Shelterbelt Shatters the Glass with Season Finale

SHELTERBELT THEATRE PRESENTS SHATTERING THE GLASS:  A CELEBRATION OF OMAHA WOMEN IN THEATRE

Shelterbelt Theatre is pleased to present Shattering the Glass: A Celebration of Omaha Women in Theatre, July 8-31 at 3225 California Street. Performances are Thursday/Friday/Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 6pm (except for the July 31st performance at 2pm.) ($15 general, $12 students/seniors/TAG). Tickets are already on sale at www.shelterbelt.org (click box office), or boxoffice@shelterbelt.org or 402.341.2757. On Saturday, July 9, the theatre will host a post-show talkback with the playwrights and organizer.

This new, collaborative project, lead by Elizabeth Thompson, Shelterbelt Theatre’s Artistic Director, has female playwrights, directors and protagonists + all the originality you expect from Shelterbelt with three brand new one-act plays. Clink by Moira Mangiameli, directed by Sonia Keffer, centers on a couple on the brink of engagement and independence. If walls could talk! In Ladies Room Confidential by Daena Schweiger and Kaitlyn McClincy, directed by Jayma Smay, we’re front and center for drama, trauma and… other events in the women’s room. L’Chaim by Laura Leininger-Campbell and Marie Amthor Schuett, directed by Moira Mangiameli, is the tale of a couple facing their future as they prepare to walk down the aisle. The women in these slice of life stories face their situations with strength, heart, humor and sometimes, a couple shots of whiskey.

“The Shelterbelt board was really excited about contributing to the “solution” of the gender parity discussion versus simply talking about it. We are in a unique position to make a program like this happen and took full advantage of engaging the extremely talented women this city has to offer,” said Thompson.

“According to recent statistics, only 17-22% of plays produced nationally are written by women. That leaves the female voice deeply underrepresented. It’s great to be at a theatre where we can look at that number and say, ‘Not here.’ This is the perfect project to end our season which featured all female playwrights,” said Shelterbelt Executive Director, Roxanne Wach.

The cast features: Shanae Adams, Eli Ami, Pamela Chase, Nichole Hawkins, Heather Holmes, Sarah LaCount, Kathy Longe, Bridget Mueting, and Jon Roberson. Stage Manager: Jayma Smay • Producer/Project Organizer, Properties: Elizabeth Thompson • Set Design, Timothy Mantil • Lighting Design, Joshua J. Mullady • Costume Design: Lora Kaup, Kendra Newby, Mati Phelps • Sound Design, Shannon Smay

“The process happened really organically once I called on the talents, minds and voices of our playwrights. We sat in a room and answered one question; what do we want this to be? Then, we went about answering that together by bounc-ing around ideas and issues we were passionate about covering. They went off to write and came back with some really amazing material,” Thompson continued.

In the gallery, Shelterbelt is also hosting its first collaborative art show featuring all women artists, with work by Randi Hunter, acrylic; Kris Kahn, fabric; Dori Settles, mixed media; Roxanne Wach, mixed media.

“Omaha is blessed with an abundance of women in the arts, and Shelterbelt is pleased to be really highlighting that,” said Wach.

Shelterbelt Theatre is Omaha’s home for new plays. This is the final play in Shelterbelt’s 23rd amazing season featuring scripts all celebrating women playwrights. Shelterbelt Theatre is a 2015 recipient of the international 50/50 Applause Award by the International Centre For Women Playwrights, which applauds theatres that produced a season with an equal or greater number of plays written by female playwrights. (www.womenplaywrights.org/2015-Award) This production is made possible with support from Nebraska Arts Council | Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

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