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April 15

April 15, 2019


Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager
531-MCC-2876, office
402-960-0697, cell

Great Plains Theatre Conference announces 2019 Honored Playwright

OMAHA, Neb. — The Great Plains Theatre Conference, hosted by Metropolitan Community College, is proud to announce the late Maria Irene Fornes as its 2019 Honored Playwright. Fornes was heralded as one of the nation’s greatest playwrights, directors and teachers.

The GPTC is partnering with Film Streams to screen the Fornes documentary “The Rest I Make Up” by Michelle Memran on Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. at Film Streams Ruth Sokoloff Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey St. Memran will be in attendance and speak about Fornes and the film.

The conference will conclude with a performance in dedication to Fornes on Saturday, June 1 at the Swanson Conference Center in the Institute for the Culinary Arts at the Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus, 32nd Street and Sorenson Parkway. This event begins at 7:30 p.m. There will be limited seating.

All events are free and open to the public.

Representing top playwrights nationwide, the 20 selected playwrights will travel to Omaha from May 26–June 1 to participate in the GPTC at the historic Fort Omaha Campus.

About the Great Plains Theatre Conference

The mission of the GPTC m 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.

The Conference is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment and Humanities Nebraska.

For more information about GPTC, visit, email or call 531-MCC-2618.


Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest post-secondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.