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Omaha Community Playhouse Announces 21 & Over 2013-2014 Series
Aug. 19, 2013, Exit, Pursued by a Bear by Lauren Gunderson
Sept. 9, 2013, OCP Improv Night!
Oct. 28, 2013, Freakshow by Carson Kreitzer
Nov. 11, 2013, Lone Tree Productions (special guest artists)
Jan. 6, 2014, Live Broadway Karaoke (special event)
Feb. 17, 2014, Tigers Be Still by Kim Rosenstock
March 10, 2014, We Are Proud to Present a Presentation… by Jackie Sibblies Drury
May 12, 2014, Twenty-something Song Cycle (special guest artists)
June 16, 2014, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph
21 & Over includes a line up of staged readings of contemporary works and special events for a mature audience. The performances and events are free and open to the public with an opportunity for donations. No tickets or reservations are necessary. For more information on 21 & Over and other OCP alternative programs, contact Amy Lane, Resident Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 553-4890, ext. 164 or click here.
Most productions will be held in the Howard Drew Theatre at OCP at 7:30 p.m.
Knuffle Bunny – Sept. 6-22
Robin Hood – Oct. 11-27
Big Nate – Nov. 8-24
Narnia – Dec. 6-29
Grocer’s Goblin & Little Mermaid – Jan. 31 – Feb. 16
Jackie & Me – Feb. 28 – Mar. 16
Leo Lionni’s Frederick – Mar. 28 – Apr. 13
Ramona Quimby – Apr. 25 – May 11
Tarzan – June 6-22
August 22 – September 15. 2013
Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz
In Other Desert Cities, Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history – a wound they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.
November 22 – December 15, 2013
Tribes by Nina Raine
The play focuses on a Jewish family with a son who is Deaf (with two hearing siblings) raised without knowledge of sign language. When he meets Sylvia, a hearing woman born to Deaf parents who is now slowly going Deaf herself, his interaction with her (including her teaching him sign language) reveals some of the languages, beliefs, and hierarchies of the family and the “extended family” of the Deaf community.
February 27 – March 23, 2014
Come Back, Little Sheba by William Inge
In Come Back, Little Sheba, Doc Delany feels trapped by his marriage to the whining, slovenly Lola. Doc can’t appreciate the fact that, despite her inadequacies, Lola sincerely loves him; his emotional blindness stirs up a lot of trouble when a beautiful young woman rents a room in the Delany home.
May 29 – June 22, 2014
Voices From The Closet by Daena Schweiger
Voices From The Closet is a series of eight monologues that echo remembrances from the struggles of staying closeted. The collection spans across the globe, showing the universal angst that all humanity faces when they are forced to live in the closet.
The collection deals with the last known execution for homosexuality in Great Britain in 1836 and Russia’s criminal code of exile to Siberia for up to 5 years for homosexual acts. It shines a light on subjects such as being a female escort for gay movie stars and adolescence turmoil of telling parents and friends about yourself. It also tackle tough subjects like legitimate rape and cyber bullying.
Having Our Say
HOWARD DREW THEATRE
Freud’s Last Session
Next to Normal
Omaha Community Playhouse Spring Class Schedule
Acting III: Scenes
April 20–June 1 | Ages 11-13 | $70
Acting with a Partner
April 20-June 1 | Ages 7-10 | $70
Creative Drama: Masks, Puppets and Pantomime
April 20-June 1 | Ages 4-6 | $70
Musical Theatre Dance
April 20-June 1 | Ages 7-13 | $70
April 20-June 1 | Ages 11-14 | $70
Voice and Body
April 20-June 1 | Ages 7-10 | $70
April 18-May 30 | Ages 14 and up
April 18-May 30 | Ages 14 and up
April 17-May 29 | Ages 14 and up
April 15-May 27 | Ages 14 and up
April 15-May 27 | Ages 14 and up
Dialects & Character Voices
April 17-May 29 | Ages 14 and up
April 16-May 28 | Ages 14 and up
April 16-May 28 | Ages 14 and up
April 15-May 20 | Ages 14 and up
For questions, to register or for more information, call (402) 553-4890, ext. 131 or email email@example.com.
Chatnticleer Theater Announces 2013/2014 Season
The Board of Directors of Chanticleer Theater, Council Bluffs, Iowa is pleased to
announce the 2013-2014 slate of productions:
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, JR. by Menchen, September 20, 21, 22, 27, 28,29
NOISES OFF! by Michael Frayn, November 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
VANITIES by Hiefner, February 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16
PETER PAN, the Musical by Charlap and Styne, March 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
(possible substitution THE SECRET GARDEN by Lucy Simon)
FOLLIES by Steven Sondheim, May 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
In 2012 a successful Cabaret Season was implemented at the theater. The new
Chanticleer Cabaret Season includes:
A MUSICAL CABARET, September 6, 7, 8
LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE, by Nora Ephron, October 11, 12, 13
CABARET SPECIAL “THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER” by Barbara
Robinson, December 13, 14, 15
A MUSICAL CABARET, January 10, 11, 12
MOMALOGUES by Lisa Rafferty, Cloutier, Eppolite, April 11, 12, 13
Season Tickets for all shows or partial series are available at the theater! For more information, call Chanticleer Theater at 712-323-9955.
Chanticleer is looking for Directors, Music Directors and Choreographers for the main season shows. These are paid positions. In addition, the Cabarets need directors and music directors as well. If interested in any of these shows, please contact Rhonda Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SJ/SEA Melodrama Troupe Inc. Presents 38th Season
The Melodrama “Scandalous Circus Shenanigans” or “That’s Easy for You to Say” and the Olio, “Here, There and Everywhere” will be presented by SJ/SEA Melodrama Troupe, Inc. on February 15, 16, 17, 21, 22 and 23 at Sokol Auditorium on 13th and Martha.
This is the 38th year for these Northwest Omaha performers to entertain audiences drawn from all over Omaha and surrounding communities. Including onstage and supporting crews, the production involves nearly two hundred people.
Indulge your fantasy to “run away and join the circus”! Then travel north, east, south and west with musical numbers to set your toes a-tappin’. You’ll sing along with “Baby It’s Cold Outside”; the east will be bouncin’ to “Red Rubber Ball”; then we’ll head west on “Route 66”; and finally, check out those “Southern Nights”. You’ll love our comedy acts!
The ticket price of $17 includes beer, soft drinks and popcorn. All seats are reserved and scattered seating is available after January 22. Call Lil at 402-493-3326.
Check out our website http://sjseamelodrama.org/
Omaha Community Playhouse
2012-2013 Season: FIND YOUR STAGE
Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Legally Blonde (Musical) Sept. 14 – Oct. 14, 2012
Deathtrap (Drama) Jan. 18 – Feb. 10, 2013
All Night Strut! A Jumpin’ Jivin’ Jam (Musical Revue) March 1 – 30, 2013
A Night with the Family (Comedy) April 19 – May 12, 2013
The Wizard of Oz (Musical) May 31 – June 30, 2013
Howard Drew Theatre
August: Osage County (Drama) Aug. 17 – Sept. 16, 2012
boom (Comedy) Oct. 19 – Nov. 18, 2012
Evil Dead, The Musical (Musical) Feb. 8 – March 17, 2013
Recommending Reading for Girls (Comedy) May 3 – June 2, 2013
A Christmas Carol (Musical) Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre Nov 16 – Dec. 23
Yesterday and Today (Special Event) Howard Drew Theatre Dec. 7-31
Mini Season Subscriptions are available for the second half of the season beginning Oct. 15.
Mini Star Card: All 6 remaining productions
Pick Four: Simply choose your 4 favorites from our 6 remaining shows
For the Family: Perfect for the entire family
All Night Strut!, Recommended Reading for Girls, The Wizard of Oz
Music! Music! Music! 3 musicals with humor and warmth.
Evil Dead: the Musical, All Night Strut!, The Wizard of Oz
Rising Star: For 21-35 year olds. Purchase up to two (2) tickets to each regular season production for only $10 each.
Proof of age is required.
From Casting Call to Curtain Call – A behind the scenes look NET documentary of A Christmas Carol, premieres Nov. 16, 2012.
Shine the Light on Hunger
This holiday season the Omaha Community Playhouse is partnering with Omaha performing Arts, Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha and ConAgra Foods to collect nonperishable food items for the Food Bank for the Heartland.
During November and December, drop off non-perishable food items at OCP or other participating locations to help fight hunger. The top food items needed are:
1. Macaroni and cheese
2. Peanut butter
3. Canned tuna or chicken
4. Canned fruit
5. Canned vegetables
Miracle on Farnam
Come check out OCP’s window display at Midtown Crossing from November 15, through January 1. The public is invited to vote via cell phone, internet and ballot boxes at retail locations for the “best” display.
Theatre conference names Constance Congdon as 2013 Honored Playwright
Omaha, Neb.―The Great Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC) is pleased to announce critically acclaimed playwright Constance Congdon as the conference honoree in 2013. As the Honored Playwright, Congdon will share her works and expertise at the eighth annual Great Plains Theatre Conference, May 25 through June 1, at Metropolitan Community College.
Congdon has been called “one of the best playwrights our country and our language has ever produced” by playwright Tony Kushner. Her plays include,Tales of the Lost Formicans and Other Plays, Casanova, Dog Opera, No Mercy,Losing Father’s Body, Lips, Native American and Paradise Street. Three commissions from theAmerican Conservatory Theater: A Mother, starring Olympia Dukakis, a new verse version ofThe Misanthrope, and a new adaptation of The Imaginary Invalid, were all produced by ACT. Congdon has also written a number of opera libretti and children’s plays. Congdon’s plays have been produced throughout the world and she is an alum of New Dramatists, member of The Dramatists Guild and of PEN.
Congdon has taught playwriting at the Yale School of Drama, but her home is as playwright-in-residence at Amherst College where she’s been teaching for a couple of decades.
About the conference
GPTC’s mission is to enable playwrights and theatre artists to share time, energy and talent in the service of developing craft, creating new work, and strengthening community on a local and national scale. Metropolitan Community College hosts the annual conference that offers extensive opportunities for top emerging playwrights to learn and grow. Through the conference, playwrights connect with one another and in a supporting and encouraging environment, critique one another’s work, develop work together, and form future creative alliances. GPTC is also proud to present PlayFest, a community theatre festival held each evening of the conference. PlayFest 2013 will feature work of some of America’s top playwrights, including Congdon. PlayFest and all conference daytime readings are free and open to the public.
For more information on the 2013 GPTC, visitwww.mccneb.edu/GPTCor call (402) 457-2618
Great Plains Theatre Conference announces 2013 Call for Plays
Omaha, Neb.―Metropolitan Community College’s Great Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC) announces the Call for Plays for the eighth annual conference scheduled for May 25 through June 1, 2013 at MCC.
Submissions will be accepted online at www.mccneb.edu/gptc beginning Saturday, Sept. 1 and ending Thursday, Nov. 1 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
GPTC’s mission is to enable playwrights and theatre artists to share time, energy and talent in the service of developing craft, creating new work, and strengthening community on a local and national scale. Through the conference, playwrights connect with guest artists and one another, and in a supporting and encouraging environment, critique one another’s work, develop work together, and form future creative alliances. All conference readings are free and open to the public. Past panelists, workshop leaders, and respondents include David Lindsay-Abaire, Rebecca Gilman, Kira Obolensky, Edward Albee, Doug Wright, Emily Mann, Mac Wellman, Theresa Rebeck, and Erik Ehn among others.
The 2013 Great Plains Theatre Conference Honored Playwright is critically-acclaimed playwright Constance Congdon.
Plays will be chosen for the following categories:
The MainStage series features the top five plays submitted to the GPTC. Scripts are rehearsed by local and national directors and actors, and receive dedicated readings throughout the week in a public format. A panel made up of the honored and featured playwrights will serve as respondents to the MainStage work. MainStage playwrights will receive a $500 honorarium, travel, room and board, conference registration and are recognized with the Holland New Voices Award.
The PlayLabs are the heart of the GPTC. Thirty plays will be chosen for the 2013 PlayLabs. Scripts are rehearsed by local and national directors and actors and read concurrently in a public format. A panel of select theater professionals will serve as respondents to the work. PlayLab playwrights receive room and board and conference registration.
One play by an emerging woman playwright is chosen from the pool of 2013 PlayLab playwrights for the StageWrite Emerging Playwright Scholarship. The playwright receives a $500 scholarship to offset conference expenses as well as room and board and conference registration.
Notification to playwrights on the status of their plays will begin mid-January 2013. All selections are finalized by March 15, 2013.
For submission guidelines and more information about the Call for Plays, visitwww.mccneb.edu/gptc or contact (402) 457-2618 or email@example.com.
THE BLUEBARN THEATRE ANNOUNCES SEASON TWENTY-FOUR
by John Logan
(September 27 – October 20, 2012)
2010 TONY® Award winner for Best Play
Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, Red is a searing portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraodinary setting.
WHO KILLED SANTA?
by Neil Haven
(November 23 – December 15, 2012)
Sponsored by Omaha Steaks
Santa is hosting his annual holiday party attended by the usual holiday favorites: Frosty, Tiny Tim, The Little Drummer Boy, and Rudolph, who all have a bone to pick with Santa. After tempers flare, Santa ends up with a candy cane through the heart! No one will confess, no one can leave, and Christmas is in jeopardy. As the tension builds, a couple of incompetent detectives enter the scene, and all the dirty secrets of these iconic holiday characters are revealed. With the help of the audience, the murderer is convicted and sentenced in this choose-your-own-ending musical murder mystery holiday whodunit!
A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE
by Martin McDonagh
(February 21 – March 16, 2013)
In this darkly comical new work from the acclaimed playwright Martin McDonagh, the mysterious gun-toting Carmichael has been searching for his missing left hand for decades. Enter two bickering lovebirds with a hand to sell, and a hotel clerk with an aversion to gunfire, and soon life and death are up for grabs. A Behanding in Spokane turns over American daily existence, exposing the obsessions, prejudices, madness, horrors, and above all, the absurdities that crawl beneath it.
THE 39 STEPS
Adapted by Patrick Barlow From the novel by John Buchan
(May 9 – June 15, 2013)
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced mystery for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time TONY® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!
About BLUEBARN Theatre
The BLUEBARN Theatre has been bringing professionally-produced plays to area audiences since its inception in 1989. Since that time, BLUEBARN has produced over 80 plays and has established itself as Omaha’s premier contemporary theatre company. Striving to bring artistically significant scripts and professional production values to Omaha and the surrounding region, BLUEBARN is known for high quality entertainment and the fearless pursuit of stories that challenge both theatre artists and patrons.
This year’s performance schedule includes:
A Chorus Line — August 16-18, 23-25, 7:30 p.m.; August 19, 26, 2 p.m., McDonald Theatre
Lend Me A Tenor — August 30-September 1, 6-8, 7:30 p.m.; September 2, 9, 2 p.m., Miller Theatre
Brighton Beach Memoirs — September 13-15, 7:30 p.m., Miller Theatre, (Student-directed play)
Glass Menagerie — September 27-30, 7:30 p.m., September 29-30, 2 p.m., Miller Theatre
Pirates of Penzance — October 4-6, 18-20, 7:30 p.m., October 7, 21, 2 p.m., McDonald Theatre
Dracula — October 25-27, November 1-3, 7:30 p.m.; October 28, November 4, 2 p.m., October 31, 10 p.m., McDonald Theatre
The Farnsworth Invention — November 8-10, 15-17, 7:30 p.m.; November 11, 18, 2 p.m., Miller Theatre
The Complete Works of Christmas (Abridged) — December 6-8, 13-15, 7:30 p.m.; December 7-8, 14-15, 10 p.m.; December 9, 16, 2 p.m., McDonald Theatre
The Cripple of Inishmaan — January 23-26, 7:30 p.m.; January 27, 2 p.m., Miller Theatre
Musical TBA— January 31-February 2, 7-9, 7:30 p.m.; February 3, 10, 2 p.m., McDonald Theatre
The Tempest — February 14-17, 21-24, 7:30 p.m.; February 16-17, 23-24, 2 p.m., Miller Theatre
Phaedra — February 28-March 1-2, 7-9, 7:30 p.m.; March 3, 10, 2 p.m., Studio Theatre
Spoon River Anthology — April 11-13, 18-20, 7:30 p.m.; April 14, 21, 2 p.m., Miller Theatre
Mother Courage and Her Children — April 25-27, May 2-4, 7:30 p.m.; April 28, May 5, 2 p.m., McDonald Theatre
Those who purchase a ticket online to a fall musical (A Chorus Line or Pirates of Penzance) will receive a free ticket to a non-musical production. Tickets must be purchased by August 25.
In addition, Nebraska Wesleyan theatre will present cabaret performances of five weekends of song and stories. Each performance is different. Cabaret performances are scheduled for:
October 26-28, 7:30 p.m.
October 28, 2 p.m.
November 16-18, 7:30 p.m.
November 18, 2 p.m.
February 15-17, 7:30 p.m.
February 17, 2 p.m.
April 12-14, 7:30 p.m.
April 14, 2 p.m.
May 10-11, 7:30 p.m.
May 12, 2 p.m.
All cabaret performances will be held in the Studio Theatre, located at 2710 N. 48th Street, just west of campus.
21 & Over Season Announced for 2012-13
Louder Than a Bomb, Aug. 27, 2012
A Behanding in Spokane by Martin McDonagh, Sept. 10, 2012
A Bright New Boise by Samuel Hunter, Oct. 22, 2012
Live Broadway Karaoke, Jan. 7, 2013
Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) by Sheila Callaghan, Feb. 18, 2013
Witching Hour (special guests), May 6, 2013
Enron by Lucy Prebble, June 17, 2013
BELLEVUE LITTLE THEATRE SEASON 2012–2013
Music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Book by Peter Stone
Agent–Music Theatre International
Producer –Sandy Thompson
Dates Sept. 14–30
Audition dates–Mon. & Tues. July 23 & 24, 7 pm
Adaptation by Joe Landry
Dates–Nov. 2–Nov. 18
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Book by Peter Stone–based on movie “Some Like It Hot”
Choreographer– Keri Jo Watts
Music Direction–Kim Hanson and Ric Swanson
Dates April 12–28
Authors–Tim Clue & Spike Manton
Dates May 24–June 9
UNO Theatre Announces 2012-2013 Season
OMAHA— The University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of Theatre announces the 2012-2013 Season.
The first of four Mainstage productions that UNO Theatre will stage for the 2012-2013 season is William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, directed by D. Scott Glasser. It runs from September 26-29, and October 3-6.
War, honor, family, revenge. These central Shakespearean themes get their first bracing examination in the Bard’s early tragedy, Titus Andronicus. Titus is Rome’s greatest general and the head of a noble Roman family. When his armies vanquish the Goths, their defeated queen unleashes a fury that rocks Titus’s city, devastates his children, and shatters his sense of self. The cycle of revenge is shocking, bloody, and all-encompassing, but expressed through poetry and theatricality as vivid, energized, and thrilling as anything in Shakespeare’s later works. It is undeniably a play for our time: a sophisticated blend of heart-stopping drama and pitch black humor.
Mary Zimmerman’s Mirror of the Invisible World, directed by Dr. Cindy Melby Phaneuf, will be UNO Theatre’s second Mainstage production. Mirror of the Invisible World will run November 14-17 and November 28-December 1.
Adapted from a great 12th century Persian epic, Mirror of the Invisible World, tells the story of a young King, who, after falling in love with seven princesses—each from a different land—builds seven pavilions to house his beautiful brides. Each night, a different princess weaves for him another wondrous tale of love, loss and adventure.
UNO will continue its 2012-2013 Mainstage season with two productions running in repertory: Liz Duffy Adams’ Or, directed by graduate student Sarah Fogarty, and Caridad Svich’s The Archaeology of Dreams directed by graduate student Thais Flaitt Giannoccaro. The two productions will run from February 20-23 and February 27-March 3. The repertory schedule will be released soon.
Or, centers on Aphra Behn who is getting out of the spy trade and into show biz, if she can only write her play without interruptions from her love life—celebrity Nell Gwynne, King Charles II, and double-agent William Scott, among others. While war rages and Aphra and her friends celebrate free love, cross-dressing and pastoral lyricism, the 1660s start to look a lot like the 1960s. Verse or prose, now or then, love or death…and a lot of kissing.
The Archeology of Dreams is a seriocomic, kaleidoscopic exploration of the intersection between origin, history, and memory as a child is born in the U.S. in the year 1963. A President is about to be assassinated, a country singer dies, a senator falls from grace, and two surfers look for bliss in the imagined Scottish skies.
The final Mainstage Production will be Steven Gooch’s Female Transport. It will run from April 10-13 and April 17-20.
Between 1787 and 1868, the British Crown shipped men, women, and children in bondage to the British penal colony of Australia. In Female Transport, a riotous group of disparate cellmates transforms during the six-month sea journey to a tough, unified matriarchal society—ready to change the wild land they are about to inhabit into a more just place than the England they left behind. As songs of the period punctuate and underscore the action, these women strive to prove themselves more civilized below deck than their male captors above.
For more information about auditions contact the UNO Theatre Department at 402.554.2406. For more information about UNO’s 2012-2013 Mainstage or Showcase Season contact Sarah Fogarty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402.554.3167. Learn more about UNO Theatre on the web by visiting www.unomaha.edu/theatre.
OMAHA PERFORMING ARTS ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 SEASON
The first show in the Broadway series is SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar® - winning film. Everyone’s favorite green ogre, along with dozens of other fairy tale misfits, comes to life in this musical in October 2012. Next in the series is BILLY ELLIOT the Musical in November 2012. Winner of ten 2009 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, with music by Elton John, this show depicts the joyous celebration of a young boy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class to discover a surprising passion. MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL, the 2010 Tony® winner for Best Musical, comes to Omaha for the first time in January 2013. This show, inspired by actual events, tells the story of a white radio DJ who falls in love with a black singer in racially charged 1950s Memphis. The breathtaking spectacle and Tony Award® - winning Disney’s THE LION KING, considered by many a landmark theatrical event, makes its triumphant return to Omaha for a four-week run in March and April 2013.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY wraps up the Broadway series in May 2013. This smash-hit musical comedy brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. One special production is available to Season Ticket holders – NETworks Presents Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. This romantic and enchanting production of the classic love story returns to Omaha for five performances in December 2012.