What: Stage drama, fundraiser for restoring the Benson Theatre
Where: Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. 
When: 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $60 VIP (choice seating, cast meet-and-greet), $30 general admission
Information: 402-659-1765 or
Cast: Marc Erickson, Christina Rohling, Christopher Levering, Rasheed Allison, Tag Ryan, Billy St. John, Tim Barr, Doug Blackburn, Garret Sheeks, Christopher Scott, Cheri Bloomingdale

Marc Erickson wasn’t sure he wanted to play Jack Torrance. In some ways, the lead role in the first-ever stage production of “The Shining” was scarily close to home.

But he and director Jason Levering, who co-wrote the script, go way back. The two were grade-school friends in Aurora, Neb., and studied theater at Hastings College together in the mid-1990s. The part was too good a line on a résumé for a guy trying to establish himself as an actor in Los Angeles.

Levering got permission from novelist Stephen King, who hated Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 movie version starring Jack Nicholson, to adapt the story for the stage as a limited-engagement fundraiser. Proceeds will go toward restoration of the Benson Theatre, 6054 Maple St. The show opens at 7 p.m. Friday at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St., and continues at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.


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AuthorJoe Camillieri