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Damron Russell Armstrong, Chess In Missouri

Local actor Damron Russell Armstrong recently started a theater company, the Black Repertory Theater of Kansas City. The company made its debut back in August. But that's not the only thing he's been up to – Armstrong is also directing the play "An Octoroon," which opens Nov. 30 at The Unicorn.

Plus, we check in with Missouri's Chess Champion as he gears up to defend his title.


  • Damron Russell Armstrong, actor and director, executive artistic director, Black Repertory Theater
  • Abhishek Mallela​, UMKC graduate, 2015 Missouri State Chess Champion
  • Tony Rich, executive director, Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
Gina Kaufmann is the host of KCUR’s Central Standard, a talkshow fueled by curiosity and critical thinking. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.
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