The Shelterbelt Theatre has announced a special one night performance and workshop with award-winning playwright Monica Bauer on Sunday, September 28th at 2pm. Bauer will be performing her one-woman show entitled The Year I was Gifted. The show is the true story of a 16 year old South Omaha girl, desperate to become some sort of performer, who is in way over her head at a famous boarding school for the arts in Michigan. Set in 1969, it’s a story about her making her first gay friend, and then finding the need to “say something important about life.” Bauer said its a coming of age story that starts and ends in Omaha, at the intersection of art and politics.

            After the performance, Bauer will be conducting a workshop on writing a solo show. A writing fellow at Quinnipiac University, Bauer will use the workshop to examine the use of dialogue, monologue, narration, and soliloquy in building multi-dimensional characters, for shows full of dramatic conflict. Bauer said solo shows are becoming more and more popular in theatre today because of their relative ease of production. Shows are cheap to produce and provide actors and writers with new challenges in the theatrical landscape.

            Monica Bauer’s performance of the one-woman show The Year I was Gifted and post-show workshop will be held Sunday September 28th at the Shelterbelt Theatre on 33rd and California Street. For more information on the show and workshop, visit

            Also just announced is the new season for UNO Theatre Program. The season will kick off on October 1st with the production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic Hedda Gabler. The show will be directed by Dr. Doug Patterson. Next will be the new UNO Theatre Festival beginning November 12th. The show will have alumni and seasoned professionals work side by side with students to create engaging theatrical productions. The multi-night event will feature spoken word and movement pieces as well as fully fledged productions.

            Starting in February of next year, Dr. Cindy Phaneuf will direct the new play Freakshow by Carson Kreitzer. The show was recently performed at the Omaha Playhouse for a 21 & Over event and follows the stories of several different members of a traveling circus show. The UNO Season will conclude on April 15th with the production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It directed by D Scott Glasser. The fantasy show about personal power and social responsibility will be set in pre-war Russia.

            Cold Cream looks at theater in the metro area. Email information to

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