37th Annual William Inge
Theater Festival

Evening Performances and Festivities 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9:

Are you now or have you ever been... By Carlyle Brown – A fictional account of the demons and dilemmas faced by Langston Hughes while attempting to write a poem on the night before his appearance before the Senate Permanent-Sub-Committee on Investigations on Un-American Activities, led by Senator Joseph McCarthy. Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m., William Inge Theatre, Independence Community College.


THURSDAY, MAY 10:  

An Evening with Mr. Inge Live performances of scenes from selected plays by William Inge, with context and comment on the career of Independence's native son and his journey from Independence to literary stage stardom.  Thursday May 10 at 7:30 p.m., William Inge Theater, Independence Community College.


FRIDAY, MAY 11: 

Down in Mississippi By Carlyle Brown –Setting: The Freedom Summer 1964 campaign to register African-Americans to vote in the dangerous, segregated world of Mississippi. Three young civil rights activists leave their safe northern homes to try to change the world, and discover that before they can change the world they will have to change themselves. A celebration of a movement that gave birth to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voter’s Rights Act of 1965. Friday May 11 at 7:30 p.m., William Inge Theater, Independence Community College.

SATURDAY, MAY 12:

Tribute to Carlyle Brown A multi-media presentation, featuring video interviews with Brown and his artistic collaborators, and live scenes from his great plays, performed by professional guest artists. Mr. Brown will receive the William Inge Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater Award, at the conclusion of the performance.  Saturday, May 12, at 7:30p.m., William Inge Theatre, Independence Community College.

EACH NIGHT

Fringe at the Inge Commune with our guest artists and theater buffs from across the nation at a local gathering spot after each evening performance. Just purchase a beverage, no ticket required!

  
The William Inge Theater Festival New Play is supported in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The William Inge Center for the Arts is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Arts Works.


The William Inge Center for the Arts is a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the American Theatre.