• The Union for Contemporary Art (map)
  • 2423 North 24th Street
  • Omaha, NE, 68110
  • United States


Two Days of Auditions - March 5th & 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Plays Out Loud! is the Union for Contemporary Arts Performing Arts Collective readers theatre series that gives directors, actors, and audiences an opportunity to experience live theater focusing solely on the words. All performances are done with script in hand followed by a Q&A session with the director and cast.

These auditions are for ALL THREE SHOWS, please prepare accordingly.

Please note: All actors will be asked to read selections from the script and have the option to present a prepared monologue (contemporary, no more than 2 minutes). Actors wishing to be considered for the musical should prepare 16 bars. Please bring a headshot and resume if you have one (not required to audition). Please bring a list of all potential conflicts. All conflicts must be discussed with and agreed to by the Director before casting can be confirmed. There is a stipend.


Smart People
Written by Lydia R. Diamond

Showtime: March 21

It is the eve of Obama's first election. Four of Harvard University's brightest; a surgeon, an actress, a psychologist, and a neuropsychiatrist, are all interested in different aspects of the brain, particularly how it responds to race. But like all smart people, they are also searching for love, success, and identity in their own lives. Lydia Diamond brings these characters together in this sharp, witty play about social and sexual politics.

Lawd the CVS is Burning
Written by Carla Stillwell

Showtime: April 18

The story takes place in the span of one 24-hour news cycle starting at 1pm on a Tuesday and ending at 1pm on a Wednesday. Maurice "Munchie" Taylor, 20-year-old Chicago native and Alvin Ailey dancer was arrested while buying milk for his grandmother in the Englewood neighborhood and dies in police custody. We follow along with young Meechie Jackson and his family as the coverage unfolds. There is singing and praying.

Unfinished Women
Written by Aishah Rahman

Showtime: May 23

This play deals with the events in a home for unwed mothers on the last day of jazz musician Charlie Parker’s life, March 12, 1955. The play digs beyond statistics and sociological theories to find the unarticulated, half-understood longings of teenage mothers.

Questions? Contact Denise Chapman at denise@u-ca.org or 402-933-3161