SynopsisIt’s 1935. In America, it’s the middle of the Great Depression. In Kansas City, it’s the peak of the city’s legendary jazz era. The scene is hopping with recording deals and jam-packed clubs like Planet Mars, where life revolves around Oriole Carter, a brilliant black saxophonist who leads the house band. Oriole is falling head over heels for the white girlfriend of a local mobster just as a brand new invention called radio is threatening to make him a star. Ensemble member Eric Simonson received an Oscar for Best Documentary Short for his film A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin in 2006 and was Tony-nominated for his direction of Steppenwolf's The Song of Jacob Zulu, with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
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Cast & Artists
- Stage Manager: Malcolm Ewen
- Sound Design: Barry G. Funderburg
- Assistant Stage Manager: Lauren V. Hickman
- Costume Design: Karin Kopischke
- Original Music: Darrell Leonard
- Lighting Design: Keith Parham
- Scenic Design: Neil Patel
- Assistant Director: Megan Schuchman
- Directed by: ensemble member Eric Simonson
- Author:ensemble member Eric Simonson
- Dramaturg: Ed Sobel
“Savvy…smolders with the right kind of smoke”
Carter's Way composer Darrell Leonard discusses the production's musical elements.
Associate Artistic Director David New and ensemble member Eric Simonson explore the creation and themes of Carter's Way.
Artistic Associate Michael Vinson discusses the birth of the Kansas City jazz style.
Artistic Director Martha Lavey discusses the development and themes in Eric Simonson's new play.