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Nebraska State Fair \T JF'
palm reader wants
to hold your hand
By Bret Schulte
If you want, she’ll tell you how you will die, or
predict future love affairs. And sometimes she can
even be a help picking lottery numbers.
Such profundities and more come from her
tidy trailer parked among funnel cake stands and
high school marching bands at the Nebraska State
Palm reader Mrs. Roberts journeys to the state
fair every year to work with fairgoers anxious to
discover past mistakes, make present decisions and
unlock the future.
“I look at the certain lines in people’s palms,”
she said. “People want to know their futures, what
the successes will be.
“If they want me to tell them how they will die,
I will tell them.”
Although born and raised in Omaha, Mrs.
Roberts speaks broken English with an old-coun
try thickness, a speech pattern she attributes to her
tightly woven Greek family - also bom and raised
The native accent wasn’t the only thing passed
Like her mother, grandmother and great
grandmother before, Mrs. Roberts says she was
bom with the ability to read palms.
“It’s something you are gifted with,’’ she rapid
ly explained. “You see a vision.”
Grabbing a slip of paper sitting by the trailer
sink, she held it up.
“(I) read it just like you read this pamphlet,” she
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Acting troupe builds a better Barn
Ten years ago, four new col
lege graduates searched for a place
to present contemporary theater.
Now, they are the founders of
the Blue Barn Theatre in Omaha
and are celebrating their 10th
anniversary with a new space and
a new season.
This weekend, the Blue Barn
presents Samuel Beckett’s
“Waiting for Godot,” the first pro
duction in their new theater, which
has moved from its tiny venue on
Now located in Omaha’s Old
Market, at 614 S. 11th St., the 90
seat theater includes a lobby, a tech
booth, office space and even
gallery space for art exhibits.
The show doubles as a reunion
for the four founding members of
the Blue Barn - Mary Theresa
to push our own boundaries,”
Walkinshaw said. ”We wanted to
do plays that interested us - plays
that we might not have been cast
in. We were in our early 20s, which
is a time for exploring and finding
The four began looking for a
city in which to locate their new
venture. While visiting a sister in
Omaha, Lawler received an offer
for free performing space at the
Bemis Center for Contemporary
The four decided to relocate to
Omaha, and they presented their
first season in 1989.
The space at the Bemis Center
was a small venue with low techni
cal requirements - perfect for the
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“At the beginning, there was
no sense that this was going to be a
permanent company. It was still
more of a lark than an actual busi
ness,” Walkinshaw said.
In the two years the Blue Bam
Theatre worked from the Bemis
Center, it presented works quite
similar to this year’s season.
Contemporary American play
wrights like Samuel Beckett, Sam
Shepard and David Mamet headed
the bill, and the Blue Bam estab
lished itself as a forum for modem
Eventually, the Blue Barn
moved on to a small store on South
13 th Street. The founders convert
ed this building into a 60-seat
black box theater where they per
formed for six years. A black box
theater has audience members
Please see BARN on 10
KEVIN LAWLER, as Vladimir, and Mary Theresa Green, as Estragon, hold up
Hughston Walkinshaw, as Lucky, in “Waiting for Godot” at the Blue Barn
Theatre in Omaha.
Tragicomic play ‘Godot’
premieres this weekend
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Lawler and Hughston
They first met at a small per
forming arts conservatory called
Purchase College in New York.
There, they took part in an inti
mate training program that
grouped students together for their
four-year sojourn at the school.
The goal of the program was to
establish a company of actors that
would continue on together after
No one in the history of the
school had ever done that.
The Blue Barn founders
decided to give it a try.
“It was a bit like creating our
own graduate school. We wanted
“Waiting For Godot,” by Samuel
Beckett, opens this weekend at the new
Blue Barn Theatre, 614 S. 11th St.,
Penned in 1948, “Godot” plays out
a tragicomedy about the uncertainty of
a life filled with hopeful expectation.
The play explores man’s inability to find
fulfillment through traditional values.
The plot revolves around two
tramps who meet each night to wait for
the arrival of Godot. Though Beckett
emphasizes the importance of Godot's
arrival, he never explains who or what
“Beckett would never give an
answer as to what this play is about,”
said Kevin Lawlor, the Blue Barn’s
artistic director. “People will relate on
all different levels to this play. If we try
to define one level, we’re going to rob
the audience of that experience.”
The show opens tonight and runs
through Sept. 20. Performances are
Thursdays through Sundays at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for
students and seniors. For reservations,
MRS. ROBERTS reads the mysterious palms of Bret Schulte, Daily Nebraskan A&E editor, at the Nebraska State Fair on a fateful Thursday after
loon. Roberts, a native of Omaha, has been coming to the fair for the past 14 years to read palms.
Reverend Horton Heat to
preach rock fri* roll gospel
Turn up the bass, and turn up the treble,
because the original Texas rockabilly rebel
is back in town to offer up another lesson in
debauchery, women and rock ‘n’ roll.
Friday at 9 p.m. Reverend Horton Heat
plays the Royal Grove, 340 W. Comhusker
Highway, rocking the crowd into a state of
pure psychobilly madness.
Tickets for the 19-and-over show are
$12 and will kick off with Paw, a group of
over-the-top rockers from Lawrence, Kan.
Anyone who’s seen a Reverend Horton
Heat show is well aware of the group’s raw
energy channeled through reverberated gui
tar scratching, standup bass slapping and
So cuff up your jeans, throw some
grease in your hair and toast your vodka
tonic to the one and only Reverend Horton
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