Porchyard Reading Auditions

Auditions at the Blue Barn Theatre

“Out of the Blue” Special Series Announces Auditions for Porchyard Readings.

Well by Lisa Kron

Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee

Audition Dates:  July 6 and 7 from 6-8pm

THE AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD AT CURRENT BLUE BARN SPACE AT 614 S 11TH ST IN OMAHA, NE.

Both plays are the first to be produced as part of the Porch Yard Reading Series – a segment of BLUEBARN’s “Out of the Blue” Special Event Series.

The Porch Yard Reading series offers staged readings of contemporary plays that entice audiences to embrace risk and celebrate discovery. 

New works. New voices. New adventures.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. 

Both plays will be directed by Amy Lane.

About Well by Lisa Kron

Performance of Well is Monday, September 28.

Needed for Well:  4 female (Ages 30-60) and

2 male actors (Ages 20-50) of various ethnicities.

What begins as a formal “multi-character exploration of issues of health and illness” soon collapses on our narrator, Lisa. Her mother, Ann, is suffering from a mysterious illness; the actors she’s employed to help enact her carefully constructed narrative begin to revolt; Lisa is beginning to lose her grip on the evening. Well is a surprising and funny play that ultimately contemplates the nature of empathy and our ability to heal, not only ourselves, but our families, our neighborhoods, each other.

About Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee 

Performance of Straight White Men is Monday, December 7.

Needed for Straight White Men: 4 male actors (Ages 30-70)

Christmastime for Ed and his three grown sons is a celebration of all-American maleness: boyish pranks, brotherly teasing, and takeout Chinese dominate the festivities. But when the brothers are faced with problems that challenge their ideas of identity, they are left reeling in doubt about the value of being a straight white man. This is a candid and hilarious look at privilege in our times.

For more information contact Randall T. Stevens at rstevens@bluebarn.org

About The BLUEBARN Theatre

The BLUEBARN Theatre has been bringing professionally-produced plays to area audiences since 1989.  Since its inception, BLUEBARN has produced over 100 plays and has established itself as Omaha’s professional contemporary theatre company. Striving to bring artistically significant scripts and professional production values to Omaha and the surrounding region, BLUEBARN is known for high-quality entertainment and the fearless pursuit of stories that challenge both theatre artists and patrons.

Blue Barn Theatre Announces Season 27: INTIMATE. INTENSE. ADDICTIVE.

The BLUEBARN Theatre is excited to announce its 27th season. This will be the inaugural season in the BLUEBARN’s innovative convertible indoor/outdoor space at 10th & Pacific.

THE GROWN-UP By Jordan Harrison (September 17 – October 11, 2015)

Humana Festival Pick

Kai is a ten-year-old boy at his grandfather’s knee listening to a story of a magic doorknob. Jump 15 years and he is a young television writer weathering the humiliations of the Hollywood rat race. Jump in time again, and he and his future husband watch the caterer streak through their wedding reception. Has Kai run into powerful magic or has he just realized the breakneck speed of an ordinary life and what he might have missed? A funny and honest tale about living in the moment.

LITTLE NELLY’S NAUGHTY NOËL By Tim Siragusa; Songs by Jill Anderson (November 27-December 20, 2015)

Back by popular demand!! Little Nelly’s Naughty Noël is a Blue Barn perversion of all we hold dear, at that holliest, jolliest time of the year! With a mad gang of varmints both bawdy and bold, the play takes a wild, woolly romp through Nebraskee of old in an evening that can be described as “Willa Cather on crack” or “The Gift of the Magi”; laid out on a rack!

FROST/NIXON By Peter Morgan (February 4-28, 2016)

Richard M. Nixon has just resigned the United States presidency in total disgrace over Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. British talk-show host David Frost has become a lowbrow laughing-stock. Determined to resurrect his career, Frost risks everything on a series of in-depth interviews in order to extract an apology from Nixon. The cagey Nixon, however, is equally bent on redeeming himself in his nation’s eyes. In the television age, image is king, and both men are desperate to outtalk and upstage each other as the cameras roll. The result is the interview that sealed a president’s legacy.

THE CHRISTIANS By Lucas Hnath (March 24-April 17, 2016)

Humana Festival Pick

Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was nothing more than a modest storefront. Now he presides over a congregation of thousands, with classrooms for Sunday School, a coffee shop in the lobby, and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. Today should be a day of celebration. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of his church’s belief. A big-little play about faith in America—and the trouble with changing your mind.

HEATHERS – THE MUSICAL Music, Lyrics, and Book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy (May 19-June 19, 2016)

The darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, the brainy and beautiful misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls for the dangerously sexy new kid, J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under.

OUT OF THE BLUE, a new Special Event series:

WALK THE NIGHT: The highly successful immersive theatre event returns in October to explore the world of one of an original Shakespearean ghost tale. Location and more information to be announced.  October 21 – November 14

PORCHYARD READINGS: 4 staged readings of contemporary plays that entice audiences to embrace risk and celebrate discovery. New works. New voices. New adventures.

* WELL by Lisa Kron – September 21

* STRAIGHT WHITE MEN by Young Jean Lee – December 7

* RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN by Gina Gionfriddo – February 15

* MR. BURNS: A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY by Anne Washburn – April 4

 About The BLUEBARN Theatre

The BLUEBARN Theatre has been bringing professionally-produced plays to area audiences since. Since its inception, BLUEBARN has produced over 100 plays and has established itself as Omaha’s professional contemporary theatre company.  Striving to bring artistically significant scripts and professional production values to Omaha and the surrounding region, BLUEBARN is known for high-quality entertainment and the fearless pursuit of stories that challenge both theatre artists and patrons.

The BLUEBARN Theatre’s season is generously supported by HOLLAND FOUNDATION * MAMMEL FOUNDATION *  SHUBERT FOUNDATION INC. * PETER KIEWIT FOUNDATION * NEBRASKA ARTS COUNCIL* NEBRASKA CULTURAL ENDOWMENT* DOUGLAS COUNTY

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