StoryWorks KC explores the 1988 explosion in a Theatrical Performance Feb. 4th-20th

StoryWorks KC is a community engagement project from KCPT, The Living Room Theatre, and the Center for Investigative Reporting, 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 Kansas City 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 Citians. One of those convicted, a Native American who was 17 at the time of the crime, is awaiting a possible re-sentencing hearing in the case.

The StoryWorks KC production is inspired by the Kansas City Star reporting of Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Mike McGraw, 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.

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KCPT, The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and Kansas City’s The Living Room Theatre present StoryWorks KC, a project that will explore, and bring to the stage, the story of the 1988 explosion in south Kansas City that caused the tragic deaths of six Kansas City firefighters. The StoryWorks KC production is inspired by the Kansas City Star reporting of Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Mike McGraw, who has been writing about the case since 2007. Join StoryWorks KC, February 5-20, 2016 for a community airing and theatrical exploration of the issues — local and universal, touching on justice, equality and belief — that arise from this tragic Kansas City story. Visit KCPT.org for more information on local events and programming.

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