21 & Over

21st Century Plays for a 21st Century Audience

The Omaha Community Playhouse is excited to announce 21 & Over: 21st Century Plays for a 21st Century Audience. 21 & Over includes a line up of staged readings of contemporary works for a mature audience. The readings will include simple, suggested technical elements and moments of physical blocking. In addition to the staged readings, OCP will also host select guest artists and hold special events. The performances and events are free and open to the public with an opportunity for donations. No tickets or reservations are necessary.

Most productions will be held in the Howard Drew Theatre at OCP at 7:30 p.m. The 21 & Over schedule for the 2010-11 season is as follows:

Oct. 25, 2010: Boom by Peter Nachtrieb
Nov. 8, 2010: The New Timey Radio Hour (guest artist)
Dec. 6, 2010: Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck
Jan. 5, 2011: Live Karaoke Broadway Night (special event)
Feb. 28, 2011: The Encyclopedia Show (guest artist)
April 2011: TBA
May 2, 2011: The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler by Jeff Whitty
June 20, 2011: August: Osage County by Tracy Letts

Boom is the first production to kick off the season on Oct. 25.

Boom by Peter Nachtrieb
A graduate student’s online personal ad lures a mysterious journalism student to his subterranean research lab. But when a global, catastrophic event strikes the planet, their date takes on evolutionary significance in this epic and intimate comedy. Will they survive? What about the fish in the tank? Something is about to explode.

21 & Over was conceptualized by OCP’s new Resident Director Amy Lane to introduce a new type of production and, in turn, a new audience to the Omaha Community Playhouse. “This program is designed to target both a younger and more diverse audience base,” said Lane. “It also provides practical training for interns, and it challenges the Playhouse artistically in expanding a theatrical vocabulary to include edgier and more contemporary works.”

The 21 & Over productions are intended for a mature audience and discretion is advised. For more information on 21 & Over and other OCP alternative programs, contact Amy Lane, Resident Director, at alane@omahaplayhouse.com or (402) 553-4890, ext. 164.

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