Please bring one or more feminine care products for our Community Donation Period Drive in support of Access Period, whose mission is to help combat period poverty by thoughtfully distributing free menstrual products in Nebraska.
GOAL: Collect 500 Feminine Care Products
For every item you bring, you’ll be entered into a raffle for one FREE Season Membership for our 2023-2024 season!
Period Poverty Facts:
-1 in 4 people who menstruate struggled to purchase period products within the last year due to lack of income. In Nebraska, 1 in 8 women and girls between the ages of 12 and 44 live below the federal poverty line.
-1/3 of low-income women report missing work, school, or similar commitments due to lack of access to period supplies.
Friday, June 2 – 7pm Featured Artist: Chris Holtmeier
Chris Holtmeier is an Omaha, Nebraska based photographer specializing in portrait, family, wedding, and editorial work. Expressions in Motion: An Artistic Exploration of Dance, Nature and the Rhythms of Life features several works from Chris’s The Dance Project photo series.
Saturday, June 10 – 7pm Featured Artist : Maddie Hake-Brown
Maddie is an Omaha-based artist specializing in 2D painting and body painting. Her work aims to capture human emotions and has a focus on celebrating the feminine form.
“This art exhibition is a celebration of movement and motion in all its forms, exploring the various ways in which movement is expressed through dance, life, and nature. From the graceful movements of ballet to the fluidity of water to the sway of trees in the wind, the exhibition features a diverse range of artistic styles that capture the beauty and energy of dance and movement and the vibrant rhythm of life that is constantly in motion and propels us forward.” ~Curator Jared Spence
Expressions in Motion is on display to the public for the duration of the run of Dance Nation during Box Office Hours (M-F, 10am-4pm).
You may recognize Jordan as an actor on our very own BLUEBARN stage, but he’s also an amazing dancer and dance instructor! Get your dancing feet on because he’ll be teaching a class in association with the Omaha Jitterbugs before our evening show.
Please join in a talkback with the cast and creatives of Dance Nation. The play’s director, ensemble, and creative team will discuss the journey of bringing this story to the stage!
Join us for two pre-show conversations with Jared Spence, curator of the Footsteps of My Mother group art exhibition, celebrating Asian American artists. The work tells stories about embracing one’s heritage, honoring the journeys of those who came before, and negotiating identity in a world where you are seen as an “other.”
The Footsteps of My Mother exhibit is on display to the public for the duration of the run of The Chinese Lady during Box Office Hours (M-F, 10am-4pm).
Footsteps of My Mother Artist Roster:
Yuanjun Zhou Chen, Jen Yi-We Hernandez, Thomas Halbur, Jin, Lew Lunbeck, & Jave Yoshimoto
Please join in community with the cast and creatives of The Chinese Lady. The play’s director, cast, and creative team will discuss their process in bringing this story to the stage.
Playwright Lloyd Suh sits down (virtually) with director Wai Yim and cast members Lisa Tejero and Jimmy Nguyen to talk about bringing the story of Afong Moy, The Chinese Lady, to life onstage, and the joys and challenges of telling this story in Omaha, Nebraska.
Andrea Lawse of Artemis Tea will offer samples of tea of Guangzhou, and discuss the place and importance of Guangzhou in Chinese tea culture.
Join us for a pre-show conversation with Jared Spence, curator of the WE the People group art exhibition, which explores the social and political structures and systems in place in our country that marginalizes certain communities of people. The exhibition features multicultural artists of different ages and backgrounds currently residing in the Omaha and Lincoln area. Bring your questions to the WE the People artists who offer a wealth of united and varied experiences and points of view.
The WE the People exhibit is on display to the public in February during Box Office Hours (M-F, 10am-4pm).
WE the People Artist Roster:
Wesaam Al Badry, Ang Bennett, Gerardo “Pollo” Diaz, Mary Ensz, Eduardo Gardea, Thomas Halbur, Kendra Limon, Sarah Rowe, Nathaniel Ruleaux, Oria Simonini, Bart Vargas, Lily Stennis-Vinson
We are thrilled to welcome Heidi Schreck to the BLUEBARN as we celebrate the closing weekend of her play, What the Constitution Means to Me. Join this award-winning playwright in a conversation about the birth and evolution of this powerful show.
In partnership with Nebraska Writers Collective, BLUEBARN invited Nebraska Youth Poet Laureate runner-up Isabella Mitchell to respond to What the Constitution Means to Me through poetry. We’re grateful to Isabella, a Central High senior, for sharing her poem, An Address to a Bare-Boned Nation, in her own voice.
What does the Constitution mean to you? Explore this question with representatives from the League of Women Voters and Civic Nebraska. This group will guide the audience through a discussion around the impact of constitutional rights in today’s society, with a focus on women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ2s+ matters.
Talkback Participants: Linda Duckworth, President at League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha; Bridget Claborn, Fundraising Director, LWV of Greater Omaha; Cat Henning, Vice-President at LWV of Greater Omaha; Karina Hernandez, Director at Large at LWV of Greater Omaha Board; Jenny Synowiecki, Public Policy Director at LWV of Greater Omaha; Chueqa Yang (they/she/any), Voting Rights Organizing Coordinator at Civic Nebraska; Sarah Walker, Development Director at Civic Nebraska
Join the incredible cast and production team as they dive into the creative process behind BLUEBARN’s What the Constitution Means to Me.
Bonfire + Booooo-ze Bash
Friday, October 7 | Following the 7:30pm show
You’re invited to join the cast and creative team for a drink around the bonfire to celebrate the opening weekend of Sleepy Hollow! It will be a boOoOo-zy bash!
Afterwords: In-Process Discussions
Saturday, October 8 & Saturday, October 22 | Following the 7:30pm show
Please join in community with the cast and creatives of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The play’s directors, adapters, ensemble, and creative team will discuss the adventure of bringing this story to the stage!
Spinning Tales ‘round the Bonfire
with Nebraska Writers Collective
Friday, October 14 | Following the 7:30pm show
Tales and cocktails around the fire on a beautiful October night? Yes, please! Join us for a very special evening in partnership with The Nebraska Writer’s Collective as they present four original stories for you to enjoy. They will surely scare us with delight!
Nebraska Writers Collective Performers:
Emily Anderson, Ryan Boyland, Toni Monette, Jeevan Narney
Harvest Moon: Pre-Show Art Chats with Curator, Jared Spence
Sunday, October 16 & 23 | Beginning 30 minutes before show
As you walk through BLUEBARN’s lobby during Sleepy Hollow, you will enjoy the art show, Harvest Moon, curated by Jared Spence. Please join us for two pre-show conversations with Jared and the Harvest Moon artists. Bring your questions and enjoy a festive pre-show drink!
Travis Apel, J Barnett, Josh Brown, Marco Delgado, Bob Donlan, Rodger Gerberding,
Aspen Monet Laboy, Lallaya Lalley, Brandon Mass, Stephanie Plummer, Derek Pressnall,
Christine Reilly, Sarah Rowe, Christine Reilly, Mark Sabaliauskas, and Jared Spence.
BOO! Barn Halloween Bonfire Bash!
Saturday, October 29 | Following the 7:30pm show
It’s party time! Wear your favorite costume to the show and join us on the patio for the BoooooBarn Halloween Bonfire Bash! Help us celebrate the wonderful run of this fantastic production with the cast and creative team!