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!


 2018 Performances


The City in the City in the City
by Matthew Capodicasa
Directed by Susan Clement Toberer
(In partnership with Bluebarn Theatre)

Wednesday, May 30, 7:30 p.m.
Bluebarn Theatre
1106 S. 10th St.

North Freeway
by Denise Chapman

Thursday, May 31, 7:30 p.m.,
North Omaha location To Be Announced

To Be Announced!

       Friday June 1, 7:30 p.m.


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