostina with sound supervision by Mary Robinson. Climate Change Theatre Action is a worldwide series of play readings and performances of short climate change plays presented in support of the United Nations COP meetings. Don't miss this special KCART production! http://www.climatechangetheatreaction.com/ — KCART is made possible in-part by the Richard J. Stern Foundation  for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the  Miller-Nichols Foundation, the Kansas City Neighborhood Tourist  Development Fund, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, Theatre League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
29:01
December 17, 2021
Three Skeleton Key
This week on Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre premieres a new adaptation of George G. Toudouze’s “Three Skeleton Key,” airing this Friday at noon on KKFI 90.1 FM. In a brand new radio adaptation of the short story “Three Skeleton Key” three men tend to a lighthouse on a remote island off the coast of French Guiana. When an abandoned ship full of ferocious and hungry rats makes landfall, the Jean, Auguste, and Louis must fend for their lives against the angry horde. Featuring Khalif J. Gillett, R.H. Wilhoit, and Scott Cordes. Directed, adapted, and hosted by Jerry Mañan. Sound design by Mary Robinson. -- KCART is made possible in-part by, the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, the Kansas City Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, Theatre League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
28:59
December 10, 2021
The Judge's House (Episode 2)
This week Kansas City Actors Theatre premieres the second and final part of Bram Stoker’s “The Judge’s House,” this Friday at noon on KKFI 90.1 FM. KCART returns to “The Judge’s House,” written by master of horror Bram Stoker. Malcolm Malcolmson is trying to study for his upcoming exams, but his evenings are plagued by the rats who occupy the judge’s house. After receiving some helpful advice from a doctor Malcolm sets out on trying to end his ongoing nightmare. Soon, Malcolm Malcolmson will find out for whom the judge’s bell tolls. Featuring Matt Schwader, Hillary Clemens, Cinnamon Schultz, Shawna Peña-Downing, Brian Paulette, and Victor Raider-Wexler. Directed by Matt Schwader, sound design and engineering by Thomas Newby, and hosted by Walter Coppage. -- KCART is made possible in-part by, the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
27:45
November 05, 2021
The Judge's House (Episode 1)
This week Kansas City Actors Theatre premieres its two-part production of Bram Stoker’s “The Judge’s House,” this Friday at noon on KKFI 90.1 FM. From 1914, “The Judge’s House,” written by master of horror Bram Stoker, tells of a Malcolm Malcolmson, a student searching for a quiet place to study for his upcoming exams. Ignoring the local superstitions, Malcolm moves into an old mansion once belonging to an infamous ‘hanging judge’. As things around the house begin to grow uneasy, Malcolm soon learns to beware the superstitions. Featuring Matt Schwader, Hillary Clemens, Jerry Mañan, Cinnamon Schultz and Shawna Peña-Downing. Directed by Matt Schwader, sound design and engineering my Thomas Newby, and hosted by Walter Coppage. -- KCART is made possible in-part by, the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
28:36
October 29, 2021
August Heat (from Suspense)
The classic “Suspense” radio series returns to Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre with “August Heat” by W.F. Harvey, this Friday at noon on KKFI 90.1 FM. Originally aired May 31st, 1945 “August Heat” tells of Withecroft an artist struck by inspiration who draws a criminal in his trial. Across town Atkinson, a stonemason, carves a gravestone for a man who has yet to die. Unknown to each other both men get a glimpse into each other’s future, but hopefully the future is not so set in stone. Featuring John Rensenhouse, Victor Raider-Wexler, and Meredith Wolfe. Directed by Gary Heisserer with sound design and engineering by Mary Robinson. -- KCART is made possible in-part by, the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation
27:29
October 22, 2021
Irish Joe and the Dutchman, by Bill Rogers
Irish Joe Nolan (Victor Raider-Wexler), a former boxer turned private investigator is awoken on a dreary Monday morning with the news that someone has shot his Uncle and former business partner. Irish Joe’s investigation into his Uncle’s murder leads him all over the city, eventually getting himself wrapped up with Kansas City’s most lethal and infamous mobster, The Dutchman. Featuring Victor Raider-Wexler, R.H. Wilhoit, Matt Schwader, Gary Neal Johnson, Nedra Dixon, Alisa Lynn, Manon Halliburton, David Fritts, and Scott Cordes. Directed by Victor Raider-Wexler, Hosted by Brian Paulette, Sound Design and Engineering by Jon Robertson -- Among KCART’s program sponsors are the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theater League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
28:12
September 24, 2021
Oh My God, Did You Just Say That?! – Married Bliss (feat. Scott Cordes and Jen Mays)
Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre returns with another episode of its lively game-and-talk show, “Oh My God, Did You Just Say That?!” this Friday at noon on KKFI 90.1 FM. The theme of this week’s episode is “Married Bliss” as host John Rensenhouse is joined by real-life couple Scott Cordes and Jen Mays. The married Kansas City actors talk about how they met, their history, and are quizzed on their knowledge of celebrity couples. And of course Miss Tewskbury returns to serenade the audience with songs about love. Featuring John Rensenhouse, Scott Cordes and Jen Mays. With Sound Engineering by Thomas Newby. -- Among KCART’s program sponsors are the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theater League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
30:27
September 10, 2021
The Bickersons Need a Vacation
Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre returns with another episode of Philip Rapp’s classic comedic couple in “The Bickersons Need a Vacation” this Friday at noon on KKFI 90.1 FM. In this episode, originally aired August 14th, 1951, Blanche and John do what they do best: bicker. John goes to the doctor for his ‘sluggishness’ and Blanche visits the laundromat. Blanche forces John to take a vacation and the happily married couple head off to Yellowstone. Featuring real-life married couple Matt Schwader and Hillary Clemens with Marisa Tejeda as Clara and Keenan Ramos as The Doctor. Hosted by John Rensenhouse, directed by Gary Heisserer, with sound design by Mary Robinson. -- Among KCART’s program sponsors are the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theater League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
28:59
September 03, 2021
Oh My God, Did You Just Say That?! – Founding Fathers (feat. Damron Russel Armstrong and Ron Megee)
Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre returns with another episode of its lively game-and-talk show, “Oh My God, Did You Just Say That?!” this Friday at noon on KKFI 90.1 FM. Hosted by John Rensenhouse, the theme of this week’s episode is ‘Founding Fathers’ as John is joined by Damron Russel Armstrong (The Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City) and Ron Megee (Late Night Theatre) two Kansas City based artist who discuss the challenges and rewards of starting a theatre company from the ground up. Don’t miss out on Miss Tewskbury singing patriotic songs and hearing the contestants test their Presidential knowledge in an episode you won’t want to miss! Featuring John Rensenhouse, Damron Russel Armstrong, and Ron Megee, with sound engineering by Mary Robinson. -- Among KCART’s program sponsors are the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theater League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
28:60
August 20, 2021
The Terror of the Seas, by R. Bruce Connelly
Little did Miss Seidenstricker know when she took her Second Grade to see the Tall Ships at Mystic Seaport that she would be abducted by Pirates. And little did the Pirates know that they might have captured much more than they bargained for. This story was adapted by the author from a short story that first appeared in the Pirate Volume of "Harvey Duckman Presents.” Featuring Victor Raider-Wexler (who also directs), Nedra Dixon, Michael Ashcraft, Matt Schwader, and     Scott Cordes, with vocals by Justin McCoy. Sound design and editing by Jon Robertson. Written by R. Bruce Connelly --- Among KCART’s program sponsors are the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theater League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
29:06
August 13, 2021
The Medicine Man (KCART Amplify: BIPOC Edition)
KCART is proud to present the second radio play of its new “Amplify” series, where young playwrights have the chance to experience the process of producing their radio play from start to finish. In Vietnam in 1946, the 4th generation medicine man of the Le family receives a visit from the spirit of his father, the previous medicine man, who warns of the danger and the endless war to come. The spirit insists that the medicine man find a successor soon, but with only a daughter left in the family, who could he possibly teach to be the next “medicine man?” Featuring Vi Tran, Paul Kim, Erika Crane Ricketts, and Ai Vy Bui with direction from Shawna Peña-Downing and sound design by Thomas Newby. Written by Bui Ngoc Hieu, a Vietnamese-American actor, filmmaker, playwright, and student who is currently pursuing a BA in Theatre at UMKC ----- Among KCART’s program sponsors are the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theater League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
28:29
August 06, 2021
Mama Knows the Game (KCART Amplify: BIPOC Edition)
KCART is proud to present the first radio play of its new “Amplify” series, where young playwrights have the chance to experience the process of producing their radio play from start to finish. In “Mama Knows the Game,” it’s a normal Friday afternoon when middle-schooler Taveon abruptly runs into the wall of racism prevalent in the online gaming community. With the guidance and motivation of his parents, he learns important lessons about how a Black kid must navigate the treacherous world of white supremacy. Featuring Teisha Bankston, Robert Coppage III, Terraye Rugga Watson, and Jerry Mañan with direction from Shawna Peña-Downing and sound design by Mary Robinson. Written by SaVaughn McClaine, a comedy writer and actor from Kansas City, Kansas, and a rising sophomore at The Theatre School at DePaul in Chicago. ----- Among KCART’s program sponsors are the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theater League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
28:30
July 30, 2021
Oh My God, Did You Just Say That?! – Christmas in July (feat. Sidonie Garrett and Walter Coppage)
This week KCAT presents a new episode of the talk-and-game show, “Oh My God, Did You Just Say That?!” with host John Rensenhouse and special guests Sidonie Garrett and Walter Coppage. It’s Christmas in July, so listen as Sidonie and Walter talk about their experiences performing “A Christmas Carol” -- and other Christmas-related fun to help you cool off! Sidonie Garrett has been a presence in the Kansas City theatre scene for many years as an actress, director, and producer. Currently she is the Executive Artistic Director of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and directs their summer offerings in Southmoreland Park. As an actress, she has worked at the Coterie, the Kansas City Rep and Kansas City Actors Theatre. Walter Coppage was one of the original founders of Kansas City Actors Theatre and has been a mainstay of the theatre community here.  He has worked at most every theatre in town and is always featured in the annual production of A Christmas Carol at the Kansas City Rep.  He also works at theatres around the country and most recently filmed episodes of Showtime’s original series The Chi in Chicago. --- Among KCART’s program sponsors are the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theater League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
28:41
July 23, 2021
Ca$h 4 Carnage, Episode 5 - The Monster You Know
A reckoning arrives and the bodies in the donated cadaver program are warmer than usual in the shocking conclusion of “Ca$h 4 Carnage.” Featuring Walter Coppage, Ai By Bui, Vanessa Severo, Nedra Dixon, Criston Starks, and Justin McCoy with direction from Brianna Woods and sound design by La’ron Cooper. Written by Khalif J. Gillett. Among KCART's program sponsors are the Richard J. Stern Foundation for  the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theater League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
28:03
July 16, 2021
Ca$h 4 Carnage, Episode 4 - Arms Race
The pressure rises as witnesses step forward and The Law draws closer. Desperate people risk rash decisions as they race to escape the growing stack of refrigerated bodies threatening to bury them. Featuring Donovan Woods, Walter Coppage, Ai Vy Bui, Vanessa Severo, Nedra Dixon, Criston Starks, and Bety Le Shackelford under the direction of Brianna Woods with sound design by La’ron Cooper. Written by Khalif J. Gillett. Among KCART's program sponsors are the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Miller-Nichols Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theater League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
27:42
July 09, 2021
Ca$h 4 Carnage, Episode 3 - Friends and Ethics
History repeats itself as new developments lead Detective Nguyên to resurrect an old case. Meanwhile, the stakes are raised as dreams start to sour and conspirators search for honor among thieves. Featuring Donovan Woods, Walter Coppage, Ai Vy Bui, Vanessa Severo, Nedra Dixon, Just McCoy, and Bety Le Shackelford with direction by Brianna Woods and sound design by La’ron Cooper. Written by Khalif J. Gillett. Among KCART’s program sponsors are the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
28:28
July 02, 2021
Ca$h 4 Carnage, Episode 2 - Catching Mice
New mysteries are revealed as Detective Nguyên gets her hands dirty dissecting the backgrounds of the mysterious figures of her mentor’s cold case of disappearing bodies. Featuring Donovan Woods, Nedra Dixon, Walter Coppage, Vanessa Severo, Criston Starks, Justin McCoy and Ai Vy Bui under the direction of Brianna Woods with sound design by La’ron Cooper. Written by Khalif J. Gillett. Among KCART’s program sponsors are the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long  Ellis Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National  Endowment for the Arts, Theatre League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
28:12
June 25, 2021
Ca$h 4 Carnage, Episode 1 - Second Chances
As bodies start to come up missing from a university medical lab, a headstrong youth takes a job from the ego-driven professor who runs the  donated cadaver program in the opening episode of this five-part '90s-era noir by KC-trained writer Khalif J. Gillett. Featuring Donovan Woods, Nedra Dixon, Walter Coppage, Vanessa Severo, Criston Starks, Justin McCoy, and Ai Vy Bui with direction from Brianna  Woods and sound design by La’ron Cooper. Among KCART’s program sponsors are the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National  Endowment for the Arts, Theatre League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
28:02
June 18, 2021
Oh My God, Did You Just Say That?!, Episode 2 - LIVE on KKFI (feat. Cathy Barnett and Phil Fiorini)
Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre’s game-and-talk show “Oh My God, Did You Just Say That?!” returns with a LIVE episode and as part of a pledge week drive for our partner station, KKFI! Host John Rensenhouse welcomes back guests Cathy Barnett and Phil Fiorini for our first-ever LIVE show, including a lively and witty conversation with more fun games to get John to declare, “Oh my God, did you just say that?!" Cathy Barnett appears frequently at The New Theatre and has performed at the Unicorn, Kansas City Rep, Starlight and, of course, Kansas City  Actors Theatre. Phil Fiorini played Pumbaa in the national tour of The Lion King and has worked locally at The New Theatre, the Unicorn, the  Coterie, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City Rep and, of course, Kansas City Actors Theatre. This episode was recorded live in-studio at KKFI 90.1 FM Kansas City as part of the station's pledge week on June 11, 2021.
30:35
June 15, 2021
Easy Aces: Baby Food
Goodman Ace finds himself juggling his work and home life when a surprise from Jane, his wife, intersects with a potential business client in this episode of the classic Kansas City-born radio comedy, "Easy Aces." Featuring Sidonie Garrett, John Rensenhouse, Walter Coppage, Teisha Bankston, Jan Rogge, Patrick Beasley, and Phil Fiorini with direction by Darren Sextro and sound design by Mary Robinson. Hosted by Walter Coppage.
27:59
June 04, 2021
The Hitchhiker (from Suspense)
A man embarks on a solo cross-country drive to California, only to find more company than he expected on his journey. Originally written by Lucille Fletcher for Orson Welles's radio series, this classic script of suspense was performed for radio four different times and was also adapted for TV in the first season of "The Twilight Zone." Featuring Jerry Mañan, Amber McKinnon, Vi Nhan Tran, Martin Buchanan, Brianna Woods, Jazlyn Epps, and Cinnamon Schultz with direction by Matt Schwader and sound design by Thomas Newby. Hosted by Walter Coppage. Among KCART's program sponsors are the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
28:00
May 28, 2021
Oh My God, Did You Just Say That?! (feat. Cathy Barnett and Phil Fiorini)
Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre presents the first episode of a fun all-new, all-different game and talk show with host John Rensenhouse and special guests, Kansas City actors Cathy Barnett and Phil Fiorini! Listen in as Cathy and Phil talk about scandalous bits from their separate and shared pasts and answer some outrageous questions. Cathy Barnett appears frequently at The New Theatre and has performed at the Unicorn, Kansas City Rep, Starlight and, of course, Kansas City  Actors Theatre. Phil Fiorini played Pumbaa in the national tour of The Lion King and has worked locally at The New Theatre, the Unicorn, the  Coterie, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City Rep and, of course, Kansas City Actors Theatre.
28:13
May 21, 2021
The Bickersons: The New Apartment
Blanche pines for a new place as John has a potential business partner to entertain in this classic radio comedy by Philip Rapp. Will they move up from their room without a view? Featuring Matt Schwader, Olyvia Anothayanontha, Hillary Clemens, Santiago Sosa, Joshua Gleeson, and Walter Coppage. Directed by Gary Heisserer with Sound Design and Supervision by Mary Robinson. Among KCART's program sponsors are the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, ArtsKC, the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theater League, and the Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation.
28:13
May 14, 2021
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!
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April 02, 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 05, 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 05, 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 08, 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 01, 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.
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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 04, 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 06, 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 09, 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 02, 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