Go Beyond the Show

Go Beyond the Show brings the community together following a performance to further educate and discuss the world of the play. Audience members are encouraged to stay after the show and participate in the conversation with local experts.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Friday  |  February 24

Join historians of the American West and Black Studies experts as we discuss the cultural relevance of this classic film adaptation.


Brian Downes is the executive director of the John Wayne Birthplace & Museum in Winterset, IA. Previously he worked 35 years for the Chicago Tribune where he wrote extensively on the historical American West for the newspapers travel section. A highlight of his career was when, in 1977, he spent a day with John Wayne at his Newport Beach, CA home where the actor regaled him with endless stories about Hollywood’s Golden Age and the modern movie industry which Wayne did not approve.

Peggy Jones, (M.F.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln) is an Associate Professor and past Interim Chairperson of the Black Studies Department, and a member of the Graduate and Women's and Gender Studies faculty, and the Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. Her research interests include intersections between language and identity, White privilege, and media (mis)representations of race and gender. She received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council for this play, “The Journey,” about Aaron Douglas, the first black graduate from the art department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1922. It premiered at The Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska, on February 16, 2013. Her most recent publication is a book chapter: My Mother Tongue: A Linguistic Autoethnography in African American Women’s Language: Discourse, Education and Identity.

Jason A. Heppler is a Digital Engagement Librarian and an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a Researcher with Stanford University's Spatial History Project. He is a historian of the United States specializing in the North American West, with particular interests in urban history, politics and political culture, and environmental history.

Rock of Ages

Friday  |   March 24

Dive deeper into the 80s and attend our conversation on the history of rock and roll, fashion and more.