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The Omaha Community Playhouse kicks off 2020 with the multi-award winning play A Raisin in the Sun.  Winner of five Tony Awards®, A Raisin in the Sun confronts life in South Side Chicago through the eyes of the Younger family. After years of battling poverty and racism, the Youngers hope an unexpected insurance check will be their ticket to a better life. With the looming fear that this may be their only chance, the family is torn apart as they struggle to agree on the most effective way to use the money.

Local actor Brandon Williams plays the role of George Murchison and he joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the importance of this play as well as the current relevance in today's climate.  The show opens Friday, January 17th.

More information can be found at http://www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/view/raisinsun/

Gathering in reconciliation for Will Brown and The Red Summer

Oct 16, 2019
Emily Chen-Newton

Last September marked 100 years since the lynching of Will Brown; Omaha’s connection to the 1919 national tragedy known as “The Red Summer”, when the US convulsed with violence boiling over from long-simmering racial tensions resulting in lynchings and riots nation wide. Last month also saw the world premiere of Red Summer at Blue Barn Theatre. Located just a few city-blocks away from the site of Will Brown’s murder, the play tells his story.

New at the Omaha Community Playhouse, One Man, Two Guvnors will open Friday, April 12. The show will run in the Hawks Mainstage Theatre from April 12 through May 5, 2019.

Long time actor and former Associate Professor of Theatre at Creighton University, Bill Hutson, stops by the KIOS-studios to chat with Mike Hogan about this side-splitting farce packed with physical comedy and hilarious hijinks.  He also talks about the rehearsal process and the art and challenges of doing comedy.

More information can be found at www.OmahaPlayhouse.com

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 http://bluebarn.org/plays-events/

The 14th annual Great Plains Theatre Conference is open for play submissions.

"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 www.BlueBarn.org.

Denise Chapman is directing Omaha Community Playhouse's production of "The Mountaintop" which opens this Friday May 4th.  She joins Mike Hogan live in the KIOS-FM studios to discuss the show, juxtaposing the iconic reputation of Dr. Martin Luther King with his humanity, and the greater themes of the show.  More information is available at www.OmahaPlayHouse.com.

Based on the Academy Award-winning film by Tom Stoppard and adapted by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), Shakespeare in Love is a love letter to the stage and a celebration of theatre, music and human connection.  Jacob Roman stars as the young Will Shakespeare in the Omaha Community Playhouse's current production.  Jacob stops by the KIOS-FM studios for a chat with Mike Hogan, "Live & Local" on Morning Edition.  More information  is available at www.OmahaPlayhouse.com

Darin Anthony, guest director at the Blue Barn Theatre, is at the helm for the current production, "Nureyev's Eyes."  

Restoring the Benson Theatre to its Former Glory

Jul 24, 2012

The Benson Theatre was built in 1926 as a vaudeville theatre.  It was converted to a movie theatre in the 1940’s, and became retail space in 1953. 

In 2010, the space was purchased by Lund Ross Contractors for the purpose of restoring the theatre to its original purpose. 

Monty Eich, Marketing Manager for the Benson Theatre Project, says the organization wants the theatre to become a community hub.  He says the plan is to offer live musical, theatrical, and comedy events, as well as select films. 

The rock and roll musical is set in 1987 around a club on the Sunset Strip.  Actor Matt Ban plays Dennis Dupree in the production. 

He says Dennis is the 70’s leftover in the show and owns the rock club.  Ban says this is the first rock show he’s ever done and he’s having a good time singing some of the 80’s best hair metal music.  

He says the show gets big reactions wherever it goes and he thinks it’s because the music is so much fun and so well-known.