Blixt Locally Grown Utilizes Virtual Theatre and Input from Local Physicians to Address Community Health
Blixt Locally Grown (BLG) had planned a live performance of Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas in partnership with The Mill Coffee and Tea on Innovation Campus around Halloween time. With the local COVID-19 dial rising, BLG will instead provide a streamed performance of St. Nicholas on October 30th at 7 PM.
In addition to the 75-minute production, BLG will host an online community discussion following the virtual performance featuring Dr. Phil Boucher, Dr. Bob Rauner, Carly Woythaler-Runestad, and Becky Boesen. Local community builder and personality DeWayne Taylor will moderate the post-show discussion panel. Dr. Phil Boucher will also introduce the live feed of St. Nicholas.
“This production change and addition of a health-related panel illustrates BLG’s commitment to making pandemic sensitive theatre,” said Petra Wahlqvist, President/Community Organizer for BLG. “Blixt Locally Grown is honored to welcome the panelists to the project, and believes that their presence will help elevate a message centric to the BLG canon: Take care of yourselves, and take care of each other.”
Dr. Boucher is a well-known local pediatrician who has been featured on local and national outlets after growing a following for his straightforward parenting advice.
Dr. Rauner is an expert in public health and has been a voice of reason during the current pandemic, providing weekly video updates on YouTube. He is also a member of the Lincoln Public School Board of Education.
Carly Woythaler-Runestad is the Executive Director of Mourning Hope Grief Services. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of children’s grief, health policy, and community health.
Becky Boesen is the co-founder of Blixt Locally Grown, and an award-winning playwright, lyricist, producer, and educator. As a consultant, she currently works alongside vibrant rural communities to unleash local creative assets. She was recently honored as a Chime Bank 2020 Changemaker for her commitment to advancing goodness through the arts.
St. Nicholas is a play about an individual dealing with feelings of isolation and longing for connection, which are timely themes during COVID-19. Performed by veteran actor Brad Boesen and directed by Becky Boesen, St. Nicholas is an exploration of what happens when we fail to make deep relationships and lose touch with the parts of life that help us feel wanted and like we belong. Sometimes haunting, but also humorous, St. Nicholas makes space for conversations about community, secret thoughts, personal dreams, and what it means to share the world with others.
“We can’t miss this opportunity to provide a stunning piece of theatre while also utilizing live arts to address current events in our own community,” says BLG President Petra Wahlqvist. “The world may feel pretty divisive right now, but at the end of the day, we’re all people in our communities, sharing a place. Taking care of each other has to be at the heart of what we do.”
The live streamed virtual performance and community conversation is available to purchase in advance for $10 at www.blixt.space or by calling 402.817.8176.
All proceeds will go toward a live performance set for December at The Mill Coffee and Tea on Innovation Campus.
“We have to wait for that dial to go down before we share a room,” says director Becky Boesen. “Meanwhile, theatre and the catalyst it creates for unleashing community goodness doesn’t go away. We’re here for it virtually until we can all be together again.”
St. Nicholas by Conor McPherson
A virtual live stream event and community conversation
7 PM - Oct 30th
*This play contains some adult themes and is not suitable for young children
About Blixt Locally Grown:
Blixt Locally Grown is a Nebraska-based arts organization that grows goodness with the arts. BLG specializes in the development of new works, education and engagement, community building, and the integration of arts and culture into all facets of life. To learn more about Blixt, please visit www.blixt.space, or check out the August cover story of L magazine, which features Blixt’s origin story and current work. BLG is supported by Nebraska Community Foundation, the Peter Kiewit Foundation, Humanities Nebraska, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Beyond School Bells, the Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation, Union Bank and Trust, and individual donors. www.blixt.space
About The Mill Coffee and Tea:
Craft micro-roaster since 1975 with multiple venues that serve and bring value to neighborhoods throughout Lincoln, Nebraska: At 8th & P in the Historic Haymarket, 48th & Prescott in the College View neighborhood, 21st and Transformation Drive on Innovation Campus, and 21st & Capitol Parkway in the Telegraph District. www.millcoffee.com
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