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In The Upper Room

Great Plains Theatre Commons (GPTC) local premiere of In the Upper Room written by Beaufield Berry

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June 1-3 at 7:30pm at Creighton’s Lied Education Center for the Arts, 2500 California Plaza.

Great Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC) is pleased to offer the local premiere of this work by Omaha playwright Beaufield Berry. IN THE UPPER ROOM premiered to rave reviews at the Denver Center for Performing Arts earlier this year.

“We have been so honored to support Beau’s voice as a storyteller, from her first Great Plains Theatre Conference script more than a decade ago to this large-scale production. Her current success as a national theatre artist brings intelligence, humor and a much-needed perspective to the stage. IN THE UPPER ROOM was part of our conference play labs in 2017 and it is thrilling to be able to share its fully-realized form with our community” said Artistic and Administrative Coordinator Kevin Lawler.

IN THE UPPER ROOM Meet the Berrys, a multi-generational African American family in the 1970s. Their lives orbit around a strong-willed matriarch whose secrets drive her relatives nuts. Fed up, they each make plans to break away. But by standing their ground, they may lose what has held them together all along.

For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gptc-playfest-in-the-upper-room-tickets-334865681267

The play is a co-production with Creighton University Fine and Performing Arts and The Union for Contemporary Art. Denise Chapman, Producing Artistic Director at The Union for Contemporary Art is directing. All Great Plains Theatre Commons events are free and open to the public. Visit www.gptcplays.com to learn more or email commons@gptcplays.com.


The mission of Great Plains Theatre Commons is to strengthen community by supporting the creation and sharing of diverse new stories. The GPTC began in 2006 as a program of Metropolitan Community College and became its own independent arts nonprofit in summer 2020. The newly established GPTC will provide year-round theatre programming opportunities for emerging artists and audiences across Omaha and beyond.

Beaufield Berry is a Midwest-based playwright, novelist, and arts education professional. Her work specifically takes on the drama, history and joy of the Black Diaspora and often includes magical surrealism, musical, and mixed-media components. Beaufield's adventurous work has been performed across the country and in multiple conferences, including the Great Plains Theater Conference, Philadelphia Sparkfest, Manhattan Rep, and Colorado New Play Summit. She has served as a guest artist with Inge Fest in Independence, Kansas, and on several panels and boards. Beaufield is currently the Resident Playwright at Creighton University in Omaha. Her most recent production, In the Upper Room (2018 O'Neill finalist), was produced at the Denver Performing Arts Center in February 2022. Upper Room, directed by Gregg T. Daniel (w/ dramaturg Regina Victor, scenic designer Efren Delgadillo, Jr.), received rave reviews.

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Add to Calendar 20220601T000000Z 20220603T235900Z America/Chicago Great Plains Theatre Commons (GPTC) local premiere of In the Upper Room written by Beaufield Berry <p><strong>June 1-3 at 7:30pm at Creighton’s Lied Education Center for the Arts, 2500 California Plaza.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.gptcplays.com/playfest-in-the-upper-room/" target="_blank">Great Plains Theatre Conference</a> (GPTC) is pleased to offer the local premiere of this work by Omaha playwright Beaufield Berry. IN THE UPPER ROOM premiered to rave reviews at the Denver Center for Performing Arts earlier this year.</p> <p>“We have been so honored to support Beau’s voice as a storyteller, from her first Great Plains Theatre Conference script more than a decade ago to this large-scale production. Her current success as a national theatre artist brings intelligence, humor and a much-needed perspective to the stage. IN THE UPPER ROOM was part of our conference play labs in 2017 and it is thrilling to be able to share its fully-realized form with our community” said Artistic and Administrative Coordinator Kevin Lawler.</p> <p>IN THE UPPER ROOM Meet the Berrys, a multi-generational African American family in the 1970s. Their lives orbit around a strong-willed matriarch whose secrets drive her relatives nuts. Fed up, they each make plans to break away. But by standing their ground, they may lose what has held them together all along.</p> <p>For tickets: <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gptc-playfest-in-the-upper-room-tickets-334865681267" rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gptc-playfest-in-the-upper-room-tickets-334865681267">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gptc-playfest-in-the-upper-room-tickets-334865681267</a></p> <p>The play is a co-production with <a href="https://www.creighton.edu/ccasdepartment/fineandperformingarts">Creighton University Fine and Performing Arts</a> and The Union for Contemporary Art. Denise Chapman, Producing Artistic Director at The Union for Contemporary Art is directing. All Great Plains Theatre Commons events are free and open to the public. Visit <a href="http://www.gptcplays.com">www.gptcplays.com</a> to learn more or email <a href="mailto:commons@gptcplays.com">commons@gptcplays.com</a>.</p> <hr /> <p>The mission of Great Plains Theatre Commons is to strengthen community by supporting the creation and sharing of diverse new stories. The GPTC began in 2006 as a program of Metropolitan Community College and became its own independent arts nonprofit in summer 2020. The newly established GPTC will provide year-round theatre programming opportunities for emerging artists and audiences across Omaha and beyond.</p> <p><strong>Beaufield Berry</strong> is a Midwest-based playwright, novelist, and arts education professional. Her work specifically takes on the drama, history and joy of the Black Diaspora and often includes magical surrealism, musical, and mixed-media components. Beaufield's adventurous work has been performed across the country and in multiple conferences, including the Great Plains Theater Conference, Philadelphia Sparkfest, Manhattan Rep, and Colorado New Play Summit. She has served as a guest artist with Inge Fest in Independence, Kansas, and on several panels and boards. Beaufield is currently the Resident Playwright at Creighton University in Omaha. Her most recent production, <a href="https://trwplays.com/in-the-upper-room/"><em>In the Upper Room</em></a> (2018 O'Neill finalist), was produced at the Denver Performing Arts Center in February 2022. <em>Upper Room</em>, directed by <a href="https://www.michaelmooreagency.com/gregg-t-daniel">Gregg T. Daniel</a> (w/ dramaturg <a href="https://www.michaelmooreagency.com/regina-victor-1">Regina Victor</a>, scenic designer <a href="https://www.michaelmooreagency.com/efren-delgadillo-jr">Efren Delgadillo, Jr.</a>), received <a href="https://www.broadwayworld.com/denver/article/BWW-Review-IN-THE-UPPER-ROOM-at-DCPA-is-as-Good-as-it-Gets-20220306">rave reviews</a>.</p> Lied Education Center for the Arts 2500 California Plz Omaha, NE 68178

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Lied Education Center for the Arts
2500 California Plz
Omaha, NE 68178