Experience ‘Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods’ at OCP

The Play

May 6 – June 5, 2016
Howard Drew Theatre (Omaha Playhouse, 6915 Cass St, Omaha, NE)

Showtimes:  Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm.  Sundays at 2pm.

For tickets:  Visit www.ticketomaha.com or call 402-553-0800

By Tammy Ryan
Director: Lara Marsh

Gabriel, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, has started a new life in America. While working in Whole Foods, he meets Christine, a middle-aged, single mother. Their connection, and Christine’s quest to help him, changes both of their lives. Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods is an impactful and heartbreaking play that spotlights social responsibility and compassion for humanity.

Contains strong language and explores challenging subject matter.

The Cast

Justice Jamal Jones–Gabriel

Julie Fitzgerald Ryan–Christine

Victoria Luther–Alex

Anthony Jones–Panther

Mark Kocsis–Michael Dolan

Rusheaa Smith-Turner–Segel Mohammed

The Benefit

Friday, May 6 at 5:30pm

Enjoy Sudanese-inspired hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, see the show and hear from the playwright, Tammy Ryan. All proceeds will jointly benefit programming of the Omaha Community Playhouse and Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska.

Hosts: Sandy Maass and Alan Thelen, Sandy and Kate Dodge

5:30 p.m. | Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres; Playwright meet & greet

7:00 p.m. | Program featuring playwright, Tammy Ryan

7:30 p.m. | Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods

Post Show | Survivor Testimony from a local Lost Boy

Tickets: $125 per person ($75 tax deductible) | 10 for $1,000 ($520 tax deductible)

For questions, or to purchase tickets, please call the development coordinator at 402-553-4890 ext. 145.

The Workshop

Saturday, May 7 at 1pm

Playwright Tammy Ryan will lead a writing workshop with prompts designed to help you access your personal memories and experiences to use in your work, either in new plays or in a play you are already in process with. Free and open to writers of all levels. Please register in advance.

Biography of Tammy Ryan
Tammy Ryan is a playwright and librettist whose work has been performed across the United States and abroad. She was awarded the Francesca Primus Prize by the American Theater Critic’s Association for her play Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods (Premiere Stages/Playwrights Theater of New Jersey.) Tar Beach, (Luna Stage) was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and included on “The List” compiled by the Kilroys as one of the most outstanding plays by a woman playwright in 2014 and was a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award honoree, as well as a finalist for both the Terrence McNally Playwriting Award and the Source Theater Festival . Other plays include Soldier’s Heart, Dark Part of the Forest (Premiere Stages) A Confluence of Dreaming, Baby’s Blues, FBI Girl (Pittsburgh Playhouse), and The Music Lesson (Florida Stage/2001 Carbonell Award Best Production/2004 AATE Distinguished New Play Award). Her first opera, A New Kind of Fallout written with composer Gilda Lyons received its world premiere at Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in 2015. Ryan has held fellowships at Virginia Center of the Creative Arts, Hambidge Center, and the Sewanee Writers Conference and her work has been developed by The National New Play Network, The New Harmony Project, The Bonderman, and The Lark. Her latest play, Molly’s Hammer (also nominated this year for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize) received its world premiere at The Repertory Theater of St. Louis in March 2016.
For more information go to: www.tammyryan.net