Omaha playwright Ellen Struve (The Dairy Maid-Right) has fashioned a charming story around National Geographic wildlife-nature photographer and Nebraska resident Joel Sartore’s “Photo Ark” project. His years-in-progress archival mission documents in images the world’s endangered species before they disappear.

In Struve’s fanciful piece, a young girl named Vita, inspired by Sartore’s photographs, sets off on a magical quest to ask him which species he finds most interesting on Earth. Along the way she’s befriended by bears, frogs, sea turtles and other creatures and discovers a much bigger truth about the role humans play as stewards of the planet.

This Where the Wild Things Are for a new generation is a one-hour-on-stage adventure in which eco-system and conservation lessons meet imagination and passion. The original play is making its world premiere.  NOTE: At the time of publication, performances are live onstage at The Rose, following audience Covid safety protocols. Tickets must be purchased online or via phone prior to showtime. Call 402-345-4849 or visit

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