TV inspired playwright's first full-length script - Omaha.com
go logo
article photo
article photo


THEATER

TV inspired playwright's first full-length script
By Bob Fischbach
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


Aaron Zavitz was watching "The Cable Guy" a few years back when he got an idea for a play. He worked on it, off and on, for years.

The play got a staged reading a couple years ago at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and Zavitz used the feedback to refine and rewrite.

Intelligentsia

What: stage comedy

Where: SNAP/Shelterbelt Theatre, 3225 California St.

When: Tonight through May 13; 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays

Tickets: $15 adults, $12 students and senior citizens. Exceptions: $10 all seats opening weekend, Thursdays and Sundays.

Information: 402-341-2757, or online at
www.shelterbelt.org

Tonight, the result, "Intelligentsia," will have its first full stage production at the Shelterbelt Theatre, opening for a four-weekend run.

"Intelligentsia" is about a married couple, Catherine and Lawrence, who are numbly absorbed in the world of television. When their cable signal suddenly dies, they're at a total loss.

They have to face reality, and each other.

Ellen Struve, the Shelterbelt's artistic director, said she and several Shelterbelt board members attended the reading of "Intelligentsia" at the theater conference.

"We knew right away it was something we were interested in," she said. "I'm particularly excited to see the collaboration between Zavitz as writer and Eric Salonis as director. They share a deeply funny, wonderfully absurd aesthetic."

Both perform. Both write. Both infuse their work with pathos and intelligence, Struve said.

Zavitz, a filmmaker who owns a video business with his wife, Molly, began writing while earning a dramatic arts degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has had a love-hate relationship with acting, he said.

"I loved saying great words, the language of Samuel Beckett or Edward Albee, being a vessel for great writing. But I wanted to be the creator."

"Intelligentsia" marks his first premiere of a full-length play.

"It's about how we communicate, how complacent we can get in our lives watching a lot of TV," he said. "And I'm no exception. I used to read a lot. As you get older and life gets harder, it's so much easier to flip on a cooking reality show than to be actually involved in life."

Contact the writer:

402-444-1269, bob.fischbach@owh.com

Contact the writer: Bob Fischbach

bob.fischbach@owh.com    |   402-444-1269

Bob reviews movies and local theater productions and writes stories about those topics, as well.

Read more stories by Bob


Contact the Omaha World-Herald newsroom


Copyright ©2014 Omaha World-Herald®. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, displayed or redistributed for any purpose without permission from the Omaha World-Herald.

Latest Stories

The increasingly popular art of hand-brew coffee
The increasingly popular art of hand-brew coffee

Design your own perfect cup with a few gadgets and a bit of patience.


Here's the deal with that outdoor art near CenturyLink Center
Here's the deal with that outdoor art near CenturyLink Center

Years ago, Alan Potash had a vision for a public art exhibition.


Small-town Nebraska native becomes big-time comic book writer
Small-town Nebraska native becomes big-time comic book writer

Growing up in Lewellen –– a micropolis near the bottom of the Nebraska panhandle –– Van Jensen didn't have a lot of options for comic books.


Nebraska's best cupcakes and tacos can be found in Omaha, say cupcake/taco experts
Nebraska's best cupcakes and tacos can be found in Omaha, say cupcake/taco experts

Another day, another mention of Omaha food on a food list. Two food lists, in fact.


Watch Alexander Payne's 1985 student film 'Carmen'
Watch Alexander Payne's 1985 student film 'Carmen'

Here's a treat for Alexander Payne fans: some of the filmmaker's earliest work, a 1985 short silent film Payne made while he was at the UCLA Film School.


Primer: Hand-brewing coffee at home

To start hand-brewing coffee at home, you need some equipment.


Keke Palmer to become TV’s youngest talk show host
Keke Palmer to become TV’s youngest talk show host

LOS ANGELES — Keke Palmer legally cannot buy beer. But she can host a daily talk show.


What to watch: Stan's personal life unravels on 'The Americans'
What to watch: Stan's personal life unravels on 'The Americans'

A botched mission impacts Philip and Elizabeth in different ways. Meanwhile, Stan’s personal life unravels.


Waxahatchee’s vague lyrics hide personal feelings
Waxahatchee’s vague lyrics hide personal feelings

Waxahatchee rose out of Katie Crutchfield’s old bands, and a few bad breakups.


The best bar/restaurant patios in the Omaha area
The best bar/restaurant patios in the Omaha area

It's outdoor dining time again for Omahans. That narrow window of warm -- but not too warm -- weather that makes the ingestion process a bit more enjoyable.


 
Search
Movies Opening this week

Movie showtimes and theater listings






Read this!








VIDEOS

Tonight in Prime Time
© 2014 Omaha World-Herald. All rights reserved