‘Red Summer’ Opens Bluebarn’s Season
September 27th, 2019
Omaha, NE—The Bluebarn Theatre opens its 31st season with a somber, yet enlightening story from Omaha’s history. Red Summer, by playwright and novelist Beaufield Berry brings to the stage the life of Will Brown, who was tragically lynched in this city 100 years ago. Berry’s play is not just about the brutality of Brown’s murder, however, examining his life and relationships during a complicated time in America’s history.
Berry, somewhat inspired by Isabel Wilkerson’s book The Warmth of Other Suns, is not alone as an Omaha artist in remembering the life and death of Brown.
Eager to honor Brown’s story, the team at Blue Barn Theatre has utilized all of its 30 years of experience portray it on the stage. Directed by Susan Toberer, Red Summer uses period costume and careful simplicity to enter the year 1919. While it’s been a long time since Brown’s murder, Berry acknowledges that there still might not be all that much distance.
Red Summer, written by Beaufield Berry opens at the Bluebarn theatre tonight at 7:30pm with showings Thursdays through Sundays until October 20th. For more information or tickets, visit Bluebarn.org.
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