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May 16


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

Great Plains Theatre Conference announces PlayFest performance: “EPIC”

OMAHA, Neb. — The Great Plains Theatre Conference, hosted by Metropolitan Community College, has announced “EPIC” by Ellen Struve as its 2019 South Omaha Tapestry Series Production for the 14th annual conference.

“EPIC” is a world premiere play, written by local playwright Ellen Struve, and developed from ongoing story circles within the South Omaha community. Nationally-renowned director and leader in developing community-driven plays, Michael John Garc├ęs will direct. The play focuses on the Mayan immigrant population in partnership with Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim, the Popol Vuh creation story, the Abstract Mindz artist collective and the South Omaha Mural Project. This play includes shadow puppetry, music and pageantry.


May 29-31 at 7:30 p.m.

Metropolitan Community College, South Omaha Campus, 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave., ITC, room 120

All performances are free and open to the public.

About PlayFest

PlayFest is a community performance festival held on selected evenings during the conference in various locations across the Metro. The goal of PlayFest is to paint a diverse and vibrant portrait of the city, offer a chance for friends and neighbors to interact and be a catalyst for a dialogue within the community about the stories that affect our lives.

About 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. Through the conference, playwrights connect with guest artists and one another in a supportive environment to critique one another’s work, develop work together and form creative alliances. All daytime conference readings are free and open to the public.

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

For more information, contact 531-MCC-2618 or email


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.