"The Grown-Up," playwright Jordan Harrison's version of surviving a life that flies by very quickly, will be the first show on the stage of the Blue Barn Theatre's new performance space at 10th and Pacific Streets.
The play runs Sept. 17Oct. 11, opening the Blue Barn's 27th season. A new Blue Barn special-events series will include four staged readings of contemporary plays, plus a reprise of "Walk the Night," the immersive theater event that last year visited the world of "Hamlet."
The regular season's best-known titles are "Frost/ Nixon" and "Heathers – The Musical."
"Frost/Nixon" is playwright Peter Morgan's reworking of the real-life television event in which British journalist David Frost interviewed former President Richard Nixon about his time in office, including Watergate. A 2008 movie version starred Frank Langella and Michael Sheen. The Blue Barn's stage version runs Feb. 4-28.
"Heathers," a dark 1988 movie comedy about high school cliques, starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Music, lyrics and book are by Laurence O'Keefe ("Bat Boy," "Legally Blonde") and Kevin Murphy. The show will run May 19-June 19.
Lucas Hnath's drama "The Christians," running March 24-April 17, follows Pastor Paul, who began in a modest storefront church. Now, as pastor of a mega church, he's about to preach a sermon that will shake the beliefs of his flock.
The Blue Barn's annual iconoclastic Christmas show will be "Little Nelly's Naughty Noel," by Omaha playwright Tim Siragusa, with songs by Omaha chanteuse Jill Anderson. Running Nov. 27-Dec. 20, the show last was staged by the Blue Barn in 2002.
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2015-16 BLUE BARN
"The Grown-Up," Sept. 17-Oct. 11
"Little Nelly's Naughty Noel," Nov. 27-Dec. 20
"Frost/Nixon," Feb. 4-28, 2016
"The Christians," March 24-April 17, 2016
"Heathers – The Musical," May 19 June 19, 2016
"Walk the Night," immersive theater, Oct. 21-Nov. 14
Staged readings of new works:
"Well," by Lisa Kron, Sept. 21
"Straight White Men," by Young Jean Lee, Dec. 7
"Rapture, Blister, Burn," by Gina Gionfriddo, Feb. 15, 2016
"Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play," by Anne Washburn, April 14, 2016