MidCoast LIVE with Logan Black, Sarah Crawford, and Shelley Verden

MidCoast LIVE!, Friday, March 15, 2024, noon – 1pm, on 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live www.kkfi.org
KKFI is proud to present “MidCoast Live!” celebrating local and regional artists from Kansas City and the surrounding area. Each week, a rotating crew of KKFI programmers will present different artists coming to you live from our studio. These programmers will tap into Kansas City’s diverse and culturally expansive music and arts scene. Hear from artists you have never heard of before! This is KKFI doing what it does best: giving back to the community!

This week’s producer/host, Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes director Logan Black, director Sarah Crawford, also actor, singer, and songwriter Shelley Verden.

Director Logan Black talks about the production, Backwards Forwards Back.
Backwards Forwards Back is a play about a soldier who returns from Afghanistan and is struggling with PTSD. They seek a new treatment using VR – virtual reality therapy. The question is whether VR therapy can recalibrate soldiers’ brains and help them cope. The author, Jacqueline Goldfinger, did a lot of research about new VR therapies — it helps put veterans back into the traumatic incident but helps them feel in control again.
The play is a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere developed with support from the Sloan Foundation and Operation Warrior Resolution.
March 20 – April 7, 2024
Unicorn Theatre | Jerome Stage
Directed by Logan Black
War changes a person forever. When a soldier returns from Afghanistan carrying the ghosts of their tour, they face the decision to seek help for their PTSD. This electric, one-person play explores the transformative power of virtual reality therapy and the journey toward healing and finding strength in vulnerability.

Logan Black (DIRECTOR) Is thrilled to be working with the Unicorn again on such a magical story. This Logan’s debut as a director at Unicorn Theatre. His acting credits include Refuge, A Doll’s House Part 2, Bond, An Octoroon and Seminar (Unicorn Theatre). Spiders Web, The Pests, King Lear, and Journey’s End (KCAT). A Christmas Carol, Our Town (KC Rep); Measure for Measure (Confluence Theatre). Regional credits include: Much Ado About Nothing, To Kill A Mockingbird (Colorado Shakespeare) Hamlet, The School for Scandal (Riverside Theatre). He is the founder of the Confluence Theatre Company, and resident fight choreographer for the Unicorn. He has an MFA in Acting & Directing from UMKC and is a proud Actors Equity Member.

Unicorn Theatre 3828 Main St. KCMO
phone 816.531.7529

H.O.T. the Musical by Shelly Verden & Sarah Crawford
World Premiere
May 8 – June 2, 2024 Unicorn Theatre | Levin Stage
Directed by Sarah Crawford
Genre: New Musical Run Time: ~2 Hours | w/ Intermission
The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships… is just an ambitious young girl named Helen with big dreams. So, what happens when what you want and who you think you are do not fit the expectations of those in charge of your fate? This is a contemporary look at Helen of Troy that feels strikingly like the world we live in right now.

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