Your Great Plains Theatre Conference
Even though we are in the middle of a particularly cold winter, the Great Plains Theatre Conference staff and Events Services are dreaming of late May when Memorial Day weekend kicks off the ninth Great Plains Theatre Conference at the Fort Omaha Campus.
We are sorting through the 613 plays submitted from all over the country to determine which 25–30 playwrights will get the opportunity to hear their work read and critiqued by national theatre artists and educators. One of the featured artists this year is the talented playwright and television writer Kia Corthorn. She has been produced around the world and has won numerous awards, including a Writers Guild Outstanding Drama Series award and Edgar Allan Poe award for her work on HBO's “The Wire”.
This year's evening performances, the PlayFest Series, again explore the boundaries of theatrical production. Tuesday night will feature a brand new movement piece at KANEKO downtown directed by David Neumann. On Wednesday night, MCC theatre faculty Denise Chapman will direct a historically based devised piece outdoors at the Malcolm X Center. PlayFest wraps up on Friday with a performance at the Historic Florence Mill of a new play by New York-based troupe and GPTC sweethearts St. Fortune Productions.
As usual, admittance for all readings and productions during conference week is absolutely free. It is a few months away, but take down that calendar and jot the dates down — May 24–31. Also, we could always use volunteers in a number of capacities. Join us in welcoming these burgeoning theatre artists from all over the country.