April 11

April 11, 2018





Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager



Great Plains Theatre Conference announces 2018 playwrights


OMAHA, Neb. — The Great Plains Theatre Conference, hosted by Metropolitan Community College, is proud to announce its 2018 PlayLab playwright selections for its 13th annual conference. Representing top emerging playwrights nationwide, the 20 selected playwrights will travel to Omaha May 27–June 2 to participate in the GPTC at MCC’s historic Fort Omaha Campus, 30thand Fort streets.


Each year, the GPTC welcomes hundreds of local participants while also attracting theatre artists from across the country. More than 1,000 scripts were submitted for consideration for the 2018 GPTC with plays selected through a blind reading process. 


During the conference, PlayLab scripts are rehearsed by local and national directors and actors and performed in staged readings. At the end of each reading, playwrights receive feedback from national playwrights, theatre scholars, directors and the public in a guided-response setting. 


All PlayLab readings are free and open to the public.  


2018 PlayLab playwrights


Christopher Bryant (Prahan, Australia)                      “Disinhibition”

Matthey Capodicasa (Astoria, New York)                  “All the People You’ve Been”

Inda Craig-Galván (Northridge, California)                “Welcome to Matteson!”

Gino Diiorio (New York, New York)                           “James Hemmings”

Mathilde Dratwa (Brooklyn, New York)                     “Milk and Gall”

Christine Farrell (Cliffside Park, New Jersey)            “Our Half of the Sky”

Franky D. Gonzalez (Frisco, Texas)                          “Even Flowers Bloom in Hell, Sometimes”

Katherine Gwynn (Kansas City)                                 “Big Bad”

Jessica Huang (Minneapolis)                                     “The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin”

Julia May Jonas (Brooklyn, New York)                     “A Woman Among Women”

Emily Krause (Brooklyn, New York)                          “something for the fish”

Christopher Maly (Lincoln, Nebraska)                       “The Blues of Knowing Why”

Matt Minnicino (New York, New York)                        “Some Pictures of the Floating World”

Massimo Monfiletto (Albuquerque, New Mexico)      “Calypso in Harlem”

Kenneth Prestininzi (Groton, Connecticut)                 “Mrs. Polska”

Kat Ramsburg (North Hollywood, California)             “Wendy Unwritten”

Shanti Reinhardt (Los Angeles)                                  “Otis”

Emma Stanton (Chicago)                                           “June in the Parade”

Douglas Williams (Philadelphia)                                 “Ship”

Nick Zadina (Omaha)                                                 “Lacey, Jeremy, Bridget, and Dan”


About Great Plains Theatre Conference: 

GPTC’s mission is to enable playwrights and theatre artists to share time, energy and talent in the service of developing craft, creating new work and strengthening community on a local and national scale. Through the conference, playwrights connect with guest artists and one another in a supporting and encouraging environment and critique one another’s work, develop work together and form future creative alliances. All daytime conference readings are free and open to the public. PlayFest, GPTC’s evening theatre festival for the community is also free and open to the public and is held in various locations throughout Omaha during the conference week. 


The conference is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment and Humanities Nebraska.  


For more information, visit, call 531-MCC-2618 or email




Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.