By Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Theodore Swetz
Co-Produced with UMKC Theatre
The Levin Stage

October 16 – November 10, 2013

In this dark and provocative comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck four young New York City novelists (Kate, Izzy, Douglas and Martin) sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder while learning what it takes to get ahead. Vicious wordplay, romance and biting comedy all become weapons as each student fights for success.


Leonard | Robert Gibby Brand*
Izzy | Chioma Anyanwu*
Martin | Logan Black*
Douglas | Noah Whitmore
Kate | Courtney Salvage


Director | Theodore Swetz
Stage Manager | William J. Christie*
Scenic Designer | Jeff Ridenour
Lighting Designer | Adam Raine
Assistant Lighting Designer | Kris Kirkwood
UMKC Technical Director | Chris Winnemann

Sound Designers | Michael Heuer & Jason Bauer
Costume Designer | Aaron Chvatal
Properties Designer | Trevor Frederiksen
Dramaturg | Alyson Germinder

UMKC Assistant Technical Director | Logan Schoenbaechler
Technical Coordinator | Alex Perry
Assistant Technical Coordinator | Em Swenson
Scenic Charge | Ece Demirkol
Production Assistants | Erin Ray & Victoria Mueller