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April 4

April 4, 2019


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

Great Plains Theatre Conference announces 2019 playwrights

OMAHA, Neb. — The Great Plains Theatre Conference, hosted by Metropolitan Community College, is proud to announce its 2019 PlayLab playwright selections for its 14th annual conference. Representing top emerging playwrights nationwide, the 20 selected playwrights will travel to Omaha May 26–June 1 to participate in the GPTC at the historic MCC Fort Omaha Campus.

Each year, the GPTC welcomes hundreds of local participants while also attracting theatre artists from across the country. Almost 850 scripts were submitted for consideration for the 2019 GPTC with plays selected through an anonymous reading process.

During the Conference, PlayLab scripts are rehearsed by local and national directors and actors and performed in staged readings. At the end of each reading, playwrights receive feedback from national playwrights, theatre scholars, directors and the public in a guided-response setting.

All PlayLab readings are free and open to the public.

2019 PlayLab Playwrights Works
Ian August (Lawrence, NJ) Brisé
Nancy Bell (St. Louis, MO) The People in the Cabin
Amy Berryman (New York, NY) Walden
Matthew Ivan Bennett (Salt Lake City, UT) Art & Class
EllaRose Chary (New York, NY) The Lake and the Mill
Ian Cohen (New York, NY) Old Wounds
Edward Einhorn (New York, NY) Alma Baya
Alexandra Espinoze (Philadelphia, PA) Homeridae
Emily Feldman (New York, NY) The Best We Could (A Family Tragedy)
Steven Haworth (Garrison, NY) Monkey in the Shade
A. Emmanuel Leadon (Glenn Heights, TX) Cave Canem
Laura Leininger-Campbell (Omaha, NE) Worms
John Minigan (Framingham, MA) Queen of Sad Mischance
Matt Minnicino (New York, NY) Wyrd
Andrew Rosendorf (Minneapolis, MN) Refuge
Whitney Rowland (Minneapolis, MN) Wayfinding
Emma Stanton (Chicago, IL) When the Tsunami Knows Your Name
Ryan Stevens (Los Angeles, CA) The Resurrectionist
Josiah Thomas Turner (Stevens Point, WI) Uncle Tom's Nephews
LaDarrion Williams (North Hollywood, CA) Black Creek Risin'

About the Great Plains Theatre Conference

The mission of GPTC 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.