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.
All performances have $5 suggested donation at the door. Seating begins at 6:30 pm. Show starts at 7:00 pm.
Unfinished Women Cry in No Man's Land While a Bird Dies in a Gilded Cage
Written by Aishah Rahman
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.
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 email@example.com.
To reduce financial barriers to arts attendance, The Union has adopted the radical-hospitality ticketing model:
General admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. To obtain a free ticket, you must visit our box office at The Union on the day of the show (between 4–6pm on Thurs–Saturday shows; 1–3pm on Sundays) . If you prefer guaranteed admission and wish to purchase tickets in advance, you may purchase tickets below until noon on the day of show. Advance tickets are $20 + tax per seat and are limited.