What: “V of Geese”
When: 2 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays – through July 28
Where: Shelterbelt Theatre, 3225 California St.
Scott Working was sitting to my left the day he announced to Dr. Bruce Baker's English romance literature class that he was starting a new theater company and that it was about to stage its first show, a play he had written called “V of Geese.” That was 1993.
Now, 20 years later, that theater – the Shelterbelt – will stage the same play at the same location in which it began: a cozy little building off of 32nd and California streets. Anyone remember the old Kilgore's Sandwich Shop? It was still operating in the space when the Shelterbelt began. If I remember correctly, Working was living in a makeshift apartment next door. But I'm not 100% sure on that – it was a long time ago, when I had more brain cells and less girth.
The play? Well, as I said, it's been a while, but I recall that it was about a brother and sister who take over their family's diner. (The sandwich shop, which was closed at night, was the ideal set for the play.) And that's about all I can remember. (Sorry, Scott.) But it was a great show, and it launched what has become one of the Omaha area's best local theaters that produces original works.
Working, BTW, later attended the renowned Iowa Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa, the alumni of which have won 17 Pulitzer Prizes. He later returned to Omaha.
Show times for “V of Geese,” which opened this weekend, are at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays – through July 28. Tickets are $9-$11.