May 9

May 9, 2016
Nannette Rodriguez
Associate vice president, Office of Marketing, Brand and Communication
Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager

11th Annual Great Plains Theatre Conference kicks off May 28
with free readings, evening PlayFest productions

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College is pleased to announce the 11th annual Great Plains Theatre Conference, May 28-June 4. Free and open to the public, daily activities include PlayLab and MainStage readings, workshops and evening PlayFest performances.
PlayLab and MainStage readings
Twenty-six plays were selected from more than 600 submissions from around the world and will be performed in staged readings by local and national directors and actors. Playwrights receive feedback about their work from theatre scholars, directors, master playwrights and the public in a guided-response setting. All readings are held at MCC’s Fort Omaha Campus, 32nd and Sorensen Parkway.
Luncheon panels
Throughout the conference, featured artists and theatre scholars share their expertise with an audience of actors, directors, technicians and the general public during luncheon panels. Lunch for the general public may be purchased onsite.
Design Wing
During the conference, award winning New York-based designer Justin Townsend leads five emerging design artists from across the country in an exploration of the creative process. Guided by Townsend, each designer is assigned to work with a MainStage playwright. The designers spend seven days in Omaha immersed in GPTC events, workshops and readings, as well as intense script analysis and close collaboration with their assigned playwright.
Theatre WorkShops
One of the most popular and compelling aspects of the conference is the opportunity to attend the Theatre WorkShop series offered by visiting artists. Attendees can choose from a variety of special interest offerings, including movement, writing and acting. All Theatre WorkShops are free and open to the public. Email to register for a workshop.  


GPTC’s evening theatre festival, PlayFest, travels each night to a unique location and features performances by both local and national artists.
Northside Carnation (May 29) – written by local playwright, Denise Chapman, the play uses the life and the work of Mildred D. Brown as a lens to explore the cultural history of Omaha’s near north side. The event will be accompanied by an art gallery tour in partnership with the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. (Location: 2420 Lake St., north Omaha Elks building)
Leftovers (May 31) – Set in inner city Philadephia, a play about two brothers struggling to discover the reality of their dreams. (Location: outdoors, a vacant house, 2402 N. 25th St.)
I Understand Everything Better (June 1) – The NYC Bessie Award winning theatre movement performance by nationally renowned director/performer David Neumann.
(Location: Creighton University Lied Education Center for the Arts, 2500 California Plaza)
The Retreating World - An Evening Honoring the Work of Naomi Wallace (June 3) – performance of the middle section of Naomi Wallace’s brilliant play The Fever Chart, and a conversation with national visiting artists about her work. (Location: Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St.)
PlayFest productions are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and may be limited so plan to arrive early.
For more information on GPTC events, plays, playwrights and participants, visit the conference website at


 The presentation of Northside Carnation is supported in part by an award from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, Nebraska Arts Council and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.
The presentation of I Understand Everything Better was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
PlayFest is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how NEA grants impact individuals and communities, visit
The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported this program through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Visit for information on how the Nebraska Arts Council can assist your organization or how you can support the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable and quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 students annually.