If one of your resolutions for the new year was to read more, give the Drama Book Club at the Omaha Playhouse a try. If you are a theatre lover, there is no reason for you to not read all the scripts available to you. An actor can find his/her next great audition piece, directors can find their next unexpected hit, and theatre-goers can get a chance to experience shows that otherwise wouldn’t or couldn’t be performed in Omaha. Most plays are quick reads (1-2 hours max) so they are perfect for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of free time. Plus the stories you find in plays are like nothing else you’ll find in any other medium.
Where else can I read a story about Saddam Hussein’s tiger waxing philosophic about the larger questions of existence while a couple of Marines search for the Golden Gun of a now deceased Uday Hussein whose ghost watches from the wings holding the head of his dead brother? (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph) Or a story about a delusional mother and daughter that balance their troubled, panic-attack-filled existence by having conversations with Justin Timberlake and Harrison Ford all while their own apartment plans to kill them? (Crumble [Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake] by Sheila Callaghan – coming to the Playhouse’s 21 & Over this season)
This year, the Drama Book Club put its focus on Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists. The first gathering is on January 29th to discuss Quiara Alegria Hudes’ play Water by the Spoonful, the tale of an Iraq War veteran struggling with his civilian life while a group of recovering drug addicts try to form their own support system in an online chat room. Others in the coming year include the SNAP!-bound Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz and Detroit by Lisa D’Amour.
If you prefer your theatre to be fully realized on stage, you’ll get your chance next week with the opening of Deathtrap at the Playhouse and Shelterbelt’s 12th annual From Shelterbelt with Love. With Matthew Pyle making his Playhouse directing debut and a cast that includes names like Mike Markey, Connie Lee, and Judy Radcliff, the story about writing the next big play could be the year’s first big hit.
Those looking for something to audition for can do so Monday the 14th at House of Loom for The Witching Hour’s new project, Lucy: In the Company of Animals at 7pm.
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