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   from the issue of July 17, 2008

Rep opens new season with 3 plays

The Nebraska Repertory Theatre, the professional Actors Equity Association group of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, opens its 41st season with "Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins."

"Souvenir," written by Stephen Temperley and directed by the Rep's artistic director Virginia Smith, follows the meteoric rise of singer Florence Foster Jenkins, whose Carnegie Hall debut sold out in a legendary two hours.

Other productions in the season are: "Doubt, A Parable" by John Patrick Shanley at 7:30 p.m. July 17, 18, 26, 31, Aug. 9 and 2 p.m. Aug. 3; and "The Cripple of Inishmaan" by Martin McDonagh at 7:30 p.m. July 23, 24, 25, 30, Aug. 2, 6, 7 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 10.

The Rep will also host a new series, "Destinations: NRT," featuring "dark, one-night-only" performances in the Temple Building. Following each Destinations performance, audience members will be able to provide feedback to the artists.

Admission to Destinations performances is $7 or free for season pass-holders. Tickets are available at the door only.

The Destinations schedule opens at 7:30 p.m. July 22 with professional dancer/choreographer Daniel Kubert presenting the world-premiere of his "Having/Sharing: 6 Lessons I Learned from Bill T. Jones."

The series also includes the play "The Exonerated" at 7:30 p.m. July 29 and the one-woman show "Kaleidoscope: Spinning into Focus" at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5.

"The Exonerated," by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen," is based on interviews with death row inmates found innocent. The performance will be presented as a stage reading.

"Kaleidoscope," presented and written by Chicago actress Diane Dorsey, explores her life's journey.

Individual tickets to Nebraska Repertory Theatre performances are $20, $18 for faculty/staff, senior citizens, and active military, and $10 for students/youth.

Season passes, which allow unlimited attendance to all three Rep productions and one admission to a "Destination" performance, are available for $50 general admission, and $45 for faculty/staff, senior citizens and active military.

Passes and individual tickets are available at the Lied Center box office, by calling 472-4747 or 800-432-3231, or one hour prior to performances in the Temple Building lobby.

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