The mission of EARTh is to present infrequently produced, large-cast plays in a script-in-hand, concert-style, staged reading format, featuring the talents of professional actors who live and work in the Greater Kansas City area. Members (or Member Candidates) of Actors’ Equity Association make up at least 75% of each EARTh cast.
EARTh’s readings are presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association’s Member’s Project Code (MPC), as supervised by Equity’s Kansas City Area Liaison Committee. As Member’s Project Code presentations, admission is always free and, so, there are no ticket sales. Instead, donations are accepted (and encouraged) at the door, and all of the donations are shared equally among the Equity Members and Candidates in the Company of any given EARTh presentation.
Contributions are also sought to help defray the numerous overhead expenses for each presentation—production rights, script purchases, photo-copying, facility rental, program printing, etc.
In addition to EARTh’s own readings, EARTh assisted with the Irish Cultural Center’s annual reading from James Joyce’s Ulysses, entitled Bloomsday: Dublin: 16 June. In 2013, we assisted in a stage reading of selections from Studs Terkel’s Working for Mid-America Arts Alliance‘s Labor Day Weekend First Friday in the Crossroads: Ce-LABOR-ation. This was then followed by an encore performance in the Auditorium of the World War I Museum (on Labor Day itself)—as a part of the AFL-CIO’s huge annual Labor Day Parade and Community Picnic Celebration. In 2015, EARTh presented readings of A Bunch of Rootabagas, an original adaptation of ten of Carl Sandburg’s delightful children’s tales Rootabaga Stories, at Theatre Lawrence in Lawrence, Ks. and Musical Theater Heritage in Kansas City, Mo.
Kip Niven, Project Coordinator
Doug Weaver, Resident Director
Valerie Martin and Christine Dotterweich Bial, Resident Production Stage Managers
Tom Lancaster, Webmaster