Season 31

MEMORY
2019-2020

Red Summer

by Beaufield Berry
Show runs:

September 26th – October 20th, 2019

World Premiere Production

In commemoration of the centenary of the Omaha race riots of 1919, BLUEBARN presents the world premiere of Beaufield Berry’s evocative account of our city’s past centered on the story of William Brown. Accused of a crime he couldn’t physically have committed, the infamous torture and lynching of this 40yr old factory worker is a stain on America’s heartland. Red Summer presents an unflinching depiction of a city on the brink of chaos and a compelling portrait of the black migrant experience, each grounded by a deeply affecting vision of Will’s life and relationships before he became a tragic headline.

History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.


GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY:
Vernie and Carter Jones
Jannette Davis

A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS

by Jeff Schell and the Habit
Show runs:

November 29th – December 22nd , 2019

Yippee-Ki-Yay, BLUEBARNERS! An outrageous take on the Most. Beloved. Christmas Movie. Of. All Time! We cordially invite you to our company Christmas party at Nakatomi Plaza! All NYPD Blue’s John McClane wants is to come to the coast, get together with his estranged wife, and have some laughs. But when a team of well-choreographed, vaguely European terrorists start taking hostages as part of their nefarious plot to…who cares? John has to cowboy up! Starring the dead guy from The Sixth Sense, the cop outside with the twinkies, big big hair, cocaine, indoor smoking, Professor Snape, and 40 floors of sheer adventure!

Hilarious, action-packed déjà vu… all over again.


Generously sponsored by

WAKEY, WAKEY

by Will Eno
Show runs:

January 30th – February 23rd, 2020

You are invited to a celebration. We will talk about time, gratitude, our childhoods, and the million miracles at work in the world, in every single moment. There will be pictures. There will be music. Gifts. Wonder. Grief. Rebirth. From Will Eno, author of the BLUEBARN’s productions of Thom Pain and Gnit, comes an extraordinary, strange and beautiful experience that wakes up the big questions, and awakens us to one another with sly humor, compassion, and grace. P.S. There will be cake.

Memento mori.


Generously sponsored by

MARJORIE PRIME

by Jordan Harrison
Show runs:

March 19th – April 12th, 2020

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

In the near future, ‘Primes’ are available from the good people at Senior Serenity, the latest devices for helping people with their fading memories and loss of companionship. Marjorie’s daughter and son-in-law have purchased Walter Prime (a holographic projection of her husband as he looked in his 30s) to keep her company. As the Prime is fed memories and conversation, the shape of their lives are revealed, more and more years are covered and recovered, and the nature of memories, the legacy of the past, and the promise of the future are all called into question.

Memories are not the key to the past, but the future.


Generously sponsored by
Sara Foxley
Fran and Rich Juro
Carolyn Owen Anderson
FNBO

A CHORUS LINE

Music by Marvin Hamlisch; Lyrics by Edward Kleban; Book by James Kirkwood Jr and Nicholas Dante
Show runs:

May 14th– June 14th , 2020

A singular sensation. A cultural touchstone. An iconic masterpiece. A Chorus Line has captivated generations of theatre goers with its unforgettable score, astonishing songs, and stunning choreography. Rediscover the raw emotion, heart and determination of the unsung heroes of American musical theatre, the chorus dancers. Drawn from real experiences that resonate even more strongly today, share the hopes and dreams, failures and successes of 16 dancers with their lives and careers on the line as they endure a grueling audition process. Rediscover the power, rediscover the beauty, embrace the spectacular magic of one of the finest musicals ever set to stage.

Do you remember what you did for love?


Generously sponsored by
Devin Fox
Bruce Reneaud and Kerry Dobson

Season 31 TruBlu Memberships

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A special thank you to our

Season 31 Sponsors

The BLUEBARN Theatre 2019-2020 season
is generously supported by:

Mammel Foundation
Paul and Oscar Giger Foundation, Inc.
Peter Kiewit Foundation – Artstock
Rea Charitable Trust
Fred and Eve Simon Foundation
Taos Community Foundation – Esperanza De Corazon Fund

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