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Omaha Community Playhouse, Pitch team up for date night at home

Posted at 6:56 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 19:56:22-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Omaha Community Playhouse and Pitch present dinner and a play, an opportunity to have date night at home.

“We thought it was really important to bring some entertainment to our local community,” Kimberly Faith Hickman, Artistic Director at Omaha Community Playhouse said.

While their doors are locked, and live performances canceled, the Omaha Community Playhouse is offering you a unique opportunity to stream the Omaha staged production of "Recommended Reading for Girls" by Ellen Struve.

Typically, plays aren’t recorded because they’re meant to be enjoyed live with the actors and a full audience. The Omaha Community Playhouse has recorded a few performances over the years, with the writer’s permission, when it hosted the world premiere.

“It’s about a young girl who returns home to care for her mom and while she is there, she is visited by characters from her favorite childhood books,” Hickman said. “It’s a great nostalgic story for people who grew up reading 'A Little Princess,' 'Anne of Green Gables.'"

For dinner, they've teamed up with Pitch to offer you pizza and wine or a four-course dinner including cajun caesar salad with shrimp, goat cheese peppadews, rainbow baby carrots.

“And then our Certified Angus Beef short ribs that are braised for eight hours is going to be served over a house made cheese ravioli, au ju, and then chocolate cake with blue berry mascarpone,” Dean Leisman, Chief Operating Officer at Pitch said.

Pitch offers takeout or delivery if scheduled in advance. Since the play is streamed online, anyone can enjoy this special menu from Pitch in Omaha or Scottsdale, AZ.

“What a great opportunity to give someone a break on a Friday night,” Leisman said.

“It’s a place for everyone,” Hickman said. “Regardless of where you come from, regardless if you’ve done theater before or studied it. It’s a great way for everyone to participate.”

The show starts Friday night at 7:30; you can stream it for free on YouTube while enjoying your scratch made dinner. The Omaha Community Playhouse is accepting donations on its website.

Dinner and a play will be offered again in May.