Omaha, NE–In honor of late Omaha playwright, Doug Marr, his friends will be mounting his original play, Tilly’s Holiday Extravaganza, for the first time in thirty years at Harold’s Koffee House this holiday season.
Tilly’s Holiday Extravaganza by Doug Marr was originally staged at The Diner Theatre in Benson. It is a delightful Christmas play, filled with Doug Marr’s signature humor, nostalgia and original musical numbers. This will be the first time Tilly’s Holiday Extravaganza has been staged in Omaha in thirty years and the second play by Doug Marr to be presented at Harold’s Koffee House in Florence.
On March 16th, 2020, Omaha lost beloved playwright, Doug Marr. Doug was a prolific and imaginative artist, whose work was the centerpiece of Omaha’s Circle Theatre, which came to life as The Diner Theatre in Benson in the 1980s. The Diner gained it’s initial popularity with presentations of Doug’s, Phil’s Diner Series. Doug’s second series of “Diner” based shows came in the form of Milly & Tilly’s Downtown Cafe. This next incarnation was about a pair of sisters who had inherited their fathers diner in lovely Gore, Oklahoma, in the 1960s. Doug followed up that script, with Tilly’s Holiday Extravaganza.
In his tenure with the Circle, Doug wrote nearly twenty holiday shows with an emphasis on Christmas and Halloween. His sense of nostalgia and love of the classics were a rich source for entertaining the Circle Theatre’s loyal patrons. During Doug’s distinguished career he won the TAG Best New Script award in 1990 and 1992, the 1994 Governor’s Arts Award, Artist of the Year, the 2011 TAG Norm and Louise Filbert, Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 OEA Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2018 GPTC McDowell Award for Distinguished Service to the Omaha Arts Community.
Tilly, owner of the diner in Gore, Oklahoma, is organizing a town talent show – a holiday extravaganza – but things aren’t going well. Perhaps a little divine intervention (in the form of a novice guardian angel) can put everything right. Right?
Produced By: Gary Planck
Directed By: Lorie Obradovich
Location: Harold’s Koffee House (8327 N 30th St, Omaha, NE)
$18.00 general admission. $15.00 for students, seniors and veterans. $25.00 general admission with a piece of delicious Harold’s pie and coffee or soft drink. $22.00 for students, seniors and veterans with a yummy slice of Harold’s pie and coffee or soft drink.
Show Dates: Dec 2-18 (Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm)