CENTERING THE MARGINS
The Union's Performing Arts Collective is looking to cast:
of various adult ages including mature women, for original scripts being developed by Peggy Jones, Kim Louise, and Beaufield Berry (all Omaha-based Black female playwrights) for 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.
Rehearsals begin January 10, 2018.
Performance Dates: February 16–March 4
Performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 7pm, Sundays at 4pm
By Peggy Jones
Floryence Kennedy was a Black American woman once called “the biggest, loudest and indisputably the rudest mouth on the battleground” where feminist-activists and radical politics join in the mostly common cause.
By Kim Louise
When Lynea is diagnosed with severe hysteria, she insists she’s not ill and that an ancient spirit has taken over her mind. In an act of desperation, Lynea’s sister travels to Africa to solicit the help of the ancient spirit all the while wondering if she’s just as crazy as her sister.
They Don’t Teach History in School Anymore
By Beaufield Berry
Open your books to chapter one. We need to talk about our grandmothers. The life and times of Janis Berry.
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.
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.
For questions regarding PAC programming, please reach out to our Associate Director, Performing Arts Collective Denise Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org.