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Hollywood, Nebraska

  • Mars Theater Space at WYO Theater 42 North Main Street Sheridan, WY, 82801 United States (map)

By Kenneth Jones
Directed by Scott Alan Evans

In the panhandle of Nebraska, two actresses of a certain age are making a homecoming in their dying small town. Jane’s in from L.A. to check up on her ailing mother. Andrea’s back from New York to bury her father. Will a disappearing dot on the map of the Great Plains provide a second act for each of them? A new rueful comedy about the urge to be creative, the itch to move away and the ache of reconnecting with the family and feelings that you thought you left behind.

Six Developmental Performances at the WYO Theater, Sept. 8-16

Friday, September 8, 2pm
Saturday, September 9, 7pm
Tuesday, September 12, 2pm
Wednesday, September 13, 7pm
Friday, September 15, 2pm
Saturday, September 16, 7pm

A Note From the Playwright
There’s a small town in far western Nebraska, near the border of Wyoming, where I’ve spent time, as an outsider, with people I love. Its heyday is over. Its population has dwindled to about 2,400. There is drought. Some storefronts are boarded up. Missile silos that once held weapons aimed at Russia during the Cold War have been decommissioned. An oil boom ended. Interstate 80 diverted traffic away from Main Street — the former Lincoln Highway — long ago. A railroad cuts through town, but no longer offers passenger service. There are farms both fallow and fertile. I walked around town. I browsed at a thrift shop. I took pictures of broken windows at the Wheat Growers Hotel. I attended a church service. I shared dinners and played cards in a parlor with widows who loved to laugh and talk about their history. I was curious and inspired. I wondered about residents past and present — who left? who stayed? and why? — and it all made me think more deeply about what it means to lead a “creative life.” That was the jumping off point for "Hollywood, Nebraska."

Earlier Event: September 7
Another Roll of The Dice
Later Event: September 9
Play Readings