September 16 – 17

The Ruby Room Series

Beatnik Cafe

Ginsberg, Kerouac, bee bop, & cool jazz

Beatnik was a social movement of the 1950’s and 60’s that catered to artists and musicians who moved to the beat of their own drum.

The Space

Ruby Room

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Beatnik was a social movement of the 1950’s and 60’s that catered to artists and musicians who moved to the beat of their own drum. The music from this movement is laced with spoken word and poetry, both of which will be interwoven into this unique Ruby Room offering.

The Ruby Room series is hybrid nightclub/theater experience that celebrates Artists who have made a significant impact on American culture. The evening begins at the bar, where cocktails are curated to coincide with the evening’s performance — and then moves into the Ruby Room for a 90 minute performance — but do not fret — there is an intermission to allow the bar experience to overlap! Join us for cocktails & cabaret!

Creative Team

Produced & Directed By
LINNAIA MCKENZIE 

Performers

Victoria Barbee

Host

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Victoria Barbee has been performing professionally as an actress and songstress for over two decades now. Her love for theater started 1998 at the Historic GEM in the stage production “Black Nativity”, under the leadership and direction of THE KC Legend Mr. Brad Shaw. Victoria has been seen at METKC, Unicorn, BRTKC, TYA, and Spinning Tree Theatre to name a few. Recently Victoria performed her One Woman Show, “UNMASKED, The Real Barbee as a Grantee from TCFKC. This is Victoria Debut performance at MTH. She is grateful and humble by this opportunity. She thanks Linnaia and her staff and crew for allowing Her to Shine. Stay connect with Victoria at www.justablessings.org

Liz Golson

Singer/Artist

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Liz is a singer, dancer, and actor who has performed all over Kansas City. She was recently seen in MTH’s A Spectacular Christmas. Her favorite MTH productions include CABARET and SOUTH PACIFIC. When she’s not performing Liz is busy raising her two children with her husband, Grant. Enjoy the show!

Donovan Kidd

Singer/Artist

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I’m delighted to dive back into the KC art scene with MTH and the Ruby Room series. This will be my first gig back in a few years and my MTH debut! Past local credits include: Mary Stuart, The Kentucky Cycle part 1&2, Ragtime, Shakespeare’s R&J (MET) and Titus Andronicus (The Living Room). Regional credits include: Henry the IV 1&2 (Princeton, IL), Courtship & Valentine’s Day, Light Up the Sky, Urinetown the Musical, The Comedy of Errors (Evansville, IN). Sending love to my wife and boys who inspire me every day!!

Musicians

Desmond Mason

Pianist/MD

Tod Barnard

Drums

Jacob Roemer

Bass