The World Premiere Production of "Red Summer" opens tonight at the Bluebarn Theatre.  Beaufield Berry, who is the playwright, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about her new show.

"RED SUMMER" is presented in commemoration of the centenary of the Omaha race riots of 1919.  This  evocative account of our city’s past centered on the story of William Brown.

Accused of a crime he couldn’t physically have committed, the infamous torture and lynching of this 40 year old factory worker is a stain on America’s heartland.  "Red Summer" presents an unflinching depiction of a city on the brink of chaos and a compelling portrait of the black migrant experience, each grounded by a deeply affecting vision of Will’s life and relationships before he became a tragic headline.

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The Bluebarn Theatre brings in a 2016 Obie Award Winning production which opens May 16th and runs for a month.  The Woodsman features Omaha actors working directly with the award winning production team from New York to make a magical night at the theatre.

Based on the forgotten writings of L. Frank Baum, The Woodsman tells the origin story of the Tin Man from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This hauntingly beautiful love story is told through original music, physical storytelling, and innovative puppetry.  Members of Strangemen Theatre Company re-create their Obie Award-winning experience with an ensemble of Omaha professionals.  Follow ‘Nick Chopper’ on a magical adventure filled with dangers and wonders that are breathtaking to behold.

Directors Claire Karpen and James Ortiz join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the production, the magic, and the joy of doing this show.  Movement Director Will Gallacher and Puppet Master Amanda A. Lederer are also present in the studio. 

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Inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance—a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel.  2017 Tony Award Winning play Indecent charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it.  A glorious celebration of the power of theatre to harness the very best of the human spirit.

Hal France and Susan Clement Toberer join Mike Hogan "Live & Local" on KIOS-FM to discuss the production, its compexity, and the importance of the work.  More information can be found at and at

One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and an urgent assignment from their English teacher.  As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, they unlock a much deeper mystery that has brought them together.  I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.

Barry Carman is directing this production and chats with Mike Hogan about the importance of the show, the maturity of the young cast members, and the partnership with several community organizations.  

The show opens January 31st and runs through February 24th.  More information can be found at

The supreme being Himself finally returns, and just in time for the holidays!  In this hilariously holy limited engagement, God descends upon the Bluebarn stage along with his angels, Michael and Gabriel.  He’ll answer the eternal questions.  He’ll set the divine record straight.  He’s got ten new commandments, and He’s got jokes.

Actor Ablan Roblin, who portrays The Good Lord Himself, chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the the play "An Act of God" which opens on November 23rd.  More information can be found at

The Blue Barn Theatre presents "Season 30: America in Pieces" with six theatrical events.  Artstic Director Susan Clement-Toberer and Susan Collins swing by to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the history of this institution and the meaning of the current season.  More information is available at

"City in a City in a City" is the new play from writer Matthew Capodicasa which makes its world premier at The BlueBarn Theatre on Thursday, May 17th.  He stops by the KIOS-FM studios to discuss the play, the creative process, and his good fortune to be in Nebraska.  For more information, feel free to look at