Free Festival of Contemporary Performance

PlayFest is a season of new works performed 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 artists from the GPTC Conference, 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.

2021 PlayFest Productions:

The 2021 PlayFest season is being built with consideration for when full, in-person performances can occur without concerns about safety with the pandemic. Please check back here for more information.

Ugly Lies the Bone

by Lindsey Ferrentino

April 9, 10, 11, 15 and 16 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are free    All performances are digital

Ugly Lies the Bone is presented by a partnership between Great Plains Theatre Commons and Creighton University’s Theatre Program. This play was developed as part of the 2014 GPTC PlayLabs

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Reservations can be made at: ULTB Box Office


Stories: on the brink

by Colleen O’Doherty
Directed by Haley Haas

An online preview during the 2021 Conference and a full, in-person production this fall.

(Details TBA)

A world premiere, Neighborhood Tapestries production

A Co-production in partnership with Anastasis Theatre Company, Holy Family Church, Sienna Francis House, Open Door Mission, Stephen Center and Micah House

Developed from the stories of people affected by homelessness, ON THE BRINK incorporates the art of storytelling and theater to amplify voices too often ignored and will involve the community in all aspects of creation and performance. During this collaboration, Colleen and Haley have worked with Sienna Francis House, Open Door Mission, Stephen Center and Micah House to facilitate gatherings of community members sharing their personal narratives (story circles), and conducted interviews to allow the homeless and those who work with the homeless to share their stories.


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