A letter from Cynthia

43rd Season of Intimate, Inspiring and Invigorating Theatre

"Theatre should start serving the revelation and shaping of the process of living, for which it is uniquely suited, for which it, indeed, exists. There is a hunger to see the human presence acted out. As long as that need remains, people will find a way to do theater.”                            — Zelda Fichandler, 1924 – 2016

We all seek mentors and teachers in our community and profession to lead and inspire us. This past summer I lost a mentor, Zelda Fichandler, Founding and Artistic Director of the Arena Stage in Washington, DC. She was one of the most courageous women in theater and a daring pioneer in the regional theatre movement. She was my hero.

You are now taking a brave and daring step towards the unknown. Once you step into this building, you open yourself up for an intoxicating adventure. My energy and enthusiasm comes from the innovative, the unexplored and the unexpected story. The idea of doing or seeing something you have never experienced before is thrilling, and I want to share that with you. It can be a revelatory and life-changing event. That is why each and every play we produce at the Unicorn has never been seen in the Kansas City area.

I love new plays and I love working with playwrights. Out of our 316 productions, 64 of them have been world premieres, the first time anyone has seen them…anywhere. From the initial reading on the page to the first rehearsal we go through a year-long developmental process to help bring each new script to life. The plays that I choose are not always commercial but they are important. They give us the opportunity to go places, meet people and feel things we don’t encounter in our everyday lives. 

What a wonderful journey awaits you! 



Cynthia Levin, Producing Artistic Director