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An Interview with playwright Tom Dudzick

It is a unique and exciting opportunity for any aspiring writer to have a conversation with a professional writer about the craft. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Tom Dudzick, the playwright of City Theatre of Independence’s upcoming production Miracle on South Division Street. LIZZIE: Can you describe your creative process? TOM: First, I think of a subject I’d […]


City Theatre of Independence presents: DEATHTRAP by Ira Levin It’s autumn, which means the media is full of the spooky and suspenseful. City Theatre of Independence is excited to present audiences with the hit thriller, Deathtrap by Ira Levin. Deathtrap is about a successful playwright, Sidney Bruhl, struggling to pen his next great play. He is contacted by aspiring writer, […]

‘Tis the Season to be Spooky!

Autumn is upon us and with the changing of the leaves comes all the fall activities. Apple picking, ghost tours, taking the kids to the pumpkin patch…there’s just so much fun to be had this time of year. City Theatre of Independence is proud to be participating in not one, but TWO Halloween community events: Enchanted Forest and a Haunted […]

Understudies: The Unsung Heroes of the Theatre

Urinetown director, Coralyn Martin, has created an ensemble cast of understudy actors who will perform as a principal role in one performance each during the run of the production. I have asked understudy actress, Hannah Williiams, to speak on her experience with this unique production. What role(s) are you an understudy for? HANNAH: I am the understudy for Penelope Pennywise, […]

Malthusianism and Epic Theatre Urinetown as a Prime Example

What is Urinetown? Urinetown is here! It’s the “town” wherever People learn to live in fear – Lyrics from What is Urinetown What is Urinetown? Just a silly, nonsensical musical, or is it something much more complex than that?  Urinetown explores the economic philosophy of a Malthusian society. Malthusian theory, in simple terms, is an economic theory that explains human […]

A Magical, Musical Night at the Tonys City Theatre of Independence Angel Donor Gala

City Theatre of Independence is hosting our traditional end of the year celebration on Saturday, July 23rd, 2022. In years past this event has brought together our membership, supporters and members of the community to celebrate the closing of a season and the beginning of the next. This year’s celebration has been elevated to a gala with an additional purpose. […]

City Theatre of Independence Opening 2022-2023 Season with Urinetown – The Musical

City Theatre of Independence is opening the 2022-2023 season with the musical comedy, Urinetown. Urinetown is a satirical comedy about politicism, capitalism, populism and corporate mismanagement. The musical premiered in 2001 with music by Mark Hollman and book by Greg Kotis. The story takes place in a dystopian society that is suffering from a water shortage. Due to this shortage, […]

Shakespeare Under the Stars – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

City Theatre of Independence in conjunction with the Independence Square Association presents its first ever live reader’s theatre Shakespeare production. By Lizzie DeShaw The course of true love never did run smooth. – A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare This summer, City Theatre of Independence is producing an outdoor reader’s theatre production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This […]

Every Hero Needs a Sidekick

An Interview With Alex West as Sancho Panza By Lizzie DeShaw Alex West is playing Sancho Panza in City Theatre of Independence’s production of Man of La Mancha. I have asked him to answer some questions about the show and his character. LIZZIE: Tell me about yourself. What is your background in theatre? ALEX: Way back in the 1970’s I […]

The Impossible Dream

This is my quest to follow that star… no matter how hopeless…no matter how far… – Lyrics from “The Impossible Dream” “The Impossible Dream” is the most popular and recognizable song from Man of La Mancha. The song is at first sung by the character of Don Quixote in response to Aldonza’s question about what Quixote means by “following the […]