The Great Plains Theater Conference takes place every year in Omaha, NE. Theater folks from all over come in for this event. This year was my first year being part of this theater conference, so I really didn’t know what kind of audience to expect. I did know that there were tons of performances, script readings and workshops through the conference and I heard they were all really well-attended. The performances took place at a different venue each night and they were all at nontraditional settings for theater: a night club, an old train station, an art gallery, on a prairie hill, on top of a parking garage, and outdoors.
I was asked to do some costuming for the performance at House of Loom, which is a night club south of the Old Market. It is a local nightlife spot with a great vibe that I really love, so I was excited to see it function as a theater venue for a night.
Local band Gus & Call wrote the score for this performance. They are outstanding musicians. I was in love with all the sounds that were in this production. They even built a wine bottle xylophone-type instrument for the show!
The play was Muazzez by Mac Wellman. I loved being a part of this production. Everyone was so easy to work and there was a great deal of talent involved. Timothy Siragusa is an actor, performer and artist from Omaha and he is outrageously talented. It was like magic watching him rehearse. Put Tim on a stage and it’s pretty much instant captivation. Hand him a stellar costume, throw on some lights and have a band play an incredible score while he performs a Mac Wellman script and Tim Siragusa is unstoppable.
Great Plains Theater Conference: http://www.mccneb.edu/gptc/gptc2012.asp