The stage is dark, parking lots empty, but our memory of the 36th Annual William Inge Theater Festival is “abundant”! We want to pay homage to each and all of the amazing people who took part in welcoming and celebrating our Honoree, Beth Henley.  

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36th Annual William Inge Theater Festival

Evening Performances and Festivities In Review


Fringe at the Inge –Where Hollywood meets Independence: commune with our guest artists at a local gathering spot.  Booth Hotel Wednesday, Brother’s Thursday, Uncle Jack’s Friday. Just purchase a beverage, no ticket required!    



Hometown Cookout – Experience our exceptional homegrown Midwestern hospitality, and meet the writers and artists of the New Play Lab, in this casual gathering outdoors on the patio at the ICC student union. Wednesday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Meet our Masters – Our PlayLab Master writers and special guests are introduced, and each reads a favorite piece from a new work. Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m., William Inge Theatre, Independence Community College.



President's  Reception for Beth Henley - VIP cocktail reception for Beth Henley, at the historic Landon House, 6:00 p.m. (included in VIP packages only)

Otis Guernsey New Voices Winner – Premiere concert reading of a new play by our Otis Guernsey New Voices Award Winner, featuring special guest artists. Award ceremony follows. In the William Inge Theater, 7:30 p.m.



INGE HONOREE's DINNER - A festive dinner to celebrate Honoree Beth Henley, the Inge family, our Master writers, and special guests at the home of Ken and Becky Brown, 6:00 p.m. (included in VIP packages only) 

BRIGHT DESIREA Tribute to Beth Henley – A multi-media presentation, featuring video interviews with Henley and her original collaborators, and live scenes from her greatest works, performed by guest artists from Broadway to Hollywood. Ms. Henley will receive the William Inge Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater Award, at the conclusion of the performance.  Created by Susan Cinoman, Karen Carpenter and Lonny Quattlebaum. Friday, April 21 at 7:30p.m., William Inge Theatre, Independence Community College.



36th Annual Gala Awards Dinner – Celebrating Beth Henley, featuring live musical entertainment by special guests, scholarship and award presentations. Includes presentation of the Margaret Goheen Award, teh Margaret Goheen Scholarship, and the Jerome Lawrence Award. Cocktails at 6:00 p.m., Awards Dinner begins at 7:00pm, Civic Center. 

Please Note: Tickets to the Gala must be reserved no later than April 15th.