“Intense, gripping . . . a one-two punch . . . written in fire and delivered with thunder," writes reviewer Kelly Luck.


"Equally as riveting as For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf," says Victor En Yu Tan, UMKC professor of lighting.


"Go see it! Four more performances. Laura Marcus Mountjoy T.L. Sanders' kNew program is masterful! This is probably the highest quality performance I've seen in my 9 years of Fringe attendance-- don't miss it! Powerful, beautifully acted, and a testament to perseverance and determination for a chance at a genuine life."


Teresa Bronston Mckinley kNew is a powerful storytelling performance that will leave you astounded by Sanders' unparalleled talent as a writer and performer. The caliber of his creativity, stage presence, and delivery deserve to be elevated to a broader stage and audience-Look out Broadway, this is one for you! I'm reminded of the phenomenal 1975 theater performance of Tony Perkins in "Equus." An absolutely masterful show that most certainly IS the BEST of the BEST!

Our author, Poet T.L. Sanders has written and produced a play to be performed at City Stage Theatre in Union Station on March 19-21 @ 7 pm; March 22 @ 2 pm for Fringe Presents. The journey started as a writer’s residency at an art gallery in North Kansas City. The newly released book "kNew: The Poetic Screenplay" is a published play, which has inspired this multi-character, solo show. kNew takes place at the heart of Kansas City: The Blue Room. During this poetrical performance, the audience becomes a part of a meta-open mic like they've never experienced before.  


This poetrical performance presents Dr. James Dean, a quiet family man who returns to Kansas City to mourn the death of a dad he hardly knew. However, The Vine knows the power The Blue Room holds for those seeking answers to unanswerable questions. And on this night especially, a new vision awakes when a community grieves a prodigal father. Something new emerges when hearts unashamed speak their truth...and just who takes the stage might surprise you. 

The backstory of a Language Artist: Sanders developed 'kNew" over the course of the last year debuting at the 2019 Fringe Fest where he won the Producer's Pick Award. He has performed to diverse audiences everything from playing base, to modern dance, and has won many awards through NPC Championship Bodybuilding. In 2019 he performed at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production of The Pearl Fishers at the Gem Theater and at Kauffman Future Stages during Take the Stage's production of A Night at the Museum. In 2020 he performed at the American Jazz Museum, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri Western State University, and The Blue Room-- for the Jay McShann Birthday Bash. Sanders is an educational speaker and a spoken word artist at many state events and conferences. Find him on YouTube under Bethephenom and on Twitter @PoetTLSanders or www.poetTLSanders.com. Whether he is public speaking, teaching, writing or breathing, he has a passion for empowering people. His goal is to inspire, evolve, and expand language one word at a time.


Wanna experience more art in April? Come celebrate John Coltrane’s: A Love Supreme at the Frank Lloyd Wright Building on Friday, April 17th: Paintings by Teresa Dirks-visual artist, curator, and educator; poetry by Huascar Medina-Poet Laureate of Kansas, and Poet TL Sanders. Poetry performance at 6 and 7 p.m. To hear more about this event, tune in to ArtSpeak Radio, KKFI 90.1, Wednesday, April 15th at noon. 


Congrats to Hasna Salam our 2021 Poet in Residence.

Poet T.L. Sanders, AKA Àtwist – The Language Artist, is a modern-day renaissance man who lives to build minds and loves to body build. He speaks French. He plays bass. He is a cage fighting martial artist. He educates. Give him a stage, he articulates. Lend him an ear, he motivates. As a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant, a current curriculum director, and former elementary, middle, and high school English teacher, Sanders embraces the value of our shared stories. He will illuminate, educate, inspire, provoke, and surprise. To Sanders, the language arts are a way up and a way out. His vast experiences as a performer, speaker, event emcee, teacher, curriculum writer, and mentor, make his work meaningful to a wide variety of audiences. 

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