Thursday, August 1, 2013

Thank you for joining us at the 27th Annual Season of Shakespeare On The Green

 20,500 people turned out for the 2013 season of Shakespeare On The Green...
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...which paired the light-hearted comedy, Twelfth Night, with Shakespeare's famously bloody revenge tragedy, Titus Andronicus.

Beethovan Oden as Orsino, Sarah Carlson-Brown
as Olivia, and Brittany Proia as Viola
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For Twelfth Nightdirector Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek put an ultra-modern spin on his interpretation, channeling Dr. Seuss in both color and tone, that included recognizable music from the past decade.
"...infusing the bard's “Twelfth Night” with snippets of contemporary tunes worked like gangbusters at Nebraska Shakespeare's 27th opening night...the crowd of nearly 900 seemed to get a big charge out of it all."  
-Omaha World Herald

Richard Marlatt as Titus Andronicus
in the opening scene.
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Titus Andronicus was a premiere on the Shakespeare On The Green stage, having never been performed by NS in the past.  Enlisting classic silhouettes and architecture, Titus was produced traditionally in first Century Rome.

"This 'Titus' is heavy lifting — as it's meant to be. But its message about the endless cycle of revenge remains all too relevant today. Vincent Carlson-Brown and company give us something to bloody well think about." -Omaha World Herald

Two Minute Shakespeare
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The 27th season saw a return of Two Minute Shakespeare. Six actors were tasked with taking on fourteen of Shakespeare's plays and performing them 120 seconds or less.

The Rules:
  • The audience picks the play.
  • The troupe must perform the play in under two minutes.
  • The troupe will do one PUSH-UP for every second over two minutes.

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Before each performance, audiences were privy to behind-the-scenes discussions and insights at our Scholars Forums

Topics: The Direction, Music, and Design of Twelfth Night; The Direction and Design of Titus Andronicus, Approaching Violence in Shakespeare's Text; and looks into the various characters of each play. 

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Camp Shakespeare.

Camp Shakespeare had great attendance this year.

Students spent two weeks tackling scenes of the two mainstage plays, getting behind the scenes tours and insights, working with professional actors and artists, and culminating in performances for their friends and family On The Green on July 5-7.

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Kids and parents also found their way to the Shakesperience tent where they learned about Shakespeare's plays, tried on costumes and took advantage of the newest addition to Shakesperience: Stage Combat Mini-Workshops!

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And on June 23, Shakespeare On The Green hosted its four-legged fans at Will's Best Friend Contest. Over 20 pets and owners turned out to compete in categories including best costume, tallest, shortest, most personality, and best behaved.

Denise and Michael Holloway, The Winners of the raffle to Chicago to see Chicago Shakespeare, were going to make a ten dollar donation and thought why not assign it toward the Chicago Raffle.

They are "simply delighted and very excited" about the Chicago Shakespeare Weekend Package. They promise to send photos.

Thank you for a great season!  Join us next year for Tempest and King John at Shakespeare On The Green 2014.

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