Dine at CRAVE and support OCP

During the month of May, a portion of the proceeds from items purchased from the CRAVE Cares lunch and dinner menus will be donated to the Omaha Community Playhouse. You can also leave a donation at the bottom of your bill! Save your Lend Me a Tenor or A Streetcar Named Desire Prompter for a coupon to Crave.

CRAVE in Midtown Crossing | www.craveamerica.com
200 S. 31st Ave. | 402-345-9999

Let your talent shine this summer at OCP!

Whether you passion lies in front the curtain or behind, the Omaha Community Playhouse has something for you! First Stage Summer Theatre Academy is celebrating its 15th year with a review that will revisit all the classic moments that has made OCP's academy shine throughout the years. Not a fan of the spotlight? First Stage technical theatre academy may be for you. Learn the secrets behind creating theatre magic in set, costumes, props or all of the above. OCP also offers Drama Day Camps for younger theatre stars. Looking forward to seeing you at OCP this summer! Register now! Click here or call (402) 553-4890, ext. 131.

'Streetcar' cast and director take a fresh approach to a classic

There are some plays and films that seem to be the industry standard to which all other plays and films are compared. They contain iconic characters that are revered from generation to generation. As a Pulitzer Prize-winning play and an Academy Award-winning movie, A Streetcar Named Desire is definitely a legendary title. Even those who have never seen it could probably quote it without even realizing it.

So how do a cast and director breathe new life into a well-known classic?

“When I picked up the script to read it a few months ago, I was knocked out by how truly great the story was,” said Director Amy Lane. I think you tackle an iconic play the same way you tackle any play...tell the story, be honest with the characters, let the language shine.”

“It’s best to bring as fresh a perspective as possible to every role,” said Teri Fender who plays Blanche DuBois. “I can’t help but think that Tennessee Williams would far prefer that his plays feel organic and new each time they’re performed, as if they are brand new paths to be traveled, rather than simply repeating what’s been done so well before.”

What approaches do actors take to give iconic characters a fresh outlook?

“The key to taking on a role of this size and stature in any play is to bring your own ideas and instincts to the table and use everything you have to make it your own,” said Fender. “The second you start trying to do what someone else has done just because it worked for them, is the second you’ve failed as an actor because you’ve essentially removed yourself from the equation.”

“It is my goal to be as honest to the piece as possible without trying to emulate or give the audience a ‘Marlon Brando’ reading,” said Chad Cunningham who plays Stanley Kowalski. “I want those who are familiar with Streetcar to discover something new, and I want those who aren't to make their initial experience memorable.”

“I really just am trying to come at the character from her point of view on everything,” said Leanne Hill Carlson who plays Stella Kowalski. “In her circumstances, how does she feel when a particular event happens? Why does she feel that way? It makes her so real to me, and I can justify every choice I make as an actor that way.”

How might this version be different from other versions of A Streetcar Named Desire that audience members have seen?

“I had only seen productions of the play designed with muted, neutral colors...as if the life and color had been drained out of the setting,” said Lane. “But Williams' original script described a vibrant, robust, Technicolor world into which Blanche floats like a tattered moth. It was such a striking image for me and the designers; I instantly threw away my preconceptions of the play and focused on this original script!”

A Streetcar Named Desire runs April 27-May 27, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. in the Howard Drew Theatre. Tickets are $35 for adults and $21 for students. For groups of 15 or more, adult tickets are $23 and student tickets are $15. For tickets or more information, visit the Box Office, call (402) 553-0800 or click here.

Billy's Last Performance as Buddy in Rave On

Billy McGuigan will kick off his final Rave On tour as Buddy Holly at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Don't miss this monumental show!

Rave On: The Buddy Holly Experience
June 8-24, 2012
Special Event in the Howard Drew Theatre

Written, directed and produced by Billy McGuigan
Musical Direction by Darren Pettit
Produced by Rave On Productions © 2007

Rave On: The Buddy Holly Experience reinvents the ordinary tribute show with an electrifying, high-energy, rock n’ roll extravaganza featuring America’s premier Buddy Holly interpreter, Billy McGuigan! Backed by the rockin’ Rave On band, their incredible musicianship ignites the stage and breathes new life into the music of Buddy Holly!

In this rock and roll tour-de-force, audiences will experience all the thrills of a Buddy Holly concert re-imagined, which includes such hits as “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Oh Boy” and of course, “Rave On.” In a unique twist, Billy as ‘Buddy celebrates the birth of an era and pays homage to fellow rockers Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.
Tickets are $38 or $32 for groups of 15 or more. For more information or tickets, call (402) 553-0800 or visit the OCP Box Office.

Sponsored by: American Title, Inc. and Gale & Judy Wickersham

April Metro Arts Pass

Enjoy the arts with a Metro Arts Pass! If you are a season subscriber to the Omaha Community Playhouse, in the month of April, you can receive two tickets to Opera Omaha's The Mikado for $50 on April 13 or 15.

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
The Arts Center
Ballet Nebraska
Love's Jazz & Arts Center
Lauritzen Gardens
Bluffs Arts Council

For more information about the Metro Arts Pass, contact the director of sales at lkaup@omahaplayhouse.com or (402) 553-4890, ext. 147.