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

This summer the Performing Arts Collective will present its second annual summer reading series, Plays Out Loud! Auditions for all three shows will be held June 11–12. Watch this space for more details soon!

Productions: 

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.
 
Spunk
      By George C. Wolfe
      July 27–29, 7pm

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. 


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.


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.

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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 denise@u-ca.org