North Omaha rupture at center of PlayFest drama

In her original one-act More Than Neighbors, playwright Denise Chapman examines a four-decades old rupture to Omaha’s African-American community still felt today. North Freeway construction gouged Omaha’s Near North Side in the 1970s-1980s. Residents got displaced,  homes and businesses razed, tight-knit neighborhoods separated. The concrete swath further depopulated and drained […]

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Centering the Margins

Denise Chapman has built one of the most versatile and impressive creative resumes in regional theater. A run-down of the organizations she’s worked closely with reads like a dossier of successful examples of intrepid leadership, community engagement and art-led education. From her beginnings at Creighton Undergrad, to ensemble and later co-artistic director […]

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BACKSTAGE

Unseen artists enriched our lives last year in the first four months of this theatre season, especially directors, scenic and costume designers. A collaboration among many made Patrick Barlow’s The 39 Steps  at Bluebarn a delightfully wild and crazy circus, ring-mastered by inventive Susan Clement-Toberer. The wigs and costumes from Kendra Newby became […]

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Theater Works

We all are familiar with the ‘starving artist’ stereotype. A passionate and talented abstract thinker who charms people with their natural charisma and penchant for soulful thoughts over material wealth. Someone perpetually destitute, surviving on the generosity of others while living for their art.This stereotype, like most, is a severe exaggeration at best, […]

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WHITE RABBIT, RED RABBIT

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit has been called a play. But it’s a lively, global sensation that no one is allowed to talk about. Its award-winning playwright, Nassim Soleimanpour, is Iranian. His words have escaped censorship and are awaiting your audience. Slyly humorous and audaciously pointed, this ‘theater-entertainment-meets-social-experiment’ is unlike anything, and will make you question […]

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