GPTC PlayFest 2021/22



by Colleen O’Doherty

Directed by Haley Haas

World premiere

Neighborhood Tapestries Commission

Full, in-person and touring performances. Masks required. All seating is socially distanced.

Public Performances at Holy Family Community Center, ​1715 Izard St.

October 8th and 9th at 7:30pm, and October 10th at 6pm

Click here to make reservations!

(For those not able to make it in person, there will be a livestream of Saturday night’s performance. If you would like to attend the live stream please write us at:, and we will send you the information to attend.)       Click here for the Stories: On the Brink performance program.

A Co-production in partnership with Anastasis Theatre Company, Holy Family Community Center, Siena Francis House, Open Door Mission, Stephen Center and Micah House. Developed from the stories of people affected by homelessness, STORIES: ON THE BRINK incorporates the art of storytelling and theatre to amplify voices too often ignored.


Watch a short video about the production.


Meet The Playwright

Colleen O’Doherty

Colleen is a writer, educator, director and actor. Her short plays have been produced nationwide. She holds an MFA in Play and Screenwriting from the University of Nebraska, an MA in Teaching from the College of Saint Mary, and a BA in Spanish from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has acted in many theaters around Omaha. She works annually with the Great Plains Theater Conference as a director and actor. She is half of The Anastasis Theater Company


 Production Cast and Crew:

Kati – Jessica Johnson

Tara – Katherine MacHolmes

Alyssa – Xena Broaden

Brian – Xavier Carr

Will – Tim Barr

Nik – Christopher Thomas Scott

Ray/ Chorus Member 1- Francisco Franco

Jess/ Chorus Member 2 – Joy Marshall

Lila/ Chorus Member 3 – Serena Ireland

David/Chorus member 4 – Jackson Newman

Stage Manager – Dr. Stephanie Kidd

Sound Design- Shannon Smay

Costume Design – Jennifer Pool

Set Construction – Nils Haaland

Prop Design – Hallie Olsen

Production Coordinator – Liz Kendall Weisser

2016 PlayFest Highlights
2015 PlayFest Highlights

All performance venues are ADA compliant for accessibility.  For any accessibility questions or needs please contact us at 402-370-8259.  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

Great Plains Theatre Commons