Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Discussing Midsummer

We visited our friends at Ballet Nebraska, who are making final preparations for their upcoming performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and we couldn't pass up the opportunity to talk about the different approaches to the story between their production and our production for Shakespeare On Tour this fall.

Check out the video of both organizations' Artistic Directors talking Shakespeare:

You can also learn more about the Shakespeare On Tour production of A Midsummer Night's Dream on www.nebraskashakespeare.com.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Governor Proclaims April 23rd as Talk Like Shakespeare Day

The Governor proclaims April 23rd as Talk Like Shakespeare Day across the state of Nebraska: 

Omaha, NE (April, 2018) – Pete Ricketts and citizens of Nebraska have joined theatres and communities around the country to celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday by declaring April 23rd as Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Shakespeare’s writing has impacted novelists and poets, and his influence extends from literature to present day movies, philosophy, and the English language itself.

To commemorate these contributions, Nebraskans are invited on April 23rd to have fun by including Shakespearean words or phrases into everyday speech, to read a Shakespearean play, or try their hand at writing a sonnet. Talk Like Shakespeare Day is part of a month-long celebration of Shakespeare’s writing hosted by Nebraska Shakespeare. In addition to the holiday, the month’s activities include a sonnet writing competition and a staged reading, on April 22nd, of the rarely-produced Edward III.


Ongoing through April:
The Anne Dittrick Sonnet Writing Contest offers adults, middle school students, and high school students the opportunity to learn to write a Shakespearean sonnet. Winning authors will receive prizes and have their sonnets featured at Shakespeare On The Green.

April 22nd, 3 PM, at Corkscrew – Blackstone:
Join Nebraska Shakespeare as a team of talented actors explore Shakespeare’s Edward III, followed by an interactive discussion.

April 23rd
Speak’st thou with love on thy lips and full life in thy heart! The Governor proclaimed April 23rd (Shakespeare's Birthday) as Talk Like Shakespeare Day across the state! Celebrate Shakespeare's language with tips and activities for the classroom, at work, or just for fun throughout the day!

Additional information about Talk Like Shakespeare Day, including tips and activities, as well as the other events celebrating Shakespeare’s writing can be found online at www.nebraskashakespeare.com or by emailing info@nebraskashakespeare.com.

Under the leadership of Executive Director, Mary Ann Bamber; Artistic Director, Vincent Carlson-Brown; and the Board of Directors, Nebraska Shakespeare’s mission is to create entertaining, challenging productions as well as immersive educational experiences that connect our diverse community to Shakespeare's exploration of what it means to be human. On stage, in the classroom and through collaborative partnerships, we create, engage, and inspire. Now in its 32nd year, Nebraska Shakespeare serves 40,000 individuals annually through performances and educational forums. NebraskaShakespeare.com


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Celebrate Shakespeare's Writing all April Long!

Starting on April 1st – just in time for National Poetry Month – submissions will be accepted for the 21st annual season of the Anne Dittrick Sonnet Writing Contest.

With adult, middle school, and high school divisions (and no entry fee), everyone can participate! Winning sonnets will be featured at Shakespeare On The Green and authors will receive prizes or tuition-free attendance to Camp Shakespeare. Learn More...

Our friends at the Omaha Community Playhouse are presenting a re-imagining of how mistaken identities, ruthless scheming, backstage theatrics, and a misbehaving dog inspired Shakespeare to write his famous tale of star-crossed lovers.

Based on the Academy Award-winning film by Tom Stoppard and adapted by Lee Hall, Shakespeare in Love is a love letter to the stage and a celebration of theatre, music, and human connection. Learn More...

King Edward III – quick-tempered, arrogant and self-serving – attempts to steal the throne of France, as well as the beautiful wife of the Earl of Salisbury.

Corkscrew – Blackstone 

A part of the Shakespeare Apocrypha, Edward III was published anonymously in 1596. A consensus is emerging that the play was written by a team of dramatists including Shakespeare early in his career – but exactly who wrote what is still open to debate. Join us as at Corkscrew – Blackstone as a team of talented actors explore the text and discuss the debate in authorship. Learn More...

Speak’st thou with love on thy lips and full life in thy heart! The Governor proclaimed April 23rd (Shakespeare's Birthday) as Talk Like Shakespeare Day across the state!

Celebrate Shakespeare's language with tips and activities for the classroom, at work, or just for fun throughout the day! Learn More...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Let us show you what YOU can do

It is easy to see the intricately detailed costumes and impressive looming stages your donations have funded to create the world for Shakespeare On The Green. What is less visible, however, are the people whose lives are affected. Did you know that every $100 donated provides admission-free attendance for five people this summer at Much Ado About Nothing and King John? You can play a role in the over 500,000 people who have started the tradition of enjoying beautiful language and timeless stories with their family and friends.

Your impact won’t stop in the summer, though. Donors like you have grown Nebraska Shakespeare from a beloved summer event that presents plays in the park, to an organization that provides year-round entertainment and education to the region. Along with the two summer productions, the constantly-growing education programs, Shakespeare On Tour and Camp Shakespeare, engage thousands of students in fun and supportive environments.

Every $100 dollars donated reaches 14 students, many of whom have never seen a live performance before. And every $1,500 dollars reaches an entire school! Last year, Shakespeare On Tour reached over 10,000 students and earned accolades from students, teachers, and parents. The program continues this fall with an exciting production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream because donors like you make it possible. 

We hope you will consider donating to Nebraska Shakespeare to let us show you what you can do.

or learn more about donor benefits

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A Midsummer Night's Dream Cast

Katie Becker Colón  Bottom, First Fairy
Sarah Carlson-Brown  Demetria, Starveling
Meredith Casey  Titania, Hippolyta
Raydell Cordell III  Hermian, Quince
Abraham Ntonya  Puck
Matthew R. Olsen  Helenus, Flute
Bianca Phipps  Lysandre, Snug
Josh Ryan  Oberon, Theseus

A changeling child. A magical haunt. A dark moon. Transforming love, stolen hearts, and twisted dreams. This is Midsummer.
In Athens, a place that thrives in darkness and breeds fear, it is impossible to hold on to love or light. Escape, into a forest of hobgoblins and fairies with upside down magic of their own, is the only chance of liberation. This production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream presents oddities and mischievous lore through which gender-swapped lovers, Lysandre, Demetria, Helenus, and Hermian, must navigate, confronting heartbreak in every shadow to uncover a true love that is precious, delicate, and rare.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Juno's Swans: Julius Caesar Cast

Julius Caesar
Susan Baer Collins
Brittany Proia
Katie Becker Colón
Bianca Phipps
Charleen Willoughby
Ashley Spessard
Hannah Clark
Mallory Freilich
Kat Cordes
Chloe Armao
Anna Jordan
Jen Klink
Katie Otten
Hailee Domagalski
Chloe Irwin

Rome, a republic of women, torn apart by years of bloody civil war, finally establishes a fragile, fragmented peace. The leader of the winning faction, Julius Caesar, is set to become the all-encompassing Emperor of the free world, enthusiastically supported by an uninformed public. Conspirators, Brutus and Cassius, armed with reason and conviction, seek to topple the proud and dominant tyrant. A rebellion sparks. What do we the people do if a single individual's rise appears to spell doom for the good of the whole. Do we accept the tyranny? Do we remain loyal to the established process? Or do we take to the streets and combat a governmental ecosystem that has grown too powerful? Julius Caesar, explores a world of manipulative political strategy, a violent assassination, and the consequences faced when we "kill the snake in its nest" to prevent the portends of a dangerous future.

"Women at some time are masters of their fates."

Monday, February 26, 2018

The 2018 Cast of Shakespeare On The Green

Those who auditioned didn’t make decisions easy, but we’re excited to announce the casts for this summer’s productions of Much Ado About Nothing and King John:
Much Ado About Nothing
King John
Kevin Barratt
Katie Becker Colón
Cardinal Pandolf,
Lady Faulconbridge
Sarah Carlson-Brown
Lady Constance
Don John
Vince Carlson-Brown
The Sexton, Ensemble
Hannah Clark
Nun, Soldier,
Ezra Colón
Watch, Messenger, Ensemble
Raydell Cordell III
Duke of Austria
Kat Cordes
Lord Bigot
Russell Daniels
King John
Hailee Domagalski
Nun, Soldier
Beau Fisher
Friar Lawrence,
Watch, Ensemble
Mallory Freilich
Earl of Essex
Garrett Garniss
Friar Anthony, Soldier,
Konrad Case
Dauphin Lewis
Abbess Frances, Ensemble
Julie Huff
Chloe Irwin
Watch, Ensemble
Anna Jordan
Jen Klink
Viscount of Melun
Moira Mangiameli
Mark Mazzarella
Monk Thomas, Soldier
Don Pedro
Matthew Olsen
Earl of Salisbury
Katie Otten
Nun, Soldier, Citizen
Eric Parks
Philip the Bastard
Bianca Phipps
Blanche of Castile
Cork Ramer
King of France
Josh Ryan
Peter of Pomphret,
Robert Faulconbridge
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