A young city at a historical crossroads, a brilliant detective in his first American case, thrilling suspense, and delightful comedy.

Kansas City Actors Theatre is excited to announce a new project:

Featuring top Kansas City actors in weekly episodes that include an all-new historical drama, “Kansas City: 1924,” by Forrest Attaway, Agatha Christie’s “The Case of the Careless Victim,” “A Murderous Revision” from the Suspense series, the comedy classic “The Bickersons,” by Philip Rapp, and more!

Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre will air new episodes weekly on KKFI 90.1 at noon on Fridays with episodes also available online.

Featuring Lois Avery, Justin Barron, Hillary Clemens, Walter Coppage, Nedra Dixon, David Fritts, Sidonie Garrett, David Hall, Todd Lanker, Ashlee LaPine, Justin McCoy, Brian Paulette, Shawna Peña-Downing, Victor Raider-Wexler, John Rensenhouse, Jan Rogge, Shon Ruffin, Cinnamon Schultz, Matt Schwader, Kris Stoker, Kathleen Warfel, Matt Williamson, Brianna Woods, Weiyi Zhang, and more!

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April 2nd

Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre’s April Break and Future Preview

Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre is taking a broadcast break in April as we get a head start on a new, exciting batch of content ready for you in our 2021-2022 season of free radio theatre programming! In this update, John Rensenhouse, Kansas City Actors Theatre Artistic Committee Chair, talks about the exciting projects we have coming up for KCART in the next year, from original works like “Ca$h 4 Carnage,” more classic radio theatre, and even a new (hopefully live) game show format with Kansas City artists and actors. Listen in on this short update and we’ll see you back for new episodes starting on May 14th.

March 26th

Kansas City: 1924 – Frigidus in Terra

Revenge is served cold with the closing of “Kansas City: 1924” in the final episode, “Frigidus in Terra.” Fate trades life for life and future for future as a brutal winter descends on the city and its denizens look forward to the world to come.

Featuring Matt Schwader, Scott Cordes, Victor Raider-Wexler (who also Directs), Mike Ott, Mark Robbins, Bri Woods, Jen Mays, Kyle Dyck, Chioma Anyanwu, Brian Paulette, Nedra Dixon, Rusty Sneary, Sam Cordes, Jerry Mañan, Granvile O’Neal, Vanessa Severo, Walter Coppage, Natalie Licardello, and Justin McCoy. Sound Design by Jonathan Robertson. Written by Forrest Attaway.

March 19th

Kansas City: 1924 – The Reckoning

Revelation and retribution arrive in “The Reckoning,” episode 11 of “Kansas City: 1924.” Vincent’s true nature is finally revealed and a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions is set into motion. Don’t miss this stirring preparation for the stunning conclusion of “Kansas City: 1924.”

Featuring Matt Schwader, Jan Rogge, Ellen Kirk, Scott Cordes, Victor Raider-Wexler (who also directs), Manon Halliburton, Mike Ott, Mark Robbins, Bri Woods, Jen Mays, Kyle Dyck, Chioma Anyanwu, Katie Hall, Katie Gilchrist, Brian Paulette, Nedra Dixon, and Gary Neal Johnson. Sound Design by Jonathan Robertson. Written by Forrest Attaway.

March 12th

Kansas City: 1924 – Doppelganger

In “Doppelganger,” the 10th episode of “Kansas City: 1924,” a bold plan is carried out to bring an end to further bloodshed in the cross-town war, but there’s no guarantee – or even faith – that it will work. Meanwhile, shocking revelations come to light and a heartbreaking confrontation is put into motion.

Featuring Rusty Sneary, Matt Schwader, Jan Rogge, Ellen Kirk, Scott Cordes, RH Wilhoit, Alisa Lynn, Victor Raider-Wexler (who also Directs), Manon Halliburton, Mike Ott, Mark Robbins, and Bri Woods with Sound Design and Engineering by Jon Robertson. Written by Forrest Attaway.

March 5th

Sorry, Wrong Number (from “Suspense”)

A bedridden woman listens in on a crossed-wire call, only to get drawn into a mystery deeper than she could have possibly expected. “Sorry, Wrong Number,” is a fun, twist-filled yarn that Orson Welles once referred to as ‘the greatest radio script ever written.’

Featuring Hillary Clemens, Matt Rapport, Jerry Mañan, Peggy Friesen, Damron Russel Armstrong, Teisha Bankston, and Jan Rogge. Directed by Darren Sextro with Sound Supervision by Mary Robinson and Sound Design by Sam Toskin.

February 26th

Love, Honor, or Murder (from “Suspense”)

Opportunity knocks when a cabbie’s fare leaves something behind in his taxi, but how far is he willing to go to answer the call? Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre presents the twists and turns of the classic “Suspense” story “Love, Honor, or Murder.”

Featuring Cathy Barnett, David Fritts, Marc Liby, Darrington Clark, Joshua Gleason, Austin Taylor Smith, and Kathleen Warfel with Host John Rensenhouse. Directed by Gary Heisserer with Sound Supervision by Mary Robinson and Sound Design by Caleb Stoller.

February 19th

Comediennes (A KCART Original)

When two performers start chatting during the intermission break of their improv set, they end up getting a lot more personal about comedy than they expected. Written by KC’s own Tosin Morohunfola, the radio play “Comediennes” draws from some of his back-stage experiences with improvisers from across the country.

Featuring Justin Barron, Katie Karel, and Amber McKinnon. Directed by Shon Ruffin with Sound Supervision by Mary Robinson and Sound Design by Matt Barnes.

February 12th

The Voice From the Other Side (A KCART Original)

The struggling writer of a 1940’s family radio show is mystified when his episodes start featuring strange dialog he didn’t write. Desperate for answers, he searches for the source of the mysterious interjections. This exciting original story by Jerry Mañan and Kitty Corum is in the spirit of the classic “Suspense” Series and is part Orson Welles, part Twilight Zone!

Featuring Jerry Mañan, Kitty Corum, Coleman Crenshaw, Walter Coppage, Victor Raider-Wexler, Drew Squire, and Emma Andrews. Written by Kitty Corum and Jerry Mañan. Directed by John Rensenhouse. Sound Design by Thomas Newby. Sound Supervision by Mary Robinson.

February 5th

Kansas City: 1924 – Best Laid Plans

Brazen and desperate schemes take shape this week in “Best Laid Plans,” episode 9 of our original series, “Kansas City: 1924,” by Forrest Attaway. As dust settles on the latest battle for the streets of Kansas City, the combatants nurse their wounds and look for a way forward, with or without further bloodshed.

This latest episode in the ongoing historical saga “Kansas City: 1924” features Rusty Sneary, Matt Schwader, Katie Hall, Chioma Anyanwu, Kyle Dyck, Katie Gilchrist, Ellen Kirk, Scott Cordes, Gary Neal Johnson, RH Wilhoit, Alisa Lynn, Granvile O’Neal, Nedra Dixon, Walter Coppage, Justin McCoy, and Victor Raider-Wexler. Written by Forrest Attaway. Directed by Victor Raider-Wexler with Sound Design and Engineering by Jonathan Robertson.

January 29th

Kansas City: 1924 – Blood

The dominoes start to fall in “Blood,” episode 8 of the historical radio epic, “Kansas City: 1924.” As the effects of a crackdown are felt throughout the city, reality comes crashing into fantasy and tensions rise as everyone looks for someone to blame… and someone to hurt.

Written by Forrest Attaway and featuring Rusty Sneary, Matt Schwader, Bri Woods, Katie Hall, Chioma Anyanwu, Kyle Dyck, Jerry Mañan, Jan Rogge, Mark Robbins, Mike Ott, Katie Gilchrist, Ellen Kirk, Jen Mays, Sam Cordes, Scott Cordes, Victor Raider-Wexler and host Cinnamon Schultz. Directed by Victor Raider-Wexler with Sound Direction and Design by Jonathan Robertson.

January 22nd

Kansas City: 1924 – The Ides of Summer

Personal vendettas deepen as the bill for blood comes due in Episode 7 of Kansas City: 1924, “The Ides of Summer.” In this episode, Giovanni’s mob plots their next move after months of sabotage at the hands of Livestock Exchange agents and we see the personal toll of the ongoing conflict. Don’t miss Kansas City’s finest actors in the next chapter of this historical epic.

Featuring Ellen Kirk, Cinnamon Schultz, Mark Robbins, Michael Ott, Brian Paulette, Scott Cordes, Rusty Sneary, Nedra Dixon, Justin McCoy, Jan Rogge, Katie Hall, Alisa Lynn, RH Wilhoit, Matt Rapport, Sam Cordes and Victor Raider-Wexler. Written by Forrest Attaway. Directed by Victor Raider-Wexler with Sound Design and Engineering by Jonathan Robertson.

January 15th

The House in Cypress Canyon (from Suspense)

A terrifying mystery unfolds when a chilling manuscript is found in an uncompleted house in the classic Suspense story, “The House in Cypress Canyon,” this week on Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre. Though it only aired once, it is frequently cited as one of the most terrifying stories produced during radio’s Golden Age. This tale – newly produced with Kansas City actors – is one you won’t soon forget!

Featuring Joe Carr, Val Fagan, Todd Lanker, Ashlee LaPine, Chris Roady, Bradley Thomas, and Hannah Barfoot with Host Walter Coppage. Directed by John Rensenhouse with Sound Supervision by Mary Robinson.

January 8th

Easy Aces: Jane Takes Up Astrology

When Astrology keeps Goodman Ace from getting ahead at his job,  his wife, Jane, decides to see what all the fuss is about. See what’s in the stars for Jane and Goodman in this new presentation of a comedy radio classic, “Easy Aces.”

Featuring Sidonie Garrett, John Rensenhouse, Kathleen Warfel, Phil Fiorini, Damron Russell Armstrong, Jerry Mañan, and Carolyn Russell with Host Walter Coppage under the direction of Darren Sextro. Sound Design by Thomas Newby and Engineering by Mary Robinson.

January 1st

There’s Always Room at the Top (from Suspense)

When a job interview doesn’t go as expected for a young go-getter, she’s given the opportunity to jump on an unforeseen second chance. But what’s really going on behind closed doors? From the classic radio series, Suspense, “There’s Always Room at the Top,” will keep you guessing right through its shocking conclusion!

Featuring Cinnamon Schultz, Nedra Dixon, Walter Coppage, Christina Schafer, Karla Fennick, Keenan Ramos, Kendra Keller, and Shea Ketchum with Host John Rensenhouse under the direction of Gary Heisserer. Sound Design and Engineering by Mary Robinson.

December 25th

A Holiday with The Bickersons & A Kansas City Actors Theatre Eggnog Party

Holiday fun is here! This episode of Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre features a holiday installment of the comedy classic, “The Bickersons,” and an Eggnog Tasting Party with new Kansas City Actors Theatre company members Jerry Mañan and Bri Woods along with Host John Rensenhouse! Whip up a batch of homemade eggnog and enjoy.

Find the Joy of Cooking recipe for Uncooked Eggnog here.

Featuring Hillary Clemens, Jerry Mañan, Bri Woods, Matt Schwader, and Host John Rensenhouse. Directed by Gary Heisserer. Sound Design and Engineering on “The Bickersons” by Mary Robinson. Sound Engineering for “A KCAT Eggnog Party” by Matt Sameck. “The Bickersons” was written by Philip Rapp.

December 18th

Kansas City: 1924 – A Measured Response

The conflict comes to blows and vengeance gets personal in episode 6 of Kansas City: 1924, “A Measured Response.” As more and more Kansas Citians are drawn into the war between the bootleggers and the ranchers, a shocking discovery is made about George and his mysterious belle.

Hosted by Cinnamon Schultz and featuring Victor Radier-Wexler (also Director), Ellen Kirk, Jan Rogge, Walter Coppage, Granville O’Neal, Natalie Liccardello, Mark Robbins, Katie Hall, David Fritts, Michael Ott, and Vanessa Severo. Written by Forrest Attaway with Sound Design by Jonathan Robertson.

December 11th

Kansas City: 1924 – Baseball Season

After the shocking cliffhanger in the last episode of “Kansas City: 1924,” what seems like a break in the weather may turn out to be just be the eye of the storm. In episode 5, “Baseball Season,” the turf war between Ma Pritchett and Joey Giovanni threatens to spiral out of control as we learn what has become of Rose and George.

Featuring Victor Raider-Wexler (who also directs), Matt Schwader, Scott Cordes, Matt Rapport, R. H. Wilhoit, Ellen Kirk, Jan Rogge, Kyle Dyck, Brianna Woods, Jen Mays, Chioma Anyanwu, Gary Neal Johnson, Brian Paulette, and Sam Cordes. Written by Forrest Attaway and hosted by Cinnamon Schultz. Sound Design by Jonathan Robertson. Written by Forrest Attaway.

December 4th

Kansas City: 1924 – The Levy Breaks

In episode 4 of “Kansas City: 1924,” a storm rolls in as George and his family seek unconventional help for their problem, the next shot in the cross-town war of businesses lands, and some of Vincent’s mysterious background is brought to light.

Featuring Victor Raider-Wexler (who also directs), Walter Coppage, Vanessa Severo, Bri Woods, Justin McCoy, Brian Paulette, Katie Gilchrist, Mike Ott, Jan Rogge, Kyle Dyck, Katie Hall, Chioma Anyanwu, Jen Mays, Scott Cordes, Ellen Kirk, Mark Robbins, Matt Schwader, and Bri Woods. Hosted by Cinnamon Schultz with Sound Design by Jon Robertson. Written by Forrest Attaway.

November 27th

Cabin B-13 (from “Suspense”)

A newlywed couple sets off on a cruise ship with $10,000 for expenses, only to find a very different experience from the romantic honeymoon they expected. First broadcast in 1943, John Dickson Carr’s “Cabin B-13” was hailed among the best of the “Suspense” series, was aired three times, and has served as the inspiration for multiple iterations and re-tellings.

Featuring Christina Schafer, Logan Black, Robert Gibby Brand, Shawna Peña-Downng, Darren Kennedy, and Mark Robbins. Hosted by John Rensenhouse. Directed by Jan Rogge. Sound Design and Sound Engineering by Mary Robinson.

November 20th

The Case of the Careless Victim (from Agatha Christie’s Poirot Series)

A man is found dead, alone and barricaded in his room in the first American adventure of Agatha Christie’s famous detective, Hercule Poirot. Follow along with the twists and turns of a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery with Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre!

Hosted by John Rensenhouse. Featuring Kathleen Warfel, Robert Gibby Brand, Carolyn Russell, Jerry Mañan, Shon Ruffin, Carla Noack, Greg Butell, and Weiyi Zhang. Directed by Darren Sextro. Sound Design by Mary Robinson.

November 13th

Kansas City: 1924 – A Warm Wind

George searches for a way to work through his problem as new bonds are formed and strengthened among shifting alliances. Meanwhile, an unwelcome visiting group meets a Kansas City greeting committee and the conflict between the mob and the cattlemen reaches City Hall.

Featuring Victor Raider-Wexler, Justin McCoy, Walter Coppage, Ellen Kirk, Scott Cordes, R.H. Wilhoit, Kyle Dyck, Chioma Anyanwu, Katie Hall, David Fritts, Mike Ott, Bri Woods, Matt Schwader, Brian Paulette, and Katie Gilchrist. Hosted by John Rensenhouse. Sound Design by Jonathan Robertson. Directed by Victor Raider-Wexler. Written by Forrest Attaway.

November 6th

Kansas City: 1924 – The Way Forward

Tensions continue to rise between mafioso Joey Giovanni and cattle rancher Ma Pritchett as a corrupt city government gets involved. Meanwhile, Vincent’s role starts to become clearer as Rose and the rest of her family discover why her brother, George, is so desperate to skip town.

Featuring Victor Raider-Wexler, Matt Schwader, Scott Cordes, Ellen Kirk, Jen Mays, Walter Copapge, Granville O’Neal, Bri Woods, Justin McCoy, Gary Neal Johnson, Jan Rogge, Chioma Anyanwu, Kyle Dyck, and Mark Robbins. Hosted by Cinnamon Schultz. Directed by Victor Raider-Wexler. Sound Design by Jonathan Robertson. Written by Forrest Attaway.

October 30th

Kansas City: 1924 – The Ties That Bind

In the opening episode of Forrest Attaway’s “Kansas City: 1924,” “The Ties that Bind,” the new and old ways go head-to-head when the Esposito mob tangles with Ma Pritchett’s cattle outfit. Meanwhile, a well-connected and mysterious stranger arrives in town, meeting a jazz singer with conflicting interests. An unmistakable message is sent to the mafia on their home turf as this cold war threatens to heat up.

Featuring Victor Raider-Wexler, Matt Schwader, Scott Cordes, Mark Robbins, Ellen Kirk, Mike Ott, Jan Rogge, Kyle Dyck, Bri Woods, and Justin McCoy. Hosted by Cinnamon Schultz and directed by Victor Raider-Wexler. Sound Design by Jonathan Robertson.

October 23rd

Easy Aces – Jane Goes to a Psychiatrist

Conceived right here in Kansas City, “Easy Aces” follows the cheerfully absurd marital misadventures of Goodman and Jane Ace. Here Jane visits a Psychiatrist to talk about her problems, some of which may actually exist! Featuring John Rensenhouse, Sidonie Garrett, Kathleen Warfel, Cinnamon Schultz, Nedra Dixon, and David Hall. Hosted by Walter Coppage and directed by Darren Sextro. Sound Design by Mary Robinson.

October 16th

A Murderous Revision

Have you ever just wanted to kill your boss? In this entry from the classic “Suspense” series, a scriptwriter for the fictional radio series, “Murder, Please,” is driven to the edge by a producer who keeps rewriting his scripts in this weeks episode of Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre. Hosted by Walter Coppage and featuring David Fritts, Matt Williamson, Todd Lanker, Ashlee LaPine, Shawna Peña-Downing, Kris Stoker, and Nedra Dixon and directed by John Rensenhouse. Sound Design by Mary Robinson.

October 9th

The Bickersons – The Honeymoon Is Over

John and Blanche Bickerson are perfectly suited for each other, just in their own special way. Full of wit and rejoinders in the tradition of classic comedies like “The Honeymooners,” Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre presents Philip Rapp’s classic radio comedy, “The Bickersons.” Featuring Hillary Clemens as Blanche, Matt Schwader as John, Nedra Dixon as Dr. Hershey, and Justin Barron as the Cop and Mr. Guernsey. Directed by Gary Heisserer. Sound Design by Mary Robinson.