KCMPT announces its 2022-2023 season,
“Family Reunion – Nurturing Black Joy, Resilience and Resistance” 

For Immediate Release:
Kansas City, Mo. (June 6, 2022) – Highlighting the complexity of Black family relationships, KCMPT’s  2022-2023 season explores nurturing as an act of resilience and resistance in Black life. The season selections highlight the agency of Black people to tell their own stories with no apologies. Each play focuses on Black family life from the early 20th century through the present while exploring how they come together to resist stereotypes in the pursuit of equality in and outside the family.

Mother/son by Lewis Morrowdirected by Nicole Hodges Persleyengages the aftereffects of parent-child relationships in this compelling story about race, redemption, and recovery. Lydia, a white woman who is married to a Black man, comes to live with their son, John, who reluctantly stages an intervention for his mother’s drug addiction. As John helps his mother in her latest efforts to get clean, we discover that Lydia’s drug addiction is just the beginning of the issues this family must face and hopefully overcome.

The second show of the season is the Pulitzer Prize winning The Piano Lesson by August Wilson, directed by Melonnie Walker. The story follows Boy Willie, a Mississippi sharecropper who travels to Pittsburgh’s Hill District in the 1930s to visit his Uncle Doaker Charles. Boy Willie arrives in hopes that his sister, Berniece, will agree to sell the family heirloom – an antique piano that was engraved by their great-grandfather in Mississippi. Boy Willie intends to use the funds from the sale to buy the land upon which his ancestors were once enslaved. Soon, brother and sister clash over the blood memories tied to their family history, and what the beloved piano means to their family.

The third show of the season is the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fairview, by Jackie Sibbles Drury, directed by Lynn King. In Fairview, we meet the Frasier family in the midst of a chaotic evening preparing for the family matriarch’s birthday dinner. Beverly, the hostess, is juggling all of the personalities as she tries to make the evening picture perfect. In the midst of the preparations, Beverly tries to jump over a hopeless number of obstacles. Her sister Jasmine critiques the event, her husband Dayton underwhelms, and her brother Tyrone is nowhere to be found. As family expectations begin to get the best of her, her adolescent daughter’s behavior adds gas to the fire and prompts an unexpected journey of self-reflection.

The closing show of the season is 2021 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Stew by Zora Howard, directed by Ile  Haggins. The play follows four generations of Tucker women who come together at their mother’s home  to prepare a traditional stew for a very important day that the family celebrates annually. As the stew  simmers, so do the family secrets that boil over in this exploration of family trauma that effects Black
families from generation to generation.

Each play offered this season will feature talk backs and themed community events that celebrate the long  history of family and reunion in African American culture.

Detailed performance dates and tickets will be available at kcmeltingpot.com.

All productions will be held at:
Just Off Broadway Theatre
3051 Central in Penn Valley Park
Kansas City Mo. 64108

General admission $25.00
Seniors (60+)/Students – $20.00
Community Nights – $15.00 (Wednesday and Thursdays Only)
Group discounts and Press comps available
Tickets can be purchased at www.kcmeltingpot.com or by calling 816-226-8087.
A handling fee is applied to credit/debit card purchases.

Contact: Linda Williams