Education & Programming

Alternative Programming

Alternative Programming events are free and open to the public, however free-will donations of any amount are crucial to continuing adventurous programming. All events begin at 7:30 pm


Top Row - Kevin Lawler (From the Ground Up), Emma Rasmussen (Emotional Creature), Andrew Saladino (Cry-Baby), Marie Amthor Schuett (In the Heat of the Night)
Bottom Row - Denise Chapman (From the Ground Up), Christopher Scott (Appropriate), Kimberly Faith-Hickman (Angels in America), Ashley Laverty (1776)

White Rabbit Red Rabbit

November 6, 2017  |  February 19, 2018  |  May 14, 2018

Special Event   |  Howard Drew Theatre

by Nassim Soleimanpour

White Rabbit Red Rabbit has been called a play, but it’s also a lively, global sensation that no-one is allowed to talk about. Its award-winning playwright is Iranian. His words have escaped censorship and are awaiting your audience. Slyly humorous and audaciously pointed, this ‘theater entertainment meets social experiment’ is unlike anything, and will make you question everything. Always performed by a single actor who has never read the script before and has no idea what it’s about, come experience a truly unique piece of theatre, then come back to see it again with a different performer.

URGENT: All media and press agents: This play is NOT overtly political, and should not be portrayed as such. It operates on a deeper, metaphoric level, and very expressly avoids overt political comment. We therefore ask the press to be judicious in their reportage.


March 26, 2018

Staged Reading (Play)   |  Howard Drew Theatre

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Christopher Scott

Every estranged member of the Lafayette clan has descended upon the crumbling Arkansas homestead to settle the accounts of the newly-dead patriarch. As his three adult children sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, they collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. After a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father's possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations.
Contains adult content.

The Patchwork Play Project

April 23, 2018

Special Event  |  Hawks Mainstage Theatre

A completely original piece of theatre with a twist! Omaha is home to many talented playwrights, both well established and up-and-coming. A group of local talent will be teaming up to write an original play—one piece at a time. Where the story goes...nobody knows! Come watch a staged reading of the final project to find out what the creative minds of Omaha can concoct.
Contains adult content.

Past productions


July 17, 2017

Staged Reading (Musical)  |  Howard Drew Theatre

Book by Peter Stone
Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Based on a concept by Sherman Edwards
(1969 Tony Award winner for Best Musical)
Directed by Ashley Laverty

It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence... if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.


July 31, 2017

Staged Reading (Musical)  |  Hawks Mainstage Theatre

Book by Thomas Meehan & Mark O’Donnell
Music and Lyrics by Adam Schlesinger and David Javerbaum
Based on the Universal Pictures film written and directed by John Waters
Directed by Andrew Saladino

It's 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism and Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is the coolest boy in Baltimore. He's a bad boy with a good cause – truth, justice and the pursuit of rock and roll. Cry-Baby and the square rich girl, Allison, are star-crossed lovers at the center of this world. Based on the cult classic, 1990 John Waters film, Cry-Baby features a delightfully demented book from the writers of Hairspray and a rockabilly score from the co-founder of Fountains of Wayne and the executive producer of "The Daily Show."

Angels in America

August 7 & 28, 2017

Staged Reading (Play)  |  Hawks Mainstage Theatre

By Tony Kushner
(1993 Pulitzer Prize winner for Best Drama and Tony Award winner for Best Play)
Directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman

Part One: Millennium Approaches
In the first part of Tony Kushner's epic, set in 1980's New York City, a gay man is abandoned by his lover when he contracts the AIDS virus, and a closeted Mormon lawyer's marriage to his pill-popping wife stalls. Other characters include the infamous McCarthy-ite lawyer Roy Cohn, Ethel Rosenberg, a former drag queen who works as a nurse, and an angel.

Part Two: Perestroika
In the second part, the plague of AIDS worsens, relationships fall apart as new ones begin, and unexpected friendships take form.
Contains adult language and content.

John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night

September 18, 2017

Staged Reading (Play)  |  Howard Drew Theatre

Adapted by Matt Pelfrey
Directed by Marie Amthor Schuett

It's 1962. A hot August night lies heavy over the small town of Argo, Alabama. A dead white man is discovered and the local police arrest a black stranger named Virgil Tibbs. The police discover that their prime suspect is in fact a homicide detective from California. As it happens, Tibbs becomes the racially-tense community's single hope in solving a brutal murder that is turning up no witnesses, no motives, and no clues.
Contains adult content.

From the Ground Up Series

October 30, 2017

Special Event  |  Howard Drew Theatre

Written by Denise Chapman
Directed by Kevin Lawler

Come share in the experience of seeing a workshopped performance of a brand new script. This community based play will focus on North Omaha in the 1970’s and the effect of the North I-75 Freeway being built in and running through the heart of the community.

An official collaboration with the Great Plains Theatre Conference, From the Ground Up is a workshop that provides a safe and nurturing playground for artists to develop new work for the theatre. The playwright’s material will be shared with an audience while still in the developmental phase then will continue to be developed to be included in the next Great Plains Theatre Conference.

Emotional Creature

February 14, 2018

Special Event   |  Howard Drew Theatre

by Eve Ensler
Directed by Emma Rasmussen

Performed by an ensemble of young women, Emotional Creature is made up of original monologues—and irresistible songs—about and for girls. Placing their stories squarely center stage, it gives full expression to their secret voices and innermost thoughts, highlighting the diversity and commonality of the issues they face. Emotional Creature is a call, a reckoning, an education, an act of empowerment for girls, and an illumination for parents and for us all.
Contains adult content.