The idea for 50/50 came out of a desire to form a theatre company that gave equal attention to Classic Theatre and New Works.
Founding members Ken Sandberg and Heather Michele Lawler met in Graduate School at the University of Missouri: Kansas City (UMKC) while pursuing their MFAs in Acting/Directing. They realized quickly that they shared similar artistic backgrounds, with professional stage work including Musical Theater, Shakespeare, and New Plays. They also shared a common ambition: to start a company.
After graduation, Heather and Ken moved to NYC. Less than a year later, 50/50 mounted its first production. "The Death Of...", written and performed by Ken Sandberg and directed and designed by Heather Michele Lawler. After the New York production, 50/50 remounted the production to sold out houses in Ken's hometown of Alexandria, Minnesota.
In September 2019 Heather began sailing the seas performing in 'Footloose" and "Wine Lovers: The Musical" on the Norwegian Joy. Ken stayed in New York City, continuing to work and writing a new musical and a series of short plays. They have reunited back on solid ground, though currently displaced from NYC, staying with family in Iowa City.
During this uncertain time, humanity needs new art and artists. So yes, it's funny to launch a production company in the midst of this madness, but it is also more important now than ever. And circumstances have led us to reach far beyond our first humble goals of just being another Theatre.
Stay tuned for 2020 projects to come.