Kansas City Actors Theatre is getting back to the basics. The troupe announced it is in negotiations to begin a weekly series of radio theater, partnering with radio station 90.1FM KKFI, Kansas City Community Radio, this September.
The weekly programming will include classic works from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in rotation with a ten-part original series written by local playwright and actor Forrest Attaway. The original series, Kansas City: 1924, weaves local historic figures into storytelling that captures this city at a crossroads. Performances will feature local theater artists, including KCAT core artistic company members.
“Storytelling is at the core of KCAT’s mission,” says Walter Coppage, one of the company’s founders. “Radio provides us with a unique opportunity for storytelling. Our imagination creates the imagery, the scenery, costumes, and locations that are unique and specific to each listener, so no two experiences are ever alike.”
Each weekly episode of Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre will premiere on 90.1FM KKFI (which is also streamed online at KKFI.org/listen), then move to be hosted on the “Kansas City: Actors, Theatre” regional podcast (https://anchor.fm/kcactorstheatre).
The premiere date for Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre on 90.1FM KKFI will be shared soon, including a schedule of weekly programming, full cast lists, and announcement of design teams.