"If everything we read was like this, I might give a shit." --Community College student from Gardner, KS.
"Funny, etc."--Christie Hodgens, Elegies for the Brokenhearted
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"David Wayne Reed delivers a frequently comic and sometimes poignant variation on the art of the monologue in “Jolly Rancher,” an autobiographical synthesis of his experiences as an extroverted farm kid who grew up to be a multitalented theater artist."--Robert Trussell, KC Star
Growing up on a farm in Louisburg, Kansas without formal creative outlets, Reed created his own venues for self-expression—performing
Finding the wheat among the chaff, Reed presents Jolly Rancher, a collection of stories culled from his own rural upbringing. In Jolly Rancher, Reed plows through a collection of humorous and poignant short stories rife with hilarious characters and universal truths unveiled from his life in the Land of Oz.
Jolly Rancher plays at la Esquina (1000 W. 25th St., KCMO 64105).
FRIDAY DECEMBER 14 at 8pm (Special Guest TBA)
SATURDAY DECEMBER 15 at 8pm (Special Guest TBA)
SUNDAY DECEMBER 16 at 6pm (Special Guest TBA)
Jolly Rancher is presented in conjunction with the Have I Been Here Before exhibition curated by Jamilee Polson Lacy on behalf of the Charlotte Street Foundation.
Have I been here before?, the first exhibition organized by Charlotte Street Foundations’ inaugural Curator-In-Residence, Jamilee Polson Lacy, brings together Kansas City-specific and not-so-specific moments, memories and histories in an attempt to capture what is just so familiar about this place, that place or any place. The exhibition features the work of Kansas City-area visual and conceptual artists who combine real places with false memories
and exaggerated perceptions to create sites and situations that may be vaguely familiar to viewers. Each displayed artwork contributes to a vast and varied view of the local urban landscape and draws attention to the real and imagined territories navigated by city-dwellers and travelers alike. While much of the show incorporates found sources originating in and around Kansas City, a considerable portion of the installation relies extensively on artistic chimera to highlight the strange, even fantastical elements of the urban experience attributable to déjà vu, mis-remembering and recollections of grandeur.
Drawing further comparison between the historical and illusory qualities of the city-place, Have I Been Here I Before? Also features personal and collective remembrances and stories from local writers and thinkers. Put in writing just for this exhibition, these old memories, fresh interpretations, and critical analyses of the greater Kansas City locale, as well as travels in and out of the area, add another dimension to this exploration of place and memory. Featured writing ranges from travelogues and historical accounts to short fictions and non-fictions recounting the lives of place-dwellers. Excerpts from each piece of writing are scrawled along the gallery walls, operating both in tandem with displayed artworks and as ancillary reading throughout the exhibition’s installation. The complete texts, artist biographies, and a curatorial essay are presented in a limited edition poster publication designed by UMKD students Karen Daugherty, Erick Mitchell, and Aamina Nahlawi and available exclusively at la Esquina throughout the run of the show.