‘Sonder’ is Coming Before the Boards

Shelterbelt Theatre is pleased to announce their upcoming Before the Boards reading of Sonder by Beaufield Berry-Fisher, directed by Emma Rasmussen on Monday, February 6 at 7pm at the theatre, 3225 California St.  Tickets are $5, which includes a free beverage.  Reservations (recommended) may be made at the theatre’s website:  www.shelterbelt.org– click Box Office or e-mail boxoffice@shelterbelt.org.

The cast features:  Natalie Hanson, TAmmyRa’ Jackson, Charleen Willoughby, Jayma Smay, Natalie Weiss, and Beth Thompson.

When the manager of a small town Wal-Mart throws himself off a building, his remaining employees must cope with the loss and changes it brings, including an anxiety-ridden manager from corporate and the large tree that has erupted through concrete and taken root in aisle 7.  Sonder is a play about intersectionality, freedom, restraint, and all of the walls in place that keep us from reaching the American Dream.

Sonder was born from a need to explore the experience of other humans, the juxtaposition of greed and humanity, and the immediacy of empathy—without actually finding any answers to anything—all set in a value Superstore,” said Berry.

Beaufield Berry-Fisher is a playwright and novelist out of Omaha, NE.  Her work has been performed and read at theatres and festivals across the country, but her heart has remained in Omaha where she’s served her city as a member of the Black Democratic Caucus, Vice President of the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, board member for North Omaha Summer Arts Program and Shelterbelt Theatre, co-founder of Firebelly Repertory Theater.  She’s a freelance journalist for American Theater magazine and her first novel, Childhood Friends, is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

As Omaha’s home for new plays, Shelterbelt Theatre is pleased to give the audience a chance to be a part of the page to stage experience:  hear the reading of a new play, participate in a talkback with the playwright and give written feedback—all providing invaluable information to a playwright creating a new play.

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