May 03 - 18 2019
Funnyhouse of a Negro presented by KC MeltingPot Theatre at Just Off Broadway Theatre, Kansas City MO

Funnyhouse of a Negro

Presented by KC MeltingPot Theatre at Just Off Broadway Theatre

KCMPT presents a revival of Adrienne Kennedy’s 1964 Obie Award-winning play Funnyhouse of a Negro at Just Off Broadway Theater May 3rd – May 18th.  Directed by Nicole Hodges Persley, Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro is an avant-garde one-act drama about a young African American college student named Negro Sarah who desperately wishes that she was white. The story focuses on Sarah, a young hip graduate of City College who is obsessed with whiteness. We see inside Sarah’s reality in her one-room apartment in New York’s Greenwich Village where talks to her “multiple selves” who are famous people of history including Jesus, The Duchess of Hapsburg, Queen Victoria, and Patrice Lumumba.  As Sarah’s mind twists and turns between reality and fantasy, the audience walks through the funnyhouse of her mind to experience her violent rejection of her blackness and a toxic engagement with whiteness that leads to a point of no return in this captivating one act. Kennedy’s fantastical play explores the psychological trauma of race and identity in America that is amazingly salient today over 50 years after Kennedy’s Obie award for this work.  Funnyhouse of a Negro has become one of the most studied of Adrienne Kennedy plays. The show is rarely performed due to the extraordinary demands of the staging and the text. Local audiences will have the rare opportunity to experience the show’s premier in Kansas City.

Admission Info

General admission – $25.00

Seniors (60+)/Students – $20.00

Community Nights – $15.00 (Thursdays only)

Group pricing available

Phone: 8162268087


Dates & Times

2019/05/03 - 2019/05/18

Additional time info:

Performance Dates/Times:

Friday, May 3 at 7:30 pm – Opening

Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 pm – Talk Back following performance

Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 pm – Talk Back following performance

Friday, May 10 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 11 at 2:00 pm – Talk Back following performance

Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 pm

Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 pm – Talk Back following performance

Friday, May 17 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 pm – Closing

Location Info

Just Off Broadway Theatre

3051 Central in Penn Valley Park , Kansas City, MO 64141