BlueBarn Celebrates 30 Years


September 28th, 2018

Omaha, NE—Entering its 30th season, the BlueBarn Theatre opens again tonight with Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker. It’s the story of four amateur actors attending a life-changing acting class.

Also at BlueBarn this weekend, the Retro Reunion Readback, an open celebration and performance to mark this year’s milestone.

The story of the theater began at SUNY Puchase College in New York, where would-be founding members from all of the country studied theater together. Their task after school was to build a theater company outside of the New York Metro, but there wasn’t exactly much else to go on when it came to guidance. Omaha was just another name on the map.

The troupe quickly found support in the local artistic community, however, and they got right to work on producing contemporary stagecraft here in town. The Retro Readback Reunion is a chance to relive those days just starting out, and the BlueBarn’s founding members, even those who have since dispersed, will return for a lively Sunday evening. They’ve selected some of their favorite plays and scenes to read from the BlueBarn’s beginning.

Sunday’s Retro Readback will be a casual celebration of the theater’s endurance, with food, drink and music. While a chance to reflect on accomplishments on the stage, it is also an open invitation for the community that made it possible.

Circle Mirror Transformation is showing now at BlueBarn, open Thursdays thru Sundays until October 21st. The Retro Readback Reunion is one night only, this Sunday, September 30th at 6pm. Proceeds will go to the theater’s artist fund, providing a living wage for performers. For more information or tickets for both events, visit

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