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The Blues of Knowing Why

Written by Christopher Maly, Directed by Denise Chapman


On Stage

May 31–Jun 16, 2019

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of a tragic moment that shook a community

This production of The Blues of Knowing Why has been made possible through our partnership with the Great Plains Theatre Conference. As with all of this year's PlayFest performances, all shows are free and open to the public.

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On June 26th, 1969, 14-year-old Vivian Strong was killed by an Omaha Police officer. Her death divided a community and created a fracture that has never been resolved. In The Blues of Knowing Why, playwright Christopher Maly conducted interviews with friends and family of Vivian Strong, members of the media, and members of social resistance organizations to provide a community’s account of Vivian’s short life and the timeless magnitude of her death.

  • Friday, May 31, 7pm
  • Sunday, June 2, 4pm
  • Friday, June 7, 7pm
  • Saturday, June 8, 7pm
  • Sunday, June 9, 4pm
  • Thursday, June 13, 7pm
  • Friday, June 14, 7pm
  • Saturday, June 15, 7pm
  • Sunday, June 16, 4pm