The show must go on
September 13th, 2011
Omaha, NE – Radio Golf should hit the main stage at the John Beasley Theatre at the end of September. But the play might be put on hold. KVNO News checked out a rehearsal this week, and spoke with John Beasley about the financial future of the theatre.
At a recent evening rehearsal at the John Beasley Theatre in South Omaha, actress Tammie Ray Jackson is taking direction from director John Beasley…
â€œHe wants to move to the Hill,â€ Jackson said.
â€œI donâ€™t believe you,” Beasley replied.
â€œHe wants to move to the Hillâ€
â€œDo you believe that?â€ Beasley asked.
â€œHe wants to move to the Hill,” Jackson repeated, with a little more force. “He wants to move back to the house that he grew up in… I donâ€™t want to move backwards and I wasnâ€™t born backwards.”
The five-member cast is getting ready for the upcoming production of August Wilsonâ€™s Radio Golf â€“ a play from Wilsonâ€™s ten-part series about African Americansâ€™ journey through the decades of the twentieth century.
Beasley says the theatre came to a crossroads this season. A successful television and film actor, Beasley says he has been underwriting the theatre and using the space at the South Omaha YMCA. And now, he says itâ€™s time for the theater to stand on its own. He says he has received some “key donations” that should keep the South Omaha theater open for a few more months. But he’ll also be pursuing the possibility of moving it to north Omaha, with the help of a grant he received recently.
â€œI think it would be huge,” Beasley said. “Weâ€™re looking at the new theater to be a destination. It would also be an anchor, a cultural anchor in north Omaha, on the 24th and Lake Street area… an anchor for the redevelopment of north Omaha.â€
Beasley said his theater plays an important role in the Omaha community, and is the only one that specifically tells stories about African Americans.
â€œWeâ€™re trying to present our culture through our eyes,” he said. “Our patrons can take a look at black culture, and maybe learn to understand us a little bit more. When you understand something, you canâ€™t hate it. You can disagree with it, but you canâ€™t hate it,” he said. “Thatâ€™s one of the purposes that we serve here.â€
Beasley said if all goes well, Radio Golf will open in the south Omaha theater at the end of this month. Itâ€™s the twelfth season at the John Beasley Theater, and the final play of the August Wilson series.
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