Script in Hand 2015

The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre presents its ninth season of Script-in-Hand performances – Love Stories. The 2015 Script-in-Hand series is sponsored by Country Club Bank with additional support provided by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Admission to all performances is free. See below to RSVP online, or call 816.701.3407.

The receptions for members of the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library that follow each performance are provided by Cosentino’s Market. You may join the Friends during any of the events and attend the reception the day you sign up.

Love Letters
By A. R. Gurney
Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 2 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. | RSVP here

A.R. Gurney’s poignant piece chronicles the 50-year relationship between a man and a woman — first as children, then as lovers, and finally as friends — through letters they exchanged during their lives and now read on stage. Premiering in 1988, the play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1990.

Same Time, Next Year
By Bernard Slade
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 2 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. | RSVP here

George and Doris have separate families, separate lives — and a physical attraction and growing emotional bond that bring them to the same California country inn every year. One of the most popular romantic comedies of the past century drops in on their clandestine relationship every five years for 25 years. The times change. They change, experiencing the ups and downs of marriage, career change, and childrearing against a backdrop of national turmoil. Their annual weekend together becomes a time of solace, reflection, challenge and, when Doris shows up eight-months pregnant, even birth.

Barefoot in the Park
By Neil Simon
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 2 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. | RSVP here

Neil Simon’s longest-running Broadway hit, which became a 1967 movie starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, focuses on newlyweds Paul and Corie as they begin their life together in a tiny, fifth-floor apartment in a New York City brownstone. He is a strait-laced attorney. She’s a far more spontaneous free spirit who wants him to loosen up — to walk barefoot in the park. The young couple also must contend with a lack of heat, a skylight that leaks snow, several long flights of stairs, oddball neighbor Victor Velasco, and Corie's well-meaning mother. Marriage, it turns out, isn’t so easy.

The Light in the Piazza
By Craig Lucas, Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 2 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. | RSVP here

This dreamy, Tony-winning musical revolves around wealthy Margaret Johnson and her beautiful but emotionally stalled teenage daughter, Clara, who spend a summer together in the Tuscan countryside. When Clara falls in love with an earnest, dashing, and passionate young Italian, a protective Margaret must decide what to do with a secret from the girl’s past — which could take romance off the table — while confronting her own deep-seated hopes and regrets.

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