Founded in 2009 by Heidi Van, The Fishtank presents contemporary, experimental, live theatre in interesting spaces. The Fishtank rehearsal and production office is located at 1717 Wyandotte, 2nd Floor.
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Kansas City Native Returns Home with Award-Winning Solo Play Exploring Adoption & Identity
Los Angeles based Playwright/Actor Brian Stanton announces the Midwest Premiere of his award-winning, critically acclaimed, original solo play BLANK, directed by McKerrin Kelly.
Produced by Heidi Van and The Fishtank Performance Studio in association with BLANK Productions, BLANK, written and performed by Kansas City native Stanton, will run June 23 – July 10, Thursdays thru Saturdays at 8:30pm with Sunday matinees at 3:00pm at The Fishtank Performance Studio in the Crossroads District of Kansas City at 1715 Wyandotte. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at
Stanton plays 12 characters to share his true adoption story, the title referring to the name space on his Original Birth Certificate. He has 2 birth certificates: one stating the names of his adoptive parents, and, although illegal for adoptees to possess in his birth state of Missouri, one revealing the name of his birth mother. Brian embarks on a mythical quest for identity only to learn he’s a product of rape. This horrific truth ultimately leads Brian to discover an instinctive love for his birth mother, a grateful dedication to his adoptive family and a sense of wholeness within.
BLANK had its World Premiere in Los Angeles, CA in April of 2010. Since then, BLANK has visited Off Broadway New York, Dallas, Orlando and several cities in Southern California garnering critical acclaim along the way including a “Best Solo Actor” award at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City and 2 StageSceneLA awards: “Outstanding Actor in a Solo Performance” for Stanton and “Outstanding Director of a Solo Performance” for Kelly. Following the Kansas City run, BLANK will return to New York City in August for the New York International Fringe Festival. Stanton has also reached out to the adoption community performing for national support organizations such as the American Adoption Congress and the Concerned United Birthparents.
Stanton began his professional acting career in Overland Park, KS at Theatre for Young America in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as Mike TeeVee in 1988. He was last seen acting in Kansas City in The Rose Theatre at Rockhurst High School in 1993. After receiving his MFA in Theatre at California Institute of the Arts, he has made a theatrical career in Southern California. BLANK marks Stanton’s first turn as playwright.