OCP Announces 95th Season

Omaha, NE–The Omaha Community Playhouse has announced the titles to be produced during their 95th season, which will run from August, 2019 through June, 2020. Subscriptions for OCP’s 2019/20 season are now available for purchase through the OCP Box Office at 6915 Cass Street, Omaha, NE 68132 or by phone at (402) 553-0800.

BILLY MCGUIGAN’S ROCK TWIST*
Aug. 2 – 18, 2019
Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Featuring Billy McGuigan | Music Director Steve Gomez | ©2007 by Rave On Productions
Billy McGuigan’s Rock Twist is back! A high-energy concoction of rock ‘n’ roll mega hits with a big band twist, Billy McGuigan’s Rock Twist is a live concert experience like no other. Featuring a stacked lineup of all-star musicians covering everything from The Doors to Frank Sinatra — all backed by a four-piece horn section — Billy McGuigan’s Rock Twist is the electric marriage of music’s greatest generations.
Presenting Sponsor: Valmont Industries, Inc.
*Special Event—Not part of the regular season series

SWEAT
Aug. 16 – Sept. 15, 2019
Howard Drew Theatre
Written by Lynn Nottage
Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, Sweat is a head-first dive into working class America. A three-time Tony Award® nominee, Sweat follows a group of steelworkers whose steady march toward the American dream is uprooted by economic change. As their sense of security slowly unravels, jobs and relationships are left in the wake. Punctuated with lively humor, Sweat goes to the heart of what it means to be human — both good and bad — when fear and uncertainty take hold.

Disclaimer: Contains adult language and violence

ANNIE
Sept. 13 – Oct. 13, 2019
Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Music by Charles Strouse | Lyrics by Martin Charnin | Book by Thomas Meehan
Everyone’s favorite red-headed orphan takes the stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse! Annie is the beloved tale of a young girl who never gives up hope of one day reuniting with her parents. After enlisting the help of Depression-era billionaire Oliver Warbucks, Annie finds herself in a tangled web of con artists, kidnappers and — worst of all — Miss Hannigan! With a little help from her orphan friends and her dog, Sandy, Annie ultimately finds a place where she belongs in this heartwarming classic. Featuring timeless songs like “Tomorrow” and “It’s The Hard-Knock Life,” Annie has been delighting audiences of all ages for decades.
Presenting Sponsor: Mutual of Omaha
Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
Oct. 4 – Nov. 10, 2019
Howard Drew Theatre
Music, Lyrics and Book by Richard O’Brien
This fall, cult classic The Rocky Horror Show makes its long-awaited return — complete with fan-favorite midnight performances! After a flat tire renders them helpless in a storm, Brad and his fiancée, Janet, take refuge in the mansion of Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter, a dangerously eccentric cross-dressing scientist with an insatiable libido. As the night unfolds, a host of wild characters plunge in and out of rock songs and elaborate dances, stripping the couple of their innocence and leading them to question their traditional stance on sexuality. This gender-bending musical extravaganza is the most fun you can have in fishnets! Audience participation and costumes are encouraged!
Disclaimer: Contains sexual content and adult language.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL*
Nov. 15 – Dec. 23, 2019
Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Written by Charles Dickens | Adapted by Charles Jones | Musical Orchestration by John J. Bennett
It just isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol! Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Filled with stunning Victorian costumes, festive music and crisp, wintry sets, A Christmas Carol is a beautiful reminder of the power of redemption and
the generosity that lies at the heart of the Christmas holiday.
Presenting Sponsor: First National Bank
Orchestra Sponsor: KPMG
Media Sponsor: KETV
*Special Event—Not part of the regular season series.

YESTERDAY AND TODAY: THE INTERACTIVE BEATLES EXPERIENCE*
Nov. 22 – Dec. 31, 2019
Howard Drew Theatre
Featuring Billy McGuigan | Music Director Matthew McGuigan | ©2007 by Rave On Productions
Cap off 2019 with a shot of Beatlemania — courtesy of the brothers McGuigan! Yesterday and Today is the smash hit, all request Beatles show that the audience controls. Share your favorite stories and relive your fondest memories with the songs that defined a generation. With no two shows the same — and every show packed with fan favorites —
Yesterday and Today will have you dancing in the aisles and singing along to every song.
Presenting Sponsor: WoodmenLife
*Special Event—Not part of the regular season series.

A RAISIN IN THE SUN
Jan. 17 – Feb. 9, 2020
Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Written by Lorraine Hansberry
Winner of five Tony Awards®, A Raisin in the Sun confronts life in South Side Chicago through the eyes of the Younger family. After years of battling poverty and racism, the Youngers hope an unexpected insurance check will be their ticket to a better life. With the looming fear that this may be their only chance, the family is torn apart as they struggle to agree on the most effective way to use the money.
Disclaimer: Contains language and themes related to racial tension.
Presenting Sponsor: Conagra Brands Foundation
Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities

NATIVE GARDENS
Feb. 14 – March 15, 2020
Howard Drew Theatre
Written by Karen Zacarías
When Pablo and Tania purchase a new home in a well-to-do white neighborhood, the couple next door initially offer a friendly welcome. But when a laughable property line disagreement dissolves into an all-out turf war, the dirt begins to fly. Packed with witty quips — and plenty of back-and-forth mudslinging — Native Gardens is a sidesplitting reminder that, despite our differences, we all share a much larger common ground.

ONCE
Feb. 28 – March 22, 2020
Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Book by Enda Walsh | Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová | Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney
Winner of eight Tony Awards® and based on the Oscar®-winning film, Once is the achingly beautiful tale of unexpected love between Guy, an Irish musician, and Girl, a Czech immigrant. The uplifting score — featuring the Academy Award®-winning single, “Falling Slowly,” — is performed entirely on stage, with the actors doubling as
orchestra musicians. Equal parts touching and inspiring, Once reminds us of music’s unique ability to forge deep, unspoken connections in our lives.
Disclaimer: Contains adult language.
Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities

BRIGHT STAR
April 17 – May 10, 2020
Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Written and Composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
Nominated for five Tony Awards®, written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell and inspired by real events, Bright Star is a story of enduring hope woven through time and set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Young teenager Alice Murphy is devastated when her infant son is ripped away. But 20 years later, a young man enters her life and ushers in an unexpected glimmer of hope. With a Grammy®-nominated bluegrass score that will seep into your veins, Bright Star is as much a musical experience as it is a journey of the heart.
Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities

FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70TH BIRTHDAY
May 1 – 31, 2020
Howard Drew Theatre
Written by Sarah Ruhl
For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday follows 70-year-old Ann and her four siblings as they face the loss of their father. As the siblings revisit their childhood and upbringing — including Ann’s adventures onstage as the star of Peter Pan — the audience gets a sentimental glimpse at what it truly means to grow up and a touching reminder that you’re never too old to fly.
Disclaimer: Contains mild adult language.

THE COLOR PURPLE
May 29 – June 28, 2020
Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Based on the Novel by Alice Walker | Book by Marsha Norman | Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the Oscar®-nominated film by Steven Spielberg, The Color Purple is an intimate coming-of-age story set in rural Georgia and told through a rich helping of jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues. As Celie grows from a young teenager into a woman, she must overcome the cruelty and hardships that life has dealt to discover her inner strength through love, forgiveness and family. Driven by powerhouse vocal performances, The Color Purple is the ultimate tale of triumph over suffering and empowerment through adversity.
Disclaimer: Contains adult themes.
Presenting Sponsor: Kiewit Corporation
Hawks Series Sponsor: Immanuel Communities

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