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Friday, February 14, 2014

Stephen King's "The Shining": A Play



A Fundraiser for the Benson Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska
The "Torrance" Family -- "Jack, Wendy & Danny" Cast Photo from First Rehearsal of Historic First-ever Stage Adaptation of  the Classic Horror Novel

Omaha, NE (February 14, 2014)  For the first time ever on stage, the tragic story of the Torrance family, Jack, Wendy and Danny, and their battle against the inhuman forces of the Overlook Hotel will come to life at Omaha’s Sokol Auditorium in the world premiere event STEPHEN KING’S “THE SHINING,” A PLAY.

All proceeds will benefit the Benson Theatre in Omaha, NE.  Stephen King granted the rights for three performances of the play on March 21 & 22 and approved the script written by Omaha residents Benson Theatre Artistic Director Jason Levering and Aaron Sailors. The cast has been locked and will start rehearsals this week, announced Levering, who is also directing the play.

“Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Stephen King, we have a unique opportunity to bring his horror masterpiece to the stage for a great cause.   A little known fact is that Mr. King originally conceived “The Shining” as a sort of play - a tragedy with five acts - but it instead evolved into a novel with five parts,” commented Levering.

Christina Rohling as "Wendy," Marc Erickson as "Jack" and Christopher Levering as "Danny" in Stephen King's "The Shining," A Play.
(c) 2014 Benson Theatre (Photo by Marc Longbrake)

STEPHEN KING’S “THE SHINING,” A PLAY offers theatergoers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a brand new, never produced piece of theatre, based on a classic novel,  brought to life, from a script that no one has ever seen, and encounter all of the joys and obstacles that come with a first run production.  Individual tickets are $30.  VIP tickets are $60 and include:  seats closest to the stage, access to meet and greet with cast members after the show, and special numbered souvenir tickets.

Supporters of the theater can also make donations through the Benson Theatre website any time and through the crowd-funding campaign, which offers a variety of incentives at different contribution levels, currently running on through February 20.

The Benson Theatre is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that fosters the success of artists, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and underserved populations within the historic community of Benson in Omaha, Nebraska. The nonprofit is currently raising funds to acquire and restore the historic Benson Theatre building in Omaha to serve as a shared community space for business education and artistic performance. The Benson Theatre will offer independent programming and serve as an alternative stage in north Omaha for existing nonprofits, schools, and performing arts organizations. To learn more, visit
Sokol Auditorium :
2234 S 13th St Omaha, NE 68108

Click Showtime for Tickets:
  Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.                                               
  Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

BensonTheatre Contact: 
Executive Director 
Amy Ryan  


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