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Here Lies Joyland

Mitchell Ward


Winner of "The Best of Fringe ' in the Westport Coffee House, Here Lies Joyland made its world premiere as a thriller play set in the ruins of a real-life, abandoned amusement park. This play marked Ward's Kansas City debut as a playwright. The story surrounds three teens as they break into the infamous Joyland in Wichita, Kansas in search for the spirit of an old friend. Using dark lighting, flashlights, environmental sound design, and audience immersion, Joyland takes viewers on a haunting journey into the past.

Production History


WMC Productions

Kansas City Fringe Festival

Westport Coffee House, 2017

University of Central Missouri

Reading directed by Emily Bridges


Dead Whale Productions

The Second City, Chicago, 2019

"It’s one of Wichita’s greatest mysteries. But legend has it that the clown was really the Park’s heart. That when it shut down the heart went up in flames."

Here Lies Joyland by Mitchell Ward

Production Team (KC Fringe, 2017)

Producers: Hannah L'Abri Miller, Darrington Clark, Mitchell J. Ward

Sound Design: Jae Shanks

Stage Manager: Emily White

Director: Hannah L'Abri Miller

Cast (KC Fringe, 2017)

Sam: Gabby Browne

H.: Darrington Clark

Avery: Alex Leondedis

Jenna: Bailey Rose Steinke 

"It was a HIT!" 

Emily Bridges, Director

Genre: Adventure, Horror, Immersive, Mystery/Thriller, Tragedy

Length: Full-Length

Cast Size: 4 (2 Men, 2 Women)

Age Level: 16 and up

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