Kevin King

Kevin King

Kevin King (he/him) is a queer playwright from Topeka, KS. He's a graduate of the University of Kansas with a BA in English. He currently resides in Kansas City, MO where he is a Playwright-in-Residence at the Midwest Dramatist Center. King is also Producing Artistic Director of Whim Productions. King, a member of the Dramatists Guild, was a 2016 Playwright-in-Residence in The Charlotte Street Foundation...
Kevin King (he/him) is a queer playwright from Topeka, KS. He's a graduate of the University of Kansas with a BA in English. He currently resides in Kansas City, MO where he is a Playwright-in-Residence at the Midwest Dramatist Center. King is also Producing Artistic Director of Whim Productions. King, a member of the Dramatists Guild, was a 2016 Playwright-in-Residence in The Charlotte Street Foundation's studio residency program. King's short play "The Swallows," which was selected for the William Inge Festival's 2019 New Play Lab, will be published in Smith & Kraus' The Best 10-Minute Plays - 2022 anthology. His short play "Debating" was a 2021 semi-finalist for the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival. His play "Boxed" was selected for Kansas City Public's 2022 Playlab Series.

King's work ranges from broad Camp and satire to unblinking looks at moments in modern queer lives.
His produced plays include "Film Classics Present: Heaven So Far", "Flowers in the Wardrobe", "Mimi Dafoe: Confessions of an Aging Starlet", and numerous short plays.

Plays

  • Boxed
    On their third date, Nick and Freddy enjoy a quiet night in. By the end of the night, events have transpired that forever change their relationships with each other and their best friends.
  • Flowers in the Wardrobe
    [Full length] A delightfully naughty mash-up of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and "Flowers in the Attic." The Dollanganger children are locked in their grandmother's attic, seemingly forever, until they discover a hidden world in an old wardrobe. It's your childhood on acid.
  • Hyenas
    [Full length] Tony wasn’t looking for love, especially not from someone 20 years younger, but might’ve found it in Joey. Joey wasn’t looking for a daddy but might have found one in Tony. Mara, Tony’s best friend, just wanted to work on her dissertation and get some good coffee. Eric, Joey’s roommate, just wanted to keep his job as a barista and maybe get Joey’s attention.
  • Film Classics Presents: Heaven So Far
    [Full length] Join host Carlotta Holmes for a special pledge-break edition of "Film Classics Presents"! This episode is "Heaven So Far," a 1950s melodrama about a crusading housewife, her perfect husband, and the Mexican gardener who changes their lives forever.

    "Film Classics Presents: Heaven So Far" is a campy spoof of Masterpiece Theater-style shows as well as...
    [Full length] Join host Carlotta Holmes for a special pledge-break edition of "Film Classics Presents"! This episode is "Heaven So Far," a 1950s melodrama about a crusading housewife, her perfect husband, and the Mexican gardener who changes their lives forever.

    "Film Classics Presents: Heaven So Far" is a campy spoof of Masterpiece Theater-style shows as well as 1950s melodrama.

    An hour-long version of this was presented by Whim Productions in the 2011 Kansas City Fringe Festival. It was the 7th Best Attended production in the festival that year and awarded the Best Of in its venue.
  • What Happens At Jock Night
    [10 Minute] Josh is at Jock Night at a gay bar for the first time. His friends think he’s overdressed.
  • The Swallows
    [10 Minute] Sharing cheap whiskey and fending off mosquitoes, two women talk about the bats (or are they birds?) flying overhead and avoiding talking about their complicated lives.

    Described as "Southern Comfort Jane Austen."
  • Debating
    [10 Minute] On an overnight trip for a high school Debate tournament, Michael, who is out and kind of proud, doesn't quite know the protocol for sharing a room with Colby, a straight jock. Meanwhile Colby is feeling out of his depth for once and isn't quite sure how to react to Michael's girlfriend, who seems overly friendly.
  • The Sweater
    [10 Minute] You know that feeling when you're in Starbucks, you just want to get some work done, and a weirdo won't leave you alone? This play is about that.
  • The Shoe Kid
    [10 minute] It's before Christmas and Caleb just wants to have a relaxing drink. But Shannon and Kent only want to hear about Caleb's strange encounter with a kid in a shoe store.
  • In the Sauna
    [10 Minute] A quiet comedy about grief, self-discovery, and finding community in random places.
    Mourning the loss of his dog, She-Ra, Nathan finds some solace from a stranger in a sauna.
  • Status
    [1-Minute] A Grindr hookup in a time of pandemic.
  • I've Seen the Future, Baby
    [Monologue, 5-7 minutes] Your unconventional psychic has a few things to say about knowing the future.
  • 6 Months Later
    [10 Minutes] Six months after the Pulse nightclub shooting, Joe and Miguel reflect on the tragic event. Which was more significant - the fact that the shooting was in a gay bar or that the majority of the victims were Latinx? Joe and Miguel see things just a bit differently.

    This is a satire on how white people co-opt tragedy.
  • About the Kid
    [10 Minute] A gay man attends his first parent-teacher conference. A teacher encounters the first gay parent in his school district. Awkwardness ensues.
  • Spring Break
    [10 Minute] Married couple Max and Kyle have a plan to spend a nice day at the beach with their son over spring break. When Max encounters Joey, a 18-year old with an agenda, a flirtation turns into a fun look at the dynamics of age and a quickly changing cultural landscape.
  • First Impressions
    [1 Minute] In a post-apocalyptic world, members are judged by a blindfolded Examiner. This is a one-minute play.
  • AFK
    [10 Minute] In the near future, a "techno-virus" has struck the world. Most humans, especially those in the cities, have succumbed and are now steps away from being automatons. In the hillsides, survivors exist the best they can, making sure to stay away from people carrying technology. A satire.
  • False Cognates
    [10 Minute} Theater professionals encounter a clueless playwright.
  • Finding the Way
    [10 Minute] Seeking shelter from a storm, a man finds a young gay guy who is crying in a cafe.