In the summer of 2015, The Rose Theater, The Sherwood Foundation and Impact One teamed with renowned actor, writer, director and activist Daniel Beaty to create a one-of-a-kind performance piece that directly addresses the devastating impact of gang violence in our community.
Performed by current and former gang members and victims of gang violence together on one stage, I Dream of an Omaha Where… was created from the personal stories of those most affected by gang activity in Omaha. The result was a powerful, compelling and intense experience that greatly impacted audiences throughout the metro area and beyond.
Omaha has a long-standing problem with gangs and youth-on-youth violence and is one of the most dangerous cities to live in for African American youth. I Dream of an Omaha Where . . . was a collaborative project involving former gang members and people who have been affected by gangs. The project, moderated by nationally known performer and writer Daniel Beaty, took the participants through intense and moving workshops to a performance of a play which utilized the transcripts of the workshops. The ‘I Dream’ project was a transformative experience for those sharing their stories, and is also changing the dialogue in Omaha and similarly affected cities about the nature and impact of gang violence. Most of all, it is putting a human face on those who have or still are participating in gangs and the people who have been tragically affected by gang violence.
We invite you to view the following videos about the I Dream of an Omaha Where… project and share them with others as we all dream together of a better Omaha.
I Dream of an Omaha Where… (Short Version) – 20 minute presentation that focuses on the creative process of the project and the transformative power of the arts. This version would be most interesting to theaters and arts organizations.
I Dream of an Omaha Where… (53 min) – Full-length version that premiered at Omaha’s Film Streams theater in October 2015 and won awards at various national and international film festivals.
The Rose To Host Auditions for 2016 “I Dream…” Outreach Projects
The Rose Theater will host auditions for its 2016 “I Dream…” Outreach Projects on Tuesday, May 24, 6-9 pm, with callbacks Wednesday, May 25, 6-8 pm. Auditions are by appointment only. Auditions will be held at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam Street, Omaha.
The Rose’s “I Dream…” projects will include two productions during the 2016-17 season. The first will deal with the complications and struggles of teen pregnancy, and will be performed Sept. 23-25 at The Rose, with tours of the show being performed throughout the Omaha area Sept. 26 – Oct. 14. The second “I Dream” show will address youth incarceration. This production will be performed Nov. 11 – 20 at The Rose. Both shows are being developed and written by award-winning writer, actor and singer, Daniel Beaty.
Adult actors in their early to mid 20s are welcome to audition. African American, Caucasian and Latino men and women are needed. Performers should prepare two two-minute contrasting monologues. Callbacks will require actors to prepare a short song sung a cappella. Please bring a headshot and resume to the audition.
Rehearsals for the teen pregnancy project will be Aug. 15 – Sept. 22. Rehearsals for the youth incarceration project will be Oct. 15 – Nov. 10.