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.


After a brief postponement, we are thrilled to move forward with our production of The Blues of Knowing Why, made possible through our partnership with the The Union for Contemporary Art. After holding space for conversation among those most closely affected by the tragic killing of Vivian Strong, we are honored to share her story and legacy with the community. Please join us as we recognize the lingering impact of Vivian’s loss and the wider impact her brief life has had in North Omaha.



All performance venues are ADA compliant for accessibility.  For any accessibility questions or needs please contact us at 531-622-2618.  Thank you.

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