Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre Announces Season 18 Featuring THE COLOR PURPLE, ONCE & More

Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Inc. has announced Season 18. Known for producing masterworks and contemporary classics, MET will present three plays and two musicals for the 2022-2023 season. Season 18 will include the following:

last wife

September 16-25 A contemporary retelling of the compelling relationship between Catherine Parr and Henry VIII, The Last Wife is an interesting and powerful look at patriarchy, sexual politics, and women’s rights.


November 11-20, this musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and 1985 Steven Spielberg’s wildly popular film) focuses on Celie, a beloved An oppressed young woman, her personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story.

Iceman descends

From January 13th to 22nd, The Iceman Cometh focuses on a group of alcoholics and misfits who endlessly discuss but never act on their dreams, while traveling salesman Hickey is determined to strip them of their dreams. Yet hope is essential.


March 3-12, in an unconventional romantic musical that won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical, based on the 2006 award-winning film, what follows is not a traditional love story. Guy, a heartbroken musician selling coins on the streets of Dublin, meets Girl, a Czech immigrant with a complicated history and a broken vacuum cleaner. Despite their differences, Guy and Girl found common ground, a common language, and true love when creating music together.

day in tucson

May 12-21, this is the true story of an unintentional hero thrown into the limelight. In flashbacks, the show describes what led to Tucson’s unexpected, pivotal day when Daniel and the changing political landscape around the gun debate and gun violence in the country saved Congresswoman Gaby After Giffords’ life, a man opened fire on a group of people, killing 19 people and killing six.

Season tickets are currently on sale until September 25, 2022, and individual performance tickets are available from July 18, 2022. Season ticket membership package comparisons are available at:

Season Details –

last wife

Kate Hennig

We open with Kate Hennig’s superbly contemporary retelling of the relationship between Katherine Parr and Henry VIII, The Last Wife is a look at patriarchy, sexuality An interesting and powerful examination of politics and women’s rights.

Katherine Parr is smart, confident and passionate: a rising star in a competitive world. But her obligatory marriage to Henry was fraught with threats of violence and temptations of deceit. Her secret liaison with her husband’s ex-brother-in-law, Thom, could send her to the grave. Her dedication to Henry’s daughter’s education and equal rights put more pressure on her marriage. Did Kate risk her life to gain authority in her relationships and political career?

If she follows her heart, what kind of love will she be led to? If she makes a big mistake, what will the future hold for her child?

show schedule

Friday, September 16, 2022 at 7pm

Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, September 18, 2022, 2:30 pm

Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 7pm

Friday, September 23, 2022 at 7pm

Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, September 25, 2022, 2:30 pm


Martha Norman

This fall, the season’s highlight is the musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and 1985 Steven Spielberg hit film), highlighting Celie, an oppressed A young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years has shaped this epic story.

Featuring a joyous soundtrack featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, The Color Purple is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life. It premiered at the Union Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia, opened on Broadway on November 1, 2005, and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2006, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score. The West End production moved to Broadway in 2015, winning a Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.

show schedule

Friday, November 11, 2022, 7pm

Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, November 13, 2022, 2:30 pm

Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 7pm

Friday, November 18, 2022, 7pm

Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, November 20, 2022, 2:30 pm

Iceman is here

Eugene O’Neal

The third installment of Season 18 is a masterpiece that reflects MET’s willingness to take on difficult and powerful theater challenges with The Iceman Cometh. The drama begins as grieving customers at a New York City bar await the arrival of salesman and drinking buddy Theodore Hickman. Known by regulars at the watering hole as Hickey, he enthusiastically encouraged his alcoholics to give up their daydreams and accept their harsh reality. When Hickey presents a reason to give up all delusions, his friends resent it, and the secrets of his own past are revealed.

show schedule

Friday, January 13, 2023 at 7pm

Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, January 15, 2023, 2:30 pm

Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 7pm

Friday, January 20, 2023 at 7pm

Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, January 22, 2023, 2:30 pm


by Enda Walsh

Once is a musical based on John Carney’s 2007 film of the same name. Like the film, the music and lyrics were written by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, including the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly.” The musical book was written by Enda Walsh. The musical premiered at the New York Theater Studios in 2011 before moving to Broadway in 2012. The production was nominated for 11 2012 Tony Awards and received eight nominations including Best Musical, Best Actor and Best Book. The musical also won the 2012 Outstanding Musical Drama Desk Award and the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

The story of a man who gave up on love and music, and a girl who inspired him to dream again. From the very first note, Once draws you in and never lets go. This riveting musical is the only one to win an Oscar, Grammy, Oliver and Tony. On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant come together over a shared love of music. Emotional music underscores an unexpected friendship and collaboration that quickly morphs into a powerful and complex love story in one fateful week. With all the magic songs from the critically acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly,” this heart-wrenchingly beautiful, delightfully uplifting show resonates unforgettable with audiences and illustrates the power of music to connect us all. A show like this will only appear once.

show schedule

Friday, March 3, 2023, 7pm

Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, March 5, 2023, 2:30 pm

Thursday, March 9, 2023, 7pm

Friday, March 10, 2023, 7pm

Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, March 12, 2023, 2:30 pm

day in tucson

Guillermo Reyes

As we currently face the gun control debate, we end our season with this incredibly powerful true story. The shooting in Tucson, Arizona, made international headlines, with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords among the victims. Daniel Hernandez Jr., a young intern from Tucson who rushed to rescue Giffords, is credited with helping save her life. The media created a circus around him, turned him into a reluctant hero, and exposed his private life to public scrutiny, especially when he wasn’t ready to discuss his involvement in the LGBTQ community. This is the true story of a hero who was inadvertently thrown into the limelight. In flashbacks, the show charts what led to Tucson’s unexpected, pivotal day when both Daniel and the national political landscape surrounding the gun debate and gun violence changed. The show features growing up in a bicultural, bilingual Latino family in the Southwest, and Daniel discovering his commitment to public life. There’s also humor and empathy in the play, as the show depicts Daniel’s real-life friendship with Gabby Giffords, surviving the tragedy.

show schedule

Friday, May 12, 2003, 7pm

Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, May 14, 2023, 2:30 pm

Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 7pm

Friday, May 19, 2023 at 7pm

Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, May 21, 2023, 2:30 pm

All performances are at the Warwick Theatre, 3927 Main Street, KCMO 64111

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About the Metropolis

The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre has been an art installation in Kansas City since its inception. The organization is based in the historic Warwick Theatre, which opened in 1912 in a Colonial Revival style. Originally, it accommodated 1,022 people on two floors. The MET is entering our 18th season. MET is dedicated to creating intimate, emotional and powerful experiences that foster discussion of social issues and the human experience. Audiences usually leave with a broader perspective. We believe in taking bold risks and inspiring people to participate in live theater, regardless of personal means. MET celebrates intellectual curiosity and we believe theatre is an important tool to help build community and empathy. Founded in 2005, MET is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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