Festival 50 Invited Productions
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We are thrilled to announce the seven productions invited to perform at KCACTF Region 5 Festival 50 in Des Moines! Thanks to everyone who entered participating shows in 2017! Congratulations to these fine productions for their excellent work!  


Written by Sophocles

Translated by Don Taylor

Directed by
 Jenna Soleo-Shanks

University of Minnesota Duluth

After years of division, a new leader promises to restore law and order to the city of Thebes. But when his first official decree is challenged the power of the state is pitted against the will of the people. This modern translation of one of the most enduring ancient tragedies puts universal questions of power, politics, and duty in the context of contemporary conflicts.


Written by Bertolt Brecht

Directed by Kasey Cox

Missouri Baptist University

Grusha, a servant girl, rescues the Governor’s child during a rebellion and unexpectedly grows to love and care for the child as her own. When the Governor’s wife returns and demands the child back, however, the question is posed, “Who has a right to the child? The one who bore him or the one who loves him?” A retelling of King Solomon and the child claimed by and fought over by two mothers.


Written by 
Rajiv Joseph

Directed by Beate Pettigrew

Johnson County Community College

Doug and Kayleen meet at the nurse’s office in their elementary school; she’s got a painful stomach ache, and he’s all banged up from a running dive off the roof of the school. Over the next thirty years, these scar-crossed lovers meet again and again, brought together by injury, heartbreak, and their own self-destructive tendencies. This is an unconventional love story about the intimacy between two people when they allow their defenses to drop and their wounds to show.


Written by 
Qui Nguyen

Directed by Anne Byrd

Normandale Community College

When average Agnes Evans loses her younger sister, Tilly, in a car crash, she must confront the fact that she knew precious little about her eccentric sibling. While cleaning out the family home, Agnes discovers Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook which sends her on a journey into her sister's lively imagination. In Tilly's world, Agnes must confront not only the monsters of the game, but also those of her own making. A fantastical celebration of geekdom, She Kills Monsters is an action-packed comedy with heart.


Written by 
Bethany Larson, Jamii Claiborne, Annamaria Formichella-Elsden, Andrea Frantz, Callé Friesen, Wind Goodfriend, Miranda Pollock

Directed by Bethany Larson

Buena Vista University

Woman Wonder, a new play, explores what it is to be a woman in today’s world. Through stories ranging from the beautiful to the tragic, from birth to old age, the play affirms the resiliency of women.  


Written by Burt V. Royal 

Directed by Shea Saladee

Sponsored by University of Nebraska at Omaha

The characters in Dog See’s God are facing social, political, and moral issues so universal that almost everyone encounters them on their own journeys through life. The play provokes the audience to use these stories to question, create a dialogue, and engage in action. “When something seems the most obvious thing in the world’ it means that any attempt to understand the world has been given up” - Bertolt Brecht.


Written by
Joshua Whedon

Directed by Madison Bishop

Wichita State University

James desperately seeks meaning, but doesn’t know where to look. She learns of a service that will allow her to do something extraordinary. But through this, she tumbles into an experiment that may have drastic repercussions. Will this actually help her, or will it send her further into hopelessness?

Deadlines have been extended until Monday, December 18 for the following events. Students and Faculty are encouraged to get involved!


All Directing Events 

Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy

Workshop Submission 

Please encourage your students and faculty to register to be a part of these amazing festival events! 



Irene Ryan Nominations - December 18

Slide Show Submissions - December 22

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