Costume designer Mary Ianelli, an Omaha native, has won a Daytime Emmy as costume designer for the soap opera “General Hospital.” It was her second nomination.
Ianelli graduated from Burke High School in 1985 and attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha before retail clothing work led to a transfer to the Los Angeles area. Her parents are Patrick and Frances White, who live near 120th and Pacific Streets.
She has been a costumer for movies and television for 16 years, including serving as assistant costumer with Oscar nominee Rita Ryack on movies like Adam Sandler's “You Don't Mess With the Zohan.” She has been “General Hospital's” costumer for four years.
Ianelli said her Emmy reel, 20 minutes of scenes edited from five shows over the past year, included a graduation, a wedding and other big-cast scenes. The show has 30 regulars plus extras.
Theater kicks off season with ‘Big Maggie'
The Brigit St. Brigit Theatre will kick off its 20th season Sept. 6 with a play set in 1969 rural Ireland, “Big Maggie,” by John B. Keane. Her husband's death is a liberation for Maggie, who takes control of the family farm to the outrage of her adult children. The show will run at 1002 Dodge St.
William Shakespeare's “Twelfth Night” opens Nov. 19 at Joslyn Castle, followed by Eugene O'Neill's “Long Day's Journey Into Night” in February and Ronald Harwood's “The Dresser” in April. Venues and exact dates for those shows will be announced later.
Film editor, composer to be at Lincoln screening
Film editor Dustin Ferguson and composer John Altyn will appear at a screening of “Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor” on Thursday at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center in Lincoln.
The 7 p.m. screening is free and open to the public, and a question and answer session with Ferguson and Altyn will follow.
The movie is about a young woman who suffers recurring nightmares and selective amnesia. She returns to camp to discover the truth about her past.
The cult franchise began a test shoot of the movie in 1992, but it never graduated to full filming. Footage has been rescued, combined with archive scenes and new narration and visual effects, to form a 70-minute “clip” movie.
Van Deest gets lifetime achievement award
Creighton University scenic and lighting designer Bill Van Deest was honored with the McDowell Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Great Plains Theatre Conference.
Van Deest has designed sets and lights for more than 100 theater and dance productions at Creighton and elsewhere. He has won Theatre Arts Guild and Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards for his design work.
Lit Fest features work with women in disguise
The Omaha Lit Fest is focusing on female writers at this year's event, Oct. 19 and 20. Authors will participate in panels, readings and discussions.
As part of the festival, Lit Undressed, a project that combines performance and reading, will focus on women in disguise — authors who got around the bias against their gender by publishing under pen names.
Lit Undressed is calling for poetry and short fiction inspired by women in disguise, works with a maximum of 400 words. Select pieces will be performed live by nude figure models and featured in the performance program. Email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 15, along with a 50-word bio.
Lit Undressed is also calling for two-dimensional art on the theme of women in disguise. Email images and 50-word artist bio to email@example.com by Sept. 1. That event will be at House of Loom Oct. 24 and 25.
“Big Maggie,” Brigit St. Brigit Theatre, 7 p.m. today and Monday at Weber Fine Arts Building, Room 331-333, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6001 Dodge St. Show runs Sept. 6-30. Information: Delaney Driscoll, 402-321-6884.
“Twelfth Night,” Brigit St. Brigit Theatre, 7 p.m. July 1 and 2 at Weber Fine Arts Building, Room 331-333, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6001 Dodge St. Show runs Nov. 19-Dec. 9. Information: Delaney Driscoll, 402-321-6884.
“Cappy Rick's,” Florentine Players, 6:30 p.m. July 8 and 9 at the Florence Firebarn, 29th and State Streets. Show runs Aug. 24 an 25. Information: 402-517-6229.
21 & Over play readings, “A Behanding in Spokane” and “A Bright New Boise,” Omaha Community Playhouse, 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Use west stage door entrance. Reading of “A Behanding in Spokane” will be Sept. 10; reading of “A Bright New Boise” will be Oct. 22. Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-553-4890, ext. 164.
— Compiled by Bob Fischbach