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Central Standard Theatre is serving up a generous feast of new Solo Shows for the Kansas City Fringe Festival.  

From local artitsts Cheryl Weaver, Sam Wright, Marilyn Lynch, Megan Greenlee and Charles Pulliam.

Plus an International Collaboration with Heidi Van and Gavin Robertson

For more info on the KC Fringe, visit the Fringe Website 


July 21-31, 2016

Heidi Van, Ken Sandberg, Zack Chaykin

The Fall of the House of Usher

By Edgar Allen Poe

Adapted by Gavin Robertson

 “with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.”


  Adapter-Director Gavin Robertson brings this haunting tale to life.  With original music from composer Danny Bright, this three-man cast create the characters of Roderick and Madeline Usher, the un-named ‘narrator’ and the fourth character- the gloomy crumbling Mansion itself inside which the fearful characters live out their chilling tale.

Cheryl Weaver

Performing Annie Oakley:  Shooting Is a Gentle Thing

By John Gronbeck-Tedesco

Music by Forrest Pierce

Directed by Bob Paisley

Annie Oakley is an expert shootist. She is also clever, funny and more than a little self-righteous. And, she wants to set the record straight.


At the end of her life, she struggles to re-define herself as something more than “Little Miss Sure Shot” from Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Yes, she can wow audiences by shooting apples from her dog's head or the Kaiser's cigarette, but she is determined to leave her own legacy to history, one that has more to do with women's rights, the treatment of Native Peoples and the role of the gun in our American consciousness.

Sam Wright

Crazy Horse: A Dream of Thunder

Directed by Nicholas Collett

This solo show captures the spirit of the Great Sioux Wars, a struggle of two cultures over the American West. Crazy Horse, a quiet but brilliant Lakota warrior, manages to defy the might of the U.S. military, defeating Custer at the Little Bighorn, but can he evade both jealous rivals and the crushing tide of westward expansion?


Through love, loss, and the horrors of war, Crazy Horse clings to his culture, his freedom, and the mystical power of his personal vision, a dream of thunder. 

Marilyn Lynch

The River's Trembling Edge

By Denny Dey

A woman deals with fresh realizations and the gradual acceptance of her beloved's death.


During the course of the play, she shares moments of her days and examines the vital insights discovered during her ritual of ongoing care.  A tender and enlightening story of a soul's growing freedom from the stranglehold of devastating loss; humor and sensitivity mix to bring us a touching example of commitment to a loved one after death, and the necessary process we have come to know as "healing" the heart. 


Marilyn Lynch in a phenomenal performance.

Barrymore, William Luce’s Tony award winning play centers around John Barrymore, the legendary American actor, a short month before his death in 1942.  Barrymore spends the evening attempting to memorize his lines for a revival of his first successful classical role, Shakespeare’s Richard III. The problem is his memory is shot and he can’t remember his lines. 


As the evening progresses, Barrymore spends most of his time reminiscing with the audience, and entertaining them with stories from his past.  During the course of his digressions however, he finds himself coming face to face with some of his most deep-seated demons.

Charles Pulliam


By William Luce


Megan Greenlee

Shadows: The Life of Anne Boleyn

Directed by David Baxter

What do you say to your child at the end of your life? How would you want to be remembered?  How do you say goodbye? 


During her final hours in the Tower of London, Anne Boleyn composes a letter to her daughter Elizabeth, telling the true story of her remarkable life.


In this fresh look at the second wife of Henry VIII she struggles with the shadows of her past - shadows she cannot seem to escape -

even in death.


Directed by Invasion veteran David Baxter from Bedford, UK, this intimate portrait reveals more than just a Queen.

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