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"Missing You, Metropolis" Touches on Topeka, Coming of Age, and Superheroes

Finding one's way into adulthood can be a difficult thing...and it can be tough to let go of childhood friends and obsessions. A new play being staged at Washburn University in Topeka is tackling that subject, combining the work of area writers, artists, musicians, actors and several Washburn professors. " Missing You, Metropolis" combines the poetry of Topeka native Gary Jackson with art, music, and the zap, zing and pow of comic-book superheroes...influences that both inspire and infuriate young men on their journey into maturity. The play's director, Penny Weiner, told KPR's Laura Lorson about what audiences can expect from this innovative multimedia experience. 

KPR's Laura Lorson spoke with Penny Weiner, the director and a co-playwright of "Missing You, Metropolis." One content note: this play contains mature themes and graphic language. Performances are scheduled for tonight (FRI)** and tomorrow (SAT) night at 7:30 at the Andrew and Georgia Neese Gray Theatre on the Washburn University campus. A matinee performance is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. Following tomorrow night's performance, there will be a reception and a book-signing with poet Gary Jackson, whose work is the basis of the play. There is an admission charge. For more information, visit washburn.edu.

**Although Washburn University classes have been cancelled for Friday, the theatre department is still planning to present the Friday evening performance of "Missing You, Metropolis." Please call 785-670-1639 for more information.