Inge Center News

Tuesday
Sep252018

Mary Sue Price 2018 Inge Center Playwright-in-Residence

Mary Sue Price, a fifth generation native of the Missouri Ozarks who has won a wealth of awards as a writer in many mediums, returns to Independence as the Fall 2018 Inge House Playwright-in-Residence at Independence Community College. 

Ms. Price will have a development reading of her play “Chat Rats” on Sat. Nov. 3, as part of the William Inge Center for the Art’s Professional Play Development Series.

In addition to numerous stage plays, Ms. Price has two Emmy Awards (2003, 2009) and a 2012 Writers Guild of America Award as a member of the “General Hospital” writing team.  

For the stage, Mary Sue Price’s plays have been produced in New York and throughout the United States. She is a previous Inge Center Playwright-in-Residence. She will continue work on her “Chat Rats Trilogy” plays, centered on the history of people in the Ozark mining industry and in Picher, Okla.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts “Art Works” grant. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov. The residency is also supported by the William Inge Festival Foundation and Independence Community College.

The William Inge Center produces the annual William Inge Theater Festival, designated by the Kansas State Legislature as the Official State Theater Festival.

Tuesday
Sep252018

Joyce-Hoven named Producing Director of the Inge Center

Independence Community College has announced Hannah Joyce-Hoven as the next Producing Director of the William Inge Center for the Arts in Independence, Kansas. 

Over the past five years, Joyce-Hoven has worked as a consultant and freelance producer on various projects for the William Inge Center. She currently serves as Director of Membership Programs at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, where she lives, and will continue to serve as Director of one of the nation's largest playwriting education and resource centers in the US. 

“We are very fortunate to have someone with whom we have worked very closely on previous festivals,” said Dan Barwick, college president. “Hannah’s broad experience in theatre, and her ties to Independence, will be tremendously advantageous to the success of the festival.”

During her initial stint at the Inge Center, Joyce-Hoven was on the executive producing team, as the Director of Operations, for twelve Festivals honoring visionary American playwrights, co-producing over 40 new play development workshops with playwrights from across the country, and hosting hundreds of guest theater artists on the Center’s campus. 

She is the ultimate playwright fangirl--In her almost two decades working in new play development, Hannah has helped to develop the new work of some the country’s finest playwrights, among them Caridad Svich, Alice Tuan, and E.M. Lewis. 

Originally from St. Louis, Joyce-Hoven has worked and performed with a number of theater companies throughout the Midwest, including the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, St. Louis Shakespeare Company, and Prison Performing Arts. 

Joyce-Hoven serves on the board of the William Inge Festival Foundation. Her education/training includes: BA Wheaton College, Lincoln Center Education teaching artist certification, and Yoga teacher training. She is also an actor, singer, and yogi. 

Tuesday
Sep252018

Inge Artists Win Plaudits

The NY Times says “glorious,” and we concur. The reference is to Anika Noni Rose, in the title role of Carmen Jones. In 2010, Inge Festival audiences savored a reading of The Mountaintop, a Broadway-bound show by Otis Guernsey New Voices Award winner Katori Hall. While in Independence, Anika met with youth from the Independence Childrens Theater group, who of course know her as the voice of Tiana in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.

Earlier this year, also at Classic Stage Company, Nathan Darrow starred in Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke. Nathan was first an Inge guest artist in 2008 for a reading by Inge House playwright Adam Kraar; and returned to Indy to take part in the 2014 Inge Festival. Viewers can see Nathan’s featured TV roles in Gotham and House of Cards.

The Public Theater is famous for Shakespeare in Central Park, but its vibrant indoor theaters offer ground-breaking theater, too. Chay Yew is announced to direct Mojada (inspired by Medea) next summer at the Public Theater. Chay directed Anika Noni Rose in the aforementioned The Mountaintop.

Our 2001 Honoree John Kander (Cabaret) has a new musical. The Beast in the Jungle, based on a Henry James novella, just opened at the Vineyard Theater. Tony winner Susan Stroman is choreographer, aided by more top talent. David Thompson is book writer.
 
The irrepressible 2007 Honoree Sheldon Harnick has another New York revival of his Fiddler on the Roof—this time, in Yiddish. The production is at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, with the characters speaking the language as they would have in 1905 czarist Russia.

Three Tall Women, the 1994 Pulitzer Prize winner by Edward Albee (1999 Honoree, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), just concluded its Broadway run. Glenda Jackson essayed the lead role.

Our 2000 Honoree A.R. Gurney (Love Letters), had a revival of his romantic comedy Later Life.

Also concluding off-Broadway is The Gentleman Caller. It is written by previous Inge House Playwright-in-Resident Philip Dawkins, and imagines a meeting between William Inge andTennessee Williams in 1944.

Karen Carpenter, our previous artistic director, is helming two upcoming off-Broadway shows. One is a musical version of Brave New World, based on the Aldous Huxley novel; and the play Chasing the River. Karen is currently in the throes of founding an international Greek-American theater festival, The Dionysus Festival: Voices of Women, for summer of 2020.
 
Mark Brokaw directed our 2010 Festival performance of Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas, with a professional, student, and community cast. Mark just finished directing The Closet, at the Williamstown Theater Festival, starring Matthew Broderick.
 
Our 2012 Honoree David Henry Hwang has a new “play with music”. Softpower is The King and I reversed, in that a Chinese hero enlightens an American leader, which is turned into a cherished musical in China 100 years in the future. Now in San Francisco, reviews are highly positive. Look for Francis Jue in a central role, Francis was one of our 2010 guest artists.

Here's a Back-to-School note for you brave souls. We have also learned of an Inge-themed play Winter's Waltz by 2003 Inge House Playwright-in-Residence Richard Broadhurst. http://www.capradio.org/news/insight/2018/01/17/insight-011718c/

Tuesday
Sep252018

ICC Theater Department 2018/19 Season Schedule

 

Season Tickets for Independence Community College Theater Department events! See seven events for just $30! Visit Brown Paper Tickets, “ICC Performance Season Tickets”, at https://iccseason.brownpapertickets.com/

October 12-14

Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Dr. Page Petrucka, ICC Theater Instructor
Performance in the Blackbox Theater, Fine Arts Building, ICC
7 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2 p.m. Sunday
 
November 16
The Anna Plays: Student-directed scenes
Performance in the William Inge Theatre
7 p.m. Friday
 
December 7-8
The Very Merry Xmas Carol Holiday Adventure Show
Directed by Mr. Erick Wolfe, ICC Theater Instructor
Performance in the William Inge Theatre
7 p.m. Fri. & Sat.
 
December 9
Holiday Extravaganza Concert
Collaboration performance by ICC Fine Arts Departments
Performance in the William Inge Theatre
2 p.m. Sunday
 
March 15-17
[Title of Show] By Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen
Directed by Dr. Page Petrucka, ICC Theater Instructor
Performance in the William Inge Theatre
7 p.m. Fri. & Sat.

April 26-28
She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Mr. Erick Wolfe, ICC Theater Instructor
Performance in the ICC Fine Arts Black Box Theater
7 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2 p.m. Sunday

Tuesday
Sep252018

Inge Center welcomes Page Petruka to Theater Dept. at ICC

The Independence Community College Theater Department welcomes Dr. Page Petrucka, PhD, as the newest theater instructor for the upcoming fall 2018 semester.
Petrucka is an accomplished actress, playwright, and scholar. She is perhaps best known for her work in various roles in films on the Hallmark channel, including A Christmas Wish, Christmas Under Wraps, Love Everlasting, and Small Town Crime. Petrucka’s theatrical credits include, The Calendar, Our Town, As You Like It, Beauty and the Beast, You Can’t Take It With You, Much Ado About Nothing, and Pride and Prejudice.

"To me, one of the most important things about theatre is the empathy and understanding stories can create to those who are open to the experience. When we set aside societal judgments and exhaustive stereotypes and embrace differences by learning of others triumphs and sorrows, we can only become better people, and that's exactly what this world needs right now."

Petrucka has also appeared in numerous commercials, including Fruit Ninja, Orabrush, Oreck of Utah, and Orchard Supply Hardware, among many. She has participated in multiple theater festivals, and is an accomplished playwright authoring, Vendetta Day, The Beauty of Affirming, The Calendar, The Hopeful, Peaceful Pixel of My Genuinely Lived Life, to name a few.
Prior to accepting the theater position at ICC, Petrucka taught at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University. Her dissertation, Rewriting the Single Woman’s Narrative in Two Original Scripts, earned her a PhD in Fine Arts, Acting/Playwriting from Texas Tech University. She also has a Master of Arts in Theater from Utah State University and a Bachelor of Science from Southern Utah University.

The Independence Community College Theater Department welcomes Dr. Page Petrucka, PhD, as the newest theater instructor for the upcoming fall 2018 semester.