One Hundred Horses on the Fringe

The lights dim, a solitary figure laments over his meager stamp collection, and an Indy theatrical experience is born.  One Hundred Horses, a play by Steve Karol, debuted last week during the KC Fringe Festival.  It will run once more at 9:30 p.m., that’s 2130 hours for military friends, on Thursday 23 July 2015.  The play is rated for general audiences so if you are looking for something that isn’t risqué and focuses on telling a good story then this is a play you’ll want to check out.

100 Horses stamps Steve Karol

Photo provided by Steve Karol

One Hundred Horses is about personal redemption and discovery.  The story takes the audience and the young stamp collector on a ride into the past when the world was fighting the injustices of World War II.

100 Horses friendship Steve Karol

Photo provided by Steve Karol

There are many World War II stories that focus on widely known aspects of that time in history, but Karol chose to focus on a lesser known episode.  In this story a band of men from different countries unite to save Chinese art from the Japanese invasion.  As the play progresses the audience is treated to streaming images of original art that focuses on China’s landscape.

100 Horses landscape Steve Karol

Original Artwork by Steve Karol

In the forefront the actors perform a gripping tale of heroism.  At one point a group of traditional Chinese dancers delight the eyes with their colors and ribbons of dancing fans.

100 Horses dancers Steve Karol

Photo provided by Steve Karol

With the introduction of a One Hundred Horses to the Kansas City Fringe Festival, Karol continues his efforts to bring awareness to the treasures that can be found in our local communities.   These treasures include a Kansas City war hero who flew in missions during the siege of China and the Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary in Liberty, MO.  Although it doesn’t have direct ties with the story, the creation of 100 Horses was directly inspired by sanctuary’s continuing efforts to promote art inspired by its natural surroundings.

The next showing of One Hundred Horses will take place at the Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111 at 9:30p.m., Thursday 23 July 2015.  In addition to supporting a terrific Indy production, all proceeds will go directly to benefit the continuing efforts of Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary.

100 Horses Fringe Steve Karol

Original artwork by Steve Karol


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