BY: Kathleen McGhee AndersonMurray Horwitz,

Nathan Louis Jackson, and Nikkole Salter

THE STORY:  May 1961.  Four young American students join others aboard a southbound bus in Washington, DC to challenge segregated spaces in interstate travel, and ended up changing themselves and the nation forever. Inspired by real events.  Play conceived by Ricardo Khan.  Commissioned by the University of Missouri, Kansas City Graduate Acting department.


Full lenghth

Ensemble Cast with 4 Principal Parts


FREEDOM RIDER received its world premiere production at the Shelter Theatre at the University of Missouri, Kansas City May 1 - 10, 2015.  The play and this first production was concieved and directed by Ricardo Khan.  

Starring: Edwin Brown III, Mariem Diaz, Daniel Fleming, Josh Gilman, Maya

Jackson, Petey McGee, Aaron Mitchell, Frank Oakley III, Aishah Ogbeh, Emily

Nan Phillips, Darrell Ramsey, Michael Thayer, Caroline Cuchetich and Cydia White


Lighting Design:  Devorah Kengmana             Scenic Design:  Alexander LaFrance
Costume Design:  Marc Vital                           Sound Design: Sarah Putts

Music Director: Mia Ramsey                            Projection Design: Heather Crocker

Fight Director:  Scott Stackhouse                     Props:  Trevor Frederiksen

Production Manager:  Sadie DeSantis

Stage Manager:  Lacey Willis

LINKS to PRESS and REVIEWS​ from UMCK/KC Rep Production

Kansas City Star - ‘Freedom Rider,’ at UMKC, is about youth, courage and faith

By: ROBERT TRUSSELL 04/29/2015

"In addition to McGhee-Anderson and Jackson, Khan invited playwright/actress Nikkole Salter and writer Murray Horwitz (“Ain’t Misbehavin’”) to participate. McGhee-Anderson wrote about the young woman from Detroit. Salter created a piece on the woman from California. Jackson wrote about the Howard University student, and Horwitz created a character for the Jewish student. “These writers are people I really admire and love as artists and as people,” Khan said."


KCUR: More Than 50 Years Later, Taking Another 'Freedom Ride

By: STEVE WALKER  05/01/2015

"Khan entrusted four playwrights  — Murray Horwitz, Nathan Louis Jackson, Kathleen McGhee Anderson, and Nikkole Salter — to create four young characters whose stories would lend the play a narrative focus."


Review: Kansas City Pitch - FREEDOM RIDER

By: Deborah Hirsch 05/05/2015

"Based on actual events, the deeply affecting play, taking place in 1961, draws on this country's long, familiar history of inequality and the inevitable tensions that erupt...Conceived and directed by Ricardo Khan, this original work — a collaborative effort with playwrights Kathleen McGhee-Anderson, Murray Horwitz, Nathan Louis Jackson and Nikkole Salter — is a strikingly staged, powerful, sometimes funny and ultimately uplifting story of young civil rights workers, black and white."



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