March 21

March 21, 2017





Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager



Great Plains Theatre Conference announces 2017 playwrights


OMAHA, Neb. — The Great Plains Theatre Conference, hosted by Metropolitan Community College, is proud to announce its 2017 MainStage and PlayLab playwright selections for the 12th annual conference. Representing emerging playwrights nationwide, the 26 selected will participate in the conference May 27-June 3 at MCC’s Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort streets. 


Each year, the GPTC welcomes hundreds of local participants while also attracting theatre artists from across the country. More than 800 scripts were submitted for consideration for the 2017 GPTC with plays selected through a blind reading process. During the conference, the MainStage and PlayLab scripts are rehearsed by directors and actors and performed in staged readings. At the end of each reading, playwrights receive feedback from national playwrights, theatre scholars, directors and the public in a guided-response setting.


All MainStage and PlayLab readings are free and open to the public. 


2017 MainStage playwrights

Carrie Barrett (Los Angeles)                          “Colonel’s Chicken: A Fairy Tale”

Skye Robinson-Hillis (Chicago)                      “And Vaster”

Tori Sampson (New Haven, CT)                    “Cadillac Crew”

Emma Stanton (New York City)                     “No Candy”

Don Zolidis (Cedar Park, TX)                         “A Dark Sky Full of Stars”


2017 PlayLab playwrights

Beaufield Berry-Fisher (Omaha, NE)             “In the Upper Room”

Matthew Capodicasa (Astoria, NY)                “The City in the City in the City”

Will Coleman (Chicago)                                  “Helvetica”

Bernardo Cubria (Santa Monica, CA)            “Neighbors”

Lawrence Dial (Brooklyn, NY)                        “In the Room”

Abbey Fenbert (Los Angeles)                         “Intentions”

Joel Fishbane (Toronto, Canada)                   “A Place in the Country”

Jeremy Gable (Philadelphia)                          “Go Ahead”

Joanna Garner (Austin, TX)                           “Knotted”

Dave Harris (Pittsburgh)                                 “White History”

Stacey Isom (Cleveland)                                “Dough & Cookies”

Jacob Juntunen (Carbondale, IL)                   “Hath Taken Away”

Laura Leininger-Campbell (Omaha, NE)       “Terminal”

Erin Mallon (Maplewood, NJ)                         “The Net Will Appear”

Leo McGann (Boston)                                    “The Honey Trap”

Jessica Moss (New York City)                       “Cam Baby”

Ailís Ní Ríain (Todmorden, Lancashire UK)   “The Tallest Man in the World”

Lesley Scammell (Montclair, NJ)                    “A Perfect Existence”

Jennie Webb (Los Angeles)                           “Jilt”

Elyzabeth Gregory (Sewanee, TN)                “The Bone Orchard”

Kyle T. Wilson (Los Angeles)                          “Yucca Corridor”


For more information about the GPTC, visit or call 531-MCC-2618.


About the GPTC:

GPTC’s mission is to enable playwrights and theatre artists to share time, energy and talent in the service of developing craft, creating new work and strengthening community on a local and national scale. Through the conference, playwrights connect with guest artists and one another in a supporting and encouraging environment and critique one another’s work, develop work together and form future creative alliances. All daytime conference readings are free and open to the public. PlayFest, GPTC’s evening theatre festival for the community is also free and open to the public and is held in various locations throughout Omaha during the conference week.


The conference is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment and Humanities Nebraska. 




Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, 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 unique credit and noncredit students.