Goodbye $7 Sundays...Hello Whatta Deal Wednesdays!

The beginning of the 2011-12 season marks the end of Sunday evening regular season performances on the Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage. Though we're sad to see this performance go, our volunteer actors will enjoy performing only one Sunday show and having the rest of the day for themselves. The end of Sunday evening performances means the end of $7 Sundays. For years, our patrons have enjoyed $7 tickets on the first Sunday evening of a Mainstage series show. But fear not! We have a couple new (and existing) deals up our theatrical sleeves.

On the first Wednesday performance for Mainstage Series shows only, patrons can purchase tickets for only $10 for that performance. Whatta Deal Wednesday tickets must be purchased with cash only at the Box Office after 4 p.m. the day of the show. This offer is not valid for A Christmas Carol or other special engagements.

After noon on the day of a production for regular season shows, patrons can buy tickets for half price! Tickets must be purchased with cash or check only in person at the Box Office.

Grade school, middle school, high school and full-time undergraduate students can see an opening weekend performance of any regular season production for only $7! The Omaha Community Playhouse wants everyone to enjoy the thrill of live theatre! But we know budgets can get tight. That’s why we offer various deals throughout the season.

OCP offers a wide variety of subscriptions throughout the year. Patrons can choose which shows they want to see or see them all and save nearly 50%!

With all these great deals available, the best way to guarantee a great seat for the show you can’t wait to see is by purchasing a ticket ahead of time or a subscription!

21 & Over Presents End Days

Omaha Community Playhouse's 21 & Over program is pleased to present End Days!

Monday, Sept. 12, 2011
7:30 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse
Howard Drew Theatre
Free and open to the public, with an opportunity for donations. No tickets or reservations are necessary.

End Days by Deborah Zoe Laufer

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father, a World Trade Center survivor, hasn’t changed out of his pajamas since that fateful day. Her mother has begun a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a teenage Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her hard. And the Apocalypse is coming Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all. Commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9/11, End Days is an enormously funny, warm and uplifting play.

End Days is performed in collaboration with the University of Nebraska at Omaha in commemoration of 9/11.

The remainder of the 21 & Over schedule for the 2010-11 season is as follows:

October 24, 2011: Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom by Jennifer Haley
November 7, 2011: Manouche Moustache (special guest artists)
January 9, 2012: Live Broadway Karaoke! (special event)
February 20, 2012: The Encyclopedia Show (special guest artists)
March 12, 2012: Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker
May 7, 2012: The Candy Project (special guest artists)
June 18, 2012: Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl

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 or (402) 553-4890, ext. 164

Theatre Career Expo


Do you have a passion for theatre? Do you consider yourself creative? Are you a behind-the-scenes kind of person?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, explore all of the career opportunities theatre has to offer at the Omaha Community Playhouse’s Theatre Career Expo!

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Omaha Community Playhouse, Owen Lobby
Attend at any time throughout the day, stay for however long you like!

All Day Events

• Venue Tables: Meet representatives from regional colleges, theatres and businesses in the theatre and entertainment industry.
• OCP Tours: Tour the Omaha Community Playhouse (Teachers are welcome to schedule private tours).
• Résumé Critiques: Have your students bring their résumés to be critiqued by industry professionals.


• Tuning In: Louder is Not Always Better: Sound basics and what makes the event you are attending audible for everyone.
• Puppetry-Bunraku to Avenue Q: The beginnings of puppetry in theatre and a demonstration in front of you!
• Dialects: Basics on how to speak other dialects with an interactive exercise in Standard British.
• Moving Light Magic: Take a look at moving lights, programming boards and the gadgets that make our stages glow with beauty (presented by Theatrical Media Services).
• Scenic Painting: Magic In Front of Your: How do you get into commercial work? How is it different than stage work? Learn how this world is so different, and yet the same in our industry.

For more information, call (402) 553-4890, ext. 135.

A Birthday Gift to Remember!

What’s the best Birthday Gift you’ve ever gotten?

Some might say it’s a new car or a vacation. Others might say it was new earrings or a good book. For some, it was a card, a phone call or a home-cooked meal by someone who, lets face it, really doesn’t know how to cook. Some years it is a complete surprise, others it is sweet, but mildly generic. And then, there are those years you get a play from your husband written just for you.

Wait a minute. What was that?

Yep, you read correctly. A play. From your husband. Written just. For. You. Or at least, that was the case for theatre-loving Seattle native Benita Staadecker, whose husband Charles commissioned a play for his wife for a memorable and long-lasting 60th birthday present.

Benita and Charlie Staadecker

It was all a part of a new program launched by ACT Theatre in Seattle, where anybody could commission a play to be written as a gift. Enter, Steven Deitz, one of America’s most widely-produced and published contemporary playwrights. It took Dietz two years to write the script, but on Benita’s birthday, he sent her the first scene.

Becky’s New Car is a whirlwind ensemble comedy, which follows a middle-aged woman, who is working at a car dealership when a man walks into the shop and turns her life topsy-turvy. When the man, who just happens to be a gazillionaire, assumes incorrectly that Becky is a widow, Becky doesn’t exactly steer him in the right direction. Soon, Becky finds herself muddled up in a double-life whose families become hilariously and impossibly twisted together!

L-R: Mark Thornburg as Joe Foster, Kim Jubenville as Becky Foster, Mike Markey as Walter Flood

Now don’t start thinking this is a true story of the Staadeckers! The couple put no restrictions on the playwright, apart from keeping the play more light than dark. Dietz spun the idea from all of those “little stories” that turn up in newspapers about everyday people having secret double lives.

Enjoy Benita’s birthday present as it appears in the Howard Drew Theatre at the Omaha Community Playhouse!

Becky’s New Car runs August 19–September 18, 2011; Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, call (402) 553-0800, or visit the Box Office located in the southeast corner of the Omaha Community Playhouse at 6915 Cass St.

Article by Deborah Trecek

Playhouse Partners (Show Sponsors) Make a Difference!

Did you know that our productions and programs are not entirely paid for by ticket sales? Generous donors help make up the difference so that the Omaha Community Playhouse’s high-quality entertainment and educational opportunities can remain affordable for the community.

OCP would like to thank and recognize the following sponsors of our upcoming fall productions. Please thank these generous donors if you see them, or patronize their businesses. Their support is pivotal to the success of the Omaha Community Playhouse!

Becky’s New Car
Sponsored by: Enterprise Bank and “Friend of the Playhouse”
Media Sponsor: The Reader

Sponsored by: Peter Kiewitt Sons', Inc. and HDR
Orchestra Sponsor: KPMG LLP
Costume Sponsor: Great Western Bank
Media Sponsor: KETV

Flyin’ West
Sponsored by: Bank of the West and University of Nebraska Medical Center
Media Sponsor: Yellowbook
Costume Sponsor: Lozier Foundation

A Christmas Carol
Sponsored by: First National Bank
Orchestra Sponsor: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
Snow and Special Effects Sponsor: Valmont Industries, Inc.
Bakery Shoppe and Baker & Wife Costume Sponsor: Rotella’s Bakery
HIACC: Southwest Omaha Sertoma Club
Media Sponsor: COX

Yesterday and Today
Sponsored by: YPO / WPO Nebraska
Media Sponsor: KGOR

If you would like more information on how you or your business can become a show sponsor, contact Alena Furlong, Development Director, at (402) 553-4890, ext. 127 or

21 & Over announces 2011-2012 Season!

21 & over is a one-of-a-kind experience that features script readings and simple, suggested technical elements and moments of physical blocking. These readings showcase the best talent Omaha has to offer, including four special guest artists performing during the 2011-2012 season.

These contemporary works are free and open to the public with an opportunity for donations.

This season's line-up includes:
August 29, 2011: Red Theatre Omaha special guest artists
September 12, 2011: End Days by Deborah Zoe Laufer
October 24, 2011: Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom by Jennifer Haley
November 7, 2011: Manouche Moustache special guest artists
January 9, 2012: Live Broadway Karaoke! special event
February 20, 2012: The Encyclopedia Show special guest artists
March 12, 2012: Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker
May 7, 2012: The Candy Project special guest artists
June 18, 2012: Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl

Most of the 21 & Over productions will be held in the Howard Drew Theatre at OCP at 7:30 p.m. 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 or (402) 553-4890, ext. 164

The 2011-2012 season of 21 & Over is sponsored by

August Metro Arts Pass Deal

Enjoy the arts with a Metro Arts Pass! If you are a season subscriber to the Omaha Community Playhouse, in the month of August, you can receive $5 off a membership and 10% off any item in the gift shop at Fontenelle Forest.

The Metro Arts Pass is sponsored by The Reader and features various nonprofit arts organizations around Omaha. In order to be a Metro Arts Pass member, you only must be a member or subscriber to one of the participating organizations. Every month, OCP members can enjoy a discount at a different featured Omaha arts organization.

Other participating organizations include:
Omaha Children's Museum
Omaha Performing Arts
Bemis Center
Durham Museum
Opera Omaha
El Museo Latino
The Rose
Film Streams
Nebraska Shakespeare
Joslyn Art Museum
Fontenelle Nature Association

For more information about the Metro Arts Pass, contact the Director of Sales at or (402) 553-4890, ext. 147.