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Justice in the Embers

Written by Michelle T. Johnson

Kansas City


Directed by Jennifer Welch

“Justice in the Embers,” created in collaboration with KCPT and The Living Room Theatre is the sixth StoryWorks iteration and our first exploration of our criminal justice system. Inspired by Mike McGraw’s years of reporting for The Kansas City Star and KCPT, StoryWorks KC explores the long-term incarceration of youth in America and the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that will change the lives of thousands of juvenile offenders.

 

 

KCPT is a nonprofit, community-owned television station serving the greater Kansas City area that provides programming and services—on air and off —that entertain, educate and enrich the community.

 


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CAST

Fire Fighter……………………………………………………………………Tim Ahlenius

Bryan Sheppard………………………………………………………Moses Brings Plenty

Michael “Collar” Parks…………………………………………………… Frank Oakley III

Aaron Wilkes…………………………………………………………………..Chris Roady

Cyndy Short…………………………………………………………………..Amy Attaway

Virgie Sheppard……………………………………………………………..Nancy Marcy*

*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director……………………………………………………………………..Jennifer Welch

Playwright……………………………………………………………..Michelle T. Johnson

Assistant Director……………………………………………………………….Chip Miller

Stage Manager……………………………………………………………..Lacey Pacheco

Sound Design…………………………………………………………………..David Kiehl

Poster Design………………………………………………………………..Brian Paulette

Light Design………………………………………………………………….Shane Rowse

Properties……………………………………………………………………Regina Weller

Journalist…………………………………………………………………….Mike McGraw

Co-Producer…………………………………………………………………….Janet Saidi

Co-Producer………………………………………………………………….Rusty Sneary

Co-Producer………………………………………………………………..Jennifer Welch

Video Production

Angee Simmons

Randy Mason

Dave Burkhardt

Dave Simmons

John McGrath

Don Mayberger

Engagement

Amanda Krenos

Lindsey Foat

Sandy Woodson

Kathy VanLieshout

Karen Rankin

DIGITAL

Hilary Becker

Karen Mell

Kirstin McCudden

Development

Kliff Kuehl, President & CEO

Ted Place, Chief Development Officer

Polly Howard

Journalist

MIKE MCGRAW (KCPT) In his more than 30 years at The Star, McGraw has covered a wide range of topics: food safety and agribusiness, the business of college sports, art world fraud. His last major series, an investigation of the U.S. beef industry, was produced in conjunction with The Star and Harvest Public Media, based at KCUR. McGraw was part of a 3-person team that produced a 5-part series on human trafficking published in The Star in December 2009. Their investigation found serious flaws in U.S. efforts to lead the international fight against modern-day slavery. The series won the 2010 Robert F. Kennedy journalism award which recognizes coverage of injustice against the underprivileged; the series also received a 2010 Investigative Reporters and Editors award. McGraw won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for a series on the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is also the recipient of two George Polk awards. McGraw has been a reporter since 1972, when he graduated from the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism. He has taught investigative reporting at the University of Missouri, the University of Kansas and as a Ferris Professor in residence last year at Princeton University. He is a former member of the board of Investigative Reporters and Editors, and contributor to IRE’s “The Reporter’s Handbook.”

Playwright

MICHELLE T. JOHNSON is a former journalist and attorney. Currently, she is a local and national diversity and inclusion consultant, as well as Kansas City Star writer and freelance columnist “Diversity Diva.” Johnson has had plays in playwriting festivals locally and nationally, including Houston, Tx, Medford Con, and Louisville, Ky as well as in four NYC festivals for her plays “Wiccans in the Hood,” “The Negro Whisperer,” and “Echoes of Octavia.” In 2014, the award winning production “Trading Races” and “Wiccans in the Hood” we’re produced by Philadelphia’s BrainSpunk Theater, where Johnson is the playwright in residence. She will have the World Premier of her play “Final Arrangements” in May of 2016. “Echoes of Octavia” will be performed by the Rhymes over Beats Theater company as part of their 2016-2017 season.

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