Free Festival of Contemporary Performance

PlayFest is a community performance festival held on selected evenings during the Conference in various locations across Omaha.  PlayFest examines how theatre is produced, its connection to society and what new designs are possible.  Performances take on a variety of forms from devised theatre and movement work created by local and national artists, to full-length plays highlighting the work of honored and featured guests, to Neighborhood Tapestries, a celebration of local stories, music, art and community.  The goal of PlayFest is to paint a diverse and vibrant portrait of the city, create a chance for friends and neighbors to interact, and be a catalyst for a dialogue within the community about the stories that affect our lives.

PlayFest is free and open to the public.  All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with general seating, so arrive early!


SAVE THE DATES!  2017 Performances


Stranger from Paradise (in partnership with Opera Omaha), directed by Kevin Lawler

Friday May 26, 7:30 p.m.,
Saturday May 27, 2:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

Libretto by Kevin Lawler
Music by Nevada Jones
Design by Justin Townsend and the GPTC Design Wing
Conductor, Hal France

Metropolitan Community College South Omaha Campus, 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave. (27th & Q), ITC Building, Room 120

south by Michael John Garcés
Directed by Scott Working

(part of GPTC’s Neighborhood Tapestries project)
Wednesday, May 31st 7:30 p.m.
Location TBA

An Evening with Mac Wellman


The Invention of Tragedy by Mac Wellman
Directed by Meghan Finn


Before and Before That by Mac Wellman
Directed by Timothy Siragusa
Artistic Coordinator, Mary Beth Easley

Friday June 2, 7:30 p.m.
Scottish Rite Masonic Center
202 S. 20th St.

PlayFest is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.  To find out more about how NEA grants impact individuals and communities, visit