Spring 2011 |
For five years, playwrights, performers and theatre-goers alike have flocked to Omaha to pick
the brains of America's playwrights in an intimate, informal setting. This year, MCC's Great
Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC) is set to again bring acclaimed playwrights and emerging
artists to the heart of the country to share their work, describe their creative process and
The 2011 Sixth Annual Great Plains Theatre Conference, May 28-June 4, features Lee Blessing
as the conference's honored playwright, with Caridad Svich and Constance Congdon as featured
artists. A festival-like atmosphere will bring Blessing's and other artists' award-winning works
to the stage at public evening performances. Meanwhile, performers, writers and creatives will
have the opportunity to hobnob with selected playwrights in workshops and readings that offer
close interaction with the experts and a chance to see the creative process at work.
A prolific playwright, Blessing's work has been performed regionally and internationally for
more than 30 years. He made his Broadway debut with A Walk in the Woods; the play was
nominated for a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize. His works include Fortinbras, When
We Go Upon the Sea, A Body of Water, Going to St. Ives, Thief
River, Cobb, Chesapeake, Eleemosynary and Down the
Road, among many others.
The theatre conference also serves as a laboratory for new and emerging work. More than 400
plays were submitted for consideration for reading at the conference—the largest number
ever submitted, with submissions from 41 states and five countries. From that number, judges
selected 35 of the most promising works for reading at the conference; in PlayLabs, the works
will be read and critiqued by panelists—a process that is free and open to the public.
The conference is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nebraska Arts Council
and Nebraska Humanities Council. For more information on the 2011 GPTC, visit
www.mccneb.edu/theatreconference or call (402) 457-2618.