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StoryWorks KC

StoryWorks KC from The Center for Investigative Reporting is a community engagement project that explores the meaning of justice in the context of one of Kansas City’s most tragic crimes and puts that story on the stage.

Through a theatrical interpretation, StoryWorks KC will explore the 1988 explosion in south Kansas City that caused the tragic deaths of six local firefighters. The production and post-play discussions will seek to both honor those firefighters and examine questions about the case, raised by new evidence that has surfaced since the 1997 conviction and life imprisonment of five Kansas City residents. One of those convicted, a Native American who was 17 at the time of the crime, is awaiting a possible resentencing hearing in the case.

The StoryWorks KC production is inspired by the reporting of The Kansas City Star’s Mike McGraw, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has been writing about the case since 2007. The Star’s reporting prompted an independent U.S. Department of Justice examination of the case that suggests the crime has not been fully solved. McGraw now works for KCPT’s Hale Center for Journalism.

This event runs Thursday through Saturday from Feb. 4-20 at 8 p.m., with 3 p.m. matinees on Saturdays.

There are discount tickets for groups of 10 or more, and complimentary tickets are available for anyone who has worked or does work for the Kansas City Fire Department. Please contact Sandy Woodson at 816-756-3580 or for more information.

Buy tickets here.