Sept. 27

Sept. 27, 2016





Derek Rayment

Public Relations Specialist, Office of Public Affairs



MCC’s Great Plains Theatre Conference names Mac Wellman 2017 Honored Playwright


OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College’s Great Plains Theatre Conference has announced award-winning playwright Mac Wellman as the conference’s honoree in 2017. As the Honored Playwright, Wellman will share his work and expertise at the 12thannual Great Plains Theatre Conference, held May 27-June 3, 2017 at MCC’s Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort streets.


About Mac Wellman 

Wellman’s recent work includes: “The Offending Gesture,” directed by Meghan Finn at the Connelly Theater in 2016; “Horrocks (and Toutatis Too) Woo World Wu” at Emerson College in Boston in 2013 (with Erin Mallon & Tim Sirgusa); “Muazzez at the Chocolate Factory” (PS122’s COIL Festival) with Steve Mellor in 2014; “AFAR at Dixon Place” in October 2011; “The Difficulty of Crossing a Field” at Montclair in the fall 2006; and ”1965 UU” for performer Paul Lazar, and directed by Stephen Mellor at the Chocolate Factory in the fall 2008. Wellman has received numerous honors, including NEA, Guggenheim and Foundation of Contemporary Arts fellowships. In 2003 he received his third Obie, for lifetime achievement. In 2006, his third novel, “Q’s Q,” was published by Green Integer, and in 2008 a volume of stories, “A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds,” was published by Trip Street Press as well as a new collection of plays, “The Difficulty of Crossing a Field” from Minnesota Press. His books of poetry include “Miniature (2002),” “Strange Elegies (2006),” “Split the Stick (2012)” from Roof Books, and “Left Glove (2011),” from Solid Objects Press. His novel “Linda Perdido” won the 2011 FC2 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Innovative Fiction. He is a distinguished professor of play writing at Brooklyn College.


About Great Plains Theatre Conference

Free and open to the public, the conference’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. MCC produces the annual conference that offers extensive opportunities for top emerging playwrights to learn and grow. The conference is also proud to present PlayFest, a free community theatre festival held each evening of the conference. PlayFest 2017 will feature Wellman’s work as well as new work by local and national theatre artists. For additional information, visit




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.