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2008.02.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Jaime Ishii - University Relations intern
phone: 402.201.1798 - email: jishii@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Theatre Department Offers a Theatre Event of New Ways and New Works

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Theatre Department presents the “New Ways/New Works” festival, featuring new plays and new ways of theatre performance Feb. 28 through March 2 and March 5-9.

Five plays selected from more than 300 submissions from 36 states and four countries, including South Africa, will debut at the festival. Approximately 50 students, eight faculty members and four guest artists from different disciplines are collaborating for the event.

The house opens at 7 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. curtain for all evening performances. An interactive talk back session with the director, designers, and cast will follow all shows.

Fridays and Saturdays will also feature a series of skit-like works, 10 minutes in length, at 10:30 p.m.

The festival will feature a new work every evening, as well as a new way of theatre. "Kawaisoo (The Pity of Things)" is an example of a new work about a woman reeling from the loss of her husband in the 9/11 attacks. "Carry On," a devised theatre method (new way) features the actors as props for the stories held within a suitcase. Live music and an art gallery opening will also be featured at the festival.

“We wanted something that would challenge and expose our students, as well as the community, to a new way of thinking in theatre,” says Amy Lane, festival director. “The response to this event has been overwhelming. We started with an a small idea and it has grown into this amazing event.”

The performances will be held at the Weber Fine Arts Building at UNO’s campus. All performances are open to the public, general admission tickets are $15, students and senior citizens are $12. The admission cost of the 10 Minute Play Fest on Fridays and Saturdays is $5.

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