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.

Smart People
Written by Lydia R. Diamond

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

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

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

New Voices Information Meeting: March 30

7:00 - 8:30 PM

New Voices is the youth education wing of The Union's Performing Arts Collective, dedicated to helping young people own their voice and envision greatness for their future through theatre and performance. 

We are currently recruiting new middle and high school students who identify as persons of color to join our New Voices ensemble. For more information on how to get your student involved please attend this meeting on Thursday, March 30!

The Union’s Performing Arts Collective (PAC) is launching a series of theatre and performance workshops for adults!  

Intro to the Michael Chekhov Technique

April 4, 6–8pm // April 25, 6–8pm // $10 each

Participants will be guided through an introduction of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique that gives the actor a set of tools to help fine tune the body and imagination to be present and aware.

Intro to Improv

April 20, 6:30–7:30 pm // $10

Come play with the power of improv’s infamous “Yes....And!”. This high energy workshop will help you break out of your comfort zone and think quick on your feet.

Breath, Body & Voice

April 6, 6–8pm // May 9, 6–8pm // $10 each

Taking it back to the basics, this workshop uses methods and exercises from Kristen Linklator to build strong breath, body and voice connections.

Intro to Modern Dance

April 8, 6–8pm // April 26, 6–8pm // $10 each

Explore basic modern dance techniques, structured improvisation, and phrase work utilizing techniques introduced throughout the class. All movement levels and backgrounds welcome.  

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 denise@u-ca.org

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.