Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Nebraska Shakespeare, Creighton, and UNO present A WAR OF ROSES

Nebraska Shakespeare, Creighton University, and the University of Nebraska Omaha
Present “A War Of Roses”
By William Shakespeare, adapted by Vincent Carlson-Brown

(OMAHA, Nebraska) As part of the 30th anniversary of the founding of Nebraska Shakespeare, the theater departments at Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha are presenting A WAR OF ROSES. An original, two-part retelling of William Shakespeare's Henry 6 Trilogy, A WAR OF ROSES: (part 1) Foreign Flames and A WAR OF ROSES: (part 2) A Fire Within will be a first-of-its-kind collaboration. Both productions will feature casts and production teams comprised of faculty and students from both Creighton and UNO, as well as alumni professionals hired by Nebraska Shakespeare. Over 100 individuals will be involved to make this a reality.

A WAR OF ROSES: (part 1) Foreign Flames will be performed at the University of Nebraska Omaha
(Preview November 2) November 3-5,10 at 7:30 PM; November 6, matinee 2 PM; UNO Theatre Weber Fine Arts

Both plays November 12 & 13:
Part 1: Foreign Flames - matinee performance 2 PM; UNO Theatre Weber Fine Arts
Part 2: A Fire Within - evening performance 7:30 PM; Creighton University Lied Center

Join us for an event between the plays on the 12th only: The Shakespeare Collective Presents: Intermission!
A special gathering before Part 2 for dinner, drinks, and more. Space is limited.

A WAR OF ROSES: (part 2) A Fire Within will be performed at Creighton University - (Preview November 9) November 11, 17-19 at 7:30 PM; November 20, matinee 2 PM; Creighton University Lied Center

For ticket packages please go to

The Henry 6 trilogy bridges the historical gap between Shakespeare’s greatest history plays, Henry 5 and Richard 3.

Foreign Flames begins with Henry 5 and his band of brother’s victory at Agincourt. His reign is tragically short, leaving behind a weak young heir, Henry 6, his resolute queen, Margaret of Anjou, and military reversals as the French army rebounds under the leadership of Joan of Arc. The campaign ends in disaster and the loss of France. In A Fire Within, the political fallout between the Lancasters and the Yorks leads to civil war across England and a popular revolt in London under Jack Cade. The Lancasters of Henry 6 gain the early upper hand, only to suffer catastrophe at Towton, establishing the reign of Edward 4 and the rise of his younger misshapen brother, Richard Plantaganet, Duke of Gloucester. The winter of our discontent is sure to follow.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Nebraska Shakespeare's 30-Year History Celebrated with Immersive Exhibit

For Immediate Release
Sept. 6, 2016

nellie macCallum
Marketing Director

Nebraska Shakespeare’s 30-Year History Celebrated with Immersive Exhibit
Visual Display Highlights Costume and Stage Design, Photos, Interviews from Past Seasons

(OMAHA, Nebraska) In celebration of Nebraska Shakespeare’s 30th Anniversary, the University of Nebraska Omaha is hosting an exhibit reflecting the rich history of the nonprofit organization, including the popular summer repertory program Shakespeare On The Green. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Located in the Osborne Family Gallery at Dr. C. C. and Mable L. Criss Library on the UNO campus, the exhibit, which opened September 1, will run through September 25.

The visually captivating experience reflects three decades of On The Green, showcasing costume and stage designs, captivating interviews and photos from previous seasons, and a look at seasonal and year-round programs, including the educational Shakespeare on Tour program.

The public is encouraged to be part of this free exhibit, which is open Monday – Sunday at the following times: Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - midnight, Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: noon - midnight.

The visual tour ends with a preview of Nebraska Shakespeare’s 2017 season: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, produced in collaboration with the Omaha Symphony, Shakespeare On The Green productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor and King Lear, the On Tour production of Romeo and Juliet, and the Director’s Reading of Richard II.

The exhibit precedes the fall production of A War of Roses, an adaptation of the Henry VI trilogy to be presented in a unique collaboration with Nebraska Shakespeare, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Creighton University. For more information and upcoming ticket sales, please visit

About Nebraska Shakespeare
In its 30-year history, Shakespeare On The Green has gained national recognition for its consistently high-quality productions, the beauty of the Elmwood Park setting, and its enthusiastic audiences. Thanks to the dedicated core group of benefactors, volunteers, and skilled artists, Shakespeare On The Green has become a summer tradition for the people of Omaha and the Great Plains region, drawing over 25,000 people each season. On The Green owes its existence to a dedicated group of local corporations, foundations and private individuals, along with its unique partnership with Creighton University, the University of Nebraska Omaha, and the City of Omaha, the Omaha Parks Department, the Douglas County Tourism Division and the Nebraska Arts Council. For more information and a full list of events and programs, call 402.280.2391 or visit


Friday, August 19, 2016

2016 Nebraska Shakespeare On Tour Company Announced

By William Shakespeare
September 15 - October 21, 2016
Nebraska Schools and Communities

Hamlet - Matthew R. Olsen
Claudius - Neal Beckman
Gertrude - Katie Becker Colón
Polonius - Cameron Reeves
Ophelia - Chloe Armao
Horatio - Sarah Carlson-Brown
Laertes - Mallory Freilich
Rosencrantz - Mallory Freilich
Guildenstern - Michael Judah
Osric - Chloe Armao
Ghost of Hamlet's Father - Michael Judah
Gravediggers - Michael Judah and Cameron Reeves

Production Team:
Director - Vincent Carlson-Brown
Stage Manager - Molly Welsh
Scenic Designer - Brendan Greene-Walsh
Costume Designer - Lindsay Pape
Sound Designer - Sarah Carlson-Brown
Properties Master - Wesley A. Houston
Marketing Director - nellie macCallum

          Nebraska Shakespeare's production is part of
          Shakespeare in American Communities, a national
          program of the National Endowment for the Arts
          in partnership with Arts Midwest.

          During the months of September and October,
          Shakespeare On Tour takes Shakespeare's work
          into the classrooms and communities of Nebraska
          and Western Iowa.

          This 75-minute performance will tour middle schools,
          high schools and communities. Shakespeare On Tour
          exemplifies the Nebraska Shakespeare commitment
          to provide professional productions and accessible
          programs that engage, educate, and entertain.

For more information about Shakespeare On Tour, visit Nebraska Shakespeare's website.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Shakespeare On The Green kicks off Thursday

June 23-26, July 6, 8, 10
Directed by Amy Lane

Bring your family, your date, your pals and pets for a
magical evening of exceptional theatre. Consider our

Prairie Fire Pizza, made fresh right on site.
Tap Dancer's Coffee Shop.
International, hot and iced, and tasty
sweet & savory croissants.
And what better dessert than
delicious kettle corn - very addictive -
from Lauren Beth's Popcorn.

Commemorate the plays, 30th season, and add to
your fall wardrobe for when the weather turns chilly.

Check-out it out. From "Fear Boys with Bugs,
"Spit in the Hole, Man, and Tune Again" to "Kurosawa". . .
6:30 PM at the Education Stage.

Will's Best Friend Contest, enter and vote often after June 23Over $100 worth of prizes. We love your photos.

Save The Date for Macbeth Over Midnight
Tuesday, July 5th.


Saturday, June 4, 2016

2016 Winning Sonnets Announced

Thank you to everyone who entered the 19th annual Anne Dittrick Sonnet Writing Contest.  After reading over 100 sonnets from adult and student writers, they had to narrow it down to the following three winning sonnets:

Adult/Post-Secondary Sonnet Winner

A Sonnet To Our Dad
By Barbara Van Dyke

To us you were almighty as you tilled
Away the dismal gray of winter's scene
In spring it seemed you lit the sun and willed
The rain to wash the fields in friendly green

When summer bloomed in shades of purple hay
You breathed its scent and caused the southern breeze
To blow and warm the tender stalks of May
Which grew from seeds you spared from April's freeze

In fall you seemed to halt the setting sun
Until the hay was baled and brought inside
Day lingered late until the work was done
And cribs with golden grains were filled and dried

We saw your might in all that you could do
Now we can do, for we have learned from you.

High School Sonnet Winner

Do You Remember This November?
By Julia Briones

Some years ago, in confidence, I told
A friend of hours I spent admiring you.
She fled my side, betrayed my trust so bold.
The very ears not meant to hear soon knew…

Thus ridiculed, sentenced to shame, I fell.
Despite all that, you lent a caring hand,
A friendship promptly bloomed—again, I fell.
Secrets and laughs alike we shared all grand

A reverie of years did waltz on past,
Each wore its own unique color and dress,
But when you came of riper age, you cast
It all aside in spite of my distress.

Although my wounds did heal with Time, I muse,
What mind-erasing medicine you use.

Middle School Sonnet Winner

Curse the Sonnets!
By Kellen McLaughlin

Why does Shakespeare always write in this way?
Was he precise or merely just insane?
Iambic pentameter makes me gray.
This choppy meter scrambles up my brain. 

I never can create a clever rhyme.
I cannot think; my mind is blank and dry.
I try forever, wasting all my time. 
Preferably, I’d rather sit and die.

And if you think that rhyming’s hard enough,
Try cramming ten syllables in one line.
It’s pure torture, for fitting rules is tough. 
It’s either eleven beats or just nine. 

Shakespeare, that loon, with his eccentric style.
I curse the sonnets, they are cruel and vile.

Read honorable mentions on our website.
Be sure to join us for Shakespeare On The Green,
June 23-26, 30, July 1-3, 5-10.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

10th Annual Will's Best Friend Pet Costume Contest!

CALLING ALL PETS (and their humans)

In its tenth season, the Will's Best Friend Pet Costume Contest
is now accepting entries. Owners can submit their pets in their best
Shakespearean costume and you get to vote for the winner.
How to Enter
1. Take a photo of your pet in best Shakespearean costume.
2. CLICK HERE to submit the photo on or before June 23rd.
There is no fee/purchase necessary to enter. You and your pet must be able to
attend the contest finals to be considered for the top title: Will's Best Friend 2016
3. Vote and tell your friends to vote!
How Voting Works
On June 24th, access to the contestants' (pets') photos will be available
via Nebraska Shakespeare's Facebook Page.
You and your friends can vote (one vote per Facebook user, per day).
Voting will close on July 1st and the three contestants with the most votes
will be invited to the finals at Shakespeare On The Green
on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016.
Top Awards
Contestants must be able to attend finals to be eligible for a Top Award
Will's Best Friend
(Overall Highest Score in the Competition)
Prize: $50 Gift Certificate to Long Dog, Fat Cat (+swag for your pet)
First Runner-Up
(Second Highest Score in the Competition)
Prize: $30 Gift Certificate to Long Dog, Fat Cat (+swag for your pet)
Second Runner-Up
(Third Highest Score in the Competition)
Prize: $20 Gift Certificate to Long Dog, Fat Cat (+swag for your pet)
"Judges' Favorites" Awards
Just because you don't win a Top Award, doesn't mean you can't win!
Favorite Taming of the Shrew Themed Costume
Favorite Macbeth Themed Costume

Favorite Costume - any Shakespearean Play
Purr-fect Costume (favorite cat costume)
Bone-a-fide Awesome (favorite dog costume)
Most Exotic
Most Photogenic
Most Glamorous
Pet Safety Rules
  • Pets must be on a leash. Nebraska Shakespeare is not responsible for the actions of your pet. Pets must be under control at all times.
  • Pets must be current on vaccinations.
  • Pets should be sociable with other animals, adults, and children and not aggressive about food, toys or owner.
  • Pets must be comfortable in a loud and festive environment. Please be aware of the stress level of your pet at all times. We want this to be a positive experience for everyone.
  • Pets must be at least 4 months old since younger animals have weak or no immune systems.
  • NS reserves the right to refuse entrance or ask to leave anyone whose pet is exhibiting aggressive behavior.
  • Be prepared to clean up after your pet.
Visit our website for more information about The Taming of the Shrew
and Macbeth at Shakespeare On The Green.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Please Consider NE Shakes during Omaha Gives

Omaha's 4th annual 24-hour charitable challenge is TODAY!

Omaha Gives! is a 24-hour online giving event organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie counties. 

The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to give as much as possible to support the work of public 501c3 nonprofits in the metro area. 
The minimum donation is $10 and there is no maximum.

Bonus dollars and prizes amplify charitable donations to make each dollar go a bit further.