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The Masters Performance Series
of The Great Plains Theater Conference

May 26-May 29, 2009

The Masters Performance Series

Tuesday, May 26th @ 8 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse - Howard Drew Theatre.


A staged reading of Take Me to the River from award winning playwright Constance Congdon.
Talkback with Constance Congdon.
After theatre reception following

TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
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.

Constance Congdon wrote her first play, GILGAMESH, in 1976 and after it was produced, couldn't stop, and put aside her work as a poet. Since that time she has had plays produced in Moscow, Helsinki, Brixton, Manchester, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shelykovah, Russia, as well as all over the United States. Her plays CASANOVA and DOG OPERA were produced at the Public Theater in New York. TALES OF THE LOST FORMICANS is her most well-known play and has had over eighty productions world-wide, including in New York by the Women's Project. THE AUTOMATA PIETA, commissioned and produced by San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater's Young Conservatory, will be re-mounted at the Magic Theater in January 2000. She has written three librettos for operas and eight plays for children. The Profile Theater in Portland, Oregon has devoted an entire season to her work. She is an alumna of New Dramatists, a member of PEN and the Dramatists Guild, and currently teaches playwriting at Amherst College.


Wednesday, May 27th @ 8 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse - Howard Drew Theatre

Staged reading of Bellagio by award winning playwright Mac Wellman.
Talkback with Mac Wellman
After theatre reception following

BELLAGIO
The last encounter of the inventors of Futurism and Fascism in the last days of World War Two, in which they discuss what went wrong with both these movements, and what the future may bring, as played by three Futuristas from the beginnings of Futurism who are able to see, see clearly, where the whole things is going ...

Known for his verbal invention and radical experimentation, Mac Wellman is one of America’s most original and essential dramatists. As a fixture on the downtown New York theater scene, and now with his work being staged around the world, he has challenged directors, designers, producers, actors, audiences, and readers for nearly three decades.


Thursday, May 28th @ 8 p.m.
Creighton University - Lied Education Center for the Arts

An evening of one acts from the works of our Honored Playwright, Theresa Rebeck.
Introduction and after performance talkback with Honored Playwright Theresa Rebeck.
After theatre reception following

In the theater community, Theresa is known as a generous artist who has contributed blistering short work.. Theresa has said that short plays should be just as fulfilling, challenging, and complex as longer pieces. Her one acts clearly demonstrates her belief. Such is the indelible impression Theresa always makes. Her vision is both unique and universal, her writing is ferocious, and her work — as I can now personally attest — is “savagely funny.”

Theresa Rebeck is a widely produced playwright throughout the United States and abroad. Past New York productions of her work include MAURITIUS at the Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theater Club Production; THE SCENE, THE WATER’S EDGE, LOOSE KNIT, THE FAMILY OF MANN and SPIKE HEELS at Second Stage; BAD DATES and THE BUTTERFLY COLLECTION at Playwrights Horizons; and VIEW OF THE DOME at New York Theatre Workshop. OMNIUM GATHERUM (co-written, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003) was featured at the Humana Festival, and had a commercial run at the Variety Arts Theatre. Her newest work, THE UNDERSTUDY, will premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer and will star frequent collaborator Julie White.


Friday, May 29th @ 8 p.m.
Creighton University - Lied Education Center for the Arts

A production of Theresa Rebeck’s Loose Knit.
Introduction and after performance talkback with Honored Playwright Theresa Rebeck.
After theatre reception following

LOOSE KNIT
Once a week in the heart of New York City five women gather to knit. As the sweaters pile up, their lives fall apart. Liz is having an affair with her sister's husband, Gina's lost her job, Paula is having an identity crisis, and Margie just wants a date. Into their lives steps Miles, a cool businessman who made his first million before he was thirty and now is looking for a wife. On a series of hilarious blind dates in a sushi restaurant, Miles and the women go head to head in an attempt to define what it is men and women want these days.

“ . . . enough crackle to qualify as one of the smarter comedies of manners to be seen in New York recently. Its humor only partly camouflages a bleak picture of New York life in which relationships are as hard to develop as they are quick to unravel.”
Stephen Holden, The New York Times

 

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