2021/22 Season

Aug. 20–Sept. 19, 2021

Howard Drew Theatre

By Ken Ludwig  |  Directed by Susan Baer Collins

A heartwarming recount of wartime romance between two strangers, stitched together from hundreds of real-life letters between the playwright’s parents. Jack is an Army doctor stationed in Oregon, accomplished and disciplined. Louise is an aspiring actress in the heart of NYC, bubbly and ambitious. The unlikely pair strikes up a correspondence that will change their lives forever. From Tony Award®-winning playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Murder on the Orient Express), Dear Jack, Dear Louise is a must-see, brimming with charm, humor and nostalgia.

Sept. 17–Oct. 10, 2021

Hawks Mainstage Theatre

Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig  |  Directed by Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek

A thrilling whodunit set aboard the world’s most famous luxury locomotive, Murder on the Orient Express will keep you guessing until the very end. When the Orient Express becomes stranded by a snow storm, a passenger is found stabbed to death in his private room. With the murderer still on board, a detective must solve the crime before the train reaches its destination.

Presenting Sponsor: Physicians Mutual
Hawks Mainstage Series Sponsor: Immanuel

Oct. 8–Nov. 7, 2021

Howard Drew Theatre

By Charles Ludlam  |  Directed by Jim McKain

Vampires, werewolves, mummies and an ancient family curse: Two actors take on all of this and more—via dozens of warp-speed quick changes—in this wildly absurd comedy. A feverish spectacle from beginning to end, delightfully campy and dripping with satire, The Mystery of Irma Vep is a farce to be reckoned with!

Nov. 19–Dec. 23, 2021

Hawks Mainstage Theatre

Written by Charles Dickens | Adapted by Charles Jones
Musical Orchestration by John J. Bennett  |  Directed by Susan Baer Collins

It just isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol! Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge takes us on a life-changing journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Filled with stunning Victorian costumes, festive music and crisp, wintry sets, A Christmas Carol is a beautiful reminder of the power of redemption and the generosity that lies at the heart of the Christmas holiday.

Presenting Sponsor: FNBO
Orchestra Sponsor: KPMG LLP
Bakery & Special Effects Sponsors: Rotella’s Bakery
Counting House Sponsor: Grain & Mortar

Nov. 26–Dec. 23, 2021

Howard Drew Theatre

OCP legend Camille Metoyer Moten makes her highly-anticipated return to the stage for an intimate holiday affair. Christmas in My Heart is all the wonder and magic of the season in concert. Cozy up in our Howard Drew Theatre and let Camille’s soaring voice warm your heart with beloved holiday classics, contemporary Christmas melodies and everything in between!

Presenting Sponsor: CHI Health

Jan. 21–Feb. 13, 2022

Hawks Mainstage Theatre

Written and Composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell  |  Directed by Roxanne Wach

Nominated for five Tony Awards®, written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell and inspired by real events, Bright Star is a story of enduring hope woven through time and set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Young teenager Alice Murphy is devastated when her infant son is ripped away. But 20 years later, a young man enters her life and ushers in an unexpected glimmer of hope. With a Grammy®-nominated bluegrass score that will seep into your veins, Bright Star is as much a musical experience as it is a journey of the heart.

Producing Partner: CHI Health
Orchestra Sponsor: Kiewit
Artistic Team Sponsor: Security National Bank
Hawks Mainstage Series Sponsor: Immanuel

Feb. 11–March 13, 2022

Howard Drew Theatre

By John Patrick Shanley  |  Directed by Susan Baer Collins
This charming romantic comedy follows Anthony and Rosemary, two introverts who grew up on neighboring farms in rural Ireland. Rosemary secretly fell in love with Anthony at age six, but after a bout with heartbreak, Anthony swore off women forever. The now middle-aged pair must overcome their own aloofness—as well as a family property dispute—to finally find their way to one another.

March 4–27, 2022

Hawks Mainstage Theatre

Based on the Novel by Alice Walker | Book by Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray  |  Directed by Kathy Tyree

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the Oscar® nominated film by Steven Spielberg, The Color Purple is an intimate coming-of-age story set in rural Georgia and told through a rich helping of jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues. As Celie grows from a young teenager into a woman, she must overcome the cruelty and hardships that life has dealt to discover her inner strength through love, forgiveness and family. Driven by powerhouse vocal performances, The Color Purple is the ultimate tale of triumph over suffering and empowerment through adversity.

Disclaimer: Contains adult themes.

Hawks Mainstage Series Sponsor: Immanuel

April 15–May 8, 2022

Hawks Mainstage Theatre

Adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry  |  Director To Be Announced

Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a utopian society with no war, no pain and no memories. All of life’s choices, from your occupation to your family members, are conveniently dictated by the government to keep things perfectly equal and functional. But when Jonas is chosen by The Giver to bear the memories of his society, past and present, he learns the truth behind his perfect world. Will Jonas fall in line or risk everything to forge a new path?

Hawks Mainstage Series Sponsor: Immanuel
Presenting Sponsor: Heider Family Foundation

May 6–June 5, 2022

Howard Drew Theatre

By Lydia R. Diamond  |  Director To Be Announced

The LeVays, a wealthy Black family, set out for a relaxing weekend at their second home in Martha’s Vineyard. When brothers Kent and Flip both bring their new girlfriends to meet the family, the newcomers butt heads over everything from class to race to cultural expectations. Sibling rivalries and parental expectations bring their rollercoaster weekend to a boiling point in this bitingly funny comedy-drama.

Disclaimer: Contains adult language.

May 27–June 26, 2022

Hawks Mainstage Theatre

Book by Harvey Fierstein | Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper | Original Broadway Production Directed and Choreographed by Jerry Mitchell | Based on the Miramax motion picture Kinky Boots | Written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth  |  Directed by Ablan Roblin

Flashy, inspiring and downright fun, Kinky Boots is the heartwarming Broadway musical—and winner of six Tony Awards®—thrilling audiences around the world. Following the death of his father, Charlie Price reluctantly agrees to return to his hometown to take over the family’s failing shoe factory. Inspiration strikes when he meets Lola, an outspoken and unapologetic drag queen in need of a sturdy pair of exotic boots. The unlikely pair cobble a heartwarming tale of acceptance and friendship told through dazzling choreography and the intoxicating music of Cyndi Lauper.

Hawks Mainstage Series Sponsor: Immanuel

June 10–26, 2022

Howard Drew Theatre

Celebrate the divas who dominated the music scene for decades with this high-energy concert experience! Featuring the music of Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Cher, Whitney Houston, Carole King and more—served up by a team of powerhouse vocalists and backed by a full rock band.

*SPECIAL EVENT. Not part of the regular season.