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MORE THAN A NUMBER. Image Provided By Benson Theater

MORE THAN A NUMBER. Image Provided By Benson Theater

By Gabriel Escalera

Special Production at ‘Benson Theater’

June 28th, 2023

Haley Haas worked for 15 years as an actress and education director. Currently, she is the Artistic Director of Anastasis Theatre, a theater company with quite the unique mission.

Back in 2019, Haas worked with residents of the Nebraska State Penitentiary on a project that would end in a play. In June 2022, they first performed the play inside the penitentiary for inmates, staff, and volunteers.

A better and second version of the play toured in the fall of last year with a mixed cast of professional actors and people who had been formerly incarcerated.

Anastasis Theatre partnered with Benson Theater to premiere “More than a Number” over at Benson this weekend. Even more, they added a community conversation after the play.

The play includes a couple of musical pieces, trauma, sadness, humor, and hopefulness. An array of emotions that represents people in the penitentiary system, according to Haas.

More than a Number” will be showing at Benson Theater this Friday June 30, Saturday July 1, and Sunday July 2. For more information, you can visit