Episode 81 – Jason Levering, Director of Stephen King’s The Shining – A Play

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In this episode, Laurie, Wayne, and Doug head over to the Sokol Auditorium where rehersals are taking place for Stephen King’s The Shining – A Play. Listen in as we discover the amazing story of how Director Jason Levering is turning his long time dream into reality and how he is doing it all with the blessing of the man himself, Stephen King. It’s all a benefit for the Benson Theater and is on a limited run. From their facebook page:

“The Shining” will be the Benson Theatre’s first major production, and we could not be more excited about what we have in store. What better way to introduce the Benson Theater into the world of performing arts than with a big, bold, innovative new work from and for our community.

Helping to advise the production are Tom Elkins, director of the film “The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia”, and Kevin Lawler, Producing Artistic Director of the Great Plains Theatre Conference and co-founder of the Blue Barn Theatre. Lighting design is being developed by Tommy Wilson, Charlie Wagner, and the rest of the team at JSAV. Our set designer is Kit Gough, who has worked in the Omaha theatre community for several years, most recently as the set designer for “Seussical The Musical” at The Rose Theatre. Providing the artwork for our marketing is local artist Jeremy Caniglia, whose beautiful and terrifying work can be seen gracing the covers of books by authors such as William Peter Blatty (40th anniversary edition of “The Exorcist”), Douglas Clegg, Peter Straub, Max L Brooks, Anne Rice, and yes, Stephen King.

The play will be directed by Jason Levering, from a script written by Levering and fellow writer Aaron Sailors and approved by Mr. King.

Questions can be directed to jason@bensontheatre.org.


The Benson Theatre is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that fosters the success of local artists, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and underserved populations within the historic community of Benson. Our goal is to acquire and restore the historic Benson Theatre at 6054 Maple Street in Omaha to serve as a shared community space for business education and artistic performance. Benson is a flourishing arts and entertainment district, and the timing to restore our historic theater and bring more diverse entertainment and vital business education to our community has never been better. The Theatre’s prime location in downtown Benson has the potential to bring thousands of new visitors to the Benson business district for more than 500 events annually.

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