Back When Mike Was Kate
by Ben Kemper
Running January 4 – January 27, 2019
2085 Monroe Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
Playhouse on the Square, in partnership with super sponsor Dr. Thomas Ratliff, is proud to present the World Premiere winner of the 2017 NewWorks@TheWorks Playwriting competition. This is the first installation of our 2018-2019 POTS@TheWorks series.
Four years ago, Kate and Howard parted ways; he brokenhearted, she determined to find her true self. Yesterday, Howard found Kate again: as the tender transgender drifter Mike. Now, Howard will do anything to win back the heart he covets, even if the love of his life is no longer the girl he knew.
Claire Rutkauskas (Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook), Assistant Director of Playhouse on the Square’s Theatre Education department and 2018 Focus Magazine Visionary Award nominee, directs this production alongside a groundbreaking cast. Resident Company member Brooke Papritz (Little Women: The Broadway Musical, Perfect Arrangement) makes her TheatreWorks debut as Astrid. Playhouse on the Square is also happy to introduce transgender actors Joshua LaShomb (Mike), Logan Kucinkas (Howard), and Ronnie Karimnia (Cameron) in their first theatrical feature.
Playwright Ben Kemper is a writer and professional storyteller from Boise, Idaho. Ben is a graduate of Northwestern University where he studied playwriting. His other plays include The Further Adventures of Sean and Sophie Morass, Bloodless, and False Light.
to showcase their work and have a chance to see their play produced on a professional level. Two works are chosen annually to receive a cash prize and fully mounted productions.
The complete cast for Back When Mike was Kate is as follows:
Production Manager/Technical Director – Phillip Hughen
Performances will run Thursday – Saturday 8:00 pm curtain and with 2:00 pm curtain on Sunday. For tickets, call the Box Office at (901) 726-4656 or visit our website www.