Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Object of Art: A Set Design

An important part of the pre-production process for Shakespeare On the Green is the design phase.  Even before we go through the audition process and start to find the cast for this summer, both directors (myself and Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek) begin conversations with our design team to outline the concepts for each show and how we wanted to present these stories to our audience. 

Traditionally at Nebraska Shakespeare, one show is presented in the concept for which it was originally written, and one is conceptualized.  Twelfth Night, which opens on June 20th, free to the public, is our 'concept play' this year and it takes on elements of a Dr. Seuss world; bright primary colors, a future/fantasy based technology, and bold architectural elements.  Titus Andronicus, opening on June 27th, free to the public, is placed in a fictional 1st Century AD Rome, a classical approach to a Roman government and traditional family structure.  The archetypal Roman Centurion and 'period' takes on the enemy Goths are crucial images for this production.


One of the challenges in producing both plays concurrently is the set design.  Every year, we present two strikingly different shows, but we have to do it on the same set.  The first step is to agree on a GROUNDPLAN; this is the footprint of the stage, an overhead view.  It articulates the playing spaces, the levels, the entrances and exits and includes any tricks or specific 'asks' for the play.


For example, in Twelfth Night, a prison of sorts is needed to capture a character near the end of the play.  In Titus, a pit or trap is necessary for a scene in which characters disappear mid-action.  The set designer has to absorb the essence of each play's concept, include any special requests from the directors, and present a groundplan that is feasible within an established budget.  This year's set designer, Robbie Jones, a professional scenographer and professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, created a groundplan that has multiple levels (fulfilling status and hierarchy needs in both plays) and has provided a number of possibilities for elements of the set to work for both productions.  Conveniently, the aforementioned prison doubles as the trap, thus designing two 'birds' with the stroke of one pencil (or computer command, as it may be).


After the groundplan, a RENDERING is created for each show.  The rendering provides a front view of the stage and develops specific scenic elements or 'set-dressings' that are exclusive to each show.  This is where, for our summer season, the set transforms from one week to the next.


The rendering for Twelfth Night includes numerous Seuss-like 'peek-a-boo' windows in addition to bright, movable topiaries which will help to define the different houses of each character in the play.
The rendering for Titus Andronicus shows how those windows, in week two of our run, will essentially be covered, and in lieu of colorful plant-life, a stripped tree dominates the set.

Once the groundplan and rendering have been 'signed off' on by all parties (including a technical director who has to build it) a MODEL is created for the directors.  This is a miniature version of the set and assists in visualizing the playing space so the directors and eventually the actors can see how the play will come to life.




The design process is a very collaborative action; discussions flow back and forth between the set designer, the directors, the technical director, and the director of production.  The idea for the set this year has had different amalgamations in the process, but we believe we have reached a balance in terms of concept, staging needs, budget requirements, and feasible execution.  What you see here is the best look at what will be built in Elmwood Park for our shows.  Next week, we'll take a look at some costumes!


Good Weekend Gentles,

Vincent CB

We hope you'll join us On The Green.  Click here for dates and details.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Daily Dose of Bard: How well do you know your opening lines?



The famous lines above, as you probably know, open the comedy Twelfth Night,but can you correctly name other plays based on their opening lines alone.  That's your challenge in today's daily dose of trivia.  Good luck.


1.         When shall we three meet again
            In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

2.         Now is the winter of our discontent
            Made glorious summer by this sun of York. 

3.         Two households, both alike in dignity,
            In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,

4.         Tush! never tell me; I take it much unkindly
            That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse
            As if the strings were thine, shouldst know of this.

5.         Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour
            Draws on apace; four happy days bring in
            Another moon.

6.         O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend
            The brightest heaven of invention,
            A kingdom for a stage, princes to act 
            And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!

7.         As I remember, Adam, it was upon this fashion 
            bequeathed me by will but poor a thousand crowns,
            and, as thou sayest, charged my brother, on his
            blessing, to breed me well: and there begins my
            sadness.

8.         So shaken as we are, so wan with care, 
            Find we a time for frighted peace to pant,
            And breathe short-winded accents of new broils 
            To be commenced in strands afar remote.

9.         In delivering my son from me, I bury a second husband.

10.       I come no more to make you laugh: things now,
            That bear a weighty and a serious brow,
            Sad, high, and working, full of state and woe,
            Such noble scenes as draw the eye to flow,
            We now present. 

11.       I wonder how the king escaped our hands?

12.       Noble patricians, patrons of my right,
            Defend the justice of my cause with arms,
            And, countrymen, my loving followers,
            Plead my successive title with your swords:
            I am his first-born son, that was the last
            That wore the imperial diadem of Rome.

Answers:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Send us your funny, your tragic, your lovely sonnets yearning to be the WINNER!!

The 16th Annual Anne Dittrick Sonnet Contest has officially begun!!  


We are accepting Shakespeare style sonnets from now until May 13th.  
See our Sonnet Contest page for details:

We are thrilled to announce our judging panel this year.  This team of judges will pour over hundreds of sonnets submissions to find a winner and honourable mentions in both High School and Adult categories.   They will be looking for sonnet structure, creative/artistic vision, and use of language.

First on our judging panel is professional poet, Program Director for Louder Than A Bomb: Omaha, and poetry slam master, Matt Mason.

For some poetry inspirations, watch Matt Mason read here (it is not a sonnet- but it is awesome):



Next, we are excited to have a Fine Arts professor at University of South Dakota and the Artistic Director of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Chaya Bland-Gordon.  And lastly, we have our own Nebraska Shakespeare Artistic Director, Vincent Carlson-Brown rounding out our 2013 judging panel.  

You can submit on our website, via email or snail mail.

Write about LOVE!  Write about WAR!  Write about SUSHI!  Just WRITE and SUBMIT!  

Here are a few examples to get you started:


SONNET 116- William Shakespeare



Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark 
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks 
Within his bending sickle's compass come: 
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, 
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved. 


Ode to Chick-Fil-A 
By omgitslindsey

Hot and delicious, crispy and crunchy
Breakfast and dinner, never on Sunday
Tasty and tender, perfectly munchy
When you eat chicken, it's always fun day
Chick-Fil-A nuggets, they are amazing
Crispy waffle fries, always to die for
Don't eat my nuggets, or I'll be tazing!
That smell overwhelms me, outside the door
Oh, I could never work in that kitchen
I would eat up all the party-sized trays
I'm sorry but that chicken is b**chin'
Oh, Chick-Fil-A, you deserve lots of praise!
Truett Cathy, the wonderful founder
I'm so glad that he didn't choose flounder!





Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Talk Like Shakespeare! Impressionist, Jim Meskimen, performs Shakespeare in celebrity voices.

Clarence from Richard III


Marc Antony from Julius Caesar

Write Like Shakespeare! How to write a Shakespearean Sonnet.

We encourage all of you to try your hand at Writing like Shakespeare by entering our annual sonnet writing contest.  Here's a how-to of Shakespearean sonnets to get you started!


WHAT IS A SONNET?: 
Let's start at the beginning.  A Sonnet is a 14 line poem using a formal rhyme scheme. 
 
For Shakespeare, the rhyme scheme was Three Quatrains and a Couplet: A-B-A-B  C-D-C-D  E-F-E-F  G-G 

Additionally, Shakespeare wrote in Iambic Pentameter. We'll look at this in a moment.


RHYME PATTERN:
A Quatrain is a stanza of four lines with alternating rhymes. Let’s look at Quatrain One of Sonnet 18: 

Line 1: Shall I compare thee to a summer's DAY?
Line 2: Thou art more lovely and more tempeRATE:
Line 3: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of MAY,
Line 4: And summer's lease hath all too short a DATE:

The first line rhymes with the third line. The second line rhymes with the fourth. This rhyme pattern is repeated two more times for Quatrains Two and Three (lines 8-12). 

The final two lines (the Couplet) rhyme with each other: 
Line 13: So long as men can breathe or eyes can SEE,
Line 14: So long lives this and this gives life to THEE.

The overall rhyme pattern, then, is as follows: 
Quatrain ONE:
A 
B 
A 
Quatrain TWO:
C 
D 
C 
Quatrain THREE:
E 
F 
E 
COUPLET:
G 

Now that we've looked at rhyming, let's move on to the meter.

IAMBIC PENTAMETER 
What is it?  
An iamb is metrical foot made up of one short (unstressed) syllable followed by one long (stressed) syllable.

Pentameter means five meters, or feet (penta = five). Iambic pentameter simply means that each line will contain five meters (pentameter), each of which will contain one iamb.  
Let’s break line one down into meters, then. We know that each meter contains two syllables (make sure you don’t confuse syllable with word. Some words have multiple syllables). 
Shall I/       compare/       thee to/       a summ/      er’s day?
Meter 1       Meter 2         Meter 3       Meter 4       Meter 5
Easy enough (when you’re not the one writing it). Now let’s take a look at the iambs. 
Remember the rule for iambs is the first syllable is short (unstressed) and second syllable is long (stressed). When you listen to the line out loud, you’ll start to hear a pattern (da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM):
Shall I/        comPARE/       thee TO/         a SUMM/        er’s DAY?
da-DUM        da-DUM           da-DUM         da-DUM           da-DUM 
Putting these two rules together, when you have finished a line, you should have ten syllables total that alternate between unstressed and stressed.


QUICK RECAP


1.   A sonnet is a 14 Line Poem. 

2.   Lines are broken into Three Quatrains and a Couplet.
  • A Quatrain is Four Lines with an alternating rhyme pattern: ABAB. 
  • A Couplet is Two Lines that rhyme with each other.

3.   Each Line is written in Iambic Pentameter:
  • 5 Meters per line. 
  • 2 Iambs per meter. (two syllables unstressed to stressed "da-DUM") 
  • There are 10 Syllables total per line.

Clear as mud, right?  Let's take a look at how it looks when we put it all together:
(Quatrain ONE) 
Line 01:    Shall I / comPARE / thee TO / a SUMM / er's DAY? 
Line 02:    Thou ART / more LOVE / ly AND / more TEM / peRATE 
Line 03:    Rough WINDS / do SHAKE / the DAR / ling BUDS / of MAY 
Line 04:    And SUM / mer's LEASE / hath ALL / too SHORT / a DATE

(Quatrain TWO)
Line 05:    SomeTIME / too HOT / the EYE / of HEA / ven SHINES, 
Line 06:    And OFT / en IS / his GOLD / comPLEX / ion DIMM'D 
Line 07:    And EV / ery FAIR / from FAIR / someTIME / deCLINES 
Line 08:    By CHANCE / or NA / ture's CHANG / ing COURSE / unTRIMM'D; 

(Quatrain THREE)
Line 09:    But THY / etERN / al SUMM / er SHALL / not FADE 
Line 10:    Nor LOSE / posSESS / ion OF / that FAIR / thou OWEST; 
Line 11:    Nor SHALL / Death BRAG / thou WAN / der'st IN / his SHADE, 
Line 12:    When IN / eTER / nal LINES / to TIME / thou GROWEST:

(COUPLET)
Line 13:    So LONG / as MEN / can BREATHE / or EYES / can SEE, 
Line 14:    So LONG / lives THIS / and THIS / gives LIFE / to THEE.


NOW WHAT?
Practice, practice, practice.  Don't worry if you don't get it "right" the first time.  Most poems aren't finished in one sitting. 

Write a story. Remember that you aren't merely writing 14 lines of rhymes in iambic pentameter.  You want to guide the reader through a story.  A quick formula to help you out is this:

  • Quatrain ONE: Express the main theme and the main metaphor.
  • Quatrain TWO: Expand both; be imaginative, provide an example perhaps.
  • Quatrain THREE: Add a twist or a conflict, which may begin with a word like "but"; this is often in the ninth line. (“But thy eternal summer shall not fade”)
  • COUPLET: Resolve the theme and leave the reader with a new way of looking at things, or a "discovery."

Have fun and be sure to check out Nebraska Shakespeare's sonnet contest!

Talk Like Shakespeare! NPR on talking and thinking like Shakespeare.



Giving 50x52: Bill Conley's year-long journey of giving.

One Omaha man took a desire to interact with the world around him and created a fascinating and inspiring journey of it. 

On his 50th birthday, Bill Conley made the decision to spend a year meeting and donating to organizations he may not be familiar with and documenting his journey in a blog he titled "Giving 50x52":

What: This blog will document a weekly gift of $50 over a one year period, beginning in September 2012. Giving50x52 is about stories…stories of interesting people and worthwhile organizations.   
Why: I’m not exactly sure why I am doing this, but I’ve thought about it for a few years. It’s been an idea that would pop in my head and I just couldn’t shake. So, on my 50th birthday, I just decided to start. Some of the reasons for doing this are:
  • To tell stories about interesting people, important causes and worthwhile organizations.
  • To push myself to meet people I might not normally talk to and to learn about organizations I might not know much about.
  • To heighten my consciousness and awareness of opportunities to connect with others, to help others and of the many great things being done in this community.
  • To motivate myself on giving, particularly “hands-on” giving.
  • To celebrate being 50 years old. 
... 
Other: This should be a fun journey and will certainly take me out of my comfort zone and provide some great opportunities to meet others. Obviously a gift of $50/week won’t change the world. The randomness of the gift might make someone’s day, lift their spirits…and likely mine at the same time.
These weekly gifts are not being made exclusively to people who need the money. There is no way for me to know their situation. I might just pick some people, or organizations, in the community that are doing great things as a “thank you”. What they do with the $50 is entirely their decision. I hope they can use it themselves for something they need or want. Perhaps they want to pay it forward to someone else or to a cause they care about.
The concept of “hands-on” giving is a key aspect of this journey, meaning I want to meet the person or learn more about the organization.
This week (week 35 on his path) he made the decision to commemorate "Talk Like Shakespeare Day" and Shakespeare's birthday by choosing Nebraska Shakespeare as his organization of the week.

Nebraska Shakespeare is very proud to be a part of a journey that has included a wealth of great stories.

Talk Like Shakespeare! Shakespearean Insulter.

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Shakesgear!: Get your WWSS (What Would Shakespeare Say) T-Shirt.




Celebrate Talk Like Shakespeare Day with this t-shirt that does the talking for you.

Simply scan the QR code and put your smartphone in front of Will's mouth to see him come to life.

Order yours today in the Shakesgear Store!

It's Talk Like Shakespeare Day!



To celebrate Shakespeare's birthday, Governor Heineman has proclaimed today as Talk Like Shakespeare Day across the state of Nebraska.  Join us in celebrating throughout the day!

How can you celebrate Talk Like Shakespeare day?
Well, for starters, you can talk like Shakespeare.  


Why Talk Like Shakespeare?
It's fun, it makes everything sound fancier, and a it's a great way to impress your friends or woo that special someone. 


If that wasn't enough, here are some perks and discounts being offered throughout town just for talking like Shakespeare:

Nebraska Shakespeare Contests.  Check out our Tweet Like Shakespeare and Bard About Town Photo Contests for a chance to win prizes On The Green.  


Jones Bros. Cupcakes is offering a special Shakespearean cupcake of the day! Check our Facebook, then just name it and it's free while they last. Don't forget to Like our page while you're there!
Omaha Visitor Center at 1001 Farnam. Ask in Shakespearean and get a "Omaha" wristband while they last. 


The Bookworm is giving a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount by wearing the Bard About Town mask! 

Market Basket at Countryside Village will have miniature scones for those speaking a bit 'o Bard. 


The Village Grinder will have a treat for those speaking Shakespearean. 


Speak a bit of Bard at Dundee Dell to get a free drink (any kind) and happy hour prices on Fish and Chips no matter the time. 



eCremery is offering a free topping if a bit of the Bard is used. 


Dundee Cork & Bottle will offer $1 off Boru Vodka drink. 


Jane's Health Market in Benson will give you a treat if thou speak'st like the Bard. 




Both locations of The Mill in Lincoln are offering a dollar off your bard brew purchase.




                      End the day with Mirth and Merriment

                      Karaoke Theatre at House of Loom (1012 S. 10th Street) is the perfect end of the day with "Sing Like Shakespeare Karaoke!

                      Check our playlist or choose from your own beginning at 9:30 PM. 

                      Monday, April 22, 2013

                      Daily Dose: Erin Grace of the Omaha World Herald talks "Talk Like"

                      Erin Grace of the Omaha World Herald writes about the origin of Talk Like Shakespeare day and throws in some bard-speak of her own. 

                      My friends, fellow Omahans, lend me your ear 
                      T'morrow don you the face of Shakespeare
                      If thou speakest as the Bard once doth 
                      Then thou might get free scones or more stuff.

                      Translation?

                      Talk like Shakespeare tomorrow and get goodies.

                      ... 

                      So on the morn when the sun doth rise
                      Cut out Will's face and fetch your prize
                      More than for cupcakes, more than for scones
                      Talk like Shakespeare — make him your own.

                      We love the Shakespearean, Erin!

                      Read the full article HERE

                      Friday, April 19, 2013

                      The Object of Art: Weekly Update From the Artistic Director


                      Every Friday you'll be hearing from me, chatting about the artistic endeavors of Nebraska Shakespeare; providing insight, behind-the-scenes looks, and perhaps even a funny story or two.

                      I'd like to lead off with a preview of our summer, Shakespeare On The Green, free-admission in Elmwood Park. For the past 26 years we've presented two of Shakespeare's plays free to the public in the natural amphitheatre on the campus of UNOmaha. (2008 being an exception, offering Macbeth exclusively). This June we'll kick off with a quasi-musical Twelfth Night as our 'conceptualized' production, directed by Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek. 


                      Why Twelfth Night?
                      'This tune? It gives a very echo to the seat where love is throned.' [II.4]



                      Twelfth Night is equal parts love triangle, love song, and dance party. It is one of Shakespeare's most accessible, unthreatening and real comedies.   It's characters are eloquent and engaging. It's music and language is romantic and magical.

                      *Warning*  Due to the ridiculous content and musical nature of the subject matter in Twelfth Night, audience participation is advised.

                      The following week, we'll premiere Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare's earliest, bloodiest tragedy as a first for Nebraska Shakespeare. I'll be directing the play with a traditional approach (in the period for which it was originally written) as a fictionalized 1st Century AD Rome.

                      Why Titus Andronicus?
                      'When will this fearful slumber have an end?' [III.1]

                      What can be more profitable than watching on the stage a reflection of human life; to be made wise from their example, those who have trod the path of error and danger before us?  How do we choose to connect with each other in light of our most horrible depravity?  How do we re-establish our humanity, and recover from the grief and loss having been through our darkest hours?
                      Shakespeare asks the questions that can help us discover a truth about ourselves.

                      *Warning*  Due to the mature content and graphic nature of the subject matter in Titus Andronicus, audience discretion is advised.

                      We look forward to seeing you On The Green this June and July, and before then- remember 'Talk Like Shakespeare Day' this Tuesday, April 23rd. Day long Bard's Bargains and a culminating event at The Loom- Karaoke Theatre!

                      Good Friday Gentles,
                      Vincent CB


                      “The object of Art is to give life a shape.”

                      Thursday, April 18, 2013

                      Shakespeare On The Page: Living with Shakespeare: Essays by Writers, Actors, and Directors.



                      Living with Shakespeare: Essays 
                      by Writers, Actors, and Directors

                      Edited by Susannah Carson

                      This compilation of essays includes essays from 38 contributors (including Jane Smiley, Maxine Hong Kingston, Ralph Fiennes, James Franco, James Earl Jones, and Ben Kingsley), and aims to break down the often intimidating distance between Shakespeare experts and the general reader.

                      Essays run the gamut between a questioning of Shakespeare's relation to the world around him, as seen in David Farr's examination of Shakespeare's writings on the sea, to personal relationships and anecdotes about how the bard has touched the lives of the contributors, as seen in James Franco's thrice removed Shakespeare inspirations.

                      The essayists occasionally contradict one another, but rather than providing an annoyance, these difference further provoke further thought from the reader.  We at Nebraska Shakespeare think this is a title worth picking up

                      Daily Dose of Bard: Shakespeare In The News



                      Buckley and the Bard; new musical The Last Goodbye, fuses R&J with the music of Jeff Buckley. (via TheatreMania)

                      The New York Shakespeare Exchange will be adapting 154 sonnets into videos. (via Mediabistro)

                      Shakespeare for corporate takeover? (via Washington Post)

                      Was Shakespeare a schoolmaster during his 'lost years'? Historians in Titchfield say yes. (via The Times of India)

                      Shakespeare can bite his thumb at naysayers.  A study proves he was right! (via The Telegraph)

                      And in the world of naysayers, the debate of whether Shakespeare wrote the plays attributed to him may never end, but a group of scholars have banded together to prove that he did.  (via The Guardian)



                      Wednesday, April 17, 2013

                      "O this learning, what a thing it is"- Taming of the Shrew

                      Shedding Light on Shakespeare....


                      On Air, Online, & in the Classroom
                      Monday, April 22, 4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time (1:00 - 2:00 PM Pacific Time)

                      Please join us on the eve of Shakespeare's birthday for a free online interactive workshop presented by WNET New York Public Media and hosted by the Amazing Resources for Educators community at edweb.net, sponsored by Big Deal Media. The workshop will highlight the recent PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered and accompanying free online educational resources.

                      Shakespeare Uncovered is a 6-part television program which explores the world and works of William Shakespeare through a combination of interviews with actors, directors and scholars; visits to key locations; clips from film and television adaptations of the plays; and excerpts staged especially for the series. The series tells the stories behind the stories of some of Shakespeare's greatest works: As You Like It, Henry IV, Henry V, Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard II, The Tempest and Twelfth Night. (View all six episodes online.)

                      During the online workshop, Shakespeare Uncovered Executive Producer Stephen Segaller will provide an overview of the series and WNET Outreach Producer Janice Fuld will showcase the free educational resources developed to bring the series - and Shakespeare - to life in the classroom. The session will include viewing and discussion of video from the series, an overview of the robust companion website, www.pbs.org/wnet/shakespeare-uncovered, and a discussion of strategies for exploring the series and related content with high school students.

                      To register, go to: www.instantpresenter.com/PIID=EB58DE828548.


                      Shakespeare After Dark....


                      April 23rd - Sing Like Shakespeare Karaoke @ House of Loom



                      Songs Inspired By Shakespeare

                      Songs to be seen in Nebraska Shakespeare's 2013 Production of Twelfth Night On The Green

                      Monday, April 15, 2013

                      Daily Dose of Bard: Take the Shakespeare quiz.

                      Time to check your Shakespeare facts for the next pub quiz, round of trivial pursuit, or just to impress your friends.

                      1. List the dates of William Shakespeare’s birth and death.

                      2. In what town and country was Shakespeare born?

                      3. Name the monarchs who reigned in Shakespeare’s country during his lifetime.

                      4. Name Shakespeare’s wife. (“Mrs. Shakespeare” is not acceptable).

                      5. How many children did the Shakespeares have?

                      6. With what theater was Shakespeare most intimately connected?

                      7. What was the name of Shakespeare’s acting company?

                      8. Some scholars believe that Shakespeare didn’t write Shakespeare. Name three people who, some claim, penned the plays that we attribute to the Stratford man.

                      9. What is the importance of the following lines (in the original spelling)?:
                      Good frend for Jesus sake forbeare, To digg the dust encloased heare! Blest be ye man yt spares thes stones, And curst be he yt moves my bones.
                      10. One of Shakespeare’s contemporaries rightly foresaw the magnitude of the Bard’s achievement when he wrote of Shakespeare: “He was not of an age, but for all time!” Name the writer of that sentence.
                      Answers after the jump.

                      Friday, April 12, 2013

                      Governor Proclaims April 23rd, 2013 as Talk Like Shakespeare Day


                      2013 GOVERNOR'S PROCLAMATION
                      - Whereas, in honour of the 449th anniversary of the birth of one William Shakespeare, and the 27th Season of Nebraska Shakespeare, known for its professional, free outdoor productions of Shakespeare’s plays.


                      - Whereas, Shakespeare’s use of Early Modern English may not be familiar to us, it is not unknown. His eloquence and mastery of language should be remembered and enjoyed today.


                      - Whereas, we encourage one and all to engage their families, schools, and diverse community partners in hearing and understanding Shakespeare’s work.


                      - Therefore Be It Resolved that I, Governor Dave Heineman, do hereby proclaim Monday the 23rd of April to be ‘Talk Like Shakespeare Day’ across the great state of Nebraska.


                      - And Be It Further Resolved to Read a Play, Enact a Scene, Quote a Line. But most importantly - Speak’st thou with love on thy lips and full life in thy heart!

                      Check out our Talk Like Page for activities, events, contests, and tips.

                      Welcome to Nebraska Shakespeare's new blog!

                      Welcome to Nebraska Shakespeare's new blog.

                      Here is where you can keep up to date with events, promotions, and announcements for Nebraska Shakespeare, as well as fun Shakespeare trivia, news, and articles.

                      We've also moved some of the announcements from our website into the blog's archives.  Let us know what you wanna see more of in our blog by taking the survey on the right.