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
(Produced by Bluebarn Theatre in partnership with GPTC)
Directed by Susan Clement Toberer

Tuesday, May 29, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 30, 7:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
Bluebarn Theatre
1106 S. 10th St.

More than Neighbors
by Denise Chapman
Directed by Carla Stillwell

Thursday, May 31, 7:30 p.m.,
The Venue at Highlander
2112 N. 30th St.

You Want to Love Strangers:  An Evening in Letters, Lullabies, Essays and Clear Soup
Featuring the work of GPTC Honored Playwright, Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Amy Lane

Friday June 1, 7:30 p.m.
40th St. Theater
4006 1/2 Hamilton St.


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