Kansas City is the coolest city I’ve never been to, and they’ve got a really great theatre company there that I know I would love. Now I’m a jerk for never visiting for two reasons: 1. The Fishtank. 2. Barbecue.
It’s been a while since we’ve announced a major metro area in our Festival, and we’re really excited that it’s the The Fishtank taking up the mantle for KC. The Fishtank, curated by Kansas City theatre artist Heidi Van, develops works from concept to concert by providing a low risk, low cost environment that nurtures the development of new work and inspires theatrical entrepreneurship.
It’s my favorite kind of company: small, super-creative & prolific. The Fishtank Performance Studio is host to several on-going series that are generated by Resident Artists, Companies and Associate Artists.
They do these window plays, (pictured right) which really caught my eye and got my imagination going. When I finally go to Kansas City, I hope I get to see one of these.
For our video project, they’ve elected to perform the James Madison play. Why James Madison in Kansas City, Missouri? The Missouri Compromise, perhaps? Nope. That was James Monroe. Are they honoring 19th Century U.S. Representative from Missouri, James Madison Hughes? I highly doubt it.
Madison was the last pick in the video project and The Fishtank took it gracefully.
Said Heidi Van, and I quote “huzzah.”
Huzzah back, Fishtank. I can’t wait to see your impression of a White House on fire. Welcome to the Festival!