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Holiday Lites

December 9 - 18, 2022


Written by MS Wulfgar, Moira Mangiamelli, Jason Levering, and Katt Walsh

@ The Benson Theatre (December 9-18)

BSB’s Holiday Lites began in 2019 at the Benson Theatre’s B Side when the now newly renovated space was still just a drawing on an easel. This year we are collaborating with our friends there, again, only this time in the beautiful new community space they have created, with all the bells and whistles that go along with it! A true partnership production, this evening of original work will feature an assortment of intermingled and interconnected One-Acts encompassing the nexus of traditions that coincide at year’s end.

An odd encounter with Krampus. A sentimental stroll down Christmas Lane seen from the eyes of a Jewish immigrant. A tale of dealing with grief in times of celebration. A collision of mystery and memory. A new way of looking at cookies—and more! We’ve put Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, New Year’s Eve, and a few other surprises into a blender and made an unusually delicious theatrical nog for you! This evening is a fresh, festive, quirky, and sentimental way to ring in 2023 with humor, heart and even a few frights.

Brought to you by Benson Theatre, Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Co., Douglas County Visitors Improvement Fund and Matt Dougherty State Farm.

All members of the audience and staff are required to wear a mask for all performances of “Holiday Lites”.

* The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) is reporting an uptick in seasonal flu, RSV, and COVID-19 during the current holiday season. The Benson Theatre gives the option to our community partners to require masks for their events if they choose to do so and understand it to be in the best interest of their audience and performers. As Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Co has requested this, we ask that masks be worn during all “Holiday Lites” performances.

Omaha Girls Rock

Saturday December 17th, 2022 - 1 PM

This is a FREE Event

Come join Omaha Girls Rock and see what our students have worked on all semester for the Fall Instrument Instruction showcase! We will be featuring the next wave of Omaha musicians on guitar, bass, keys, ukulele and drums! Some students play covers of favorite songs, some write and perform their own original songs. Bring your earplugs, it might get loud.

We Are Not Alone

A Film Event - Thursday December 22, 2022 - 6:30 PM

“There comes a time in many people’s lives where it just doesn’t matter anymore; you must give up and retreat into yourself or you must be brave and stand up for yourself. For me, that time is now.” — Kristi Pederson

Illuminating Hearts presents a TINY space PRODUCTIONS documentary film based on the book We Are Not Alone by Kristi Pederson. Kristi brings heart, humor, and grace to her profound experiences based on lifelong contact with extraterrestrials, including physical exams, technology, and meeting her own hybrid children.

This film demonstrates how sharing our stories empowers others, conveying the nuanced message that you are not alone in the universe.

Tickets are $15

"Thistle" a CREW / Magdalene House film event

Wednesday January 25, 2023 - 3 PM

CREW Omaha and Benson Theatre present a screening of the film “Thistle”. This event is supported by Douglas County VIF. All proceeds will go to Magdalene Omaha.

“Thistle” Synopsis: For over 20 years, Thistle Farms has lit a pathway of healing and hope for women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. In the film Thistle we are introduced to several of these resilient women, and hear their stories of overcoming trauma and finding hope in community.

The film also highlights Becca Stevens, a trail-blazing Episcopal priest who for 20 years has been building one of the most unique and successful recovery communities in the US, one day at a time.

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