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!


 2017 Performances
(click on each show title for more information)


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 GPTC Design Wing
Conductor, Hal France

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

Sponsored by HDR
Additional support from Security National Bank

Worlds to Spare – An evening of three short works
Artistic Coordinator – Mary Beth Easley

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

The Invention of Tragedy by Mac Wellman
Directed by Meghan Finn


Before and Before That by Mac Wellman
Directed by Timothy Siragusa


ghosts wonder what went wrong by Constance Congdon, Sibyl Kempson and Erik Ehn

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