The 2019 – 2020 season of the Carlsen Center Presents Series continues with an original and raucous evening of joyful, interactive entertainment with Mrs. Krishnan’s Party on 7:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat., and 2 p.m., Sat and Sun., February 14 – February 16 in the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center (8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212). High res photos, videos and more can be found here.   Presented in partnership with Johnson County Parks & Recreation District, JCPRD.

One of New Zealand’s most successful touring theatre companies, Indian Ink brings its original interactive play Mrs. Krishnan’s Party to Overland Park, Kansas. Shop owner Mrs. Krishnan’s son is coming home for Onam, the harvest festival, similar to Diwali, Christmas or Easter. When her boarder, an overzealous wannabe-DJ named James, invites some friends over as a surprise, the guest list (made up of audience members) keeps growing. Mrs. Krishnan has no choice but to throw the party of her life. Audience members will be guests at the party and are encouraged to  come dressed in Indian dress or for Onam.   Audience members will be a part of the production, and will be invited to dance, sing, clap and help cook the (vegetarian) meal.

General Manager Emily Behrmann stated, “This is the first time the Carlsen Center has worked with the Arts & Heritage Center, so we are thrilled to partner with Johnson County Parks & Recreation to bring this to the community! In working with Indian Ink Theatre Company, I immediately understood that we needed not only a smaller space suitable for 100- 150 people per show but also one better suited for a party! The Black Box at the Arts & Heritage Center will be perfect.”

Co-founder Jacob Rajan shared, “We love immersive theater. And we’re excited to bring Mrs. Krishnan’s Party to Overland Park! The ‘Mrs. Krishnan plays’ have been running continually for over 20 years, touring the length and breadth of New Zealand, India, Europe and beyond. We knew Overland Park audiences would want to experience this theatrical phenomenon for themselves.”

“We are so excited to partner with JCCC on this creative and fun evening! I’m looking forward to future collaborations and hope that we can find exciting projects to produce in the future,” said Tim Bair, Producing Artistic Director/Fine and Performing Arts Manager, JCPRD.

Rajan continued, “All you need we’re bringing to the table – the strangers that surround you, the imagination that abounds within and the wonder of what’s going to happen next. That moment of not knowing, of being lost and confused, excited and a little scared is really what this performance is about: change. The world is in a constant state of change. But rather than bemoan how hard it is to get to grips with all this shifting sand, we want to celebrate the new castles we will build from it. That first step into the unknown is terrifying for the characters you’re about to meet, but necessary for them to grow. We hope you’ll enjoy reassuring them that they’re not alone.”

Ticket Information and How to Choose Your Experience

The closer the seat, the more involved patrons will be in the performance. Everyone is invited to enjoy vegetarian dal after the performance.

Tickets may be purchased online www.jccc.edu/CarlsenCenter or by phone (913) 469-4445. Season ticket packages which include a purchase of five events (or more) are available for a 10% discount. Donors to the Friends of the Carlsen Center (starting at $50) receive a 15% discount off season ticket packages.

Top Table – A premium seat at Mrs. Krishnan’s dining table $45
Inner Circle – A premium seat at stage level $35
Cheeky Seat – A seat at stage level behind the inner circle $30
*Wall Flower – A seat on a raised platform at the edge of the room—great view but not as involved in the action $25
Party Animal – No seat, standing room only in a designated location $15

*Due to the platform seating, no wheelchair accommodations will be available for the Wall Flower option.

Seating is limited to 150 per performance.

For more information about the 2019-2020 the Carlsen Center Presents Series at Johnson County Community College, and a full list of performers, visit www.jccc.edu/CarlsenCenter.