The Fishtank Performance Studio launches its second annual 12 Plays of Christmas mini-festival Friday.
The event showcases short pieces by a host of Kansas City-area playwrights, including Frank Higgins, Heidi Van, Stephanie Roberts, Chloe Robbins-Anderson, Natalie Liccardello, Ry Kincaid, Forrest Attaway, Peter Lawless, Teri Ann Quinn and Christian Hankel. Collectively, this group represents some of the best theater-writing talent in town.
Higgins’ work has been produced nationwide (his “Black Pearl Sings” will be staged by Spinning Tree Theatre in March).
Van is curator of the Fishtank. Roberts, who teaches at the UMKC theater department, is a physical movement specialist who creates quirky alternative works.
Robbins-Anderson has worked on shows at the Fishtank and the Coterie.
Liccardello, an actress and playwright, has written plays staged at the Fishtank and KC Fringe.
Kincaid writes plays and musicals, some of which have been seen at KC Fringe.
Attaway is a versatile playwright whose “Columbus Day” received its world premiere at the Living Room in October.
Lawless is a musician and composer who has contributed to several Fishtank productions.
Quinn, also a composer and musician, plays with Claire and the Crowded Stage (of which Lawless is also a member).
And Hankel is a performer, writer and musician who specializes in unique forms of musical theater.
Performing the new works will be a group of Kansas City actors: Devon Barnes, Coleman Crenshaw, Marty Honig, Andy Perkins, Nancy Marcy and Van, among others.
The show runs two weekends: Friday through Monday and Dec. 18-20. The Fishtank is at 1715 Wyandotte in the Crossroads.
General admission is $20 although a limited number of $12 tickets are available as a “cyber special.” Advance tickets can be charged at 12plays.brownpapertickets.com/.