Omaha Community Playhouse Goes Around the World

The Omaha Community Playhouse, the country’s largest community theatre (more on that in a bit), is producing my play Around the World in 80 Days. It runs January 20 -February 12.

I hate to point these things out but my OCD gets the better of me. Here’s the poster for the show. Can you spot the mistake?

Omaha Community Playhouse

The Largest Community Theatre

So it turns out that the Omaha Community Playhouse is the country’s largest community theatre. It is 94 years old, has 35 full-time employees, more than 1,000 volunteers and 5,000 season ticket holders!! Holy hell-o kitty!? Amazing. I know a lot of LORT theatres that don’t have those kind of stats.

Around the World in 80 Days

The show stars:

Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek as Phileas Fogg; Ablan Roblin as Jean Passepartout; Teri Fender as Aouda; And I’m guessing two more actors. I can’t find any information on them. They’re sort of like the professor and Maryann from Gilligan’s Island. And the rest.

Omaha Community Playhouse

The director is Carl Beck, a pillar of Nebraska Theatre. Now I have a connection, sort of, to Carl and the Playhouse. Years ago, back when I was starting out as an actor, I sent my headshot and photo to Carl several times for a job at the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the professional touring wing of the Playhouse. I never got a job there. I never got a phone call. I didn’t even get a rock. The theatre was much better off without me. Believe me. But I’m glad that I’m finally showing up at the Playhouse. I knew I’d get there one day.

I love this photo. It’s a shot of the costume plot. It looks a lot like one of the many charts I made when I was writing the script.

Omaha Community Playhouse

Thank You

A big thank you to Carl, Kimberly Faith Hickman (Artistic Director) and everyone at the Omaha Community Playhouse for producing one of my shows. I really appreciate it.

Omaha Community Playhouse I don’t always drink tea. But when I do, I make it English Breakfast.

The Skinny

Around the World in 80 Day

Omaha Community Playhouse
6915 Cass St, Omaha, NE 68132
Jan 20 – Feb 12
Buy tickets here.


Around the World in 80 DaysMy watch is off by 16 years!

The Statue of Liberty.

The play takes place in 1872. The Statue of Liberty wasn’t completed until 1888.

Although most likely there were drawings of it in 1872.


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