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American Son

Benson Theatre is pleased to announce the next production in Benson Theatre- Season 1, Coming Home . . . Christopher Demos-Brown’s “American Son” Directed by Kathy Tyree

Through the generous support of:
Mutual of Omaha, Weitz Family Foundations, Nebraska Arts Council, Douglas County Visitor Improvement Fund, and Target.
Production Dates: August 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27
Curtain Times: 7:30pm Thursdays through Saturdays, 2pm Matinees on Sundays
Sunday, August 21st will be an ASL interpreted performance.
Post-Show Talkbacks to be announced.
An estranged bi-racial couple must confront their feelings about race and bias after their son is detained by the local police following a traffic stop incident. Their disparate histories and backgrounds inform their assumptions as they try to find out what happened to their son.

What they’re saying-
“American Son” is not a subtle play; it barely feels like a play at all. With its unrelentingly high tension on every level – maternal, marital, societal – it’s more like a slice of a nightmare, with few contours despite its surprises. Its abrupt ending doesn’t even offer a chance for catharsis; it just spits you out.” -NY Times
“. . .But this is tense theater designed to shake up our complacency and make us think. In that aim, it succeeds.” -Hollywood Reporter
“. . .there is no denying the play’s emotional force. There are moments when you can feel hundreds of people all holding their collective breath.” – The Guardian

Red Velvet Curtian Open Mic 8/23/22

This is a Free Event

The Red Velvet Curtain is the extension of the long-running commitment to the Spoken Word Poetry scene that has been richly courted and supported in Omaha. The history of the artform includes its cultural significance as part of the African/African American Oral Tradition.
As the purpose of it to educate, move, spiritually uplift and entertain will continue to be part of this new iteration, its evolution shall be birthed in the people who bless the mic. Using the beauty and power of words and music, performance-based poetry, including Spoken Word, has found its way into the souls of people from all walks of life, allowing the voices and experiences of us all to be told, heard and felt. It is through the power of words that revolutions have been born, movements sustained, and change brought to fruition.

The Wiz Costume Jam 8/28/22

Welcome to the first inaugural “The Wiz Costume Jam”. In the spirit of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, we wear the costumes, we watch the movie, we sing the songs, we dance the dances in the aisles of the Benson Theatre. Brought to you by the House of Afros Capes and Curls and 1st Sky Omaha. 

Get your costumes ready today!

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