Season 29


by Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahoe
Show runs:

September 21 – October 15, 2017

You’re seven years old. Mom’s in the hospital. Dad says she’s done something stupid. To cheer her up, you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own.

A solo show, based on true and untrue stories, starring BLUEBARN founder Hughston Walkinshaw.

Generously sponsored by
Dr. Kerry Dobson & Bruce Reneaud and Jannette Davis


adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchanan
Show runs:

November 24 – December 17, 2017

The original cast returns in this retro-Award-winning flashback! Mix a 1930s Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy film noir and a dash of Monty Python and you have an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure. Packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 characters, an on-stage plane crash, and some good old-fashioned romance, The 39 Steps is a riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft that’s guaranteed to thrill.

Generously sponsored by
Omaha Steaks and Anne Thorne Weaver


by David Ives
Show runs:

February 1 – February 25, 2018

Inspired by the classic 1870 erotic novel, Venus in Fur goes behind the scenes at an audition, where a playwright/director and a mysterious young actress blur the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power. As the two work through the script, they enter into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win.

Generously Sponsored by
Dr. Merlyn Knudson & James Davis


by David Rush
Show runs:

March 22 – April 15, 2018

During the 70s, the painter Jamie Wyeth did a series of studies and paintings of Rudolf Nureyev, the legendary ballet dancer who defected from Russia and revitalized western ballet. This play imagines what their electric encounters may have been like, what secrets were revealed about the world of painting and international dance, and how their relationship evolved…changing each of them.

Generously Sponsored by the Giger Foundation,
First National Bank, Mutual of Omaha, and Rich & Fran Juro



by Matthew Capodicasa
Show runs:

May 17 – June 17, 2018

Tess’s mother dies just before they are supposed to leave for the ancient city-state of Mastavia to retrieve a package. Unwilling to give up the mission, Tess posts an ad for a substitute traveling companion with the same name as her mother, and meets a mysterious woman eager to escape her life. This unlikely duo sets off on an adventure to a strange city of doubles, checkpoints, mystifying bureaucracy, ancient graves, and a hidden world neither of them expected to encounter. Two actors play dozens of roles in this Great Plains Theatre Conference pick.

Generously Sponsored by
Sara Foxley and Kim Jubenville

Out of the Blue - Walk the Night:


October 5th – October 29th, 2017

In partnership with Fontenelle Forest. Generously sponsored by Lincoln Financial Foundation and The Rea Charitable Trust.

Blue Barn’s immersive theatre event returns for its fourth installment, with Death Marked Love —  “Star-crossed lovers, doomed to walk the night in Bluebarn’s 4th immersive installment, based on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet(NOT INCLUDED IN SEASON MEMBERSHIP PACKAGE)

Neale Woods Nature Center, 14323 Edith Marie Avenue, in Omaha, 1/2 mile north of Hummel Park. Go here for complete information and tickets.

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A special thank you to our

Season 29 Sponsors

The BLUEBARN Theatre 2017-2018 season
is generously supported by:

Mammel Foundation
Anonymous Foundations
Peter Kiewit Foundation-ArtStock
Iowa West Foundation
Fred and Eve Simon Charitable Foundation
Roger B. Devor

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