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Event is Free and Open to the Public

Following the marked success of “Puddin’ and the Grumble,” a new family musical about childhood hunger in the Lincoln community, Nebraska playwright Becky Boesen and composer David von Kampen’s latest work, “Catherland,” is scheduled for an in-concert performance on April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Hardin Hall Auditorium, UNL East Campus, 3310 Holdrege Street. Free tickets can be reserved online at LiedCenter.org.

“Catherland” tells the story of Susan, an emerging writer living the life of her dreams, complete with an adoring husband and an almost-finished first novel. When tragedy strikes and the trajectory of her life changes, she must decide how to move forward. Searching for answers, she flees to Red Cloud, Neb., the childhood home of novelist Willa Cather. Guided by her curiosity and the presence of a mysterious guest, Susan discovers that life is more about beginnings than endings. A lesson in embracing the unexpected, “Catherland” reminds us that "where there is great love, there are always miracles."

Following its Lincoln performance, “Catherland” will travel to Ord and Beatrice, Neb. as part of the Lied Center’s Arts Across Nebraska tour which connects Lied artists to rural Nebraska communities across the state. The program provides up to three tours every year, which are offered to presenting partners and communities in the state at an affordable rate.

“Catherland” in-concert is an impactful work-in-progress, which takes a minimalist approach to staging, emphasizing the power of storytelling through song.