Season 28

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

by Bertolt Brecht
Show runs:

September 22 – October 16, 2016

Described by Brecht as ‘a gangster play that would recall certain events familiar to us all’, Arturo Ui is a witty and savage satire of the rise of Hitler – recast by Brecht into a fictional, small-time Chicago gangster’s takeover of the city’s greengrocery trade in the 1930s. The satirical allegory combines Brecht’s Epic style of theatre with black comedy and overt moralism. Using a wide range of parody and spoof – from Al Capone to Shakespeare’s Richard III and Goethe’s Faust – Brecht’s compelling parable continues to have relevance wherever totalitarianism appears today.

Generously sponsored by
Kate and Roger Weitz
Carter and Vernie Jones


by Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor
Show runs:

November 25-December 19, 2016

Welcome to the Annual Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church, where all faiths are welcome because we’ll believe anything. But there’s a problem: None of the acts have arrived, so three members are pressed into service to perform the entire Variety Show and Christmas Pageant by themselves. An irreverent yet heartwarming trip through the holidays, it is festive, funny, physical, family fun as these Three Wise Guys send up our favorite
holiday traditions.

Generously sponsored by


by Taylor Mac
Show runs:

February 2 - February 26, 2017

Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from the wars to help take care of his ailing father, only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent: his mom. Liberated from an oppressive marriage, with Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling as her ally, she’s on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. But in Taylor Mac’s sly, subversive comedy, annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it.

Generously Sponsored by
Jannette Davis
Dr. Kerry Dobson and Bruce Reneaud
Bluestem Prairie Foundation

Burlington Capital Foundation



by Lauren Gunderson
Show runs:

March 23-April 15, 2017

The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

Generously Sponsored by

Giger Foundation


Silent Sky currently playing

Priscilla Queen of the Desert - the Musical

by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
Show runs:

May 18 - June 25, 2017

Based on the smash-hit movie, PRISCILLA is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus Priscilla, searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of.

Featuring a hit parade of dancefloor favorites including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Boogie Wonderland, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and I Love The Nightlife, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!

Additional Support from
Dr. Merlyn Knudson & James Davis

Media Sponsor

Out of the Blue - Special Event Series


September 28th – October 29th

Generously sponsored by Lincoln Financial Foundation and The Rea Charitable Trust

Blue Barn’s immersive theatre event returns for its third installment, with a unique adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Five missing person’s cases (4 decades old, 1 recent); forbidden loves, swallowed by the unknown; secrets answered within a nomadic, mid-night festival. Location to be announced.

A special thank you to our

Season 28 Sponsors

The BLUEBARN Theatre 2016-2017 season
is generously supported by:

Mammel Foundation
Anonymous Foundations
Peter Kiewit Foundation-ArtStock
ECHO Group, Inc.
Iowa West Foundation
Fred and Eve Simon Charitable Foundation
Dr. Kerry Dobson and Bruce Reneaud
Dr. Amy Haddad and Steve Martin
Roger B. Devor

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