2013 PLAYFEST
SUNDAY, MAY 26 – THURSDAY, May 30


PlayFest is Omaha’s free performance festival featuring plays and celebrations of local music, art, stories and community.  Come kick off a golden summer on the plains with these five great nights.




PlayFest is free and open to the public.
All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

 

No reservations required!
Seating is limited. Please arrive early!

Tickets will be released on a first come first serve basis.

Questions call 402-457-2618


Sunday, May 26th and Monday, May 27th

 

  • Wu World Woo and Horrocks (and Toutatis too)
  • By Mac Wellman
  • Directed by Elena Araoz
  • Performed by Tim Siragusa, Erin Mallon and Electric Chamber Music
  • Set designed by Justin Townsend
  • The Bluebarn Theatre
  • 614 S. 11th St.
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    Doors open at 7:00 pm.  Performance begins at 7:30 pm.


Blue Barn



Two monologues - tiny epics, really - set on asteroids.

Mac Wellman’s Horrocks (and Toutatis Too) and Wu World Woo are adapted for the stage from the short stories of the same titles, taken from his collection A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds. Based on real asteroids in the asteroid belt, Mac Wellman populates them with outlandish characters who live by rules which defy all logic. So singular and foreign are these mad worlds, that they and their inhabitants become so clearly recognizable and utterly familiar.

What can a play about asteroids tell us about being human?

"Mac Wellman's wonderful imagination blurs reality and fiction so skillfully that one is disoriented enough to be mesmerized, and down to earth enough to realize that our world is just one among many possible worlds, and not much more than that." (Etel Adnan)

 

Union for Contemporary Art
  • Monday, May 27th

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  • Neighborhood Tapestries – North Omaha
    A celebration of local music, art, stories, food and community
    Directed by Denise Chapman


  • Outdoors at the Union for Contemporary Art
    2417 Burdette St.
    *Rain location : Lied Center for Arts Education – Creighton University

  • 6:30 pm Food, Art Display and Music
    7:30 pm Storytelling begins
    Seating will be provided

 

Come share an evening of stories, food, music, art and community with your neighbors!

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 28th

 

Recommended Reading for Girls

  • By Ellen Struve
  • Directed by Amy Lane

  • Omaha Community Playhouse
  • 6915 Cass St.
  • Doors open at 7:00 pm.  Performance begins at 7:30 pm.


  • Omaha Community Playhouse
    Recommended Reading for Girls invites you to step into a storybook. When Amy returns to her childhood home to care for her ailing mother, she discovers uninvited guests from her favorite childhood novels. A beloved crew of heroines turns the household topsy-turvy as Amy struggles to reconcile with the stories she loves, the people she loves and the stories she has told herself in this warm, funny, fanciful play.

     


    South Omaha Tree of Life

     


    Wednesday, May 29th

    • Neighborhood Tapestries – South Omaha
    • A celebration of local music, art, stories, food and community history
    • Directed by Scott Working

    • Outdoors at South High’s Collins Stadium,
    • 22nd and M St.
    • *Rain location - Omaha South High School Auditorium
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      6:30 pm Food Vendors, Art Display and Music

      7:30 pm Storytelling begins

      Seating will be provided

    Come share an evening of stories, food, music, art and community with your neighbors!

     

    Thursday, May 30th



    • Take Me To The River
    • By Constance Congdon
    • Directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf
    • Set Design by Littleton Alston and Jess Benjamin
    • Music composed and performed by Michael Murphy

    • Outdoors at the Parade Ground
    • Metropolitan Community College
    • Fort Omaha Campus
    • 32nd and Sorensen Parkway
    • *Rain location - Lied Center for Arts Education - Creighton University
    • Seating will begin at 7:00 pm. Performance will begin at 7:30 pm.
    • Seating will be provided
    Miller's Landing

    Set in Colorado, Constance Congdon's Take Me to the River explores the devastation wreaked on a small farming community after the government orders its wells closed. Two families, the Campbells and the Montoyas, struggle to survive with humor, anger, and even a little wisdom.