The Great Plains Theatre Conference has chosen the plays to be given main-stage and playlab readings at its eighth annual conference to be held May 25-June 1.
The conference is centered on the Fort Omaha campus of Metropolitan Community College. Playwrights get feedback from the staged readings from national playwrights, theatre scholars, directors and the public.
Featured on the main stage this year will be Cody Daigle of Paoli, Pa., “William and Judith”; David Jacobi of La Jolla, Calif., “Mai Dang Lao”; Jonathan Payne of Brooklyn, N.Y., “The Briar Patch”; Dean Poynor of New York City, “Young Negress Stepping Out of the River at Dawn”; and Kenley Smith of Nashville, Tenn., “Empires of Eternal Void.”
The 26 additional playwrights whose 24 works were chosen for playlab readings include Kwakiutl Dreher of Lincoln, “In a Smoke-Filled Room, Color Matters”; David Crespy of Columbia, Mo., “The Sudden Glide”; Cory Hinkle of Minneapolis, “A Disappearance in Two Parts”; and Molly Welsh of Omaha, “Penny Gets Bit.”
For more information, go online to mccneb.edu/gptc/
English horn player, violinist to be featured
English horn player Bobby Jenkins and young violinist Jennifer Ahn will be featured in a Nebraska Chamber Players concert in Lincoln.
The concert, titled “Wind, Strings and Piano,” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. March 10 at the NET Telecommunications Building, 1800 N. 33rd St. in Lincoln.
Jenkins, former principal oboe and English horn player with the Omaha Symphony and the Army Band of the Nebraska National Guard, will be featured on Jean Francaix’s “English Horn Quartet.”
Ahn, winner of a $1,000 young artist award, will perform with Donna Carnes and Tracy Sands on Borodin’s “Trio in G Minor.” Other works on the program include “Nocturne” by Henri Zagwijn and William Walton’s “Piano Quartet.”
Tickets, $22 for adults and $5 for students, can be purchased in advance by calling 402-429-8277.
Copland, Bernstein works to be spotlighted
The Omaha Symphonic Winds will play a concert featuring works by Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein at 3 p.m. March 10.
The program at Elkhorn High School, 1401 Veterans Dr., will include Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” “Lincoln Portrait” and “Variations on a Shaker Melody” from “Appalachian Spring.” KETV anchor Rob McCartney will narrate “Lincoln Portrait.”
A suite from Bernstein’s musical “Candide,” dance episodes from the musical “On the Town” and the overture “Slava!” complete the program.
Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students, are available at the door. Information: 402-575-8220 or online at omahasymphonicwinds.org
“The Wizard of Oz,” Omaha Community Playhouse, 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Use west stage-door entrance. Show runs May 31-June 30. Information: 402-553-4890, ext. 110.
“Young Playwrights Festival,” Rose Theater, actor auditions for high school teens, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the theater, 2001 Farnam St. Show runs April 18-21. Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org
— Compiled by Bob Fischbach