Plays Out Loud! - Summer Reading Series
June–August, 2018

This summer the Performing Arts program will present its second annual summer reading series, Plays Out Loud! All performances are free and open to the public. RSVP to guarantee your seat! 


Choir Boy
      By Tarell Alvin McCraney
      Tuesday, June 26, 7pm
Known most recently for his Oscar Award winning movie Moonlight, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy explores the intersections of Black masculinity, sexuality, and respectability politics as it holds a mirror to us all, calling us to do better.

      By George C. Wolfe
      Friday, July 27, 7pm
      Saturday, July 28, 7pm
      Sunday, July 29, 4pm

Spunk is three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston adapted for the stage by George C. Wolfe and featuring music by Chic Street Man. This critically acclaimed adaptation was originally developed at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and was first presented in New York as a co-production of the New York Shakespeare Festival and Crossroads Theater Company.


A Man A Fish
      By Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
      Tuesday, August 28, 7pm
Prosper is a fisherman trying to get by in the face of everyday problems. When a slippery eel salesman arrives in town peddling progress to the rural community, Prosper gets a lesson in gift horses and generosity. A Man A Fish was inspired by real-life events in Burundi and is a part of Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s 54ology project, which seeks to provide artistic responses to contemporary and historical events in Africa. 

Fall Musical: The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

Auditions for our fall 2018 musical, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, will be held on August 13 and 14. Performance dates will be October 12 – 28. In total, five actors and six actresses will be needed to fill roles in the show. Follow the link below to learn more about the musical and audition details.   

The Union's Performing Arts program is dedicated to the development and continued support of professional theater artists, and professional thought provoking productions that reflect authentic and diverse narratives about African American experiences.

Central to the program is the Performing Arts Collective (PAC), a theatre ensemble dedicated to exploring the diversity of Blacks experiences in contemporary theater. Invested in the creative growth of local artists, The Union provides a home for the ensemble to work on their craft and tell their story.


New Voices Youth Program: The youth education wing of the Performing Arts program, 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.


For questions regarding Performing Arts programming, please contact Denise Chapman, Associate Director of Performing Arts, at