Friday, December 20, 2013

Miracle On Farnam - Door #12



In the Twelfth Month of Shakespeare
my true love gave to me
Twelve Scholar's Forums

Before the performances On The Green, join us for Pre-Show Seminars where you can meet and speak with the artists and scholars who work together to create our summer Shakespeare productions. Learn more about Shakespeare and the world of his plays, but also about our unique, original productions.




Be sure to VOTE for your favorite window. And click HERE to learn more about the Nebraska Shakespeare Miracle On Farnam Doors.

The most miraculous display, determined by your votes, will earn a $3000 donation courtesy of the Alan and Marcia Baer Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor that generously supports various charities, including Nebraska arts and educational agencies.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Miracle On Farnam - Door #11



In the eleventh month of Shakespeare
my true love gave to me
A Director's Reading Series


Join us as in November as actors read excerpts and scenes from lesser known Shakespeare works. 

No sets. No costumes. No lights. No admission. Just an intimate engagement between the actors, the audience, and the text; exploring the signature lines, major moments, and compelling characterizations.

A discussion follows outlining important themes, opportunities in production, and possible conceptual interpretations. This is an opportunity for our audience to hear out-loud the rarely-produced works that will be soon-staged by Nebraska Shakespeare and engage in dialogue about the play.


Check out our window throughout December to see what each door holds and be sure to VOTE for your favorite window. And click HERE to learn more about the Nebraska Shakespeare Miracle On Farnam Doors.

The most miraculous display, determined by your votes, will earn a $3000 donation courtesy of the Alan and Marcia Baer Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor that generously supports various charities, including Nebraska arts and educational agencies.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Miracle On Farnam - Door #10


In the tenth month of Shakespeare
my true love gave to me 
Ten Syllable Sonnets


Submit your own Shakespearean Sonnet to win prizes and have it featured On The Green. In it's 17th year, the Anne Dittrick Sonnet Writing Contest holds contests for High School and Adult writers.

See the 2013 Winning and Runner-Up Sonnets HERE

We encourage topics such as love and friendship, nature and the outdoors, hopes and dreams, and winners receive prizes and are featured at Shakespeare On The Green. 

The 2014 deadline for submissions is May 12.  Learn how to write your own sonnet today!


Check out our window throughout December to see what each door holds and be sure to VOTE for your favorite window. And click HERE to learn more about the Nebraska Shakespeare Miracle On Farnam Doors.

The most miraculous display, determined by your votes, will earn a $3000 donation courtesy of the Alan and Marcia Baer Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor that generously supports various charities, including Nebraska arts and educational agencies.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Miracle On Farnam - Door #9



In the ninth month of Shakespeare
my true love gave to me
Nine Campers Fencing

Camp Shakespeare is two weeks of fun workshops with hands-on experience performing the works of the world's greatest playwright, William Shakespeare.

Camp Shakespeare helps kids shed the fear of Shakespeare's text, and to discover the magic and fun of the Immortal Bard through performance. Parents repeatedly note a distinct improvement in their children's grades after just one summer with Camp Shakespeare, and many kids come back to the Camp year after year. Parents are also pleased to give their children the opportunity to experience the high quality artistry of Shakespeare.

Camp Shakespeare will run June 23 - July 6, 2014



Check out our window throughout December to see what each door holds and be sure to VOTE for your favorite window. And click HERE to learn more about the Nebraska Shakespeare Miracle On Farnam Doors.

The most miraculous display, determined by your votes, will earn a $3000 donation courtesy of the Alan and Marcia Baer Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor that generously supports various charities, including Nebraska arts and educational agencies.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Miracle On Farnam - Door #8



In the eight month of Shakespeare
my true love gave to me
Eight Actors Touring

During the months of September and October, Shakespeare On Tour takes Shakespeare's work into the classrooms and communities of Nebraska and Western Iowa.
Nebraska Shakespeare On Tour is designed to use the work of William Shakespeare to offer a multitude of educational activities to illuminate and examine the themes of Shakespeare’s plays, broaden students’ vocabulary, word analysis skills, and capacity for comprehension and fluency of text, and to allow students hands-on knowledge of theatre as an artform.

Shakespeare On Tour 2014 will feature The Tempest and be on the road from September 27 - October 26!


Check out our window throughout December to see what each door holds and be sure to VOTE for your favorite window. And click HERE to learn more about the Nebraska Shakespeare Miracle On Farnam Doors.

The most miraculous display, determined by your votes, will earn a $3000 donation courtesy of the Alan and Marcia Baer Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor that generously supports various charities, including Nebraska arts and educational agencies.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Miracle On Farnam - Door #7



In the seventh month of Shakespeare
my true love gave to me
Several Sovereigns Struggling

We are very excited to announce that Shakespeare On the Green 2014 will feature The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), a parody of the plays written by William Shakespeare with all of them being performed (in shortened form) during the show by only a handful of actors and featuring Shakespeare's entire history cycle as told through a football game between warring monarchs. The 28th annual Shakespeare On The Green runs June 19th through July 6th, 2014 in beautiful Elmwood Park.


Check out our window throughout December to see what each door holds and be sure to VOTE for your favorite window. And click HERE to learn more about the Nebraska Shakespeare Miracle On Farnam Doors.

The most miraculous display, determined by your votes, will earn a $3000 donation courtesy of the Alan and Marcia Baer Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor that generously supports various charities, including Nebraska arts and educational agencies.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Miracle On Farnam - Door #6



In the sixth month of Shakespeare
my true love gave to me
A Day To Talk Like Shakespeare

For three straight years, Nebraska Governor, Dave Heineman, has proclaimed April 23rd (Shakespeare’s Birthday), should be celebrated across the state as Talk Like Shakespeare Day. To commemorate this day we invite all to honour the Bard and have fun with our language, by “Talking Like Shakespeare.”



Look for events, contests, and discounts just for speaking the speech!  April 23rd, 2014.


Check out our window throughout December to see what each door holds and be sure to VOTE for your favorite window. And click HERE to learn more about the Nebraska Shakespeare Miracle On Farnam Doors.

The most miraculous display, determined by your votes, will earn a $3000 donation courtesy of the Alan and Marcia Baer Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor that generously supports various charities, including Nebraska arts and educational agencies.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Miracle On Farnam - Door #5



In the fifth month of Shakespeare
my true love gave to me
Shakespeare On the Green!


For 28 years, Shakespeare On The Green has brought free professional productions of Shakespeare’s works to Nebraska.

Each summer we produce two plays – typically one tragedy and one comedy - that run in repertory for three weeks. Our performances have earned national recognition for consistently high-quality productions set in beautiful Elmwood Park and performed for enthusiastic audiences.


In the summer of 2014, we are excited to mount The Tempest and a The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).


Shakespeare on the Green offers a great chance for parents to introduce their children to the power and beauty of classical theatre, produced by a professional company of artists from across the country. We have had one wedding performed On the Green, Shakespeare on the Green is a “first date” destination for many, and we have discovered that our growth has been primarily based on first-hand testimonials and personal invitations to attend. We are happy to be a part of bringing together and strengthening our community; families, students, business and social clubs all come together to enjoy the experience.


Check out our window throughout December to see what each door holds and be sure to VOTE for your favorite window. And click HERE to learn more about the Nebraska Shakespeare Miracle On Farnam Doors.

The most miraculous display, determined by your votes, will earn a $3000 donation courtesy of the Alan and Marcia Baer Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor that generously supports various charities, including Nebraska arts and educational agencies.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Miracle On Farnam - Door #4


In the fourth month of Shakespeare
my true love gave to me
Four Films to View

In it’s fourth season, Shakespeare On The Silverscreen is a month-long festival featuring films inspired by Shakespeare’s plays and post-show commentary by local scholars.

We're excited to debut this year's line up of films:

On February 20th, we'll be screening two of NET's Shakespeare Uncovered 
seriesa further look into the work of Shakespeare and the stories that went 
into their creation by actors familiar with the play.


On March 6th, see Prospero's Books, a film based on Shakespeare's The Tempest.

On March 13th, we'll screen Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead by Tom 
Stoppard, based on characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Each film will start at 6 PM and will be followed by commentary by members of Nebraska Shakespeare staff and local scholars.


Check out our window throughout December to see what each door holds and be sure to VOTE for your favorite window. And click HERE to learn more about the Nebraska Shakespeare Miracle On Farnam Doors.

The most miraculous display, determined by your votes, will earn a $3000 donation courtesy of the Alan and Marcia Baer Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor that generously supports various charities, including Nebraska arts and educational agencies.






Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Miracle On Farnam - Door #3


In the third month of Shakespeare
my true love gave to me
Three Separate Subplots

The 28th annual season of Shakespeare On The Green will open with The Tempest; the magic filled story of the sorcerer, Prospero’s struggle to regain his throne. At the same time:
Caliban, enslaved by Prospero, is recruiting others to help overthrow the sorcerer. 
Prospero works to romantically ensnare Ferdinand for his daughter, Miranda. 
And Sebastian yearns to become king by conspiring with Antonio to kill Alonso and Gonzalo.
The 28th annual Shakespeare On The Green runs June 19th through July 6th, 2014 in beautiful Elmwood Park.

Check out our window throughout December to see what each door holds and be sure to VOTE for your favorite window. And click HERE to learn more about the Nebraska Shakespeare Miracle On Farnam Doors.

The most miraculous display, determined by your votes, will earn a $3000 donation courtesy of the Alan and Marcia Baer Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor that generously supports various charities, including Nebraska arts and educational agencies.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Miracle On Farnam - Door #2


In the second month of Shakespeare
my true love gave to me
Two Minute Shakespeare!

This year saw the return of Two Minute Shakespeare, a chance to see your favorite Shakespearean masterpieces performed in 120 seconds or less. In this hilarious, fast-paced program, actors take plays suggested by the audience to perform in under two minutes...or suffer the consequence.



Check out our window throughout November and December to see what each door holds and be sure to VOTE for your favorite window.  And click HERE to learn more about the Nebraska Shakespeare Miracle On Farnam Doors.

The most miraculous display, determined by your votes, will earn a $3000 donation courtesy of the Alan and Marcia Baer Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor that generously supports various charities, including Nebraska arts and educational agencies.



Saturday, November 23, 2013

Miracle On Farnam - Door #1


In the first month of Shakespeare
my true love gave to me
Some dogs dressed up in people clothes!

Along with two plays, Shakespeare On The Green is also the site for Will’s Best Friend Contest. With categories such as best Shakespearean costume, most personality, and best behaved, it's a great chance to show off your best animal friend.  

The 2014 Will's Best Friend Contest will take place on Sunday, June 22nd


Check out our window throughout November and December to see what each door holds and be sure to VOTE for your favorite window.  And click HERE to learn more about the Nebraska Shakespeare Miracle On Farnam Doors.

The most miraculous display, determined by your votes, will earn a $3000 donation courtesy of the Alan and Marcia Baer Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor that generously supports various charities, including Nebraska arts and educational agencies.

Miracle On Farnam Kicks Off Today!


All along Farnam Street, Omaha’s creative non-profits are showcasing their artistry and imagination by transforming ordinary window spaces into holiday miracles. Nebraska Shakespeare is proud to be part of the festivities.


THEME: The Twelve Months of Shakespeare: 
The Gift That Keeps Giving - All Year Round 

Celebrating its 27th year, Nebraska Shakespeare offers productions and programming designed to meet the needs of our diverse community. Inspired by the familiar tune, The Twelve Days of Christmas, we invite you to check our window often to see a new door open and a new lyric to our Twelve Months of Shakespeare until all doors have been opened, revealing the year-round activities brought to you by Nebraska Shakespeare.

The first and twelfth door opening will be accompanied by the sounds of Madrigali et al. singing live.

Check out our window throughout November and December to see what each door holds and be sure to VOTE for your favorite window.

The most miraculous display, determined by your votes, will earn a $3000 donation courtesy of the Alan and Marcia Baer Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor that generously supports various charities, including Nebraska arts and educational agencies.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Join us for Miracle On Farnam!

Nebraska Shakespeare is excited to take part this year in Miracle On Farnam.

All along Farnam Street, Omaha’s creative non-profits will showcase their artistry and imagination by transforming ordinary window space into holiday miracles. The most miraculous display, determined by a public vote, will earn a $3000 donation courtesy of the Alan and Marcia Baer Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor that generously supports various charities, including Nebraska arts and educational agencies.

Miracle on Farnam is set to begin on Saturday, November 23rd with the unveiling of the window displays and a family fun day beginning at 2p.m. and the perennial debut of Midtown Crossing’s holiday lights will begin at dusk. The displays will then be available for viewing every day from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. through New Year’s Day. It’s all free to the public and includes three hours of garage parking.

Come check out our window and be sure to
VOTE for Nebraska Shakespeare!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The new "Romeo & Juliet" film opens October 11, 2013

This Friday marks the US (and UK) premier of Romeo & Juliet, adapted by Julian Fellowes and directed by Carlo Carlei.

Those familiar with the 1968 Franco Zeffirelli adaptation will be pleased to hear that, like the Zeffirelli version, the latest version also takes place in a traditional setting in Renaissance Verona.

However, the release of the previews has caused a bit of controversy
(<-click to read more on this), as it appears that the film will not use Shakespeare's traditional dialogue, but will only follow the play's plot.

Check it out and see what you think.  We're still looking forward to it.

Nebraska Movie Theaters screening the film (let us know in the comments below if you know of other theaters that we can include):


Saturday, September 21, 2013

An Inside Look: Viola from Shakespeare On Tour's production of Twelfth Night; Or What you Will

Director of Production, Wesley A. Houston, sat down with Casey Wortmann, the actress playing Viola in the upcoming Shakespeare On Tour production of Twelfth Night, to talk about the intricacies of portraying a girl disguised as a boy, preparing for the role, and her experience so far with the tour.
WH: Good afternoon, Casey. 
CW: And you, Sir. 
WH: To start off, why don’t you tell our readers a little bit about yourself? 
CW: I grew up in a suburb of Boston. When I was 18 I moved to Chicago to attend Northwestern University where I majored in Theater and minored in Legal Studies. 
WH: What have you been doing since graduating? 
CW: I've been out of school for about a year and a half now. In that time I've done a combination of acting, teaching, babysitting and waiting tables. 
WH: How did you hear about and get involved with Nebraska Shakespeare?

CW: Nebraska Shakespeare holds auditions for Shakespeare on the Green in Chicago every year. I didn't audition last year because I'd already booked something for the summer, but they've been on my radar ever since.
My roommate this summer sent me the blog post for Twelfth Night on Tour auditions so I filmed some of Viola's monologues, posted them on youtube, and sent them to [Twelfth Night Director, Vincent Carlson-Brown] right away. 
WH: And how many Shakespeare productions have you been a part of before this one?
CW: This is my fourth professional Shakespeare production.I think its my eighth production overall? 
WH: What are a few of the others? 
CW: NO NINTH! 
WH: Still same question.
CW: This summer I worked at Door Shakespeare in Door County, Wisconsin. We performed Macbeth and Love's Labour's Lost in rep. Going back and forth between an intense and nasty witch and a sassy lady-in-waiting was enormously fun and challenging.
WH: I believe I heard that this is the first time you've traveled west of Illinois, is that correct?
CW: I said that but I realized I lied. I've been to California once but this is my first time in Nebraska!
Oops and I went to the twin cities once
...and St Louis
...so I totally lied 
WH: I'll never trust you again.
CW: DOES THAT MEAN YOU TRUSTED ME ONCE!? Yay!
WH: What do you think of Nebraska so far?
CW: It's great! Everyone is really friendly. I feel like I can't go anywhere without having a conversation with a stranger. But maybe that's just me.
WH: I think you may be right. That doesn't sound normal.

CW: Haha oops!  I just love talking.

WH: So, you play Viola in the upcoming tour of Twelfth Night. For those readers who may not be familiar with the play, can you tell us Viola's story in a nutshell?
CW: At the beginning of the play, Viola is separated from her twin brother Sebastian in a shipwreck. She is totally lost, so decides to dress in Sebastian's clothes in order to find work. We set our production on a ship in the 18th Century. It was bad luck to bring a woman on board a ship, so it makes sense that she dresses as a boy to find work. She works as a page for Duke Orsino, who she proceeds to fall head over heels for. UH OH! I won't give anything else away. 
WH: In taking on the role of Viola, you have to play someone other than yourself who is, in turn, playing someone other than herself. Can you talk about that a bit?

CW: I think I'm pretty similar to Viola. She is extremely determined despite all of the challenges the play throws at her. She actually has a lot of fun getting to take on the role of Cesario.
Viola's greatest challenge in becoming Cesario is learning the customs of the ship and understanding her role as a servant. Discovering that position both as an actor and as Viola is really fun. 
WH: You made a fairly big change earlier today to prepare for the role, didn't you? 
CW: YES SIR! 
WH: What was that?

CW: I did indeed cut off about ten inches of hair.

WH: I understand cutting your hair was your idea (it looks great, by the way). What made you want to cut it rather than using a wig?

CW: When Vince called to offer me the role in August, the first thing out of my mouth was "Are you gonna want me to cut my hair?" 
I think part of me wanted to make some drastic change like cutting my hair, I just needed someone to tell me to do it.  Which Vince did.
WH: Well it looks really good. Make sure you get some pics while it's short to add to your headshots. 
CW: Thanks!
WH: What else have you done to prepare for the role? Did you have to study 'manning up'? Maybe read "Being a Dude For Dummies"?
CW: One thing that Vince made clear at the first rehearsal was that he didn't want me trying really hard to BE a dude.
Viola just has to trust that her disguise is enough. And once she falls for Orsino, I think there's a little part of her that hopes deep down he knows she's a girl.

But in dressing as a boy, she's able to foster a relationship with him that would be totally inappropriate if he knew she were a woman.
WH: Sounds like a Catch 22.
CW: Totally. But thankfully she's not stuck in it for too long.... 
NOT GONNA GIVE AWAY THE ENDING.
WH: No we'll save that for the performances.

Last question: Do you have a favorite part, or something you think our viewers should look for when they see the show?
CW: It is so much fun making the discovery that Olivia has fallen in love with Viola's disguise. It's the ultimate 'are you kidding me with this!?!?' moment."
WH: We'll have to look for that.
Thanks for sitting down with me today.
CW: No, thank you.


Casey chose to send her hair to Locks of Love.

Casey was a little anxious before the haircut, having never had short
hair before, but was all smiles once it started and throughout.

Final touches and the "Before and After (with sun in the eyes)" shots.

For more information about the On Tour production of Twelfth Night, visit www.nebraskashakespeare.com