Nebraska Authors

Max Sparber

Born 1968 Minneapolis, MN (USA)

Playwright, Journalist and Actor, Sparber wrote the play Minstrel Show, a retelling of the 1919 lynching of William Brown, in Omaha, Nebraska. The controversial play was denounced by Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers, though he had never seen it, which led to the play's popularity. Sparber returned to Minnesota where he continues to write for the theater.

Places Lived

Minneapolis, MN
Omaha, NE
Los Angeles, CA
St. Paul, MN

Author Of

  • Play/Screenplay
  • Visual Work


Plays and Screenplays; Film Criticism


Degree in Religious Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


Cultural Editor for The Reader

Places Worked

The Reader, Omaha, NE


Blue Barn Theater


Minstrel Show, or The Lynching of William Brown. 1998.
Buffalo Bill's Cowboy Band.
Buddy Bentley.
Kishinev. 2014.

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