SM East grad returning to KC Fringe Festival with new production of very old play

The SM East theatre lover who helped stage an original production at last year’s KC Fringe Festival is back this year — but with a decidedly different production.

Lee Conrads
Lee Conrads

2008 graduates Lee Conrads, Carly Putnam and Sam Slosberg put on a production of a one-act play by Putnam in 2012 called “The Air is Colder.” But when Conrads and friends from college started thinking about following up that production at this year’s Fringe Fest, they found Putnam otherwise occupied and unable to commit the time to work on a new piece. So instead of something new, Conrads and her team decided on something very old: the Greek tragedy “Medea”

“We started looking for plays that we wouldn’t have to pay royalities for. Greek tragedies are good for that, though we discovered that although Euripides isn’t collecting royalities, often his translator’s are,” Conrads said. “We settled on Medea and I spent the winter working on an adaptation which streamlined and updated a translation in the public domain by Gilbert Murray.”

But lest you think that, what with it being from the olden timey days, the production is G-rated, be warned: The Fringe Festival notes that the production is “gritty” and that parental guidance is suggested for the audience. Medea does kill her own children, after all…

The production will run over the course of five days starting Saturday at Phosphor Studio, 1730 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. The schedule is as follows:

July 20: 11 p.m.
July 21: 3:30 p.m.
July 22: 8 p.m.
July 25: 9:30 p.m.