Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Season's Greetings from NS


From all of us at Nebraska Shakespeare, we wish you and your families a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year!


Thank you for your continued support in 2014. We look forward to bringing you more exciting performances, programs, and opportunities in 2015.


Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Thanks for the memories...

As you plan your holiday giving, please 
remember Nebraska Shakespeare.


Year-end donations made before December 31st
count toward your upcoming taxes.

We are grateful for you and your support 

of Nebraska Shakespeare throughout 2014:


We began the year with four films to inspire,
a commemoration of Will's birthday with language,
On The Page with our annual Sonnet Writing Contest,
Scholars Forums On The Green,
A festive river-side event,
Compleat Works...(abridged) and The Tempest at Shakespeare On The Green,
Will's Best Friend contest and event
"I had rather be a dog, and bay at the moon..."
 
interactive Shakesperience for the young (and young at heart!),
students took first steps into a life-long love of Shakespeare,
the Bard's work reached over 8,000 people in 35 communities, 
and you joined us as we explored new texts at our Director's Reading Series.
We conclude the year with heartfelt thanks for you and your support.







Wednesday, December 10, 2014

AS YOU LIKE IT and OTHELLO On The Green in 2015

Nebraska Shakespeare is excited for the 2015 season of Shakespeare On The Green:


As You Like It
Directed by Vincent Carlson-Brown
&
Othello
Directed by John Hardy

Nebraska Shakespeare continues to focus on delivering experiences true to the text and intent of Shakespeare while creatively and dynamically relevant to contemporary life.


Performances will be held June 18 - 21 and July 1, 2, and 5.

As You Like It will be set in an early-20th Century England. The move to the Forest of Arden will be a move to Ireland, where the music and culture of that region will be used as a resource.



“This play is an exploration of opposites: Male and Female. Past and Present. Community and Isolation. Innocence and Experience. Wisdom and Foolishness. Our production is a search for your other, your perfect half. The tragedy of loss, the drama of heartache, and the comedy of best laid plans balance each other with passion, music, and laughter.”

-Vincent Carlson-Brown, Director



Performances will be held June 25 - 28, 30, and July 3.

Othello will be set in the 15th Century Ottoman Empire. While traditional in aesthetic, the goal is to explore contemporary themes and tensions that exist in the Middle East.




“A person of color is hired to fight for his state, against people of color like himself. The result when we incorporate different people into a previously isolated culture? Things change. Our perceived values may be challenged and our thoughts and actions will be engaged in a new and different way.”

-John Hardy, Director



We will shortly be holding Auditions for the 2015 season of Shakespeare On The Green.  To learn more and see a list of available roles, visit our website.


A lovely tree-lined section of Elmwood Park, nestled just south of UNO's Bell Tower (64th & Dodge, Omaha), serves as the home of Shakespeare On The Green.  Able to accommodate up to 5,000 people per performance, Shakespeare On The Green is viewed by over 20,000 individuals each year. Our performances have earned national recognition for consistently high-quality productions performed for enthusiastic audiences.  Plan Your Visit to Shakespeare On The Green today.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Our Revels Now Are Ended...


The Tempest On Tour reached 35 communities (30 schools, 5 public venues), with 28 performances and 58 adjoining educational activities, reaching over 8,000 people (7,551 children and 451 adults).



Sarah Carlson-Brown, Director of The Tempest, did a wonderful job with the adaptation. Thank you to the On Tour ensemble for a fantastic play, to all the venues that helped us load and unload, and to our audiences for a great reception.

Comments:

"I loved the Asian theme. It was a welcome change to Shakespeare. I also like how they incorporated the masks as the spirits. It facilitated the understanding of the transitions of the actors."
- EDUCATOR, Norfolk High School


"The students really enjoyed the workshops. It was fun to watch each class share what they learned with their classmates after the workshops. We feel very fortunate that you offer this experience to our kids. You all have amazing energy and really make it fun for them."
- EDUCATOR, Morton Middle School


"The performance was enjoyable, as it is every year. I am always stunned to see how the company effectively tells complex Shakespeare works. The actors were excellent."
- EDUCATOR, Lincoln Southeast High School


"The performance was very entertaining. Fabulous acting and so easy to understand!" 

- STUDENT

"Workshops were helpful and fun - I was learning, but in an active way." 
-  STUDENT

"The performance was very impressive. The multiple characters and storyline were very clear.
The discussion after the show was really fun and informative" 
-  STUDENT

Comments from Social Media:


"Saw your production of The Tempest at Ralston High. I thought you guys were outstanding. Well-conceived and well-performed. I even teared up a little during the whole father/daughter scene at the beginning ☺ My students enjoyed the production as well. For many, it was their first exposure to Shakespeare, and your performance certainly allayed many of their fears. Great job!"
- Tyler Barna (Teacher at Ralston High School via Facebook)

"That's my school!! Haha You guys were amazing. Thank you for coming!!!! It was fun helping you guys with your set and getting to converse with some of you :)) Y'all are fantastic!!!"
- Jessie Kellerman (Student at Bellevue East via Facebook)

"Thanks to @NEShakespeare for coming to the Mount tonight!"
- Mount Michael (@Mount_Michael on Twitter)

"Thanks to @NEShakespeare for an incredible performance today! The students at Burke loved it!"
- Burke Theatre (@BurkeTheatre on Twitter)

"Thanks for your incredible show today! My students loved it!"
- Anthony John Schik (on Twitter, Drama teacher at Beveridge Middle)

"@NEShakespeare Thank you so much for coming to [Ralston High School] and performing for us today! We truly prosperoed from it. -_-"
- Jeff Gaston (via Twitter, Teacher at Ralston High School.

"Thank you @NEShakespeare for another wonderful performance! #theatreeducation"
- MonarchTheatre (@MonarchTheatre on Twitter (Papillion La Vista High School))

If interested in next year's On Tour performance of As You Like It, please contact, Sarah Carlson-Brown, Director of Education 402.689.7614 or via email.




Saturday, October 11, 2014

Nebraska Shakespeare On Tour 2014- Interview with Chloe Armao

We have officially completed our second week of The Tempest, the 9th annual On Tour Production for Nebraska Shakespeare. Excuse us while we take a bow...
"That is a very nice uneven bow...way to go guys! (This is exactly how I directed it)"
After many hours in our 15-passenger van, Director of Education and The Tempest director, Sarah Carlson-Brown, was finally able to interview our lovely Chloe Armao, who plays Miranda in the show. The conversation is below. If you are a visual person, imagine in the driver's seat (Chloe) and passenger seat (Sarah), flying at 76 mph toward Oshkosh, NE. The occasional youtube video being played in the background and Nickleback on the radio... Chloe's choice.

Note: The Van has been affectionately named Admired MirVANda in honor of Ms. Armao

SARAH: Let’s start off with a little introduction. WHO ARE YOU?! and WHY ARE YOU HERE?! (Sorry didn’t mean to yell. I am just excited. This is my first blog interview. How am I doing? Good? Thanks. Ok. Enough stalling! Answer the question! Sorry. Yelling again.)


"Miranda comforting Prospero, Ferdinand looks on."
CHLOE: WELL HI! I am Chloe Armao, born in Montana, but raised in Denver, Colorado. I graduated from The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre BFA Actor Training Program, and I am currently based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am SO excited to be working with Nebraska Shakespeare for the first time, and also to be on my first educational tour! Woo Hoo!
SARAH: You graduated this past May. Some people say the first year out of school is the “kiss of death.” How do you like ‘life after school’ so far? (And by "some people" I mean me. My first year out was hell. )

CHLOE: I did graduate in May! It is definitely intimidating to enter the “real world” after college, particularly when entering the strange and difficult theater industry. I have to say I have found life after school to be both terrifying and totally exhilarating. I went to an arts school for middle school and high school, as well as studying theatre intensively in college. So even when it is a little challenging, I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to actually be doing what I have studied for half of my life!

SARAH: How did you hear about and get involved with Nebraska Shakespeare?

"Chloe commanding the stage with Sonnet 43"
CHLOE: The BFA program that I graduated from brings in a host of theatre companies, Shakespeare companies in particular, to audition us in our third and fourth year. So it was last February that I met and auditioned for Vincent (artistic director) in Minneapolis. Not only does this company have a reputation for doing great work, and a strong connection to the Omaha community, but I also heard great things from a friend of mine who was in Titus Andronicus and Twelfth Night two summers ago, so I jumped at the chance to be a part of this company.

SARAH: What Shakespeare productions have you been a part of before this one? Do you have a favorite? (You should probably say this one…you know, cuz I am your director)

"Gonzalo gifts. Stuffs and Necessaries."
CHLOE: Here is my list of past Shakespeare productions: Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and now The Tempest! I am a bit of a Shakespeare nerd (truth be told) so all of the plays that I have been a part of are in some way my favorite... Honestly though, this production of The Tempest holds a special place in my heart for many reasons. In the past, The Tempest has been one of the more difficult plays in the canon for me to connect to. It is categorized as a "romance," somewhere between a "comedy" (where everyone gets married and lives happily ever after) and a "tragedy" (where everyone dies at the end). On top of that, there are many characters and several overlapping plots. Before this production I have never found myself connecting to the humanity of these extreme characters in this extreme reality. The way that this production cuts through to the heart of Prospero’s struggle with forgiveness is really powerful, and the way that each character’s story is told with such specificity has made me really fall in love with this play.

SARAH: I believe I heard that you have a “must do” list for your time in Omaha. Is this true? What have you done so far? What is still on the list?

"Chloe at Vala's. She was chosen to cheer for the purple pig!"
CHLOE: YES! I have a pretty long list actually! So far I have purchased Husker’s gear, been to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, and eaten at some pretty great restaurants, just to name a few! The big thing that is still on my list is to go to the Omaha Zoo. I have heard that it is one of the best in the country and I can’t wait to go!!

SARAH: What is your favorite flavor of Popsicle? (Mine is cherry, but this isn't about me.)

CHLOE: Good question. Hmmm… Well, this summer I tried a really delicious coconut Popsicle at an art fair in Minneapolis, so I think that might be my new favorite.

"Chloe takes a well deserved nap during the show.
 I am sure she is so comfortable on that tiny wooden bench."
SARAH: Coconut!? I need to move to Minneapolis. So, you play Miranda in this tour of The Tempest. Talk a bit about Miranda’s story in a nutshell. What are some challenges you faced when approaching the work?

CHLOE: Miranda is a young woman who has been shipwrecked on an island with her father for the last twelve years of her life, basically as long as she can remember. She has grown up isolated from any other human contact, but has been tutored by her father. The shipwreck of her uncle and the King of Naples sparks a life-changing moment when she meets Ferdinand (the King’s son) and instantly falls in love.


"Miranda teaches Caliban to read...it doesn't go very well."
One of the challenges is definitely trying to understand and embody Miranda’s almost alien understanding of the world. Her reality is obviously so far from my own in that she has grown up in such isolation, but as the rehearsal process continued, more and more similarities arose. For me, it has come down to finding the balance in Miranda. She is both an intelligent, well-read, strong young woman and a wide-eyed girl who greets the new experiences she encounters in the play with openness and curiosity.

SARAH: I have heard that you survived your first Nebraskan Flash Flood. Do tell. (If you could use some “Tempest” puns that would be swell.)

CHLOE: Oh my, yes I did! The timing of the storm could not have been better as we were in the middle of rehearsing the storm scene from the top of the show. I remember it was raining so loud at one point that we couldn’t even hear each other in the scene! In the aftermath, the parking lot looked like the wild waters of Prospero’s sea storm. It was epic.
"As props load-in coordinator, Chloe sets all props on and off stage.
 Here, she is working on the banquet cloth."
SARAH: Do you have a favorite moment from the show, or something you think people should look for when they see the show?

CHLOE: I honestly have such a great time doing this entire show; it is really difficult to choose just one moment! One thing that keeps coming up for me as we have been on tour is that though Miranda’s relationship with Ferdinand in the play is really important (and it is always super fun to be head-over-heels in love on stage), it is Miranda’s relationship with her father Prospero that I hope will also resonate with our audiences. It is a journey of independence from a father, as well as a process of discovering one’s own path for their life. I know that I can absolutely relate to that. During the wedding scene, there is a “giving away of the bride” moment when Prospero and Miranda have a final hug, and I think it is such a full moment. Rites of passage into adulthood are really complicated and that entire scene captures the joy, anticipation, and loss that accompanies growing up.

SARAH: Any closing comments? (Since apparently I never call on you in a talk-back, here is your time to shine!)


"Chloe during a talk-back.
Completely ready with an answer for every question,
yet for some reason I refuse to call on her."
CHLOE: Well, there are just so many amazing people on this tour with such great answers in talk-backs, so I don’t blame you! I think that one of the reasons to take theatre to schools, besides hopefully giving a really positive experience of beautiful literature, is that we give them an opportunity to use their imaginations. I think that this production asks a lot of our audiences, in a really good way. We challenge them, no matter the age, to believe in our magical island, to follow our heightened language, but mostly to really care about what is happening with these characters. This is a challenge that I have seen audience after audience rise to so far on this tour, and I could not be more proud to be a part of it.

Thanks Chloe for your time and thoughts. 
It is an honor to watch you work.
"Working with a student in our mask workshop in Oshkosh, NE"

Come see Chloe and the whole cast of The Tempest in our community performances this upcoming weekend.


October 16th: Lied Center Creighton University 6pm






Nebraska Shakespeare’s production of The Tempest is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Meet the cast of the 2014 On Tour Production of The Tempest

Nebraska Shakespeare is gearing up to take The Tempest throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa for the 2014 season of Shakespeare On Tour.  Here's an intro of the actors you'll see this fall in your school or community.

Chloe Armao
- Miranda and Spirit

Chloe is thrilled to be making her debut with Nebraska Shakespeare On Tour in The Tempest! Originally from Colorado and currently based out of Minneapolis, Chloe has appeared in The Real Thing (Paragon Theater Company), Crazy for You, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (St. Croix Festival Theater), Rock Bottom (Minnesota Fringe Festival) and Inconvenient Truths (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/ Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program where she appeared as Natalia in A Month in the Country, Abigail in The Crucible, Claire in Peter Piper, and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (Globe Theater).

Vincent Carlson-Brown
- Prospero

Interim Artistic Director Vincent Carlson-Brown is a fifteen-year company member with Nebraska Shakespeare, last seen On the Green as Antonio in The Tempest. Vincent was an actor/educator for the first five years of Shakespeare On Tour before directing the last three productions. He has a BA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) in Theatre and is pursuing a Master's in Literature. Vincent has acted with Utah Shakespeare, NTC Productions, and Taffety Punk Theatre Company at the Folgers Theatre in Washington DC. He has directed fights for over 50 productions over the last ten years.

Konrad Case
- Ariel and Boatswain

This is Konrad’s second year with Shakespeare On Tour. Konrad has been performing for local audiences for the past 13 years. He has appeared in Shakespeare On The Green for six seasons, most recently in The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and as Sebastian in The Tempest. Other recent credits include Ben Chapman/Bobby Fuller in Jackie & Me at the Rose and Fred in A Christmas Carol with NTC Productions. Konrad would like to thank his mother, Jacquie, and his sister, Kaley, for their continued love and support. “Don't miss the sunrise.”


Dan Chevalier
- Alonso and Caliban

Dan is delighted to be returning for his fourth year of Shakespeare On Tour. He has also worked as an actor for Nebraska Shakespeare On The Green the previous three years. Over the past nine years, Dan has appeared on stage at many theatres in the Omaha area, including the Rose, the Omaha Community Playhouse, Bellevue Little Theatre, Chanticleer Theatre, and Shelterbelt Theatre. Some favorite roles include Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and Jeff in I Love You Because. Dan is a graduate of UNO.

Jack Mackie
- Antonio, Trinculo, and Spirit

This is Jack’s first season with Shakespeare On Tour, after appearing in Compleat Works and as Ferdinand in The Tempest for Nebraska Shakespeare On The Green. Jack Mackie is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. Jack played Orsino in the 2013 production of Twelfth Night at the Payomet Performing Arts Center in Cape Cod. Other Shakespeare credits include Bottom (Midsummer), Macduff (Macbeth), Bertram (All’s Well That Ends Well), as well as Constable Dull (Love’s Labour’s Lost) at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

Josh Ryan
- Ferdinand, Gonzalo, and Spirit

This is Josh’s second season with Shakespeare On Tour. Josh is a graduate from UNO, where he received a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in acting and directing. He appeared on the main stage there in such roles as Dobchinsky in The Government Inspector and Lucius in Titus Andronicus. In June, Josh appeared as Ariel in the Shakespeare On The Green production of The Tempest. He is thrilled to be performing in another adaptation of The Tempest and looks forward to another opportunity to work with the many talented people involved with Nebraska Shakespeare.

Katlynn Yost
- Sebastian, Stephano, and Spirit

A graduate of UNO, Katlynn is an actor/educator with R.E.S.P.E.C.T. in Omaha. She is thrilled to be a part of Shakespeare On Tour for the first time, after appearing in Compleat Works for Shakespeare On The Green. Other credits include Clara in 33 Variations and Stranger 2 in Gnit at the Blue Barn Theatre; Catherine Sloper in The Heiress and Olivia in Twelfth Night at Brigit St. Brigit; Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Mayor's Wife in Gogol's The Government Inspector, and Mae in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at UNO. Katlynn also serves as a board member of The Shelterbelt Theatre.

For more information about Nebraska Shakespeare On Tour, check out our website, Facebook, or Twitter. To have Nebraska Shakespeare come to your school or community contact Sarah Carlson-Brown, Director of Education, at carlson-brown@nebraskashakespeare.com or via phone at (402) 689-7614.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Support Nebraska Shakespeare during Omaha Gives 2014


It's time for the second annual Omaha Gives! day.

Omaha Gives! is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in the metro area (Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie counties). The minimum donation is $10 and there is no maximum. Matching funds and prize money will be made available to amplify charitable donations. The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to support the work of local nonprofit organizations. Omaha Gives! is based on other successful giving days hosted by community foundations across the country.

Please consider donating to Nebraska Shakespeare!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#Shakes450

Hey actors (whether professional or just-for-fun-at-home-in front-of-the-mirror), here's a cool and easy way to contribute to something big. 

Nebraska Shakespeare alum, Brendan Bradley, just clued us into this very cool project called #Shakes450 that The Digital Stage is producing for Shakespeare's 450th birthday.
"The Digital Stage celebrates Shakespeare's birthday by collaborating across the internet to collectively upload over 450 monologues and sonnets before April 23rd, 2014. This would create the largest online archive of performed classical speeches on YouTube!

Join the #Shakes450 collaboration by uploading your own monologue at: http://www.TheDigitalStage.org or by emailing us a video at thedigitalstage@gmail.com"

Here's Brendan to fill you in on the project:

Monday, April 21, 2014

It's nearly Talk Like Shakespeare Day

With Talk Like Shakespeare Day just around the corner, here's what you need to know to get in on the action!
Governor Heineman and Artistic Director, Vincent Carlson-Brown,
with the Talk Like Shakespeare Day proclamation.


Step 1: Speaking like Shakespeare
It's not hard. It is still English (Early Modern to be exact), but it sounds remarkably intelligent. Luckily, this is surprisingly easy with these few tips:
Lead with Good Morrow and end with Adieu; Say Thee, Thou, or Thine instead of you, instead of y’all say Ye; men are Master, ladies are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin; instead of cursing, try calling your tormenters jackanapes or canker-blossoms or poisonous bunch-back’d toads; and, when in doubt, add the letters "eth" to the end of verbs (he runneth, he trippeth, he falleth)!

Step 2: Take Shakespeare's Speech With You  Anywhere
Whether at home or out and about, you can speak the speech where ever you are or you can check out the events and offerings from business participating in Talk Like Shakespeare Day.
  • Starbuck's, Jones Bros, eCreamery, and Storz Trophy Room & Brewery are just a few of the businesses offering Bard's Bargains throughout the day.
  • And cap off the night at House of Loom for Shakespeare themed Club Quiz to test your knowledge, enjoy a drink, and have a chance to win prizes.
Grab your Talk Like Shakespeare Pin
at any participating business.


Step 3: Share how you joined in Talk Like Shakespeare Day
Share your Talk Like Shakespeare events, videos, selfies, whatever you do on social media (#TalkLikeShakes); Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vine, Instagram, or email it to us at info@nebraskashakespeare.com.

 The best will win a fabulous t-shirt, front row seating at Shakespeare On The Green, a deck of Romeo & Juliet playing cards and a delicious bag of kettle corn.


Check out our Website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Once more unto Camp Shakespeare, my friends, once more!

Early Bird Special 
Now Through The End of January


       Or perhaps... "To Camp Shakespeare or Not to Camp Shakespeare? That is not EVEN A QUESTION." You MUST come to Camp Shakespeare.  Even though attending Camp Shakespeare is not 'the question', you may still have some questions about Nebraska Shakespeare's Camp.  Here are some quick answers to our most frequent inquiries about Camp Shakespeare.

"Isn't Shakespeare difficult, how can my young child understand and enjoy this experience?"  
         -Concerned and well-intentioned parental unit

"I have no experience in theatre or shakespeare, can I attend this camp?  
-Student with no theatre or Shakespeare experience

"In school, Shakespeare is boring...Is this camp fun?"
-Bored young adult who is not challenged in school

Yes. Yes. and YES!! (see, I told you these answers would be quick)

What? You want more? Okay, let me elaborate a bit.  

Stage Combat Workshop 
       Camp Shakespeare is a hands-on, exciting two week experience that allow kids to explore their passion for theatre through Shakespeare's plays. By working with professional theatre educators and professional Shakespeare On The Green artists, Camp Shakespeare attendees have the unique experience of learning Shakespeare in an accessible and dynamic way.           
       Culminating in a final performance in Elmwood park, the two weeks of camp are filled with games, theatre exploration and stage combat. This experience takes the mystery and trepidation out of Shakespeare's work and instills a confidence with and ability to understand Shakespeare. Parents of campers have repeatedly noted a distinct improvement in their children's grades and social skills after just one summer with Camp Shakespeare and students continue to return every year to rekindle strong, lasting friendships.

2013 Camp Shakespeare Jesters
Now that you are totally sold on attending Camp Shakespeare...here are the details:

Classes: 
Final Performance in Elmwood Park
June 23th- July 4th
9:00 AM to Noon
UNO Weber Fine Arts Building & Elmwood Park

Final Public Performances:
Jesters - July 5th, 5:30 PM (indoor) and 6:30 PM (On The Green)
Apprentices - July 6th, 6:00 PM (indoor) and 7:00 PM (On The Green)
Players - July 5th, 6:00 PM (indoor) and 7:00 PM (On The Green)


Age Range
Jesters - Ages 8-11
Taking the first steps into a life-long love of Shakespeare, the Jesters explore plots and themes of Shakespeare plays, as well as develop an understanding of characters and story through live performance and narrative.

Apprentices - Ages 12-14
Furthering their education of Shakespeare, the Apprentices explore the characters of Shakespeare, beginnings of textual understanding and establishing the basics of theatrical production. Creating a performance experience which brings the plots, character struggles and universal themes to life.

Players - Ages 15-18
Diving Deeper into Shakespeare’s text and stories, the Players discover the power of his words and how it translates to live performances, exposing the students to basic training of a Classical Actor-Including vocal and physical exercises, stage movement and combat.

Performances by Camp Shakespeare and Two Minute Shakespeare


Registration is $175 per student. Early Bird Special - $150 now through the end of January!



For more information, contact Sarah Carlson-Brown at 402.689.7614 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Nebraska Shakespeare On Tour to be featured on NET

Nebraska Shakespeare is proud to announce the segment "Shakespeare & The Wild West" will air on the next new episode of NET's Nebraska Stories. 


Sunday, January 12, 2014
9:00 pm (CST) on NET1.

"Shakespeare & The Wild West"
Cowboy Up! Nebraska Shakespeare takes the English bard's work to Valentine.

Nebraska Shakespeare partnered with NET in 2013 to acquaint Nebraskans across the state with Shakespeare’s work through community events and Shakespeare Uncovered series. The NET crew followed the Nebraska Shakespeare On Tour production of Twelfth Night to Valentine, Nebraska. 

The On Tour production of Twelfth Night was a fast-paced comedy directed by Vincent Carlson-Brown, dynamic and dangerous, with mischievous tricks and a moving story surrounded by Music, set in an 18th Century British Isles Pirate World. A shipwreck has left twins Sebastian and Viola stranded, separated from each other, unknowing if the other has survived. Viola must disguise her gender, becoming 'Cesario' in the service of Orsino in an attempt to make her way in this strange new land.

For the eighth consecutive year, Shakespeare On Tour exemplified the NS commitment and mission to serve as an inspiration for promoting the life-affirming values of Shakespeare, and experiencing the beauty and richness of his plays. Shakespeare On Tour performed and conducted workshops in Middle and High Schools throughout the state of Nebraska and Western Iowa, serving a total of 41 communities and about 7,500 persons.