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'Tis a Nobler Time
Article about the large annual festival near Bonner Springs, Kansas, set as though in Renaissance Europe in the 1500s, with actors and events dressed in period costume.
Across Our Wide Missouri: From Clara Bow to Doris Day, Jack Oakie Stole Their Shows
Photos and biographical article about Jack Oakie (~1904-1978), a movie comedian born in Sedalia, Missouri, as Lewis Offield. Description of his life and career, selling newspapers during high school in...
Photos and article about the recent (ca. 1960s-1970s) history of movie-making of "B" films in Kansas City, focusing on the experiences of producer-director Lamar Card in shooting the 1976 movie "The Student...
City Lights: The Play's the Thing
Photo and biographical article about Dr. Larry Vincent, a 26-year-old radiologic physician and playwright formerly "a medical student at the University of Kansas Medical Center." Author of a 1976 play...
Ed Asner: Kansas City's Favorite Son
File containing photos and biographical article about Ed Asner, a famous actor graduating from Wyandotte High School (in Kansas City, Kansas) in 1947 and called "Kansas City's favorite son." Description...
Interview: Jerry Fogel
Photos and interview of Jerry Fogel, a television and movie actor, host of a KCMO radio talk show, and political aspirant. Biographical sketch of him and discussion on his views on politics, etc., and...
Interview: This Cain Is Able
Interview of Cain Devore, a "young Kansas City-born actor" appearing on a new prime time television show, "Dreams," and formerly acting on a television soap opera, with photos.
It's Not Easy Being Megee
Photos and biographical article about Ron Megee, "Kansas City's most wicked theatrical wit" and "the man behind some of the most dramatically lit produce in the Midwest," operating as both a theater director...
Kansas City Crossroads: Theater Legend Touched Thousands
Photo and biographical article about Patricia McIlrath (1917-1999), founder and former director of the Missouri Repertory Theatre at the University of Missouri-Kansas City starting in 1964. Noted as a...
Lunacy, Luck & Life in the Big Apple: Saga of a Kansas City Boy
Photos and biographical article about Tuck Mulligan, a "26-year-old native Kansas Citian" theater actor in New York City "weaned on Kansas City's dinner theatre circuit."
Makers of Kansas City Theatre: Talents on Their Own Turf
Photos, other portraits, and article about the history of live-action theaters (back to the Civil War) in Kansas City and their managers. Numerous details and scholarly notes and references.
Mark Edelman: A National Success Story
Biographical article about Mark Edelman, president of the Theater League, a live theater group in Kansas City since about 1977. Photos and description of his career in Kansas City and other major cities,...
May We Present Mrs. Marvin Gates
Photo and biographical article about Mrs. Marvin Gates, or Medill Gates, a Kansas City actress starting in the early 20th century as one of the original members of the Comedy Club (called the Kansas City...
Movin' on Up: Who Left KC and Made It?
Photos and biographical description of Paul Rudd, a 27-year-old actor growing up in Kansas City (graduating from Shawnee Mission West High School) and appearing in the "Sisters" television show and the...
My Views on Sunday Closing
January 30, 1908
Judge Wallace's strong views on Sunday blue laws: "All unnecessary labor on Sunday should be punishable. ..The theatrical manager and the actors are the worst offenders because they aid in the corruption...
Robert Gunn: Featured Artist at Waldo Astoria
Biographical article about Robert Gunn, "[t]he talented young artist who did the paintings lining the lobbies of the Waldo Astoria" in Kansas City, born in Washington, D. C., and coming to Kansas City...
Shootouts, Showdowns, & Barroom Brawls
Article describes the history of the portrayal of Kansas in Hollywood Western movies. Among the movies discussed are Seven Angry Men, Dark Command, and The Kansan.
Six Degrees of Kansas
Article describes visits and connections to Kansas by various famous people, including actors, politicians, sports figures, and writers. Celebrities whose Kansas connections are examined include Truman...
Taking Stock: What's Wrong with Theater in This Town, Anyway?
Article about the lack of organization, interest, and black actors in Kansas City theaters, with the closing of others, including the 39th Street Theater.
Ten Years With Late Night Theatre
December 2004/January 2005
Late Night Theatre, at 18th and Main, is known as Kansas City's "one-of-a-kind, gender-bending theatre group". Ad-libbing and audience participation are encouraged and actors develop their ideas for scripts...
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