Friday, January 13, 2017

Fighting the Freezing Temps with the Help of Midsummer

Nebraska Shakespeare 
the Omaha Symphony
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
January 27th at 7:30pm
Holland Performing Arts Center

Nebraska Shakespeare professional actors will be presenting scene selections from A Midsummer Night’s Dream accompanied by the Omaha Symphony playing Mendelssohn’s cherished score. Each scene will be interwoven with the music, creating a dynamic soundtrack for one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies.

Here is a sneak peak of rehearsals that began this week:

Midsummer First Read Through
(Left to Right: Josh Ryan, Lauren White, Sarah Carlson-Brown, Taylor Jackson, Anna Jordan, Wes Houston, Joe Lullo, and Raydell Cordell III).

Costume Designer, Lindsay Pape, talks through the design with the cast.

Raydell Cordell III (Lysander) and Vincent Carlson-Brown (Puck). 

Midsummer Script, Set Design, Concept Sheets, and Mendelssohn's score.

First Day of Staging. 
Theseus' Court. 
(The ladder is a 16ft climbable tree!)

Helena and Demetrius. 
Oberon looks on from his perch. 

Puck controls the classic lover's fight. 

"You, puppet, you!!"

Omaha Symphony Conductor:
Thomas Wilkins

Nebraska Shakespeare Cast:
Puck/Egeus/Bottom: Vincent Carlson-Brown
Oberon/Theseus: Joe Lullo
Titania/Hippolyta: Lauren Marinelli White
Hermia/Fairy: Anna Jordan
Lysander: Raydell Cordell III
Demetrius: Josh Ryan
Helena: Ashley Spessard

Production Team:
Director/Adaptation: Sarah Carlson-Brown
Stage Manager: Taylor Jackson
Costume Design: Lindsay Pape
Fight Director: Vincent Carlson-Brown
Set Design: Vincent Carlson-Brown
         Wesley Houston

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Three days remaining of A War of Roses Part One. Part Two opens on Friday.

PART 1: 
UNO Weber Fine Arts
Thursday, November 10  @ 7:30 PM 
Saturday, November 12  @ 2 PM  
Sunday, November 13  @ 2 PM 
NOVEMBER 11 @ 7:30 PM
 NOVEMBER 11-13, 17-19 @ 7:30 PM
NOVEMBER 20 @ 2:00 PM
Creighton's Lied Center


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Dinner, Drinks, Trivia, and more.

Nebraska Shakespeare and The Shakespeare Collective will present INTERMISSION! at House of Loom (1012 S. 10th Street) on Saturday, November 12th from 5-6:30pm. 

INTERMISSION!, an all ages event,  will celebrate A War of Roses, presented by Nebraska Shakespeare and the theater departments at Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha as part of the 30th anniversary of the founding of Nebraska Shakespeare. 

The event will include dinner, snacks, Shakespearean-themed cocktails and a pub quiz emceed by local personality, Bill Grennan, in which trivia teams will be formed to represent the Red and White Houses that make up A War of Roses. Questions will range from easy to hard, promising entertainment for all through categories like Shakespearean quotes, tragic deaths, culturally significant events of the time and more. Teams will also receive three life lines: 50/50, Use Your Phone and Ask An Actor, with actors from the play who will be there to help teams out.

  • Ticket packages to one part of of the plays and INTERMISSION! includes dinner, a drink ticket and event/play admission for just $30. 
  • To see both parts of the play and attend INTERMISSION!, plus dinner, a drink ticket and "Fanatic of the Flames" t-shirt, packages are available for $50 (or for $100, act as a patron level donor for the collaboration). 
  • Special student pricing is also available for certain package levels! 

Don’t miss this exciting celebration of Shakespeare and your chance to visit House of Loom before it closes at the end of the year. Check out to learn more or purchase your ticket packages now.

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.