February 16–March 4
performances Thursdays–Saturdays at 7pm + Sundays at 4pm 
Run of show: 90 minutes, no intermission

The Performing Arts Collective is proud to present Centering the Margins, three new short productions inspired by 365 Women A Year: a playwriting project that aims to write women back into the social consciousness and promote and empower female playwrights around the world. Please be advised, this performance contains strong language.

Umurage by Kim Louise
Directed by Denise Chapman

Queen Nyabinghi……………...Brandi Smith
Steven………………………….Shomari Huggins
Zakara………………………….Catie Zaleski

Branch and Bone by Beaufield Berry-Fisher
Directed by Denise Chapman

Grandmother………………..Kathy Tyree
Granddaughter……………..Alisha Davis

Flo By Peggy Jones
Directed by Denise Chapman

Florynce Kennedy……………………..TammyRa

Radical Hospitality Ticketing
The Union is committed to making the arts accessible to everyone in our community and believes that money should not be a barrier to participation. With this in mind, our Performing Arts Collective follows the radical hospitality ticketing model set forth by Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. General admission is FREE on a first come, first served basis. You may claim two tickets per person at The Union’s reception desk, starting at 12:30pm the day of the performance. Seating begins 20 minutes before showtime. Those who prefer guaranteed admission may make reservations in advance either online or by phone (402) 933-3161. Advanced tickets are $20 per person.

Kim Louise has been fascinated with the written word since she was four years old. She’s written in many genres: poetry, essays, short stories, including a 15-year stint writing mass market fiction for Kensington Publishing and Harlequin Enterprises that culminated in ten published novels and five published novellas. As an aspiring playwright, she’s written several monologues, one-acts, and ten-minute plays. Her short play, The Bystanders, completed a 2015 summer tour of five campuses at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha NE. Currently, Kim is pursuing an MFA in creative writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Beaufield Berry-Fisher is an Omaha-based playwright, novelist and arts education professional. Her work has been performed across the country and selected by the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Last Frontier and Sparkfest Conferences. She is a guest artist with the Inge Fest in Independence, KS and an educator with Omaha Performing Arts. She lives in Omaha with her husband Rob and their sons, Shine Avett and Oscar Moses.

Peggy Jones, M.F.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is an Associate Professor of Black Studies, Graduate and Women’s Studies faculty member, and the Associate Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council for her play, The Journey which tells the story of Aaron Douglas, the first black graduate from the art department at UNL in 1922. Her interests include intersections between language and racial identity, and media (mis)representations of race and gender. She is also a curriculum consultant with programs on educational restorative justice.

The Performing Arts Collective (PAC) is dedicated to the development and continued support of professional theater artists, youth programming that uses theatre and performance to teach life skills, and professional thought provoking productions that are relevant to the community and reflect more authentic and diverse narratives about African American experiences.

PAC is made up of three main components that complement, extend, and align with The Union's commitment to supporting the creative culture of our community. Program components include:

Professional Theatre Ensemble: Building a professional theatre company dedicated to exploring the diversity of the African American experience in contemporary theater and providing a  central space for artists of color to work on their craft, be supported in their endeavors, and support positive change within the North Omaha community.


New Voices Youth Program: The youth education wing of PAC, dedicated to instilling hope and helping young people see past their circumstances, own their voice, and envision something greater for their future. The New Voices Youth Program extends The Union’s commitment to provide free cultural programs for children living in North Omaha to include theater and performing arts  education.

Black Artist Roundtable (BAR): Regularly scheduled interdisciplinary artist conversations focusing on the complexities of what it means to be an artist of color in Nebraska. Providing professional development and social networking opportunities to build a stronger sense of community, BAR will also act as a clearinghouse for PAC's community engagement efforts and social practice.

For questions regarding PAC programming, please reach out to our Associate Director, Performing Arts Collective Denise Chapman at