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Stephen King’s “The Shining” Hits The Stage At The Benson Theatre

Christina Rohling as "Wendy," Marc Erickson as "Jack" and Christopher Levering as "Danny" in Stephen King's "The Shining," A Play.
Christina Rohling as “Wendy,” Marc Erickson as “Jack” and Christopher Levering as “Danny” in Stephen King’s “The Shining,” A Play.

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.

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 Hatchfund.org through February 20. http://www.hatchfund.org/project/stephen_kings_the_shining


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 www.bensontheatre.org