2013 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE


Saturday, May 25 | Sunday, May 26 | Monday, May 27 | Tuesday, May 28
Wednesday, May 29 | Thursday, May 30 | Friday, May 31 | Saturday, June 1



* All events are located at the Historic Fort Omaha Campus, 32nd & Sorensen Parkway, unless otherwise stated.




Everyday, MAY 25-JUNE 1


7:30 a.m. -6:00 p.m.

Conference Registration and Information Center

SCC 1st Floor Lobby

    

 

SATURDAY, MAY 25


9:30–10:15 a.m.

Welcome and Orientation

SCC 201 A

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Theatre Workshop – Session One

 

Writing in the Moment - Constance Congdon
Using timed exercises and given circumstances, Congdon allows the writer to ignite the imagination without worry, frustration, and belabored results.  Just bring lots of paper, writing implements, and a willingness to let go and write.  Come out of the class with plays and not just entries Notebook Limbo.

 

The End In The Beginning – Kate Snodgrass
In all good drama, we can sense the end in the beginning of a play.  In Death of a Salesman--Willy is in extremis and "death" is mentioned almost immediately.  We'll look at the beginnings of plays to note the various techniques writers use (character, plot, theme, tone, et al.)  to clarify the world of their play.  Bring the first 2-3 pages of a draft to read aloud, and let us tell you where it ends; or bring an idea for a play as yet not fully formed, and let us help you decide where best to begin.

 

When Should the Words Stop Working So Hard? Writing the Pictures – Elena Araoz and Justin Townsend

How do we write strong visuals when we are developing a play in a reading workshop where visual storytelling is not available? How can we write with the expectation that a production's design and staging will help us tell our story? How does a writer balance theatricality and naturalism, and how can design and technology be an integrated part of the storytelling and not forced on top of it? How can a script steer the design of a production without limiting the visual expertise of the designers? What is the middle ground between overly prescriptive stage directions and not enough visual voice? And should the playwright even be thinking about how his or her play will be designed while he is writing?

Through a series of exercises led by a director and designer, each playwright will

explore practical methods to strengthen their visual thinking and write from that greater visual mindset. Each playwright will examine ways to rely on those images to speak just as loudly as the spoken text.

 

Psychology Free Performing – Sibyl Kempson
Is there room in your acting technique for what you actually think and feel? What does it mean to be "in the moment"? How often to you truly feel connected with the text you are delivering? What does performing become when we subtract the pretending and the manufactured emotions and find a way to be in the room? The goal of this workshop is to move beyond and beneath the predictable and outworn trappings of one-intention-at-a-time Freudian/Stanislavskian methods of acting taught in acting schools and connect with something older and more immediate at the same time. Learn to work with the complexity that each moment has to offer, and to re-focus your attention IN THE ROOM. Unlock the infinite possibilities and potential that real presence has to offer in each and every performance.


 

 

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Mule Barn 101

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

SCC 201 B

12:30–1:15 p.m.

Luncheon Panel Series
The Triumph, Tragedy, Humor and Humanity of Failure: The politics, aesthetics and fertility of failure illustrated by real occurrences of epic failure. Panelists: Mac Wellman, Constance Congdon, Kate Snodgrass

SCC 201 B

12:15–12:45 p.m.

 

PlayLab Panelist Orientation Meeting

 

SCC 201 D

 

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Theatre Workshop – Session Two

Writing in the Moment - Constance Congdon
Using timed exercises and given circumstances, Congdon allows the writer to ignite the imagination without worry, frustration, and belabored results. Just bring lots of paper, writing implements, and a willingness to let go and write. Come out of the class with plays and not just entries Notebook Limbo.

Starting at the Start – Lee Wochner
How many ways are there to tell a story? Eleventy billion — if you could just get started. In this fun and interactive workshop, participants will get a quick review of some playwriting basics, then share and trade story ideas that launch them into instantly writing two new scenes.

The End In The Beginning – Kate Snodgrass
In all good drama, we can sense the end in the beginning of a play. In Death of a Salesman--Willy is in extremis and "death" is mentioned almost immediately. We'll look at the beginnings of plays to note the various techniques writers use (character, plot, theme, tone, et al.) to clarify the world of their play. Bring the first 2-3 pages of a draft to read aloud, and let us tell you where it ends; or bring an idea for a play as yet not fully formed, and let us help you decide where best to begin.

Site Specific Writing – Josh Hecht
This workshop will explore the way paying close attention to your surroundings can spark your creativity. Location-based writing exercises will help you get below your "censor" to tap into your unconscious and write! Critical feedback method will help you uncover the richest veins of your automatic writing and pose questions for further discoveries.

Acting: Discovering Playable Action – Bostin Christopher
Using script analysis and exercises, this workshop will examine the ways in which an actor goes about building a character on their way to discovering playable action. You got the part - you've received the script - now what? What exactly is and, more importantly, what is not "homework"? Discover how to tap into your creativity and bring a unique dynamic to your work. This workshop is for actors at any level and is also valuable insight for playwrights/directors in learning how actors work on material.

 



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SCC First Floor Lobby

 

 

 






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7:30 p.m.

Kick Off Party – House of Loom

House of Loom

1012 S. 10th St.

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SUNDAY, MAY 26


9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Concurrent PlayLab Readings

 

 

Penny Gets Bit by Molly Welsh
Directed by Max Sparber

Love hurts. Zombies bite. So hard.

 

Panelists: Sibyl Kempson, Kim Gambino

Dramaturg: Anne Hamilton

SCC 201 A

Jimmy – David Ebke
Penny – Beaufield Berry
Matt – Greg Harries
Tracy – Olivia Sather 

 

Pompeii by Shawn Brentham
Directed by Todd Brooks


It is late September 1998 in Hell’s Kitchen and the Three Ace’s Barbershop stands frozen in time as the world continues to change right outside the window. However, all is not well, something is not right, and this world is poised to come to a halt. The characters must face the fact that things are not as they appear, or they could be stuck here forever.


Panelists: Bostin Christopher, Ron Zank

Dramaturg: Walter Chon

SCC 201 D

Stabiae-Gary Planck 
Tony – Thomas Lowe
Mario/Man – Zach Barrintos
Mike/Kirk –Eric Grant-Leanna
Hercue – Darren Gray
Popi – Paul Schneider
Stage Directions – Todd Brooks

 

In a Smoke-Filled Room, Color Mattersby Kwakiutl Dreher
Directed by D. Kevin Williams

Be careful. In a smoke-filled room, color matters in light-skin dark-skin as the secrets are let out to play from the lips of the storyteller.

 

Panelists: Mary Beth Easley, Max Sparber

Dramaturg: Heather Helinsky

SCC 201 F

Azelea Lee Smith – Dr. Kwakiutl Dreher
Wilson Smith – Raydell Cordell III

9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Design Wing

Mule Barn 101

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

SCC 201 B

1:00–3:00 p.m.

Concurrent PlayLab Readings

 

 

The Singularity by Crystal Jackson
Directed by Gavin Price


Astrid is on a quest to get pregnant before the end of a three-day weekend, and she’ll do anything to succeed — including testing the laws of the universe. But that doesn’t mean the end of the world…or does it?

 

Panelists: Josh Hecht, Lee Wochner

Dramaturg: Anne Hamilton

SCC 201 A

Astrid – Kim Gambino
Scientist – John Gasper
Nurse – Natalie Mack
Bob/Laywer – Michael Wiener
Caretimer 2000/Kyle – Daniel Carroll
Dr. Jim – Eric Ward
Stage Directions – Gavin Price

 

Supermen by Adam Douglas
Directed by Greg Harries

 

At the height of World War 2, the world's greatest hero, Superman, is born. But the true, bloody story behind the Man of Steel's creation is one few know, until now.

 

Panelists: Mia Morris, Bostin Christopher

Dramaturg: Walter Chon

SCC 201 D

Joe Shuster – Jon Flower
Jerry Siegel – Zach Cook
The Representative from the Estate- Judy Radcliff
Jolan Annie Kovacs – Mary Beth Becker
Stage Directions – Mary Beth Slater


 

Peppertree by Finnian Sullivan
Directed by Bonnie Gill


When a remote “shangri-la” housing development for retirees goes bankrupt, two of the few remaining retirees suffer their strandedness in a now strange geography.

 

Panelists: Max Sparber, Ron Zank  

Dramaturg: Heather Helinsky

SCC 201 F

Jena – Karen Cordes
Lynn – Mark Manhart
Stage Directions – Stephanie Elrod

3:15–5:15 p.m.

Concurrent PlayLab Readings

 

 

Ganglia: Instructions for the Symbiogenesisby Peter Roth
Directed by Kathleen Lawler


There will be no intermission. This is for your safety. The doors have been chained shut. This is for your safety. By the end of the evening, each of you will have a parasitic vermiform lodged in your brainstem. This is for your safety.

 

Panelists: Josh Hecht, Lee Wochner

Dramaturg: Anne Hamilton

SCC 201 A

Amelia – Suzanne Withem
Marco – Cameron Logsdon
Vanora – Rushea Smith
Norman – Bill Grennan
Stage Directions – Jon Hustead

 

The Raparrees by Jim Lucason
Directed by Cathy Kurz


During the time of the Protestant Ascendancy in 1709 County Kerry, Ireland when priest hunting is a favorite pastime a young clergyman has escaped the gallows and fled to the Slieve Mish Mountains.  There he is pursued and by the Light Dragoons and protected by the outlawed Rapparees.

 

Panelists: Ron Zank, Mia Morris

Dramaturg: Walter Chon

SCC 201 D

Priest – Scott Kurz
Sergeant Edward Tynan –Jeremy Earl  
Michael O’Mahony- Brent Spencer  
Kevin Foley – Kevin Barratt
Thomas Doolin –  Eric Salonis
Sean McKenna – Eric Griffith
Tadgh Cahill – Eric Grant-Leanna  

 

The Tomb of King Tot by Eric Dufault
Directed by Julia Hinson
Cartoonist Jane Scaley struggles to win the coveted Chuckling Willow, the award for best female cartoonist in New England. Simultaneously, in the world of her comic strip, Egyptian pharaoh King Tot journeys to the afterlife to be reunited with his deceased mummy-mother.

 

Panelists: Sibyl Kempson, Kim Gambino  

Dramaturg: Heather Helinsky

SCC 201 F

Lionel
Jane – Jennifer Gilg
Kissy – Beth Thompson
Porter – Matthew Pyle
Atlanta – Anna Jordan 
Stage Directions – George LeMay

7:30 p.m.

PlayFest 2013

 

Wu World Woo and Horrocks (and Toutatis, too)
by Mac Wellman
Directed by Elena Araoz

Mac Wellman’s Wu World Woo and Horrocks (and Toutatis Too) and 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?

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MONDAY, MAY 27


9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Concurrent PlayLab Readings

 

 

Daughter by Elana Gartner
Directed by Stephanie Anderson

When sixteen year old Robyn’s biological mother contacts her on Facebook, Robyn tries to ignore her. She has been happy with her adoptive family and hasn’t wanted to search for her biological parents. But her biological mother, Millie, is persistent and finally tells her why.

 

Panelists: David Neumann, Kim Gambino

Dramaturg: Anne Hamilton

SCC 201 A

Millie – Teri Fender
Eli – Matt Allen
Beverly – Samantha Shatley
Robyn – Kelly McGonigal
Alexis – Paige Wolfe
Justin – Kevin Mikuls
Stage Directions – Stephanie Anderson

 

 

The Sudden Glide by David Crespy
Directed by Mia Morris


Sixty-something, Mississippi-born actress, Yvonne Allaway faces the toughest hurdle of her life — a fifth Academy Award nomination as Best Actress competing against — you guessed it — Meryl Streep. Though disaster ensues, all ends happily — and like any romantic comedy, the new world that Yvonne faces is somewhat upside down and sideways, but all new.

 

Panelists: Sibyl Kempson, Max Sparber

Dramaturg: Walter Chon

SCC 201 D

Hampton – Dick Mueller
Gwen – Tammy Meneghini
Raul – Noah Diaz
Gil – Randy Vest
Frank – Brian Zealand
Camille – Jennifer McGill
Yvonne – Patricia Kies
Stage Directions – Mia Morris

 

Kill Floor by Abe Koogler
Directed by Lara Marsh

Returning to her hometown after three years in prison, Andy takes a job at the local slaughterhouse while attempting to reconcile with her teenage son, a committed vegetarian.

 

Panelists: Lee Wochner, Josh Hecht

Dramaturg: Heather Helinsky

SCC 201 F

B – Aaron Ellis
Rick – Matthew Pyle
Andy – Erika Hall
Simon – Jack Landrie
Stage Directions – Sherry Josand Fletcher

9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Design Wing

Mule Barn 101

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

SCC 201 B

1:00–3:00 p.m.

Concurrent PlayLab Readings

 

 

Silueta by Diana Burbano, Christopher Shelton, Tom Shelton
Directed by Christopher Shelton


In 1985 Cuban performance artist Ana Mendieta plunged 34 stories to her death from a SoHo apartment tower. Her husband Carl Andre, famous Minimalist sculptor, was tried and acquitted of her murder, a verdict that polarized the New York art world. Carl, 35 years later, is riddled by the frustration at the loss of his artistic potency and gnawing suspicion about his innocence. What really happened that fatal night? Imagined from a true story.

 

Panelists: David Neumann, Justin Townsend

Dramaturg: Anne Hamilton

SCC 201 A

Carl Andre – Tom Shelton
Ana Mendieta – Diana Burbano
Stage Directions – Lee Wochner

 

For the Life of Me by Timothy Troy
Directed by Roxanne Wach


A parent’s capricious demand to inflate her son’s grade threatens Kate Kavey’s career. Surrounded by her eclectic siblings who’ve conspired to reconcile an ongoing family crisis, she desperately pursues renewed stability in her personal and professional relationships. Kate looks to art, literature and religion to lead her past doubt, learning that even a middle school teacher is vulnerable to those who will use faith as a weapon.

 

Panelists: Sibyl Kempson, Mary Beth Easley

Dramaturg: Walter Chon

SCC 201 D

Rosa – Angie Heim
Julie – Colleen O’Doherty
Francis – Eric Salonis
Marian – Sara Planck
Kate – Stephanie Anderson
Stage Directions – Dan Wach


 

A Disappearance in Two Parts by Cory Hinkle
Directed by Ron Zank


A new play about the old history of Oklahoma, a writer who tries to write about it, but who gets caught up in his own story of loss.  A play about history, the things we’ve lost, and people who have disappeared.

 

Panelists: Elena Araoz, Mia Morris

Dramaturg: Heather Helinsky

SCC 201 F

Margot Whitfield –Kim Jubenville  
The Writer – Scott Working
The Writer’s Dad – Jonathan Wilhoft
Receptionist/Stage Directions--Stephanie Kidd

3:15–5:15 p.m.

Concurrent PlayLab Readings

 

 

Neverland Industries by Danny Carroll
Directed by Beth Thompson


A retiring CEO inexplicably thrusts a young junior copywriter into the spotlight during a strange business summit on Martha’s Vineyard where the fates of many people are being decided in secret.

 

Panelists: Lee Wochner, Justin Townsend

Dramaturg: Anne Hamilton

SCC 201 A

Michael Davies – Gavin Price
Charlie Schmidt – Michael Wiener
Jane Evelyn – Julie Hinson
Stacy Sherman – Patricia Kies
Patrick Smitty – John Gasper
Jacob Hicks
Barry Williams

 

Flying Through Blue by Lisa Halpern
Directed by Krystal Kelly


After dreaming she was a whale in another life, a young woman’s life is turned upside — down when all water sources begin trying to communicate with her.

 

Panelists: Mia Morris, Mary Beth Easley

Dramaturg: Walter Chon

SCC 201 D

Fiona – Theresa Sindalar
JD – Bill Grennan
Pete/Francois – Matthew Mosher
Shelby/Matita – Katlynn Yost
Stage Directions – Krystal Kelly

 

After School Special by Kyle T. Wilson
Directed by Bostin Christopher


Frankie's looking for his mom, and Ms. Stuart's looking for some peace and quiet. She never should've given him detention.

 

Panelists: Elena Araoz, Matt Gutschick

Dramaturg: Heather Helinsky

SCC 201 F

Cantero – Zach Barrientos
Stewart – Ashley Spessard
Jenkins – Jennifer Williams
Frankie – Dayton Rogers
Stage Directions—Bostin Christopher

7:30 p.m.

PlayFest 2013

 

Wu World Woo and Horrocks (and Toutatis, too)
by Mac Wellman
Directed by Elena Araoz

Mac Wellman’s Wu World Woo and Horrocks (and Toutatis Too) and 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?
Blue Barn

8:00 p.m.

PlayFest 2013

 

Neighborhood Tapestries: North Omaha

Directed by Denise Chapman

 

A celebration of local music, art, stories, food and community.

 

Outdoors at the Union for Contemporary Art

2417 Burdette St.  

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TUESDAY, MAY 28


9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  

Concurrent PlayLab Readings

 

 

Irreversible by Jack Karp
Directed by Jonathan Wilhoft

 

As World War II draws to a close, Robert Oppenheimer and his brother Frank race to beat the Nazis to the world’s first nuclear bomb. But when the bomb’s devastation is made clear, the two men clash over the ethics of its use and each is forced to choose between his conscience and his ambition.

 

Panelists: Bostin Christopher, Ron Zank

Dramaturg: Anne Hamilton

SCC 201 A

Robert Oppenheimer – Eric Griffith
General Leslie Groves –Jamie Lewis
Jean Tatlock – Erika Hall
Kitty Oppenheimer – Andrea Lang
Dr. Neils Bohr/Voice – Dick Mueller
Frank Oppenheimer – Brian Zealand
Stage Directions – Anne Soderlund

 

Maya by Mark Costello
Directed by Andrea Hart


Sex, drugs, and Hindu gods.

 

Panelists:  Josh Hecht, Matt Gutschick
Dramaturg: Walter Chon

SCC 201 D

Raksha – Ferial Pearson
Shiva – Kim Gambino
Leslie – Teri Fender
Maxwell – William Muller
Stage Directions – Meg Phillips

 

The Silver Thread by Joslyn Nicole Housley-McLaughlin
STAGEWRITE WOMEN’S INITIATIVE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Directed by Danielle Smith

 

A Confederate country doctor opens his lab to a young slave woman and an eager medical apprentice who fight to hold onto their humanity in the brutal world of early medicine. Where ambition meets obsession, will they find the human thread that runs through it? Based on true events.

 

Panelists: David Neumann, Mia Morris

Dramaturg: Heather Helinsky

SCC 201 F

J. Marion Sims – Nick Albrecht
Dr. Henry – Noah Diaz
Betsey – Autumn Jennings Lewis
Dr. Rush Jones/Mr. Wescott- Mark Kocsis
Mrs. Merrill/Empress –Mary Kelly
Lucy – Brandi Smith
Anarcha – Jhone White-Lucas
Nathan Bozeman – Robby Stone
Stage Directions – Danielle Smith

9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.  

Design Wing

Mule Barn 101

12:30 p.m.

Lunch

SCC 201 B

1:00–1:45 p.m.

Luncheon Panel Series
In Pursuit of a Dark Euphoria:  New wildness in imagination, form, collaboration, rehearsal and production and the special challenges that this work brings.

Panelists: David Neumann, Sibyl Kempson, Justin Townsend, Eliza Bent

SCC 201 B

2:00–5:00 p.m.

MainStage Reading
William & Judith by Cody Daigle
Directed by M. Michele Phillips

 

Inspired by a passage from Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, William and Judith imagines the relationship between William Shakespeare and his equally talented sister, Judith. At the end of his career and facing a lack of new ideas, an act of creative thievery threatens to bring Will’s career and family life to an end.

 

Panelists: Constance Congdon, Erik Ehn, Ruth Margraff, Kate Snodgrass

Dramaturg: Anne Hamilton

SCC 201 A

Jude Shakespeare – Shannon Jackson
Anne Hathaway – Echelle Childers
Judith Shakespeare – Ashley Spessard
John Fletcher – Brian Zealand
Richard Burbage – Kurt Sage
Thomas Quiney – Noah Diaz
William Shakespeare – Eric Grant-Leanna

7:30 p.m.

PlayFest 2013
Recommended Reading for Girls by Ellen Struve
Directed by Amy Lane

 

When Amy returns to her childhood home to care for her ailing mother, she discovers uninvited guests from her favorite childhood novels.

Omaha Community Playhouse

 

9:00 p.m.

House of Loom/BlueBarn’s Witching Hour’s Karaoke Theatre
On the last Tuesday of every month, KaraokeTheatre picks a local theater or troupe to highlight and support.

This event is optional.
No transportation will be provided to or from.

No Cover / 21+

House of Loom
1012 South 10th Street

 


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 29

 

10:30-noon

Theatre Workshop – Session Three

 

Writing for the Singular Voice – Ruth Margraff

 

What does it mean to be singular in one of the most collaborative art forms? We'll explore the space of singularity, point of view, soliloquy, monologue and solo and explore what it means to write with more daring – “that opium [as] start of the primary chronic force” (Artaud). Can you think of your playwriting as more of a studio practice inspired by visual artists rather than as groupthink or workshop-driven? We'll look at recent keynotes by Polly Carl and Todd London on individuality and the collective spirit of theater and find alternative plurals, antagonists, changelings and Guernicas from Picasso, Spain, India and Slovenia as well as with American performance artists.

 

Starting at the Start – Lee Wochner

 

How many ways are there to tell a story? Eleventy billion — if you could just get started. In this fun and interactive workshop, participants will get a quick review of some playwriting basics, then share and trade story ideas that launch them into instantly writing two new scenes.

 

The Energized Space - Mary Beth Easley & Mark Bruckner

 

Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the Frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is Physics. - Albert Einstein Theater is a living art form: it takes place in time (impacted by sound), moving (kinetically) through space (the visual field). This living art form generates energy, and that energy impacts both the generator and the receiver. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the principles of individual and collective energy flow and investigate how these principles can be applied toward the creation of dramatic art. This is an immersive workshop where participants will also explore how music, soundscapes, and live Foley activate kinetic impulse and feed storytelling.

 

Intuitive Research – Sibyl Kempson What is your relationship to your research? Does it feel like work? Drudgery even? Do you get stuck? Do you get bored? Is it, for you, a necessary evil? You might be using the wrong side of your brain. Consider these pithy quotes from some of the greatest and most famous ‘geniuses’ of our age: “Genius lies in the obscurity of one’s sources. “ – Albert Einstein. “I never search, I only find. “ – Pablo Picasso. This workshop will be held in the library, so that we can do some actual research. Please bring a piece of writing, or the seeds of a piece of writing, that you are currently working on that requires research of some kind. We will work as one large group, and also in pairs, to better our relationship to our research, and to open the doors of our own individual “passionate curiosity.”

 

Get the Process Going –Erik Ehn Ehn presents a series of imaginative, signature exercisesfor getting a process going.

 

Master Class in Two Parts (part one) with Mac Wellman

 

Mac will take 7 attendees on a two part theatrical journey. Attendees must sign up for both sections.  

 

 

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Mule Barn 102

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Design Wing

Mule Barn 101

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

SCC 201 B

12:30–1:15 p.m.

Luncheon Panel Series


Design and the All-Important Collaboration (of our threatened species):  The dreams and anguish of a new generation.

Panelists:  Justin Townsend and the Design Wing

SCC 201 B

1:30-5 p.m.

MainStage Reading
Mai Dang Lao by David Jacobi
Directed by Josh Hecht


Sophie just gave her eight week notice to McDonald’s to study to be a veterinarian. Managers Roy and Kara both take turns enticing Sophie to stay, maligning her for leaving and confusing her disinterest in being treated like inventory with insubordination. This story is loosely based on true events that led to Ogborn v. McDonald’s Corp. in 2009.

 

Panelists: Constance Congdon, Erik Ehn, Ruth Margraff, Kate Snodgrass

Dramaturg: Anne Hamilton

SCC 201 A

Nancy – Olivia Sather
Officer Bill – Bostin Christopher
Mike – Jeremy Johnson
Roy – Bill Grennan
Kara – Eliza Bent
Sophie – Bailey Newman
Stage Directions – Erin Mallon

7:30 p.m.

PlayFest 2013
Neighborhood Tapestries: South Omaha
Directed by Scott Working

 

A celebration of local music, art, stories, food and community.

Outdoors at South High’s Collins Stadium

22nd and M St.


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THURSDAY, MAY 30


9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  

Concurrent PlayLab Readings

 

 

Madame Ho by Eugenie Chan
Directed by Elena Araoz
Madame Ho tells the story of a formidable woman in the Barbary Coast, a real-life 19th-century brothel madam, Chinese immigrant, wife and mother — and the daughter she tries to raise right.

 

Panelists: Sibyl Kempson, Bostin Christopher

Dramaturg: Anne Hamilton

SCC 201 A

Daisy – Regina Palmer
Mui – Elisa Wu
Rose – Xin Shao
Ho –  Jessica Rogers
Crow – Wai Yim
Numbah Three- Jessie Hager
Church Lady – Erin Mallon
Bo/Auctioneer/Laborer/Man -

 

Tribunal by Mark Kessler
Directed by Steve Hartman


While trying to survive the winter after the German defeat, fanatic Nazi Hannelore Schneider is forced to confront the consequences of her unquestioned ideology.

 

Panelists: Ron Zank, David Neumann

Dramaturg:  Walter Chon

SCC 201 D

Ensemble:   

LeAnn Anderson
Rob Baker
David Sindelar
Ashley Spessard
Andrew Suydan
Amanda Waldron
Stage Directions: Steve Hartman

 

Westhusing in the House of Atreus by John Meyer

Directed by Bill Grennan

 

On June 5, 2005, Westpoint ethics professor Colenel Ted Westhusing died in Baghdad. The bullet tore through his mind at 1,250 feet per second.


Stage Directions: Bill Grennan

Panelists: Matt Gutschick, Kim Gambino

Dramaturg: Heather Helinsky 

SCC 201 F

Ensemble

Ablan Roblin
Teri Fender
David Ebke
Jim McKain
Stage Directions: Bill Grennan

9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.  

Design Wing

Mule Barn 101

12:30 p.m.

Lunch

SCC 201 B

12:30–1:45 p.m.

Luncheon Panel Series


T and C:  The function and malfunction of theatre in a capitalist/consumer society.

Panelists:  Ruth Margraff, Mac Wellman, Kate Snodgrass, Erik Ehn


SCC 201 B

3:15–5:30 p.m.

MainStage Reading

 

Young Negress Stepping out of the River at Dawn by Dean Poynor
Directed by D. Scott Glasser

Young Negress Stepping Out of the River at Dawn uses the structure and theatricality of traditional Rwandan wedding ceremonies to tell a contemporary love story.

 

Panelists:  Constance Congdon, Erik Ehn, Ruth Margraff, Kate Snodgrass
Dramaturg: Walter Chon

Composer: Mark Bruckner

SCC 201 A

Alyze – Denise Chapman
Martin – Raydell Cordell III
Edmond- Aaron Ellis
Ronnie – Echelle Childress

7:30 p.m.

PlayFest 2013
Take me to the River by Constance Congdon
Directed by Cindy Melby Phaneuf


Creighton University's Lied Center for Arts at 24th and Cass Street. 


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FRIDAY, MAY 31


10:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

 

 

Theatre Workshop – Session Four

 

The Art of Self ProductionEliza Bent    
Don't know where to start when it comes to producing your own work? Let's get to work. In this workshop with Bent discover how producing can be as artful and satisfying as writing plays. The craft of the polite-yet-persistent follow up will be explored along with how to write a stellar press release and how to engage in brain tempests, a brain storm that is so big that it inspires you to reach a bigger goal than you could have imagined.

 

Writing for the Singular Voice – Ruth Margraff
What does it mean to be singular in one of the most collaborative art forms?  We'll explore the space of singularity, point of view, soliloquy, monologue and solo and explore what it means to write with more daring – “that opium [as] start of the primary chronic force” (Artaud). Can you think of your playwriting as more of a studio practice inspired by visual artists rather than as groupthink or workshop-driven? We'll look at recent keynotes by Polly Carl and Todd London on individuality and the collective spirit of theater and find alternative plurals, antagonists, changelings and Guernicas from Picasso, Spain, India and Slovenia as well as with American performance artists.

 

What Does it Mean to Hear Your Own Play? – Elena Araoz and Justin Townsend
Looking specifically at the rehearsal and production process, and the sweet spot when the playwright has the opportunity to best hear his or her play, for what is the playwright really listening? From whom does the playwright receive overt feedback, and where is the more hidden, subtle feedback? What does the work of actors, directors, and designers teach playwrights about their scripts? How are a production's designers part of the dramaturgical team? How does the staging influence rewrites? And what is the weight of the playwright's voice in the room, and how can the playwright speak most effectively throughout the production process?

Through a series of exercises led by a director and designer, each playwright will explore techniques to hear and see his or her play more clearly, and examine possibilities to make the most of a new script's rehearsal and production process. 

 

Get a Process Going - Erik Ehn
Ehn presents a series of imaginative, signature exercises for getting a process going.  

 

Movement Master Class with David Neumann
An innovative and energetic performer and teacher, David wants you to "Bring a willingness to move, to move beyond the expected. Let's splash ourselves with refreshing ideas, recharging our creative selves, leaving us bright-eyed and curious."

 

Master Class in Two Parts (part two) with Mac Wellman

Mac will take 7 attendees on a two part theatrical journey.  Attendees must sign up for both sections.  

 

 

SCC 201D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mule Barn 102

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mule Barn 105

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mule Barn 106

 

 

 

SCC 201A

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mule Barn 112

9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Design Wing

Mule Barn 101

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

SCC 201 B

12:30–1:15 p.m.

Luncheon Panel Series

All Conference Open Mic: Sharing of Community Resources and making idealistic statements.

SCC 201 B

1:30–5:00 p.m.

MainStage Reading


Empires of  Eternal Void by Kenley Smith
Directed by Doug Paterson
Locked in a transparent cell with a seemingly delusional young soldier, a military chaplain attempts to learn the truth about a violent, shocking crime. But as the session unfolds, punctuated by threats and even torture, the chaplain must battle his own conscience and past trauma as he tries to reach the tormented prisoner in the box.

 

Panelists:  Constance Congdon, Erik Ehn, Ruth Margraff, Kate Snodgrass

Dramaturg: Heather Helinsky

SCC 201 A

Chaplain – Kevin Ehrhart
Lieutenant – Kristin Tripe
Control – Julia Hinson
Prisoner -  Mike Meecek
Sergeant –

7:30 p.m.

Fringe Festival

Coordinated by Andrea Hart


SCC


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SATURDAY, JUNE 1


7:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m.

Conference Registration and Information Center

SCC 1st Floor Lobby

9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

 

 

MainStage Reading


The Briar Patch by Jonathan Payne

Directed by Mary Beth Easley

 

“I wear a mask. We put that game face on in the morning — our armor — walking around, passing for normal…dying inside. I think the three hardest words in the English language to respond to are ‘How are you?’ We just lie.” –Terrie M. Williams, Advocate for Mental Health in the Black Community.

 

Panelists: Constance Congdon, Erik Ehn, Ruth Margraff, Kate Snodgrass
Dramaturg:  Walter Chon

Composer: Mark Bruckner

SCC 201 A

Glenworth – Carl Brooks
Bishop – D. Kevin Williams
Makeda – Beaufield Berry
Damali – Rushea Smith
Alice – Francesca Hogan
Stage Directions – Daniel Carroll
Joe

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

Mule Barn Atrium

12:30–2:00 p.m.

Luncheon Panel Series
GPTC Design Wing Presentations

Mule Barn Atrium

2:00–3:30 p.m.

The 2013 PlaySlam
The PlaySlam is a GPTC tradition of sharing short plays written throughout the week of the conference.

Mule Barn Atrium

6:30–9:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

7:30 pm

Closing Celebration
Festive evening honoring Constance Congdon
with presentation of the 2013 Great Plains Playwright Awards

 

Program

Fort Omaha Campus,
Swanson Conference Center


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